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Recipes from our staff

Holiday “Salad”

Sara D. Skandera

Though there isn’t much salad in this salad, let’s just say it ain’t Thanksgiving unless it is on the table. And it is a beautiful shade of pink.

Ingredients:

1 pint whipping cream

1 bag of cranberries, chopped

1 cup of sugar

¾ lb. small marshmallows

20 oz. canned pineapple chunks, drained

1 cup pecans

Directions:

Mix the cranberries and the sugar in a bowl, and mix the marshmallows and whipping cream in a separate bowl. Let both sit in the fridge for one hour. Combine both bowls, and add the pineapple. Let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight. Add the pecans before serving.

Kraut Slaw

Serves 3-4

I created this recipe when my gut needed some love; once I realized how mouthwateringly delicious the sour and sweet combination of sauerkraut and root vegetables was, I started eating it regularly!

3/4 cup lacto-fermented saurkraut, such as Pickled Planet’s

1 small, raw chiogga or golden beet, grated

2 carrots, raw, grated

1/2 cup finely chopped raw kale

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

2-4 T of your favorite salad oil*

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Allow flavors to mingle an hour before serving, if possible!

* I like Udo’s Choice 3-6-9 blend for a nice Omega boost. Sesame or coconut oil is nice, too!

– submitted by Tuula Rebhahn

Re.: Trump and Global Warming

With huge electoral victories come mandates to enact policies that formed the basis of the campaign. Those who squeak by with an Electoral College Victory while losing the popular vote cannot claim such a mandate. This is particularly true for actions only barely mentioned during the campaign.  

In the case of rescinding progress to slow global warming and the promotion of renewable energy, President-elect Trump has no mandate since these were not a campaign focus, and he lost the popular vote. It’s worth noting that the candidate with a commitment to addressing climate change and promoting clean energy received more votes than the candidate who now openly rejects science. 

Additionally, polls show that Americans are concerned about climate change, support government action to address it, and want government to encourage clean renewable energy rather than dirty fossil fuels.  

Anyone concerned about the livability of this region, this nation, and this planet for future generations should contact President-elect Trump and urge him to endorse our commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement–for the sake of his grandchildren and ours.

In 2009, Trump urged strong federal action on global warming. Now he can make it happen. Concerned Americans are watching.

– Alan Journet

 

heymessenger1

Hey Messenger: Well, the unthinkable happened. IT HAPPENED. But it is still unthinkable. All of my friends have cried but I can’t even bring myself to do that. Some friends went to the woods. Other friends have been drinking, smoking bushels of marijuana, or binging on social media. With each social justice oriented Tweet, they seem to feel better. Probably not though; that is probably not true. It’s more like with each Tweet, they are grasping another piece of the reality of the situation. My mom has been binging on Netflix. It’s just a strange stage of shock for me like it didn’t happen at all, but it did. I know that it did. Any advice on how to make it less unthinkable?

-B

Dear B: No. That is a good way to put it and I am right there with you. Perhaps it will become more real in January. Maybe we don’t want to make it thinkable. Maybe we should keep it in the unthinkable category so that it never happens again. Then again, the mysterious, wise “they” always say that you have to accept something before you can move on or learn the necessary lesson from it. However, do you have to accept something to try to change it? People seem to have conflicting ideas on which approach is more motivating. As with most things, I am going to say, it depends on the person.

For anyone reading this and currently feeling fear, pain, or sadness, again, I am with you.  

Hey Messenger: Trump won hahaha now what will your crappy newspaper rag do? Do you libtards even know why you hate him so much?

-D E P LO R A B LE

Greetings to you, Mr./Ms. Deplorable: The paper will do same thing it has been doing, I would wager, with expanded distribution and a few other exciting improvements for the coming year.  If you don’t agree, you can still use it as a rag if you like. Personally, I am going to not-so-secretly hope I get better submissions to choose from in the future.  

As for the second question, while I do have the time, my crayons are still packed in a box from a recent move. Sorry.

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