Essential Spices

Herbs and spices give food layers of flavor, add interest, and even contain medicinal properties. This is my list of essential spices, and herbs too!  I’ve included guidelines for using herbs and spices, general rules for amounts and substitutions, tips for storing them and money saving tips. Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list,…

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5 Seasons…Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and…. ‘Flu’ ???

They say that flu season is upon us….(‘they’ being the pharmaceutical companies that produce influenza vaccines.) So, upon hearing this, millions of Americans rush to get their annual flu shot to ensure health and well being during the winter/flu season. Yet we’ve all heard about people who are hospitalized from a bad reaction or end…

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Pantry Essentials

Nothing is worse than having a craving for some delicious made from scratch gluten-free muffins only to find that you’re missing the basic ingredients. If the pantry is stocked then the creative possibilities are endless when it comes to eating from scratch. These are the essentials that Tammie likes to have on hand in her…

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Home Cooking: A Family Tradition Out of Reach?

A team of sociologists at North Carolina State University found that for low- and middle-income families in America, making a home-cooked meal is easier said than done. Make sure to sign up for the Nourishing Families Newsletter on the homepage to receive Real Food Fast an ebook full of quick family friendly recipes!

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Spice Up the Fall Season

Fall is in the air and anything with Pumpkin Spice is sounding super delicious! This time of year always reminds me of elementary school and learning about Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims and the delicious foods that come along with the harvest season. Why was Columbus looking for a faster route to the East..Spices!  Spices…

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Top 3 Benefits from Eating Fermented Foods

We are not only surrounded by bacteria in our environment; but in a very real way, we are bacteria. Did you know there are more organisms in and on your body than cells that make up your body? Think about that for a minute. You are made up of more things that aren’t you than are you by a ratio of 100 to 1! You are a complex ecosystem that is made up of more than 100 trillion microbes.

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Is Fasting Right for You?

Everybody loves to eat. Eating is awesome! Some of us even go through our day just thinking about what we’re going to eat next and if we are among the majority of people, we have enough food in our homes to last us several weeks yet we go buy more every week at the grocery…

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Fermented Pickles

Fermented pickles are the real thing when it comes to pickles. These pickles don’t get their sour flavor from vinegar, but they get that sour goodness from time and the help of beneficial bacteria. These pickles are made with a saltwater brine and the anaerobic process (without air) of lacto fermentation- that means the cucumbers…

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Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies-gluten free/grain free/dairy free/egg free/refined sugar free/nut free

This is the perfect cookie for those with restrictive diets. I’ve been eating gluten-free for over 10 years now and because of digestive issues have been both grain and nut-free for just over a year.   Although this has made many of my food choices difficult at times, it has been worth it because of the…

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Fruit Leather

Fruit leather is one of our favorite snacks.  We love enjoying the spring harvest of apricots or the final days of summer and it’s fresh peaches.  From late spring to early fall there is so much delicious produce to enjoy, especially if you visit the farmer’s market, are lucky enough to have generous neighbors and…

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