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Dandelions: If you can't beat em, eat em! - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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Dandelions: If you can't beat em, eat em!
I suspect this works better for Dandelions than Republicans, but then I've never knowingly tried to eat a Republican.

Tonite I returned home from a productive but slightly maddening evening at the community association meeting where the most incompetent speaker was an official of the county solid waste commission. Several of use raised our hands to clarify certain things he said. To my way of thinking he said so many wrong things I took notes. I waited my turn and did not dump them all at once but by the end I suspect he felt like a pinata.

In his speech he told us to recycle our batteries, which somebody questioned and then I raised my hand and said, "your OWN people told me not to bring my alkaline batteries for you for recycling, to throw them out instead. He confirmed that and meant by "batteries" he in fact meant NiCads and Car batteries, DUH? Why not just say "rechargeables". He also told us to put our styrofoam peanuts in the trash cans and made no mention of all the local shipping companies that will gladly accept and reuse them. when I brought this up, several other attending chimed in. I felt he may have been doing "his job" but his advice taken literally was not very good for the environment.

But back to dandelions. When I returned this evening I saw to my dismay a really large heatthy dandelion plant growing just outside my front door. I bent over and yanked it out. High on my list of stuff to do was to prepare the other three lamb chops for my dinner and here I was with a fresh picked garden salad. MMMMMmmmmm! I've been eating dandelions for years, but only in prepared garden salads. I've heard that dandelion greens are very nutritious, so I treated them like any other green vegetable. The flavor was rather strong so strong that even bleu cheese dressing did not quite mask the flavor.

The lamb I made tonite was better than last night's. The rub I prepared consisted of about a tablespoon of dried sage to about a teaspoon of Paul Prudhommes "Meat Magic" It came out perfectly seasoned. I also used a mint jelly from the local gourmet shop I bought late last year indending to do more of this at the time.

Later after eating dinner, I was feeling fine but suddenly it occurred to me, what if there is more than one kind of dandelion or what if I was suppose to do something to it like "vein" it like shrimp? So I looked it up online. No such issues in fact its healthier than spinach! To think all these years I've been tossing it in the cans with the yard waste afraid to put it in my composter for fear it would would spread. I should have been eating it!

I fully expect someone to rant at me for cruelty to dandelions!
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Comments
brunhildevalkyr From: brunhildevalkyr Date: May 11th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um.... you're supposed to eat the tender young dandelion plants... not the big fully grown ones.

Dandelion is especially good with a hot bacon dressing....


fixx From: fixx Date: May 11th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
but you are big and fully grown and...

nevermind!
dcseain From: dcseain Date: May 11th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the larger dandelion greens are best cooked, with garlic. Garlic helps minimize the bitterness of the greens; on the other hand, onion will bring out the bitterness. Cook them in olive, or ther, oil, rather than butter, for the best taste. Dandelion flowers are delish in salads too.

Thinner leaves are less bitter than wider ones too. Like other greens, a small splash of vinegar in them is a plus also. Combine dandelion and carrot greens for a real taste treat. mmmm....
From: whormonalisa Date: May 11th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just reading some nerdy history nonsense today about how during the industrial revolution, child laborers were "forced" to feed on republicans dandelions due to restricted diets. Those lucky bastards!

I love edible flowers.
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