Boycott Food: Progressive Cookies

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Mondelez.jpgWe at PlanetGreen thoroughly understand the love-hate relationship between liberals and boycotts. On the one hand, they're empowering illustrations of how a little solidarity truly can go a long way. But on the other, even the most dedicated activists still cannot escape those basic human weaknesses that so often hamper attempts to rise above corporate wrongdoing, like the need to stay on a budget, the search for that perfect Christmas-y touch, or the craving for cookies.

Fortunately, this time, the quest to steer clear of Oreos and the other products of grocery conglomerate Mondelez International does not have to result in sugar deprivation, thanks to Robert and Belle La Follette.

LaFollette 1.jpgIn 1909, the Wisconsin Senator founded an eponymous magazine which primarily featured articles by many leading liberals of the day, such as Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, and Louis Brandeis, on subjects ranging from the Red Scare to the emerging Civil Rights Movement. Senator Bob, in the introduction to the first issue, set forth the mission of his publication:

"In the course of every attempt to establish or develop free government, a struggle between Special Privilege and Equal Rights is inevitable. The battle is just on. It is young yet. It will be the longest and hardest ever fought for Democracy. In other lands, the people have lost. Here we shall win. It is a glorious privilege to live in this time, and have a free hand in this fight for government by the people."

Alongside the exposes and editorials, it also contained a section by his wife and co-editor, Belle, on economical living, education reform, healthy habits - and recipes. Her century-old "Butter Cookies" taste remarkably like Nilla wafers (a Mondelez product), and are an easy, inexpensive, and delicious substitute for the off-limits snacks:


La Follette 3.jpgIngredients:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 stick butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
Small pinch salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in medium-sized bowl, then add eggs, butter, and sugar. Stir until smooth (batter will be wet).
Spoon in small teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 min or until golden brown around edges.
Enjoy (and bask in the knowledge of your fidelity to the cause!)

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