#AskJamieOliver turned into ,”Hey, Jamie…how am I supposed to eat like that when I’m poor?”

The hashtag #AskJamieOliver on Twitter didn’t go so well for Jamie the other day. I think the tweet chat Q & A was supposed to be to promote his new show but it ended up being a chance for people to call him out on real food privilege . Well, that and to generally mock him.

I’ll just get this sordid confession out of the way right now: I kinda like Jamie Oliver.

I think he means well. I know,I know. Meaning well doesn’t count for much.  I live in an area immersed with food snobs who are also bleeding heart liberals. They’ll dine together over local,organic meals while passionately discussing the plight of poor people. They think they get it but they don’t and they think that by just talking about all these poor people things, they’re being good people. Being good isn’t always the same as doing good…and “doing good” can sometimes end up being a poorly executed maneuver if you don’t have a full understanding of what you’re trying to fix.

This is the main problem with Jamie Oliver.  He is in a perfect position to shed light on and change an oppressive food system but he needs to learn how to do so without shaming those who are struggling with real life problems. He needs a dose of reality and really needs to listen to his critics here.

There were some great snarky and pointed tweets the other day…
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But my favorite tweets related to Jamie Oliver the other day  was a series of tweets by @RhymesWithJen . She summed up what I talked about in The Reasons Poor People Don’t Eat Healthy  a bit more succinctly (140 characters per point,you know) . I always feel like the points are worth reiterating . The people who have had negative critique of the points usually say I’m “making excuses for poor people”, instead of recognizing that it really is that way. For real. We’re not making this stuff up.

(Oh,language advisory here. I didn’t edit out the cursing. I know I was supposed to make this blog more PG Friendly but meh…I hate censoring)
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Zucchini Recipes

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If you know a gardener, chances are they start sharing their zucchini bounty with you around this time of the year. In season, they’re especially inexpensive at the grocery store.
A reader asked specifically for zucchini recipes for this reason and because, “I don’t know how to do anything with them besides make zucchini bread.”

Here are some great recipes that use zucchini:

Zucchini-Crusted Pizza (my family’s personal favorite. We’ve also used yellow squash )

Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips with Basil Dipping Sauce

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Gratin

Zucchini Fritters

Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burgers

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Rounds with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese (I make something similar but with tomato & mozzarella)

Baked Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Soup

Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti

Grilled Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad

Zucchini, Mint and Yogurt Spread

Zucchini-Potato Frittata

Stuffed 8-Ball Zucchini

Zucchini Brownies

Pesto Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet

Zucchini Milk

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters

Zucchini Boats with Mozzarella and Olives

Easy French Ratatouille

Penne with Zucchini and Almonds