water kefir grains

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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creamy asparagus soup

My Favorite Asparagus Soup

When spring inches its way forward, there is one recipe that I invariably prepare: asparagus soup.  It’s creamy, but light, and rich with the grassy green herbaceous flavor of asparagus and leeks. Spring comes earlier to the region around us than it comes to the mountain itself.  After a long and grey-white winter, when March… 

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Prebiotics & Probiotics

Prebiotics and probiotics represent essential aspects of a wholesome, nourishing diet.   Though not the same, prebiotics and probiotics complement one another and work together to improve overall health and wellness.   Simplistically, a prebiotic promotes the proliferation of beneficial bacteria while probiotics contain live beneficial bacteria that help to recolonize your intenstinal flora.  … 

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Want Healthy Children? Let them Eat Dirt!

We all want healthy children, but did you know that children who eat dirt might actually be doing their bodies and long-term health a tremendous service? Providing a healthy, clean environment for children is of paramount importance, but the over sanitation of childhood might actually be doing   children more harm than good.   The… 

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Reader Questions: Homemade Cider, Water Kefir Grains

In a new segment I thought I’d answer some reader questions.   Indeed, if there’s enough interest, I’ll answer reader questions every Wednesday.   If you have a question about food, recipes, traditional foods and nutrition or frugal cooking feel free to contact me. Can homemade cider make people sick? Anything food can harbor potential… 

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