Fresh Chicken Broth: Achieving a Solid Gel

A good stock is the backbone of a good kitchen; it provides flavor to your dishes as well as sustenance and nourishment for your body.   Broth features in the traditional foods of peoples across the globe.  Stock is the foundation of classical French cooking and provides critical sustenance in peasant cooking among traditional peoples everywhere. … 

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Winter Minestrone Soup

It’s 20 below and the only thing that seems to sustain me through these long, dark, frigid days of winter is a warm, nourishing soup. While broths and thin soups serve a purpose – as an appetizer or beginning to a meal – nothing truly satisfies like a dense, full-bodied soup overflowing with flavorful ingredients:… 

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Vote for Your Favorite Olive Oil Recipe

Earlier this month, I asked you to submit your very  best olive oil recipe to February’s Clean Your Plate Challenge.  And we had some beautiful entries – each recipe offered something unique, so choosing finalists for the challenge proved difficult, but we settled on four finalists: Olive Oil Gelato, Olive Oil Ice Cream, One Quarter… 

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28 Days of Real Food: Week #4 and Week #3 Re-cap

We’re on our last week of the challenge to eat real food for 28 days!  Are you still with me?  Are you enjoying sourdough breads and wholesome natural yogurts?  Are you celebrating wholesome, healthy fats in all their nutrient-dense glory?  Now’s the time to sit back, relax and evaluate the week. Did you miss an… 

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Baby-led Weaning: A Real Food Approach to Feeding Your Baby

Baby-led weaning is the practice of trusting your baby’s innate sense of hunger, of want, of self-knowledge and of self-limitation. Baby-led weaning offers parents and their children a natural, relaxed approach to the introduction of solid foods and the eventual cessation of breastfeeding. Instead of relying on prepared, commercial baby foods or even homemade purees,… 

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Molasses Custard

Gently flavored by blackstrap molasses – a mineral-rich, natural sweetener – this custard has quickly become a favorite dessert in our home, and one my four-year-old relishes.    Molasses custard is well-suited to winter’s supper tables – it’s soft, sweet and satisfying. Dense in wholesome fats from pastured egg yolks and fresh cream, molasses custard is… 

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Real Food Challenge: Week 3 & Week 2 Re-cap

We’re half-way finished with the challenge: you’ve tackled the pantry, stocked up on wholesome food, learned to properly prepare grains and wholesome fats and even started to source good, fresh raw milk if you hadn’t already done so.  So, sit back and evaluate the week.  If you blog, share a link to your post (or… 

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Taramasalata: A Seasonal Savior

This post was generously contributed by Heidi Robb, a natural foods enthusiast with a penchant for wholesome real food.  Heidi blogs about her life in recipes – one of the most visually stunning real food blogs I’ve ever happened across.  With a personal history in the restaurant business, Heidi has transitioned into culinary media where… 

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For the Love of Organic Dark Chocolate

Organic dark chocolate – sweet but not too sweet and almost lustful in its intensity.  There’s no treat that quite fulfills the essence of Valentine’s Day like a good, organic dark chocolate.  Serve it as it suits: in a mousse, in hot chocolate or in a beautiful bar of chocolate.  Organic dark chocolate is a… 

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Butternut Squash with Cinnamon

Simple food makes for the best food.  The key to preparing simple food well is to purchase the very best ingredients you can find: in that way, their natural flavors are liberated. Some of the simplest preparations allow the beauty of those subtle flavors to stand on their own, albeit  dressed with a little butte. … 

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