Down to Earth has been awarded the Vegetarian Website Award for excellence in vegetarian information, by VegOnline.org on Nov. 11, 2011. VegOnline is one of the nation's leading websites for vegetarian information.
"We understand the value of free, accessible information regarding vegetarian and veganism: great recipes, insightful articles, and tips to make people's diets that much healthier. Down to Earth helps further the vegetarian cause, and we think you should be honored as such," says Evan Driscoll, Senior Editor of VegOnline.
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Long before the Pilgrims, native Hawaiians celebrated "Makahiki," the longest thanksgiving in the world, which lasted four months—approximately November through February. During this time, both work and war were forbidden. As the most important holiday of the year, Makahiki is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest and time of personal rest and spiritual and cultural renewal. It was a humbling experience.
We have so much to be thankful for! We are all so fortunate to live in a beautiful environment, surrounded by sunlight, sea breezes, warm rain and inviting landscapes. Our islands are rich and fertile from volcanic soil, and we share our ecosystem with a diverse range of flora and fauna. We have access to delicious and abundant fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. In traditional Hawaiian culture, giving thanks was an everyday affair. Giving, whether it was in the form of food, shelter, appreciation, love or aloha, was an integral part of everyone's daily life. As we contemplate all we have to be thankful for, we also have an opportunity to consider what we can give back.
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Did you know that Okinawan sweet potatoes were recently highlighted by Dr. Oz as being one of the top Superfoods of 2010?
This vibrantly purple sweet potato, a locally grown staple of Hawaiian cuisine, is rich in flavor and packed with nutritional benefits. With Okinawan sweet potatoes in abundance this time of year, they make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
The Okinawan sweet potato is not related to the potato but is actually in the morning glory family. Native to the America's, it was brought to Japan sometime between 1492 and 1605. The hardy plant grew well in Japan and quickly became popular in a variety of Japanese dishes. When it eventually made its way to the Hawaiian Islands, brought by the Polynesians, the crop flourished in the rich volcanic soil.
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“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
For your cooking delight we are bringing you our monthly cooking class recipes:
Feature! Roasted Winter Squash Soup
Additional tasty recipes:
Warm Wheatberry Salad
Zesty Italian Kale Chips
Maple Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies