Sign petition to ban plastic grocery bags in Sacramento

Many bay area cities already have a ban on plastic bags.  It doesn’t mean you can’t buy garbage bags to take out your trash.  It does mean Grocery Stores, Fast Food Restaurants, Consumer Electronics stores, etc.. can’t put your items in a plastic bag, it would be paper or cardboard hence forth.  The great pacific garbage patch is a buildup of plastic and petroleum products that is estimated to be twice the size of Texas.  This garbage patch destroys our ocean wildlife and endangers all who swallow its water with xenoestrogens.  Let’s do our part to reduce this calamity by signing the petition to ban plastic bags in Sacramento.

Marinara Sauce

6 cups Roma Tomatoes peeled Chop in food processor then put in colander to drain
1/2 cup of finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 1/2 Tbsp finely minced red onion
1 1/2 to 3 tsp crushed garlic (I put 3 in mine)
1 1/2 to 3 Tbsp minced fresh basil leaves (I put 3 in mine)
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh oregano (I put 2 1/2 in mine)
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
Pinch of pepper
Recipe compliments of

Gail Grini


A Raw Foods Philosophy: I feel it prudent to mention that although especially at potlucks we sometimes try to make particularly mouth-watering and exquisite entrees, this is not the ‘norm’ among experienced, seasoned, raw food eaters. Yes, the above table of mouthwatering delights I enjoyed last November at Quintessence Raw Restaurant in NYC is utterly delicious. But, honestly, neither you or I have the time or the money to eat like this for every meal. The above meal is a designer raw food delight. If you wanted to eat for optimum health and digestion, you would eat only one food per meal. My friend and 20+ year Raw Food Mentor, Dr. Doug Graham says for optimum Raw Food preparation he likes to apply the 5-5-5 rule. “If it doesn’t have more than 5 ingredients, doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to make, and doesn’t cost more than $5 for ingredients, he will enjoy it.” Otherwise, he won’t. In fact, Doug says after awhile following 5-5-5, you’ll want to change to 3-3-3. In my daily life I am down to a 3-3-3 and mono-meal (eat 1 food per meal) about 50% of the time. You will find in the below list many delicious items which can be made from 3 or 4 ingredients. Some only have only 2! There is a banana-avocado pudding with just 2. And, there are some with perhaps 20 or more. Each person has to do what is right for them at the time. In becoming a raw food eater you may miss the pizzas and truffles so much that you simply need to spend a lot of time creating masterpieces. And, I have to admit, I seldom miss the opportunity to enjoy a designer raw food meal. But, I rarely take time to make one, except for a potluck or special occasion. I eat out of nature’s pantry (right off the tree) much of the time. I encourage you to find what works best for you!
…enjoy one of the largest raw food recipe lists on the web. Do not print this out unless you want around 45 pages of recipes! Far better to clip and paste the recipe(s) you want to a word document & print from there. (Donna Huddleston of Dallas, Tx wrote me on 8/20/2003 and said she had printed them all out–44 pages! Thanks, Donna)! I have snatched some of these from other sites giving credit, of course. Many others I have received from our members, or off raw food listserves. If you have a recipe to contribute, please just respond to this post with your recipe.   -Mark Blackburn