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In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Napa Slaw

This week’s healthy and inexpensive recipe is Napa Slaw.  It’s made with Napa cabbage.  You’re not familiar with Napa cabbage?  It’s always great to try new vegetables!  Napa cabbage has a milder flavor than regular green cabbage.  This recipe also calls for rice vinegar, which also might be something you haven’t tried before.  It’s about the same price as regular vinegar but has a little more complexity, which makes it good in salad dressing, too.  This delicious slaw is good with Asian-inspired meals or really any meal.  One reason I selected Napa Slaw for this week’s recipe is that I’m taking it to a get together tomorrow night.  This dish is always a big hit.

Napa Slaw

¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
¾ cup canola oil
1 small head Napa cabbage (about ¾ lb.)
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
¼ cup chopped cilantro

In the jar of a blender, combine lime juice, vinegar, sugar, onion, salt, and ginger.  Puree; then add oil in a slow stream to emulsify into a vinaigrette.  Refrigerate dressing until ready to use.

Cut the cabbage in half and remove the root end.  Starting at the bottom, cut cabbage into ¼-inch slices.  Stop when you reach the leafy end and reserve the remainder of the cabbage for another use.  You should have about 6 cups of sliced cabbage.

Place cabbage in a large bowl.  Add apple, walnuts, and cilantro.  Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

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