Archive for the ‘Real Food’ Category

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Recipe Collection: Caesar Dressing

hen I was almost 10, we went to Disney World.  But on the way, we stopped to visit my mom’s sister’s family.  My Uncle Jim is a mailman, but in his younger days, he was a waiter at a very upscale restaurant.  Many waiters at such establishments learn to make their own versions of Caesar salad, so they can prepare it right at the table to the delight of their customers.  My Uncle Jim had learned to do this and still prepared it from time to time for his family.  The night we visited, he prepared it for us.  I loved it!  I’ve never had a Caesar salad as good as his, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly trying to find it again.  Today I’m bringing you the version I’ve recently made.  I’m not 100% happy with it, but it’s pretty good!  It’s also very healthy!

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How to Cook Perfect Pancakes

Pancakes.

Depending on the recipe, I can love them or hate them.  I grew up eating your standard Bisquick pancakes, and although I liked them, I got tired of them really fast.  But it was what I was used to, so the one time my mom hauled out her cookbooks and made “real” waffles (yes, I know, not pancakes…but we used Bisquick for both), my brother and I both didn’t like that they were slightly sweet and said we preferred the mix.  As my mother didn’t like to cook much anyway, she never bothered again.

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Recipe Collection: Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk is my new obsession!  I bought some a few weeks ago for some reason…I think to make some cheese?  But then I had a bunch left so I started using it to make muffins, pancakes, fried chicken….  It’s SO yummy!  It makes everything moist and delicious.  I came up with the BEST buttermilk pancakes, so I have to share them with you.

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Recipe Collection: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

These cookies are SO yummy and they will boost your milk supply, too. Brewer’s yeast and oatmeal are known for increasing milk. For an added benefit, replace each egg with 1 tbsp. ground flax seed and 3 tbsp. water (also makes the recipe vegan, if you’re interested).

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Recipe Collection: Cheesy Potatoes

This one I absolutely HAVE to share with you. I’ve loved cheesy potatoes since I was little. Every time we had a picnic my mom would make a pan of them. The problem? They relied heavily on canned soups. I don’t do canned soups anymore, so cheesy potatoes were out (not to mention for awhile we were dairy-free). Once we re-introduced raw dairy successfully, this was on my radar! My goal was to create a creamy-soup-base-like (is that WORD?) with butter, flour (arrowroot in this case as I didn’t have sprouted flour) and spices, and to mix that with the potatoes so I could pretend there was soup in there. Success! It’s delicious. Play with the types and amounts of cheeses to get the flavor you want. Sour cream (usually not my favorite) is absolutely necessary to this dish!! You could add more butter and bacon if you wanted, dump in some chicken or vegetables to make it a complete meal. Very versatile.

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Problems with Whole Foods and other Health Food Stores

I love Whole Foods.

I love the experience of shopping there, the smells of wonderful foods, the array of fresh produce, all the local products they feature.  I look forward to going there every other Friday morning to buy the vast majority of my food (except for beef, which I buy from a farm, and produce in the summer).  I almost always get a salad or something for lunch before I leave. 

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Recipe Collection: Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

I love sun-dried tomatoes.  Once I had a large glass jar of them packed in olive oil (which is how you should buy them if at all possible) that I needed to use up.  It was summer and I had fresh tomatoes, too.  I created this sauce and tossed it with some angel hair pasta.  It’s a light, flavorful and delicious sauce!

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Recipe Collection: Chicken in Cream Sauce

I invented this one night when I was craving a creamy, saucy chicken.  It’s delicious!  It can be modified to be GAPS-friendly by using ghee instead of butter and coconut milk, and simply uncovering to reduce the sauce (before adding milk) instead of using flour.  Serve it over rice, mashed potatoes, or, for GAPS, steamed cauliflower.

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Recipe Collection: Orange Sherbet

Since we’ve been no-sugar, I’ve been seeking some type of “dessert” I can eat. I tried a super simple recipe for orange sherbet and it was “okay.” I decided to scrap that and try again. The second attempt is what I’ve posting for you today, and it is excellent! In fact, it tastes like an Orange Julius to me! So for those of you missing fast food…make some of this!!

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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