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Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-free)

  Jim Aylesworth is one of my family’s favorite children’s authors – our very favorite is his version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Last Christmas, my kids were gifted his version of the story The Gingerbread Man.  The rollicking tale was a huge hit, and the kids didn’t even seem to get too upset when the poor Gingerbread Man lost his life. “Riddle riddle ran, Fiddle fiddle fan,...

EASY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is one of those items I  dislike purchasing.  I don’t want to buy the cheap stuff, because it was artificially flavored.  I don’t want to buy the expensive stuff, because it was expensive!  Because I make pancakes about twice a week, and do most of our baked goods at home, we use a lot of vanilla! When I visited our raw milk farm a couple years ago, the farmer’s wife showed me the...

Kefir For Your Health

    There’s a lot of talk in recent years about the importance of one’s gut flora in immune system function. Antibiotics, pesticides, and even chlorine kill off our gut flora, the good and bad bugs alike.  We must replenish the good bacteria at every chance, as current research shows that the bacteria types in our gut play a huge role in our overall health – from our ability to absorb nutrients,...

“Better Than Alton Brown’s” Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m going live with my new blog redesign, and to celebrate, I’m sharing a crowd-pleaser.  It’s taken me almost 3 YEARS (gulp!) to formulate a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that was just as good than my old gluten recipe.  This is it! Now, starting out as a newbie gluten-free baker, I turned immediately to my old buddies at the Food Network for recipes.  It took me a while to realize why...

My (EASY) Mayonnaise! (Soy free)

Mayonnaise is such a polarizing food, kind of like raw oysters or Chicken McNuggets.  Either you love them, or you think they are disgusting.  Yes? I happen to love mayonnaise.  The problem is, I also hate soy products, because soy is most likely to be genetically modified (approximately 94% U.S. soy products are GMO as of 2012). When I joined the Real Food movement a couple years ago, I swore off...

Roasted Beets with Orange Vinaigrette

I have come to love all the vegetables that come in our weekly CSA vegetable box; however, I admit to feeling a little grumpy towards the beets. #1: My family hates beets.  I like beets, but with three other mouths to feed, it just happens that the poor beets get pushed aside in lieu of more crowd-pleasing fare.#2: Beets tend to take more prep than other vegetables to get them to an edible state.  I am...

Nightshade-Free Curry (Paleo/Primal/GAPS)

I’ve had to give up a lot of different foods over the last year or so – gluten, dairy, caffeine, almonds, pork, alcohol, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, and nightshades.  Surprisingly, the hardest food type for me to do without, by far, has been the nightshades. What is a nightshade, you ask?  It is a type of plant that grows a little cap on the top of the fruit, and includes tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and...
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