I'm so busy that I don't have time to imagine what I'd be cooking this week if the Chez was open!

The framing is up, the plumber has been in and done what can get done before the walls get closed up, the electrician thinks they can start by the end of this week, the tables are getting spiffed up, the walls are getting painted and we're going to be laying the floor soon.
There's stuff going on!
And the new fall menu is ready and readable...

Thanks for stopping by and keep checking in for a formal opening day announcement! If there are no major disasters, that will probably be a day in October.

In the meantime, here are a few sites to check out:
In October, October 3rd and 4th, to be exact, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is having their annual conference in Stevens Point. There'll be several worthy speakers and workshops and the Chez Corps will be cooking lunch on Saturday for the attendees. More information on the conference can be found at their website.

In Wisconsin and in some few other misquided states across the nation, it is illegal to sell raw (i.e. unpasteurized) milk. It seems silly to me that in the dairy state, we can't buy milk straight from the cow. Raw milk has more vitamins and nutrients, is much more digestible, and tastes infinitely better than the old, cooked milk available at the grocery store. And if you have any interest in making good cheese, as I do, then raw milk is the only way to go. I'm not suggesting that we should stop pasteurizing milk entirely, only that a farmer should not have to jeopardize his or her livelihood in order to sell raw milk to those who want it. I don't see this as being substantially different from the irradiated beef debate. Once again, big agri-business is making it hard for our culture to continue, at the expense of taste and at the expense of small farmers. If small farmers could sell raw milk, they could sell directly to the buyer much more easily and economically. If farmers are employing proper sanitation methods at the farm, raw milk is completely safe and much better for you. It's pasteurization that allows factory farms to produce in sloppy environments, because it makes the milk "sanitary."
Well, I say "YUK!" to that stuff in the grocery stores. If you agree, check out the website of the campaign for Real Milk.

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