Tomorrow’s the first big day of the challenge, so I want to take a moment to do a bit of housekeeping and updates…and share a recipe, for good measure.
Take the Pledge
I’m hoping that you’ve already signed the pledge. But I know there are a few folks out there still on the fence… Well, now’s the time! Remember, I encourage you to define “unprocessed” however you see fit, to select any “deliberate exceptions” you may need, and to participate in a way that feels right to you. You’ve got a lot to gain, and I can’t think of a single thing you might lose. Take the pledge!
Share the Pledge
Okay, great! Thanks for taking the pledge! Now, if you haven’t shared it with your friends — or even if you have! — now’s also the time to do that! The more people who take the pledge, the stronger we all become. And if your friends and family participate, it’s a lot more fun for you, too.
If you use these buttons, you won’t even have to leave this page:
The Guest Posts Start Tomorrow
Starting tomorrow, I’m going to be sharing three posts every day, one in each of three tracks: Recipes, D.I.Y./Ingredients/How-To, and “Food For Thought.”
There may be a bit of overlap here and there, but I promise you there’s something for everyone. If I can manage to pull this off gracefully, the posts will go up around 6am Eastern each morning, so even the early morning East Coast folks can check things out before breakfast. I’ll also set the email notifications to go out in the morning, so if you’ve subscribed to get new posts by email, you’ll get a summary and links to all three of the posts in one email each day.
Also, please support and encourage our guest authors! It’s a pretty incredible group of people, and none of them are being paid to write these posts. So if you like what they have to say, bookmark their websites, “Like” their Facebook pages, and Follow them on Twitter. I’ll provide links to all of that stuff in the intro for each post. Cool? Cool.
October Unprocessed Stickers are still available! They’re high-quality, indoor/outdoor vinyl stickers, about 5″ wide by 4″ tall. Just $3 each (plus $1 shipping to USA/Canada, no matter how many you get).
And once you get your sticker, please slap it on something fun (your car, your reusable water bottle, your laptop, your husband’s bald spot…) and then just for fun, take a picture and post it on the Eating Rules Facebook Page for all to see.
Download The Official Guide
Yesterday we published The Official Guide to October Unprocessed 2012, compiled by yours truly and Stacy Spensley, certified holistic health coach from Center Stage Wellness. It’s a free PDF, with info about the challenge, tips & tricks to get started, answers to frequently asked questions, and tons of other resources. You can get it here.
Before this whirlwind month kicks off tomorrow, I’d like to take a moment to offer up some gratitude. This project wouldn’t be anything without the incredible support of all of you. It’s your enthusiasm and sharing about the challenge — on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on your blogs (and yes, in the Los Angeles Times) — that has gotten more than 4,000 people participating.
Moreover, the ninety folks who are writing guest posts are my personal heroes. They’re donating their time and expertise to contribute in a way that uplifts us all. So thank you all for taking this journey and embracing this challenge. I truly believe that we’re changing the world, one bite at a time.
Yesterday was our monthly Food Bloggers Los Angeles meeting — it’s a chance for fellow food bloggers to get together, share some food, and do some bloggy shop-talk. It’s always a potluck, and there’s usually a common theme – this one was “Apples & Pears,” as we’re in the height of the season. Since I’m scrambling to keep all the October Unprocessed plates spinning (so to speak), I needed something extremely quick and easy.
I recently borrowed my mom’s old food dehydrator (made in 1979!) and realized this was a perfect chance to use it. So I sliced up some fruit, set it in the dehydrator, and got back to work. (Truth be told, I was actually on the phone while I was doing most of the slicing.) Couldn’t have been much easier, and you’ve got to love the ingredients.
- 4 cups water
- Approx. 2 tsp. lemon juice
- Cinnamon or other spices, optional
- Wash the fruit and set aside. Add the water and lemon juice to a large bowl.
- For each apple, remove the core with an apple corer or small paring knife. Turn the apple on its side, and slice into ¼” rings. As soon as they’re sliced, place in the bowl of acidified water. This helps keep them from turning brown.
- For each pear, you can repeat the coring process — though I sliced them in half (from top to bottom), and then cut out the core, and cut them into half-rounds instead. Add them to the water, too.
- Optionally, dust them with ground cinnamon or other spices (nutmeg? clove?).
- If you’re lucky enough to have your parents’ dehydrator, lay the fruit in a single layer on the trays in the dehydrator. Cover, turn it on, and walk away. Come back in four hours and check on things — it’ll probably take a total of 6 to 10 hours. You may need to remove some sooner than others.
- You can also dry these in the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay the slices flat on top. Bake at the lowest setting your oven will go (about 175-200), for approximately 2 to 6 hours (depending on the temperature and how thick you’ve sliced them). Just keep an eye on them every couple of hours; you may need to remove some sooner than others.