Fermented Foods for Gut Health

Fermented foods: sauerkrauts, kombucha, yogurts – represent a staple aspect of traditional foods across the globe; that is, traditional cultures around the world each practiced the art of fermentation.  And while many fermented foods were born out of practicality – a way to preserve the harvest of summer well into the dark days of winter… 

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My Favorite Autumn Salad

Autumn has arrived in the mountains, and the aspens in my yard have turned from green to gold, and soon they’ll shed their leaves entirely. It’s this time of year, late September, when Mother Nature simply can’t decide what to do with herself as some days remain seem blisteringly hot, and others feel so crisp and cool that… 

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Blue Mountain Organics

Blue Mountain Organics Gift Basket Giveaway — A $250 Value

Nuts and seeds are a perpetual presence in my kitchen.  I drop a few into our morning soaked oatmeal porridge.  I pack my little boy’s lunch with a container full of nuts and dried fruit.  I grab a handful in the middle of the afternoon when my energy sometimes begins to slump. For the most… 

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On Making Lunch Better (and a giveaway from Applegate!)

So the other day, I wondered to myself – if my son could head to the store and pick out anything he wanted for his school lunch (with no input from me), what would he choose?  So we went shopping together: he with his basket, and me with mine. What My Son Would Pack So… 

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10 Tips for Real Food Newbies

10 tips for real food newbies

If you’re just starting out, just learning and baby-stepping away from packaged and boxed foods into a diet based on wholesome, natural traditional foods, those first few weeks (months? years?) can feel daunting at best, and completely impossible at worst.  It’s hard, especially if you were raised on Lean Cuisine, Pop Tarts and Crystal Light. … 

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Roasted Beet Pie with Honey, Cheese and Mint

In summer, when our garden and CSA boxes overflow with an abundance of fresh vegetables, I lean on light, veggie-heavy lunches.  Among my favorite are free-form vegetable tarts, filled with roasted vegetables and artisan cheeses, and brightened with the lightest sprinkling of fresh herbs. Recently the folks at Ewetopia Dairy sent me a sample of… 

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How We Celebrate Autumn (and a Recipe for Cider-braised Cabbage and Apples)

Each autumn, my tiny mountain community celebrates the transition from summer to winter with abandon.  Perhaps here at the very end of the road where our little town sits nestled between the undulating folds of the Rocky Mountains, we live a little less removed from nature.   Those thin transitions between summer and autumn, autumn… 

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10 Simple, Healthy School Lunch Ideas (and a giveaway for $450 lunch gear!)

In a week, my kiddo will enter school for the first time.  We’ve homeschooled for the last several years, but recently he expressed interest in attending a small, intimate private school part-time which means, for the first time ever, I’ll be packing school lunch. Long gone are the days of slow, lingering family lunches, and here… 

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A Recipe for Socca, a simple, gluten-free chickpea flatbread

In summertime, I crave simple, nourishing foods.  Fresh, and vibrant and blessedly easy to prepare.  And while in wintertime, I favor hardy stews and roasts, in summer I want for something decidedly lighter. Lately, I’ve leaned heavily on socca, a thin flatbread traditionally served in the south of France (it goes by the name farinata… 

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A Visit to Polyface: Food, Freedom, Sustainability and Celebration

Polyface Farms, run by the legendary farmers Joel Salatin, sits nestled against a deep green backdrop of rolling Virginia Hills, just outside of the quiet, charming town of Staunton, Virginia. It’s here that the work of the very vocal farmer, and that of his family, has led to a rumbling of revolution, and hope for sustainable… 

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How to Make Sprouted Hummus #nourishedkitchen

How to Make Sprouted Hummus with Garlic and Chiles

I love a good hummus, particularly sprouted hummus, but many of the versions I’ve tried are, well, painfully gritty and dull in flavor.  For me, hummus should be something luxuriant, with a smooth texture and a rich flavor pronounced by the earthiness of chickpeas, the fruitiness of olive oil and with a sparkle of fresh… 

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