Recipe: Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

Green beans with bacon and caramelized shallots is classic comfort food: simple and well-seasoned. This recipe for green beans with bacon is savory and easy. While my version of green beans with bacon may vary slightly from the original served by my godmother, the essences of the flavors remain the same: fresh green beans seasoned by a healthy serving of bacon and shallots. While the ingredients may be humble, it is often the simplest of foods and preparations that yield the very best dishes. If you’d like to use pastured lard, why not learn how to render it.

Weston A Price: Findings on Traditional Foods

Weston A Price, a Cleveland dentist who, when challenged by rampant tooth decay and the considerable physical degeneration of his patients, left his practice and traveled the world researching the dietary practices of peoples consuming processed foods and those consuming an unprocessed, native diet, and the non-profit nutritional advocacy group named in his honor –… 

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Recipe: Fried Chicken Livers with New Mexico Chilies

Fried chicken livers.  The words, when rolled off the tongue, evoke images of farm life and of down-home country food. The clean, spicy intensity of New Mexico, or Anaheim, peppers provides the perfect foil for the salty, crunchy chicken livers with their rich, mineral-like flavor.  Growing up, my family would drive from Colorado through the… 

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Real Food Solutions: How WIC Found Raw Milk & Grass-fed Beef

What do soy milk, Honey Bunches of Oats, grape juice and Wonder bread have in common? They’re all listed among the Women Infants Children (WIC) Program’s allowable foods list.  WIC, a federal program whose mission is, “To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk… 

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Butter Your Vegetables: The Role of Fruits, Vegetables & Dietary Fat in Health

In our home, we eat our vegetables with butter – lots of butter, and newcomers to traditional foods are often shocked at the amount of fat recommended in the wholesome recipes featured on Nourished Kitchen.  After all fat, especially saturated fat, is bad, isn’t it?  It’s dangerous – all this despite significant evidence that dietary… 

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A Recipe: Whole Grain Buttermilk Biscuits

Whole grain buttermilk biscuits are a rare treat in our home.  We begin most mornings with a breakfast of pastured eggs and wilted greens or homemade yogurt and soaked oatmeal porridge.  Occasionally, just occasionally, I find the time to prepare whole grain buttermilk biscuits as a special treat.  I dust the flour off Meta Given’s… 

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Giveaway: Win a Scandinavian Yogurt Starter (and how to make raw milk yogurt)

Yesterday, we discussed the cultured milks of Scandinavia and the role they play in the culinary traditions of the region.  Viili, filmjölk and piimä all share a similarity and, in many ways, are best described as yogurt though they each offer their own, unique, characteristics.  Piimä is faintly cheese-like in flavor and drunk as a… 

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Sour Milk: Lessons from Scandinavia

Viili, piimä, filmjölk, skyr – all obscure mouthfuls of rolling foreign vowels – that mean but one thing: cultured milk.  The Scandinavians, whose ill-tempered northern climate necessitates creative application of food preservation techniques, celebrate  soured milks and cultured dairy foods in a manner unparalleled by even the yogurt-loving people of the Caucasus. Indeed, they thrive… 

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Brown Soda Bread with Currants and Caraway

Brown soda bread offers nourishment, a rich flavor and is quite simple to prepare in any kitchen – emboldening the the repertoire of even the novice cook.  While the Irish are known for their traditional soda bread which combines little else but flour, buttermilk, salt and baking soda, many home cooks have adjusted the recipe… 

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Home-cured Corned Beef

Home-cured corned beef.  It seems daunting, doesn’t it?  Curing meat at home is much easier than you’d expect, and there’s a growing community of home cooks who are beginning to revive traditional methods of food preservation and charcuterie.  Preparing corned beef at home is a simple entrance into this lost art; moreover, the flavor is… 

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