Thanksgiving Files: Preparing for Thanksgiving

There will be no travel, no large gatherings this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have good food. I’ll be pulling more of my favorite recipes and reposting, some with updated Instant Pot adaptations when possible.

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Cornbread Stuffing Photo by JeffreyW

Reposted from Nov 2014.

Bixby and I are hitting the road for the holiday, as long as the weather stays nice. I’m planning on arriving early so I can help with prep, because I like love to cook. Bixby is growing fast and you can see his latest photo here, along with a quick update. I hope he does as well in the car as he did last trip.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, next to 4th of July. Food, family, friends…and leftovers. I compiled some favorite recipes for tonight’s recipe exchange. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Table: Squash Soup (Stovetop and Instant Pot)

Need to keep everyone out of the kitchen while you finish up dinner prep?  Set up a buffet table with a raw vegetable tray and dip, a bowl of nuts (in their shells) along with a couple of nutcrackers and this soup in a slowcooker to keep it warm and that should keep your guests occupied while you cook.

Winter Squash Soup

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3-1/4 pounds butternut or acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into large pieces
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, quartered
  • 1 celery stalk, quartered
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Guest Post: Climate Solutions Documentaries

From LivingLightlyTV.com

Here are a few documentaries that provide insight into achievable climate solutions.

Carbon Nation is one of my favorites, highlighting a cornucopia of innovations and people from all walks of life employing them.

carbon nation is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. You’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.

  • carbon nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment.
  • Public opinion is sliding the wrong way – far fewer people are concerned about climate change than even a year ago. We’ve made carbon nation to give a majority of people an entertaining, informed and pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business.
  • carbon nation’s optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum. While other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, carbon nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.

On their website they have a lot of resources and a half-dozen or so videos of interesting folks, doing interesting things. I recommend A Thousand Beating Hearts part of the Carbon Cowboys series (click here for all their videos).

 

Next up is a new documentary Kiss The Ground which continues the ideas of soil regeneration and carbon sequestration. It’s on Netflix at the moment.

Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an alternative approach to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

And again there many resources on their Kiss the Ground website here.

 

And the granddaddy of all documentaries, An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional, and always fascinating. In the end, An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer shaken, involved and inspired.

The first hour is a real downer (as in, we are seeing everything projected twenty years ago manifesting at a faster rate then scientists expected). But the last thirty minutes outlines accessible ways to address climate change and how quickly those changes can make a difference and reverse the effects of our current dilemma. It’s available on DVD, rent from Amazon and it plays occasionally on IFC and BBCAmerica.

There is also a sequel and it’s a bit darker because of course, we are at a tipping point. And it details how to take political and social actions.

That should get you started and provide you with a lot of hope for our ability to affect change. If we start today.