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Jalapeno, Apricot and Bacon Zingers

I have a love of bacon.  No, really.  I love bacon.  All salty and sweet and meaty.  And that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Applegate, the makers of amazing natural and organic bacon.  I’ve been known to skip a real dinner and head down with my husband to the local rum… 

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Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Homemade sauerkraut, in all its funky humility, is a favorite food in our home – particularly in wintertime when fresh, local produce is a rare treat and we rely on what we’ve put by over the summer and autumn months.  For us, this means lots of fermented foods and sauerkraut in particular. We grow cabbage… 

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Roasted Persimmon and Ginger Custard

I’m not a huge dessert maker. I get that sweet calling every so often, but typically grab a ripe fruit or a few squares of high quality chocolate. When the mood does strike me, I pull out my ramekins and whip up a rich custard. The ingredients are always available, and it’s always a huge hit… 

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Why My Family Takes Cod Liver Oil Everyday

Every morning I begin my day with a single spoonful of cod liver oil.  It’s part of our morning routine,  serving nutrient-dense cod liver oil alongside eggs and bacon and sautéed greens, soaked oatmeal, fresh homemade yogurt and fruit or whatever else we plan to have for breakfast.  It’s part of our morning ritual, and on… 

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Sprouted Blue Corn, Buckwheat and Blueberry Muffins

As autumn turns to winter, and the cold creeps into the creaking, century-old mining shack we call home, I find myself spending more and more time in the kitchen, hovered over stew pots and tending a hot oven full of baked goods, if only to keep warm. So, I bake cookies with my little boy. I… 

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Sourdough Rye Crepes with Sorghum-Cinnamon Apples

As summer slowly fades to autumn, we are found in one of the busiest times of the year here on our off-grid homestead. Central Texas provides us with a fall gardening season and so many days this time of year you can find us planting kale seedlings, direct-seeding carrots and beets, picking dried beans, and… 

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Glowing Ghost Gummies for Halloween

As Halloween rolls around each year, I look for new ways to my son’s favorite holiday: homemade costumes and decorations, special treats and natural and organic candies that we pile into a bucket on our doorstep for any little goblins, witches and ghouls that might come calling. So we make sugar cookies, and honey caramel… 

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Win a Case of Fresh SweeTango Apples!

There is a crisp layer of golden leaves spread over my yard like a carpet, and there’s a bite of cold in the air – a reminder that fall is decidedly here, and winter’s not too far away. It’s this time of year that I find myself in the kitchen more often than not: preparing… 

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Seared Albacore with Ginger, Garlic and Green Onions

I grew up by the ocean, spending my earliest years on the beaches of South Texas before moving with my family to the tiny island of Okinawa where I spent my grade school years. I remember late nights at shacks in Texas, seasoned and boiled crabs dumped from enormous buckets onto newspaper-lined tables.  It’s there… 

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Potted Cheddar with Bacon and Shallots

I have a thing for cheese.  Real cheese.  Sharp, salty, creamy.  I have a thing for cheddar in particular.  Cheddar so sharp it smacks you in the mouth. And it’s that love that keeps me walking warily down the dairy case, even at my local health food store, where I eye deplorable hunks of milky,… 

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A Giveaway: Our True Roots Raw Organic TigerNuts and TigerNut Flour (10 Winners)

I was recently introduced to tigernuts, a member of the nutsedge family, and quickly fell in love with the sweet, nutty and starchy tuber.  Using it primarily to make kunnu aya, or traditional Nigerian tigernut milk.  And using its flour, with its flavor reminiscent of chestnuts, in sweets like cookies and crumbles.