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Stamp Out Hunger

 

Helping to stamp out hunger is as easy as going out to your mailbox.

According to Feeding America, who compiles the most comprehensive and most accurate figures on hunger in America, one in eight Americans now rely on food banks.

Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million MORE Americans each week than it did in 2006.

Here is How You Can Help

Tomorrow, on Saturday May 14th, our nation’s 300,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of Americans in more than 10,000 local communities and deliver them to regional food banks and local hunger relief organizations in their communities.

Just leave a bag of non-perishable food where your letter carrier normally delivers your mail tomorrow. Your letter carrier will then pick up your donation and deliver the food to a local food bank.

Now how easy is that?

Examples of non-perishable items include: canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods (such as cereal,) and pasta and rice.

According to the United States Postal Service web site the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world.

Over the last eighteen years they have delivered over 1 billions pounds of food to local food banks all across America.

Our letter carriers exhibit the best of the American Spirit!

So today I applaud Mail Carriers for their work and their caring spirit in helping to feed hungry Americans.

I also urge all of my readers to participate in this food drive at what ever level you can.

“I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.”  Matthew 25:35

Featured Recipe        Bistro Salad

This is a fun salad. You can make it with what ever kind of lettuce you want, and you can use any herb or herbs you want. This is a recipe designed to be played around with and made your own.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

A mixture of lettuces *

5-6 sprigs fresh thyme*

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 small to medium shallot minced

Salt and pepper to taste

* I used Green and Red Oak lettuce with some curly endive. You can use your favorite herb or herbs in this salad dressing.

Optional: What ever vegetable are lurking in your fridge. I had tomatoes I needed to use up so I added those as well.

Here is what you do:

Wash the salad greens and any other veggies you are using.

Dry the lettuce well. I first lay the leaves on a tea towel for a few minutes and gently pat the leaves dry too. Then I spin it in a salad spinner to get the leaves extra dry.

Using your index finger and thumb slide them down thyme stalk and slide off the leaves. Mince the shallot.

Make the dressing by placing the Dijon mustard, the olive oil,  the vinegar, the minced shallots, the thyme leaves, and the salt and pepper in a jar with a tight fitting lid. (I save small jars for just this purpose. The jar I used to day once held mushrooms.)

NOTE: I do not chop the thyme leaves. I leave them whole. I think they look prettier.

Put the lid on and shake, shake, shake. This is really fun  and good exercise if you have some good Latin music playing in the back ground and you shake the vinaigrette to the beat of the music.

As you can see from the picture below, this dressing had a good shake, shake, shake workout!

Tear the lettuce and pile it in a salad bowl.

If using optional veggies add them now. Then pour the dressing over all.

With that fresh thyme in there this salad is just so sweet, sweet, sweet!!! I get excited over food. Can’t help it!!!!

Bon Appetite!!!

Cost

A mixture of lettuces                       $2.00 

5-6 sprigs fresh thyme                    $0.19

2 tablespoons olive oil                     $0.24

2 tbspns white wine vinegar             $0.21

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard                $0.09

1 medium shallot minced                 $0.18

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $2.91*
Cost per person = $0.72

*You would pay at least $2.91 for a salad for just 1 person if you got a restaurant salad.

Quote of the Day 

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.   

Julia Child

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1 comment to Stamp Out Hunger

  • We got a postcard in the mail about Stamp Out Hunger. What a great and EASY way for everyone to make a difference! Terrific idea posting this to get the information out to more people.