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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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How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass.   Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.   When my son was littler than… 

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Favorite Things: March 2012

March was a bit of a whirlwind month – hectic and busy. From organizing a conference and farm-to-table dinner, to moving across town the very same week (I can’t wait to show you pictures of my kitchen.  It’s a teeny space that’ll give you a lot of confidence in your own kitchen.)  Oh yes!  And… 

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matsoni - the easiest yogurt you'll ever make

Matsoni: The Easiest Yogurt You’ll Make

Want an easy homemade yogurt? It doesn’t get easier than matsoni or the many other traditional yogurts that culture best at room temperature (think of villi, piima and filmjolk).  Even if you’re so clumsy in the kitchen that you manage to burn water, you can make this simple, easy yogurt.  Just whisk starter culture with… 

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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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rawesome raided again, weston a price foundation chapter leader arrested: view the full complaint

Rawesome was raided again.  In a multi-agency effort, the private natural foods buying club as well as a local farm was raided again as part of a year-long sting operation that ended with three arrests: one farmer, one chapter leader of the Weston A Price Foundation and one coordinator of a private natural foods buying club. … 

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Tricolored Berry & Kefir Popsicles for July 4th

I love the Fourth of July: fireworks, parades, barbecues and apple pie contests.  I love it all, and do my best to prepare special and celebratory picnics for the day.  As Nourished Kitchen’s meal plan subscribers know, this week we’re hosting a barbecue with grass-fed beef burgers seasoned with onion and served with homemade ketchup,… 

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I drink real milk: fresh, raw, local and full of fat.

I drink raw milk. I drink fresh, raw milk.  Really fresh, really raw and always in season. In essence, I drink real milk.  I’ve waxed poetic about my love of fresh cream before, but now it’s milk’s turn. My milk is fresh, in season, grass-fed, full-fat and locally produced.  It is rich, and luscious and… 

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Compote with Honey Custard

  Spring inches its way forward, blossom by blossom, bee by bee and leaf by leaf, but in the high country, winter still sleeps soundly at my doorstep, snow continues to fall with unyielding abandon and I crave the sun. So we pack our bags, hop in the car, and hightail it out of the… 

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a recipe for good luck: creamed collard greens

Looking for a collard greens recipe to bring a little luck to your new year?  In this traditional recipe for creamed collards, collard greens are gently simmered in fresh cream with caramelized onions and sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.  Creamed collards speak to the essence of comfort food in a way few other dishes do.  There’s easy… 

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