The Golden Leaf Bruschetta Pizza:Keep it fresh this winter, with this tastefully simple vegetarian Bruschetta Pizza. A combination of our dark Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar and our Sicilian Roasted Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Extra Virgin Olive Oil, make it both succulent and simple to make.
The Crust and Toppings
Good any time of year, for the crust you will need 3 medium tomatoes, 1/4 cup of our dark Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of basil, 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 tablespoon of our Sicilian Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 pound of pizza dough, 2 tablespoons of cornmeal and 2 ounces of soft crumbled bleu or goat cheese; or if you prefer mozzarella.
For the sauce you will need 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 cup 2 percent milk, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. After you melt the butter in a saucepan at medium-low heat and whisk in the flour and other ingredients over 3 to 5 minutes until thick and even.
The 5 Easy Steps
1) Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
2) Combine the Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar, tomatoes, basil, thyme and Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Olive Oil with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, in a medium sized bowl.
3) Roll out the dough with cornmeal in a 15 inch diameter and about 1/4 inch thick and spread the sauce over top and spread the sauce over top.
4) Put the pizza in the oven and bake until it is slightly brown and crisp. Generally 10 to 15 minutes.
5) Remove the pizza. Spread the tomato/balsamic/olive oil toppings over top; along with the blue, goat or mozzarella cheese depending on what you prefer. Now you are ready to go. Simply cut and serve!
It is more important than ever to promote the livelihood of the ever dwindling bee population. Bees are responsible for pollinating millions of plants each year, many of which are agricultural crops. One out of every three foods that we eat are made possible by bees. Without them, a huge amount of the plants we rely on for food would die off. Combine that with a world population on the brink of 10 billion people worldwide and we need bees now more than ever.
Sadly though, they are dying off. The biggest preventable reason for the current drop in our bee population are the many toxic pesticides Trump has lifted bans on. One of these was a previously banned highly toxic bee killing pesticide that he brought back to life; Sulfoxaflor. He not only lifted the ban on this toxic pesticide, but authorized its dumping and use on over 16 million acres of bee attractive crops!!! The other Chlorpyrifos, actually causes brain damage in children. We haven’t made nearly enough strides in preserving life on this planet and what few strides we have made, Trump is working overtime to deplete. Unfortunately, with all the coverage on his collusion with Russia and the Mueller Report, these environmental atrocities get lost in translation and are not mentioned at all!
So to help we need to 1) vote for a new candidate in 2020 2) grow a beegarden and 3) feed your children organic fruits, free of pesticides and do not allow them to eat school fruit. For the purpose of this post, my focus is on the bee garden. I prefer to plant flowers that stay in bloom for awhile. There is nothing less appealing for a landscape than bunches of dead and dying flowers. It is also best to choose at least three varieties of flower, that bloom at different times of the year to ensure that whether it is spring, summer or fall, there is a much needed feast available for the bees.
This year for my spring bloom, I chose Cosmos Bipinnatus. Bees love cosmos, they are easy to grow and they stay in bloom for a very long time. From seed they typically take about 7 weeks from seed to first bloom. For my summer blooming flower, I chose Zinnias this year. Here again Zinnias are very easy to grow, they stay in bloom for a prolonged period of time and bees and pollinators love them! They are also very colorful. Zinnias take about 60 to 70 days from seed to first bloom.
Lastly and my personal favorite for fall, I chose Goldenrods. Of all the flowers, I think bees and butterflies love these the most. This wildflower grew a few years ago on my front lawn without me even planting them and there were herds of bees and butterflies feeding on them all day long! They are a beautiful vibrant bright yellow color and an excellent last source of pollen before the winter. This flower is also easy to grow, very hardy and drought tolerant. If you want your goldenrods to bloom in the current year, sow them in the spring. Make sure to put the seeds in direct sunlight and do not cover them with soil. The sunlight is paramount to their germination, which will generally occur in about 2 to 3 weeks. For blooms next year sow the seeds in the fall, for blooms in spring. Tell your friends and family, grow a bee garden!
Sign the ban puppy mills petition below! Puppy mills are cruel and see animals as cash crops — breeding mother dogs constantly, regardless of their health or veterinary needs,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. Constant confinement, malnutrition, exposure, inadequate medical care and the killing, starving and abandoning of mothers who can no longer breed, there is no doubt this is one of the most cruel practices still in existence in America today.
Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, filed a lawsuit against the Animal Kingdom pet store and purported rescue groups Bark Adoptions and Rescue Pets Iowa, for engaging in a puppy laundering scheme to unlawfully circumvent the California law that bans the sale of dogs from commercial breeders, commonly called puppy mills. This is a real step forward for not only those dogs constantly caged and mistreated in puppy mills, but also for the 1.2 million adoptable dogs euthanized each year!
The law which was broken, went into effect on January 1, 2019. It requires pet stores to obtain animals only from public animal control agencies, animal shelters, or federally registered 501(c)(3) rescue groups that do not obtain animals from breeders or brokers for compensation. Read what PETA has to say about puppy mills. https://www.peta.org/…/a…/puppy-mills-dogs-abused-pet-trade/
“Retail pet sales bans, like California’s, are intended to combat puppy mills and their deplorable practices. Attempts to circumvent these laws will not go unchallenged by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.”
California was the first state to pass a pet retail sale ban in 2017, with Maryland following in 2018. Many major cities have instituted similar laws, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. SIGN THE PETITION TO BAN PUPPY MILLS! Help the Animal Legal Defense Fund take the fight to your city or state! https://act.aldf.org/page/6160/petition/1
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Save Orcas: Plastic in our oceans is a huge problem. Billions of pounds of plastics and trash, pollute our oceans every year and the culmination of these years…..is resulting in excessive and harmful build up that is threatening the future of the ocean itself! Between the billions of pounds of plastics dumped in what should be fertile coral reefs and Trump rolling out pollution and rolling back the protections granted by the marine mammal act and trying to rid the world of marine monuments and refuge areas so there isn’t a single place in the world his companies can’t pollute; the outlook is bleak.
But Oceana if you follow our posts, is working to combat these mounting problems and so is 4Ocean. 4Ocean’s sole mission and job is to pick up plastic from the ocean. To date, they have picked up 4 million pounds of trash from the Ocean and yet they still have only scratched the surface, because 16 BILLION pounds is added each year. So there is still much work to be done! This month only you can purchase their Orca bracelet for only $20. This $20 will support picking up one pound of trash out of the ocean and go to help the Orca Conservancy, which protects endangered killer whales, such as the Right Whale. Save Orcas! Visit https://4ocean.com/products/orca-bracelet to get your bracelet today!
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The National Academy of Sciences estimated that 16 billion pounds of garbage was being dumped into the ocean every year. That’s more than 1.5 million pounds per hour. Please help Oceana to save our beautiful oceans from becoming the worlds landfill! Don’t let anymore ocean life, succumb to the fate of this penguin or seal! Break Free From Plastic!#BreakFreeFromThePlasticPledge
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Save Marine Mammals! Tell your member of Congress to #DefendMarineMammals by rejecting legislation that would weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act, allowing for pollution in the last few places not traumatized by the 16 billion pounds of trash added to the ocean each year! And yet, Trump supports more pollution, in more places and aims to end Marine Mammal Protection and Marine Monuments and areas of refuge. Only Accomplishment to Date: Making America Toxic Again. https://bit.ly/2VR8zPb.
Please write your local congressman today! Make it hard for them not to care and remind them of the lasting damage they could permanently do to our environment and the world, if they don’t fight to save the last truly majestic and mesmerizing parts of it! Persistence is key and the only way anything gets accomplished in a bureaucracy! Don’t just mail one letter, mail twenty! Make them vote out of conscious and not fear of reprisal or job loss, if they do not go along with whatever ludicrous agenda happens to be on the docket! #DefendMarineMammals
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Protect The Arctic! This is unacceptable! Oil and gas industrialization would destroy one of the last truly intact wilderness areas on Earth. Trump has openly and specifically approved the harming of whales by big oil, after having mandated cars be LESS fuel efficient, increasing our dependence on oil and his future profits.
That is all any of his atrocious environmental policy is about. Future money to be made, not for the country, but for Trump and a select few. Not only will whales be adversely effected by Trumps advocacy of oil drilling, in protected arctic wildlife areas…..but it will be detrimental and hazardous to the health and survival of polar bears as well!
That’s why Earthjustice is fighting to#ProtectTheArctic. Please help the cause! You can make a difference!
More than 30 percent of the world’s fisheries have been pushed beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. Several important commercial fish populations have declined to the point where their survival as a species is threatened. Target fishing of top predators, such as tuna and groupers, is changing marine communities, which leads to an abundance of smaller marine species, such as sardines and anchovies. Like tuna, many species of fish are now endangered and face the risk of extinction due to overfishing. What our marine systems need are environmental laws, policies and safeguards that point out how much fishing is legal and required.
Many species of fish are now endangered and face the risk of extinction due to overfishing. What our marine systems need are environmental laws, policies and safeguards that point out how much fishing is legal and required.
Overfishing is not the only disaster effecting fish populations. It seems to be caused by a “perfect storm” created by both over fishing and climate change. Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitats caused by a warming environment. One of the ways warming has negatively impacted shellfish is by making them more susceptible to predators. Their predation rate is faster in the warmer waters. Their numbers have significantly decreased.
Also due to climate change, the distribution of zooplankton has been negatively impacted. Plankton are an important source of food for larger animals. Phytoplankton are the first link in the food chain. They are known as primary producers because they produce the first forms of food. Zooplankton and other small animals that graze on the phytoplankton are known as primary consumers. These, in turn, become food for larger organisms such as bivalves, crustaceans and fish. The fish and other animals then become food for animals near the top of the food chain, such as harbor seals and man. So in the end it will very negatively impact us all.
So people who don’t care about animals and the environment, need to be concerned about how these drastic changes will effect even them in the end. Please take action to prevent the mass devastation this will cause and try and save all the majestic inhabitants of our oceans, by trying to prevent and reverse the further adverse effects of continued overfishing and climate change! Help Oceana Today!! You can make a difference!
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