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9 February,-2018 THE QUODDY TIDES " Page 7 No one's guarding the chemical henhouse o,v AND NEW 6 strips of smoky bacon, cooked by Jo Tille chloride are in the treated irrigation water, by Nettle Thurston 1 tbls. capers, drained, optional Lightly oil a large 14-inch round pizza Growing backyard fruit is a long-term Some in the scientific, corporate and regu- While rummaging through my kitchen pan. In a small bowl, mix together milk project, with shrubs, vines and trees need- latory communities find the levels safe, pantry I ran across an old friend, corn- and cornmeal. In a two-quart saucepan, ing a few years before they'll start pro- and others find them of concern. The Los meal. You know the one, the one that bring broth to a boil then slowly add the ducing fruit. Then many of them need Angeles Times article notes that while comes in a round yellow and blue card- cornmeal/milk mixture, stirring continu- some form of maintenance that usually farmers test for disease and pests they are board canister with a smiling face on the ously to prevent lumps. Turn down heat to includes pruning, harvesting and cleaning not testing for water-borne chemicals, label. The one you move out of the way low and continue stirring until very thick, up fallen fruit and in some cases spraying Here's the thing about industrial chemi- while searching for the oatmeal. Yes, old- about 25 minutes. If too thick, add a little to decrease pests and improve yields. Or- cals: very few of them have actually been fashioned cornmeal. Below are some old more broth and continue stirring until the ganic practices include certain kinds of tested before they go into commercial pro- and new recipes for this seldom used or cornmeal pulls away from the pan. Season sprays and dusts, many of which can be duction. Seems incredible, but there you forgotten staple. read about in organic fruit growing have it. A 2013 article in the business sec- SPIDER CORNBREAD with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat guides. It's an eye-opener to read about tion of The New York Times, "Think Those Since most folks don't cook with a spi- and pour onto the prepared pizza pan, us- them, because even these sprays and dusts Chemicals Have Been Tested? Think der anymore, use an eight- or 10-inch cast- ing a spatula to smooth top out evenly. need to be used carefully. However, they Again," states, "Unlike pharmaceuticals iron Dutch oven. By the way, a spider pan Cover and place in the refrigerator to finn are nothing in comparison to what is used and pesticides, industrial chemicals do not is a three-legged Dutch oven used in a up, about an hour. for non-organic and commercial fruit pro- have to be tested before they are put on fireplace. Starting with the tomato sauce, careful- duction across the country, the market. Under the law regulating 1 cup yellow cornmeal ly distribute toppings in order, then place A few years back we happened upon chemicals, producers are only rarely re- 1/3 cup flour in a preheated 425 F oven and bake until those bright orange clementines and tan- quired to provide the federal government 2 tbls. sugar the edges turn light brown, 9-12 minutes. gelos that arrive around the holidays and with the information necessary to assess 1 tsp. salt beckon with promised sweetness from the safety." 2 tsp. baking powder NOT-SO-HASTY PUDDING produce shelves. We had some and The U.S. Department of Heath and Hu- 1 egg This is a wonderful ending for a winter thought to ourselves that they tasted odd. man Services' National Toxicology Pro- 1 cup milk supper. We went back for more. What was that gram states that more than 80,000 3/4 cup water 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal strange taste lingering on the tongue? It chemicals have been registered for use 1 tbls. butter 1 qt. milk, scalded was a bit like over-chlorinated water, a over many years, with 2,000 more intro- Mix milk and water together. Mix dry 4 tbls. butter, melted synthetic aura that hung around the edges, duced annually. Of those over 80,000 only ingredients together. Beat together egg 1/2 cup molasses The Intemet can be of great use when about 1% have been tested. The American and one cup of milk/water mixture. Stir 1 tsp. salt it's not overstaying its welcome. In 2015 Chemical Council maintains a website and dry ingredients into wet ingredients and 2 tsp. allspice the Los Angeles Times ran an article about explains that of those 80,000 plus chemi- pour into buttered spider or Dutch oven. 1 tsp. ginger the state's Central Valley citrus- and nut, cals, only about 7,700 are currently in use. Pour remaining milk and water over the 3 large eggs growing region. The article's title was That is still too many untested chemicals top, but don't stir in. Bake in a 375 F oven 1/3 cup brown sugar enough to raise the hair on the back of our in our book, and given the unknown na- for 25 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F. necks: "Central Valley's Growing Con- ture of cumulative effect, while a chemi- Spider bread should have a line of Place cornmeal in the top of a double cem: Crops Raised with Oil Field Water." cai may no longer be in use, its impact creamy custard through the center. Serve boiler set over hot water. Scald milk and Yuck, really? Really. A 2015 Mother may still be felt. Since it wasn't tested, we like a pie with a fork. slowly add into the cornmeal. Cook over Jones article states, "Under a 20-year-old have no idea. ******* medium heat until it starts to thicken and water recycling program, wastewater that As backyard gardeners we find all of CHEDDAR BACON resembles hot cereal. is generated as a byproduct from oil ex- this more incentive than ever to grow our CORNMEAL PIZZA In a large bowl, mix together butter, traction is treated and sold to some 90 own fruit. There are local fruit producers 1 tbls. olive oil molasses, salt, allspice and ginger. Beat in Southern California landowners - includ- and, given that some certified organic fruit 1 cup milk eggs and sugar. Add the thickened com- ing one with certified organic operations producers may be using water that is taint- 3 cups chicken broth meal and mix well. - which use it to grow crops such as cit- ed, buying local where we know what our 1-1/2 cup cornmeal Pour ingredients into 1-1/2 quart glass rus, almonds, apples, peaches, grapes and local growers are doing makes even more 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or ceramic baking dish. Place dish in a blueberries sold in major grocery chains sense. However, growing our own and re- Salt and pepper to taste larger dish and add hot water to come up around the country." Now we were really lying on local producers does not help our TOPPING an inch on the side of the pudding dish. concerned because the list included certi- friends and neighbors all around this coun- 1 cup tomato sauce Bake one hour. Serve with vanilla ice fled organic, try who do not have access to either. On 1 cup grated cheddar cheese cream. There are many chemicals involved in our check list is the task of writing letters oil production, and it looks like some of to our representatives about our govern- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ those chemicals were being tested for by ment's obligation to test chemicals using a the water district that processes the water, corporate fee levied for just that purpose. ~'alentine"5 Day 7s Wednesday, ebrt4ary 1 but not all of them. Then there are the And then we'll get back to the more pleas- squabbles and arguments of what and how ant occupation of deciding which fruit tree Take your sweetheartto the water was tested. What is not in ques- or shrub weql be adding to our garden this THE NEW FRIENDLY RESTAURANT tion is that oil, acetone and methylene spring. 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