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Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -119 October 2015

Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -119 October 2015

– Sheila

October in New Mexico

 

All good things come to an end. Those succulent sun-ripened heirloom earth-grown local tomatoes are still here (as of today Oct 2nd. ) – their longest season ever. But the season will end abruptly and Joe’s inimitable and famous Margherita Pizza will pack it in until summer 2016. So don’t miss out – treat yourself to at least one of these delicious pizzas before the season ends. There’s just nothing like it.
[added 10/21, yesterday we sold our last Margherita Pizza, night temperatures still in the upper 40’s,  today we had non stop rain/sleet all day and the first snow on the mountain]

Save the date Tu Oct 27th right here at Joes when 20% of every dollar you spend that evening will go to benefit the SF Watershed Association. Established in 1997, the mission of this Association is to protect and restore the health and vibrancy of the SF River and its watershed for the benefit of people and the environment. To do so, we educate, restore, steward, and advocate. From the River’s headwaters to the Rio Grande, we honor the connection of people and the watershed.
Friday Nov 6 from 7:30am til 11am, Richard Eeds returns to Joe’s broadcasting the Morning Show live on 101.5. During the broadcast you can watch Richard at work and benefit from a surprise discount on your breakfast! Just ask.
Speaking of seasoned broadcasters – the team of Alan and Elizabeth Hutner, are in Joe’s corner (figuratively and often literally!) every Sunday with their Transitions Radio Magazine starting at 8am thru 11AM. Now in their 25th year, I would say they know how to entertain you on the air.

DiJa Know? Conventional ground beef Is 3 times more likely than grass-fed beef to contain antibiotic-resistant fecal bacteria. Factory farming methods and processing, rife with contamination opportunities can threaten health and even life. The industry has created sterilization systems that have proven to be not fully effective. Yet the disturbing central issue remains – lack of hygiene standards in the raising, slaughtering, and processing of the animals. I will skip the details here, but suffice it to say that urging us to eat burnt (well done) meat does not address the problem. In fact even raw meat from healthy animals properly processed will not harm you. Be that as it may, In 2011 researchers found about 50% of all meats and poultry sold in grocery stores were contaminated with drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes most staph infections (from a study by the Translational Genomics Research Instiitute). But lately, a new Consumer Report study* warns ALL store-bought ground beef contains fecal bacteria, and factory farmed beef often contains dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well. What to do? Well one depressing life lesson is “there are no guarantees.”But hedging your bets by Knowing Your Grower (KYG) gives one the best assurance possible beyond raising your own meat. Grass-finished and local is by far the better choice.
* http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/how-safe-is-your-ground-beef.htm?

Valuable tip: Facing surgery on that bum knee (back, elbow, toe, shoulder . . .)? Do your research on PRP, platelet rich plasma therapy. Just one more exciting cutting edge tool in a culture and time now filled with such tools. They are characteristically minimally invasive or non-invasive, practically harmless, often painless and yet powerful and effective life-enhancing discoveries. What an exciting time we live in!

For horse-lovers: I had occasion to chat with our Vet the other day. He said something so deeply true I just had to share it. “The goal of a true horseman is to become as sensitive as a horse.”   Stuart McCall DVM

For a truly local and unique greeting card, wander up to the red counter and browse through our local artists’ cards. Beautiful.

A sweet treat or impromptu gift for your dear ones? We now have gift boxes for Joe’s melt-in-your-mouth French chocolate truffles. 4 in gift box $10, and 6 in gift box $12.50

Industrial hemp (as distinguished from marijuana) is so important for our economy that we truly must get this incredibly useful non-psychoactive crop legalized once again. Understand why. Pick up an informative flyer near the glass brick window.

Our Thanksgiving menu (pre-order & take-out only) is on the website as of October 12.

Tuesday night tradition at Joe’s –Spaghetti and Chianti Night. $29.95 for two will get you Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with homemade Bolognese and a great ½ ltr of Chianti. Wadda deal! The Bolognese sauce is made with our grass-fed-and-finished local beef.

We hope the US Senate has the chutzpah to reject HR 1599. Some refer to it as the DARK bill —Deny Americans the Right to Know. Nothing could make Monsanto happier than its passage–leaving us unable to determine if we are buying and eating genetically manuipulated food. HR 1599 preempts states’rights to label GMO foods. Call your Senators on it (Tom Udall & Martin Heinrich).

Got milk? Real Milk? Nope. Raw milk was once easy to buy in New Mexico. When we moved here in 1990 it was readily available. What happened? Now it can be obtained only clandestinely from someone’s cousin who knows someone’s aunt who travels into the remote mountain villages every so often to get it. Here’s the story about real (raw–ooo scary) milk from the The Weston A. Price Foundation:
Nature’s Perfect Food – Galen, Hippocrates, Pliny, Varro, Marcellus Empiricus, Bacchis and Anthimus, leading physicians of their day, all used raw milk in the treatment of disease. During the 1920s, Dr.J.E. Crewe of the Mayo Foundation used a diet of raw milk to cure TB, edema, heart failure, high blood pressure, prostate disease, urinary tract infections, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic fatigue and obesity. Today, in Germany, raw milk therapy is provided in many hospitals. Studies show that children fed raw milk have more resistance to TB than children fed pasteurized milk (Lancet, p 1142, 5/8/37); that raw milk is very effective in preventing scurvy and protecting against flu, diphtheria and pneumonia (Am J Dis Child, Nov 1917); that raw milk prevents tooth decay, even in children who eat a lot of sugar (Lancet, p 1142, 5/8/37); that raw milk is better than pasteurized milk in promoting growth and calcium absorption (Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 518, p 8, 1/33); that a substance present in raw cream (but not in pasteurized cream) prevents joint stiffness and the pain of arthritis (Annual Review of Biochemistry, 18:435, 1944); and that children who drink raw milk have fewer allergies and asthma than children who drink pasteurized milk (Lancet 2001 358(9288):1129-33). Hmmm

More evidence is surfacing that your morning cuppa joe is actually protective of your health. A new South Korean study shows a correlation between the amount of coffee you drink and the amount of arterial calcium (not good) you have. In the study those who drank 3-5 cups a day were 41% less likely to have arterial calcium. More than that increased the risk of arterial calcium. So there is definitely a sweet spot – 3-5 cups! Coffee also reduces inflammation, lowers dementia risk and risk of liver cancer. One caution, non-organic coffee is loaded with pesticide and herbicide residue, so choose organic. Relevant to arterial calcium, you may recall I’ve written about the importance of Vit D3 & K2. See past issues joesdining.com

Why are we at Joe’s so annoyingly persistent about this “buy local” stuff? Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply. Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long – from designing the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing, processing and shipping. We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals. Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow. KYG – Know Your Grower. We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy, wholesome, non-genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed. It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food. Food is fundamental. What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level. Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation. Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community. In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods. In 2009, $60,000. Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum. Land, economy, health–inseparable.
Banking forever changed in the 2008 financial melt-down. and subsequent Big Bank (BB) bailouts. And people real people are still paying for it. Countless numbers lost their way of life–their homes, jobs, businesses even families. Slap-on-the-wrist fines were paid–a pitiful token far from compensatory for the damage done. DiJa know…in 2011 a congressional audit of the Federal Reserve found that the Fed gave 16 trillion dollars from American taxpayers to bail out the “too big to jail (whoops) fail” banks with a hefty portion of it going to CEO’s obscene bonuses. Just imagine — had this staggering figure been re-directed to the people of the US, how different the picture could have looked today. Manufacturing starts,“shovel-ready jobs”, skills training, road and bridge repairs, national parks, education, etc. Had that been bailed out to the American people, each man woman and child would have received $50,000! Every time we use a credit card, part of that 3%-5% fee contributes to the BB’s. Now let’s be real – in today’s world one cannot function without a credit card, but there are still (legal) alternatives that reduce our dependency on the BB’s and actually save us money. We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list. (2.) Joe’s own credit card/gift card – purchase a $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus!

 

Giggles: One-liners

  • Few women admit their age; few men act it.
    ·As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in schools.
    ·Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name
    ·Don’t steal, the government hates competition.
    ·What’s another word for Thesaurus?

 

Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
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