Rabbit Could be the Most Sustainable Meat to Consume for Americans Part 1

In the light of economic, global and dietary climate concerns, why not begin to consider rabbit as an alternative to chicken?

“Floppy” was a Friend

As a youth, rabbit was frequently prepared at the home of my grandparents. From rural Texas and Central Louisiana, they had a friend from whom they purchased rabbit, venison, seasonal fish and game fowl. The meats they sourced were reminiscent of their childhoods. Meal preparations were simple, hearty and delicious. My grandmother’s gravy, often from the smothering of chicken, rabbit or liver, is the best I’ve had to date. When available, the rabbit’s gravy was often a delightful and substantial breakfast. My perception of the delectable rabbit has never changed. The night my father brought home a lovely, young, white flippity-flop as a reward for receiving straight A’s on my report card, I considered the new pet “possible food.” I never forgot about Grandmother’s delicious smothered rabbit. I knew one day, “Floppy’s” fate would be met. My father, an animal lover and a country boy, was not above spinning a yarn and serving us the beloved pet for dinner. Although it never happened, I reminded myself daily of the possibility.

Reacquaintance with a Childhood Friend

I didn’t eat rabbit again until I was 27 years old when my friends held their first annual “Who’s the Betty to Beat” cook-off. Participants drew vintage Betty Crocker recipe cards and were challenged to recreate the dish with personal touch, modern flair and “Betty Crocker-ness.” My card was “Chicken Cacciatore.” I elected to use rabbit to replace the chicken as my personal touch and modern flair, as I had grown weary of chicken. As the default protein, served regularly, eaten nearly daily and often featured, chicken and I had developed a relationship which required a generous amount of space. A short time passed and again, I ate rabbit. I worked as a waitress at a local, regional Italian kitchen. With great enthusiasm, I’d sell the house preparation, “cacciatore” or “in the style of the hunter.” The rabbit’s leg quarters were braised in stock, wine, tomatoes, carrots and onions served fork tender, as a panino with montasio and sour cabbage. It was often my shift meal before I left the restaurant to begin my nightly haunt.

Bugs Never Surrenders, without a Catch

The healthiest meat for consumers comes at a cost which is considerably higher than all other regularly consumed meats in the U.S. A whole rabbit now costs around $7.50/lb (up from $6.00/lb on average, in 2013) for a five-pound fryer with organs. Yet, rabbit is rapidly becoming, the original “other white meat” amongst the adventurous cooks, diners, and crowds who support sustainability. Rabbit is a specialty item typically found on menus of European restaurants. Higher costs are directly related to the rate at which the meat is consumed and produced. Now, rabbits are locally grown, small farmed products and are not subsidized by the United States government.
What this means for the consumer is meat that is low in fat and rich in flavor, at lower costs for higher quality. . . if you chose to raise them at home. At lower prices, is it not something to consider? Rabbits are the simplest of animals to butcher at home. They are also safer to consume as they have a lower cooking temperature, are raised off the ground, can be easily raised at home, and in nearly any climate for the highest quality production.

A Long Way to Hippity-hop…

Historically, a food of the rural dwellers of meager means world wide, in America, rabbits have maintained the profile of friend, favorite furry and giver of eggs, as per its association with Easter. As times shift, so will the role of rabbits. The costs and consumer ranking amongst America’s top consumed meats will also shift. And we will look forward to innovative creations from “foodies”, research and production from the environmentally conscious and advocates, all working to continue to shine new light on the rational delicacy.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

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This Christmas, I visited Vancouver, British Columbia. This was especially wonderful because two things I enjoy most were stationed in the same place: my little sister and the wines of Western Canada.

The Pacific Northwest has been one of my long time favored regions of wine production. I prefer the complexity, depth and character of these wines and champion them among some of the world’s best. Vines in this region sit in great company with other worldly regional favorites such as Burgundy & Loire Valley of France, the Piedmont of Northern Italy, the Ribera del Duero & Rioja of Spain.

What can I say, I’m just different, though I live in California when I shop, I look first for wines from the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington State and British Columbia. Even in Northern California, it’s challenging to walk in to a local shop and discover tastes from British Columbia. There simply isn’t enough produced and Canadians like to drink their own, in country.

I was in wine enthusiast heaven when I walked in a local chain in Davie, Vancouver and found a generous selection of British Columbia wines at a price point of around half of what they can be found for, if found, in the states!!!!
I grabbed three bottles which would be around $30 American dollars: 1) Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Rsv. Merlot 2013 Okanagan Valley 2) Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Pinot Noir 2014 Okanagan Valley and 3) Red Rooster Cabernet Merlot 2013 British Columbia.
My favorite of the three has been the Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Merlot 2013. This wine is precisely what I wanted when I walked into the wine shop. It was cold with mixed snow a day rain and I had arrived by train a couple of days prior and had yet to have a proper glass of wine. I wanted something delicious and comfortable, rich, warm and thought provoking. These guys did it in style!

The notes I have for you are taken over a three day period. My nose in the glass gave an evolving spicy bramble berry jam with hints of cedar, toasted oak, dried strawberry and plumbing fruit rollup.

On the palatte, the wine was rich and lush. The full-bodied red was elegant, graceful and bold. The chewy, yet delicate texture was supple and grounded with notes of right h, this kind velvety mocha….no vanilla, just mature, unlike the California mellows of the same price point. The deep purple juice splashed with firm, dignified tannins which left my mouth feeling coated like a soft velour throw. The mid-palatte was filled with red and black fruit, plums, blackberries, prunes and dried strawberry. The total composition finished with light cedar.

This wine is perfectly flawless. It would be great with steak, grilled lamp chops, spices rubbed grilled pork, ribs, beef stew or just with popcorn and a movie.
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Restoring the Standard

Fruitfulness, multiplication and the ability to subdue are all part of the human genome. Looking intensely at what has, and is happening to woman in our society in the areas of the marginalized and underrepresented, I say, the standard must be restored.

There must be a shifting of focus from self into the Constant infallible, immutable God. Only then can scales fall from the eyes, horns fall from the ears of man and hearts of stone be made flesh. Looking into what we do not wish to see with disdain does nothing but precipitate more of the same over time. It becomes a false focus. The law of liberty, not created by man, may be used as a tool of transformation of the soul.

I have chosen to rest in the arms of liberty and search. The standard for methods of practical application through revelation, knowledge and wisdom is effective, when applied and taken as medicine for a broken heart. It is not my belief the current misappropriation of woman is forever, but I do believe it is the heart of recognition of truth that is given the power to change things. Standing by the sidelines and laying blanket judgment is not key. Preaching to sensationalism is not key.

The power to restore the broken-down temples lies within you. Calling it forth and listening to its leadings are how we get to a future filled with hope, promise and abundance: first individually, then corporately.

Something has to change, someone has to change and it isn’t Him. What are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go with and for love? How hungry are you? Think about it. Look around. In each person, there is purpose. Seek the instruction manual before building the object. And, after you have asked for wisdom, sought for knowledge and gained understanding, then act. If you are lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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Kwjuana Thomas

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Overcoming Victimization

Invitation to Women: Rise up. Reclaim your power. Come from under the system of bondage and take your seat in the throne room. Only then can you know, understand and discern what is happening, has happened and what is to come. No longer be bound. Reclaim your power. Know who you are. Reject all falsity. Go deeply into the constant One, you are being called and invited to truth.

I love healing. I have dedicated my life to receiving and giving healing as needed to those who are broken. Recently, having encountered a situation where I needed breakthrough in many areas, I found I was flowing in victimization. I was shocked to find it was not only a condition of my heart, but of my mind, affecting my ability to progress in spirit and in the earth. It was hidden and I was carrying it. It had been affecting my perception, understanding and ability to move from a place of clarity. I had to face, admit and release many manners of abuse, fear and victim/poverty ideologies.

Judgements, shame and expectancies of abandonment, lack, thwarted plans and oppression were all over me encumbering me from moving in the direction I needed to walk in. I was paralyzed in spirit and had not known.

As I began to allow healing through yielding to the promptings of my Holy Spirit, I could feel the weights being released. I could sense the difference as I approached topics which once plunged me into a pit of hopelessness, despair and expectancies of failure. I realized where my power had been resting. I was taught to take it back.

I’ve learned victims and those who have been victimized through lineage, society or personal shortcomings tend to be extreme in type: they gravitate towards victim or predator. Neither is healthy or yield lasting good fruit, so I’ve been monitoring this behavior in word, action and thought.

The key is to overcome obstacles. To achieve new heights. To unlock new doors, enter and shut old ones where hungry ghosts lurk. To embark on untouched territory and take it all. To walk in promise. Only through self-actualization in God unhindered by the past, present or future forecasts of deprivation can one overcome victimization.

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Change is Constant

Individual, continual, progressive change is necessary to achieve lasting societal change. I understand my societal responsibility begins first with me and my house. To endeavor to restore the standard of woman as an equal counterpart to man seems romantic. Yet, I deem it necessary and believe it possible. Being a woman, I do not have to be “as good as a man” to be valued. I am as good as a man; however, I am different and just as valuable.

I lived a gay lifestyle much of my life and looking back, I now see the image of a woman had been corrupted before me at an early age. I saw women as servants, abused, neglected by “love” mates, and always struggling, carrying the weight of the family while men were absent or emotionally neglectful.

Resultantly, I felt my life would be easier as a man. I would have more power as a man. This belief crept into my life and manifested in many ways. I hated men, but I hated myself as a woman as well. I preferred the physical companionship of a woman over a man because I trusted women and knew what to expect. I was afraid of the unknown and a familiarity with pain through vulnerability led me in the opposite direction.

Self-hatred and rejection are products of victimization. The hatred of self leads to the hatred of others. The inability to receive true and pure love which can only initially come from God. He is the source. Pure love heals the wounds of abuse, the pains of bondage and shifts identity from corrupt to glorious. The acceptance of truth is what is needed in society – pure…uncut…without judgment… without condemnation – loving acceptance, in truth.

The restoration of elegance, grace, gifting, honor, talent, production – environmental, societal and the individual, all flow from love. The ability to want better and receive better and even to know better is possible through depending on love as a mechanism for change.

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