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How to Make Perpetual Broth in Your Crock Pot

By | April 16, 2014

Have you ever made a big batch of bone broth, simmered it all day, smelled the goodness, bottled it up… and then were hesitant to use it because then it would be gone? Maybe that’s just me, but when I found myself making broth, even in the slow cooker, I didn’t want to use it Read More

Real Food Chronicles: Jeanne @ Omamas

By | March 10, 2014

image credit by contributing writer Jeanne from O’Mamas When the ladies behind the genius Modern Alternative Mama posted a notice they wanted to explore a day-in-the-life of some of the contributing writers, I didn’t rush out and volunteer immediately. Not that my life isn’t an open book. I mean, I’m a blogger, for goodness sake. But I thought, maybe I’m not Read More

Real Reasons to Remove Sugar from the Pantry

By | January 7, 2014

Our bodies need sugar. In fact every cell in the body (including our precious brain cells) require sugar (glucose) for healthy function. Americans, on average, who eat a “typical” American diet consume about three pounds of sugar (and/or artificial sweeteners) each week. So … we should all be geniuses, right? Seriously, though, we have a major “sugar Read More

How to Soak and Cook Beans

By | December 15, 2011

Image by cookbookman17 Part of this you’re going to have to imagine, unfortunately, because my camera battery died right when I started this and I can’t find the charger.  Unless I happen to get lucky and find it today (Tuesday) since I need to soak and cook more beans anyway.  Luckily this isn’t too hard. Read More

How to Prepare Grains (With Adaptation Method)

By | December 9, 2011

Image by Jayne and D We’ve now addressed the issue of grains being good or bad, and why we want to prepare grains by sprouting, soaking, or souring.  But how do we do this?  What about recipes we already use– how do we adapt them? Sourdough I’m starting with this because it’s not my specialty and I don’t have Read More

Are Grains Good or Bad?

By | December 2, 2011

  Image by Jayne and D I’ve talked a whole lot about grains on here — going grain-free, eating grains again, sprouting them, soaking them, and so on.  I haven’t even gotten down to the nitty-gritty, though: are grains good or bad?  What do you do with them if they’re good…and why?  Today we’ll look at the Read More

Recipe Collection: How to Make Crispy Nuts

By | December 1, 2011

**Quickly, before I begin this post…I just found out that the senior midwife who delivered both our boys, Abby, has died tonight, Nov. 30. She went peacefully, in her sleep — she was in her 60s. We are in shock, she was happy and fine only on Thanksgiving! Please say a prayer for her family.**

Nuts are an excellent food — high in protein and fat and a lot of key nutrients, including magnesium (which many people are lacking in). However, they’re also high in phytic acid, an anti-nutrient which binds a lot key nutrients and makes them hard to digest. It also means the nutrients aren’t available to your body.

Monday Health & Wellness: Don’t Believe the Propaganda; Raw Milk

By | August 1, 2011

**This post has been entered in Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!** It’s occurred to me recently as I’ve had conversations with different people that many are confused about what is the “right” answer in any given area.  I can’t tell you specifically what the “right” answer is for you, because peoples’ needs and Read More

How to Purchase a Whole Animal

By | June 15, 2011

Image by s.wood79 **This post has been entered in Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop!** When you are eating “real food” on a regular basis, you know that meat prices, always one of the higher areas of the food budget, can be even higher.  Boneless, skinless chicken breast is often $6.50/lb. or more.  Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Got Eggs?

By | June 13, 2011

Image by **This post has been entered in Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!** Few foods have fallen in and out of favor with the mainstream “health” community like eggs.  Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad.  Most people are so confused that they have just ignored the advice altogether and either eat eggs Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Sugars and Sweeteners

By | May 23, 2011

Image by feserc Recently, we watched the movie Supersize Me.  I know, not exactly a new movie (I believe it came out in 2003).  There were so many issues in the movie that I could discuss, it was hard to pick just one.  They talked about “fat” as being the major problem very often — Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Low Fat Diets Are Not Healthy

By | April 18, 2011

Image by jessicafm **This post has been entered in Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop!** First — if you haven’t checked it out yet, Against the Grain: Delicious Recipes for a Whole Food and Grain-Free Diet is now available for purchase!!  Coupon code GRAINFREE40 gets 40% Read More

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