I am NOT a Communist. (Much.)

So, I've become increasingly ...I wouldn't say MILITANT but...um, ENTHUSIASTIC about organic foods and feeding them to my children.  It seems like the more we learn about how we're poisoning our food supply with pesticides and additives, the more dangerous it seems to feed my girls meat and produce and dairy that isn't organic.

Really, I draw the line at saying I'm MILITANT about it because...well, there's ice cream.  My husband has his own edict about not buying ice cream if it has high fructose corn syrup in it, so it makes it hard to find ice cream that meets all of our standards without tasting like wet cardboard. Non-organic ice cream (without HFCS) is a staple in our house.  (We'd buy organic ice cream exclusively, but we have to balance that with the fact that we have private school tuition to pay.)

At any rate, during a recent Hamburger Night at the Cooper's, I insisted on making my own French Fries from organic potatoes.  I bought a curly fry cutter

and I peeled almost five pounds of potatoes (!) and spiral cut them. My husband fried them up (Classic Quote: "A man needs to know his place. Mine is in the garage with the deep fryer.") and I salted them with organic sea salt and served them.

They were delicious.

Jane Cooper, 10, refused to even try them, other than an obligatory nibble when she saw the homicidal look in my eyes.  She doesn't like change of any kind and if Ore-Ida fries were okay for every other Hamburger Night we've had (there haven't been many since my kids only discovered they LIKE hamburgers within the last year), then she saw no need for change.  Clearly, I am the MAN, always trying to keep her down.

So, um, then I got a message from the Universe.


Hmmm.


I can't quite tell if this means I should stay the course in my organic obsession, or if maybe "MILITANT" is the appropriate adjective after all...

Comments

Ei said…
Gawd you're cute.
Mrs. G. said…
After supping with you in NY, I do not think it was a coincidence--you've got some commie vibe emanating from that gorgeous hair. On a side note, I would come back to NY for some of those fries!
May I have Jane's portion of fries? They look delicious!
Anonymous said…
My nieces and nephews prefer boxed instant mashed potatoes to the real thing, too. I can't find a decent potato masher either. Sad, isn't it?

I'm also old enough to remember when American cheese wasn't tasteless yellow rubber, and Twinkies were actually GOOD.
Bullwinkle said…
(Comment troubles - sorry if this is a duplicate.)

awwww ...My mom used to make home-made french fries, only on my birthday.

Jane doesn't know what she is missing ;) but I suppose that is o.k. with the rest of you.
Susan said…
That fry combo would make one stop and wonder about messages from the universe...but last I heard the food in communist countries is not as good as yours!
M said…
Funny you blogged about organic today. I am not really an organic Nazi, but when I can get it and I don't have to take out a loan to buy it, I'll generally choose organic. This weekend, however, Central Market had several fruit selections of both organic and non-organic priced the SAME. I was wondering if it was an intelligence test or something. . .
Lomagirl said…
Can I have Jane's please? Yummo. I just use regular potatoes and bake them for my kids. Also, I don't mind a little red with my fries- matches the ketchup!
Well, now I am seething with jealousy that you got to meet up with Mrs. G in NY. Also, I want that curly-fry cutter thingamabob - had no idea it existed!
Tiny Tyrant said…
Any that Jane won't eat, I will. Just freeze 'em and ship and I'll enjoy on this coast. ;-)
The BlogHore said…
Have you seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBEFCiWyW0&feature=player_embedded
trash said…
There is a gadget to make curly fries? I think I might be living in the wrong country. That finds makes UK kitchen shop shelves look as empty as any Soviet era store.
Holly said…
There are no Coincidences in life. All are life lessons...great post