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What to do with a Stewing Hen

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

What to do with a Stewing Hen

Today, I am going way out of my comfort zone.  I’m making a video—and its all because I LOVE you! (Because given the choice, I’d stay behind the camera, rather than in front of it.) But, I want you to enjoy delicious, nutrient- rich traditional foods, and today I talked to so many people at our farm stand who all had the same question— What is a stewing hen? And what do you do with it?  We just butchered our 2016 stewing hens and have them available for sale.  I realized today just how many of our customers really want to use and enjoy...

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4 Ways to Love Kefir Everyday

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

4 Ways to Love Kefir Everyday

We’ve been talking a lot about how kefir is a healing superfood, and how very easy it is to make. But that easy-made superfood will do us no good if we don’t actually consume it on a regular basis.  Cultured foods have been absent from the Standard American Diet for a long time, and sometimes the pallet needs to adjust to new flavors and textures. And while kefir is a very old food, its tangy, effervescent flavor and sometimes chunky texture can take some getting used to. Don’t worry though. There are some simple things you can do to...

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid–The “Grass Fed” Superfood you should know about

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Conjugated Linoleic Acid–The “Grass Fed” Superfood you should know about

“Superfood” is a term that is used too loosely, in my humble opinion. Walk down the aisle of Costco and you’ll see flats of bottles selling supposed “superfoods” in pill form. But to qualify as a “Superfood”, said food should be: a.) Actually a food b.) Well researched and shown to promote actual healing. I want to introduce you to one such compound, found in food, that does truly meet that criteria, and you may have never heard of it. I’m talking about something called Conjugated Linoleic Acid,...

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Eat Like a Peasant for Health and Budget

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Eat Like a Peasant for Health and Budget

Many years back when our family purposed to cut out the processed stuff and eat a primarily “real food” diet, the reality soon set in that eating said “real food”  would also require “real cooking”, “real time”, and “real money.” And it would be my job to plan, procure, and prepare all those “real food” meals, three times a day, 24/7/365. The learning curve was steep. Let’s face it, most of us have been raised in the fast-food generation…in the world of boxed mac and cheese, canned soups, bottled dressing, and crackers shaped like orange...

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Probiotic Salad Dressing & Homemade Ranch Mix

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Probiotic Salad Dressing & Homemade Ranch Mix

As we return to our conversation about how to make a real-food diet fit into the budget, one strategy that we can’t overlook is cooking from scratch. Most pre-packed food comes with a premium price tag and limited nutrition, and any time we can replace pre-made with homemade, we usually save money and gain so much more. But maybe you’re like, “I’m Martha Stewart. I don’t have time to be in the kitchen all day..in my heels and pearls!” I hear you! Really I do. In fact, someday I am going to publish a home...

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A Calf is Born! (And why it matters to us.)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

A Calf is Born! (And why it matters to us.)

One of my favorite things about operating a herdshare is the way it allows our community to connect with their farm and food. You might be surprised how many people are surprised by the fact that producing milk requires that a calf be born!  Its just not something you really think about when standing in front of the dairy case at the grocery store…all that milk is there because so many mama cows gave birth to calves. (I may or may not have been asked once  if we only milked the girl cows. And in case you are wondering too…the answer is...

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The Secret to Making a Real-Food Diet Fit Your Budget

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 14 comments

The Secret to Making a Real-Food Diet Fit Your Budget

A few weeks back, my sweet friend Amy emailed me and said this—  “Honestly, the cost of eating right is super frustrating. I struggle every single month between buying what I know we should eat and what we can afford to eat.”   I really wanted to call up Amy, have her over for good coffee with plenty of cream, and dive into that conversation.  Her struggle is just so common. And while coffee was a lovely thought, Amy and I have 8 homeschooled kids between us, so that in-real-life conversation was just not likely to happen in this decade....

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My 3 Ah-Ha’s with a Master Cheesemaker in my Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

My 3 Ah-Ha’s with a Master Cheesemaker in my Kitchen

Its not everyday that you plan for a master cheesemaker to visit your kitchen. I admit, the idea of hosting David Asher’s cheese class had me a little intimidated.  After all, my kitchen is just a normal kitchen. We are not gourmet or fancy here. And while my kitchen turns out three home made meals every day for my family, it is not exactly Pinterest material. What would this world-traveling cheese master think of our humble work space? Could he create his dairy master pieces in a normal kitchen with normal kitchen tools? And, more...

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Basic Bone Broth

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Basic Bone Broth

Ingredients: Bones-Beef, Pork, Chicken, Lamb. 1-2 lbs or more depending on the size of your pot. Water to cover. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar for every gallon of water added Herbs of your choice: garlic cloves, bay leaves, parsley, cilantro, celery root or seed, etc. Veggies of your choice coarsely chopped: carrots, celery, onion, or any other. Procedure: Place all ingredients in your largest, heavy-bottomed stock pot. Turn temperature up to high and bring to a boil. As soon as the pot boils, reduce heat to a very low simmer. Simmer for 24-36...

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Are you Wasting the Best Nutrition in your Grass-Fed Meats?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Are you Wasting the Best Nutrition in your Grass-Fed Meats?

  Have you ever been encouraged to“eat like your grandparents did?” As a child I clearly remember the way my grandfather used to eat a chicken drumstick. It was unforgettable. When he was finished, all that was left was the hard center of the leg bone. Everything else…the cartilage, fat, skin, and even the soft marrowy end pieces were all gone. And I remember him saying to my sister and me, in his lilting Oklahoma drawl, “clean that bone sugar, that’s where all the good stuff is.” I loved my grandpa, and while chewing on a chicken bone...

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