Sprouted Flour Oven Pancake

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In a further effort this past week to consume our egg gifts from the girls, we created a healthier version of a “Dutch babies” pancake. If you are not familiar with oven pancakes, the fat is melted in a preheated oven before a simple batter made of eggs and equal parts flour and milk are poured into the pan. The result is almost like a pudding, gloriously brown and puffing up over the sides of the pan. Don’t serve it until everyone has gathered at the table as it will begin to deflate as soon as it is taken out of the oven.

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Bone Broth Basics

Bone Broth

Bone broth is to the kitchen what a nice cashmere sweater is to your wardrobe: simple and unassuming, but a necessary asset. It is an element used frequently in traditional cuisine; kept on hand for making soup, sauces, and for cooking grains such as rice. If prepared with special attention and care it becomes a delicious concoction providing backbone to those simple dishes and an extra nourishing boost to those who enjoy them

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Rustic Lamb Stew and A Few Words About Soaking Grains

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This past week we saw some of the coldest days of the year. Those kind days where you crave something nice and hot, something that warms one from the inside out. Unfortunately, one of these days occurred when I had not planned for something nice and hot. We were nearing the end of our grocery cycle and there was little on hand to work with. At a loss, I scanned the freezer and the cupboard for inspiration and, at the last minute, threw together a concoction that, had I tried, could not have been any more delicious.

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Cinnamon Coconut Hot Chocolate ~ and a giveaway!

cinnamon chocolate hot cooca

With one of the coldest winters we’ve had in ages cinnamon hot cocoa is a treat that we have enjoyed often. The recipe is simple and comes together quickly. The addition of coconut oil is a great way to get this good stuff into your diet. If this is something you would enjoy, we’re delighted to be able to offer a giveaway from Tropical Traditions for a gallon bucket of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

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Grocery Shopping when One Lives Miles from a Store

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Real home-grown food and our fondness of it: beautifully prepared is one of the primary reasons we homestead. However, while we do attempt to grow the majority of our meat and produce, the key word there is majority. We are not a completely self sustaining homestead and I don’t know if we ever will be. There are some things I feel are beneficial to our diet that our climate will not support, and there are also many things we enjoy eating for which I make special allowances. Add to that the fact that we include a lot of traditional, fermented, and cultured foods in our diet, and our grocery list consists of things one cannot find at the “local” store twenty miles north. Grocery shopping is no longer a simple, one afternoon affair. It takes some planning, strategizing, and sometimes compromise in order to pull it off.

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Getting Started with Traditional Foods and Healthy Eating

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Happy New Year! I hope that you are anticipating a wonderful and most blessed 2014! This past week husbie and I have spent much time reflecting over this past year and all that it held for us, as well as looking forward to the new year and all that we hope to accomplish. One goal for 2014 is to continue to add more and more traditional and fermented foods to our diet. When I was introduced to traditional foods some years ago I was both fascinated and overwhelmed. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting, sourdough…..where does one start?? Today I am sharing my thoughts on breaking the concept of traditional foods down into smaller, bite sized pieces (pun intended) over at Gnowfglins. I hope you will drop by and share your thoughts as well.

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Smoky Chipotle Beef Pockets

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This week while working on some baking for the holidays I had the opportunity to take Pantry Paratus’ emapanda press out for a test drive. What has attracted me to them the most, is the idea of having a little meal to go all sealed up in pastry ~ not to mention the option of using it in the summer to make turnovers and little hand pies with fresh fruit. If you would like one of these for yourself or as a stocking stuffer for the foodie on your list, Pantry Paratus is generously offering a giveaway and a coupon code.

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Pecan Pesto Spread and a Romantic Indoor Picnic

pesto spread

While the holidays are all about visiting with family and loved ones we don’t see often; in the business of the season we often neglect quality time with those who are the closest to us. I would encourage you to take some time this week to create an evening alone with your loved one ~ a time where you can reconnect and value the gift of each other.

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Spelt Flour Coconut Bars

coconut bars

This was last weekend’s sampling of holiday baking with healthier ingredients. While this offering does not include refined, processed stuff ~ I couldn’t exactly call them nourishing as the flour has not been soaked or sprouted. We did however use spelt, one of the ancient grains, that is a little easier digested than regular wheat flour.

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From Scratch Pumpkin Pie and a Thanksgiving Menu

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If you are making every attempt to try and eat good food this holiday season, food free of sweetened condensed milk, reddi whip, and jello fluff, then here is a menu that might lend you a hand. Some of these recipes are my own, and some I’ve gathered from my bloggie friends and neighbors who are good cooks and use whole ingredients. Included is a recipe for pumpkin pie made completely from scratch: using fresh pumpkin and cream instead of canned milk.

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