Cherry Chicken Salad, or Summer in a Bowl

Summer is here!

A few days ago my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a potluck on the grounds of a local farm.  A friend invited us to join her, and we thought it would be fun to enjoy dinner outside and near the animals.

Attending potlucks while on the GAPS diet can be a bit of challenge.  Even when eating at a local farm where there were lots of very healthy options, I still couldn’t eat most of the dishes.  The owners of the farm had provided a wonderful, large pot of soup that looked and smelled delicious.  Unfortunately, it also contained beans and corn, and so was off-limits for me. [Read more…]

All About Offal: Beef Liver Vegetable Soup

This post is a continuation of our series about including organ meats in your diet.  Be sure to see the rest of the series here.

When I first started attending my local chapter of the Weston A. Price foundation, I met Mignon.  She was working with a ranch at the time that offered grass-fed beef and she offered free cooking demos in her home.  I was fortunate to attend the last one she offered and learned a lot of great information about making your own beef stock and using beef liver in soup. [Read more…]

Citrus Honey Glaze for Ham (GAPS)

Now that you have learned how to cure your own fresh ham, it’s time to bake it with a delicious, good-for-you glaze.  For this recipe, I’m going to go out on a limb and do something entirely new on my blog.

What am I doing?  I’m just going to post the recipe!  Normally, I do more of how tutorial-style sharing of what I am making.  But this is so easy, it’s just not necessary.  You just have to follow the directions below and you’ll have a delicious ham, just in time for Easter. [Read more…]

Impress Your Family and Friends by Curing Your Own Ham

Fresh ham

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of a menu plan. Ham is often the centerpiece dish of this holiday meal. The main problem, though, is that the ham you purchase at your local grocery store has usually been raised in a factory setting and then cured in nitrates and white sugar. Yuck!

Today I’m going to show you how you can easily cure your own ham at home with just 3 ingredients. It’s very easy to do, produces a delicious ham, and is also GAPS legal. How can you beat that?

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All About Offal: Starting Out with Pate

This post is a continuation of our series about including organ meats in your diet.  Be sure to see the rest of the series here.

So now that you know why to include organ meats in your diet, it’s time to take that scary step into the world of actually preparing them.  I think a great way to begin is with pate.  That seems to be a dish that a lot of people will eat when out in a restaurant and so it’s a great way to begin including it in your rotation at home.  Besides, who doesn’t like a dish that calls for lots of butter?! [Read more…]

The Secret to Delicious, Homemade Peanut Butter

Creamy peanut butter!

I really do have the secret to delicious, homemade peanut butter.  My first couple of attempts at making peanut butter yielded a rather unfortunate, crumbly non-peanut butter like substance.  I still ate it.  After all, I had spent a lot of time and peanuts getting to that point.  Might as well use it up!  But now, I have figured out the secret.  Would you like to hear it? [Read more…]

Veggie Quickflip Review and Giveaway

Years ago when I was first starting to delve into cooking whole foods, I came across a web site offering something called The Produce Partner. I can’t even remember what led me to find it in the first place.  But I decided to give it a try and ordered one back in 2005, I think.  I’ve used it quite a bit over the years and thought it would be helpful to share it with you.  Be sure to keep reading and see how you can enter to win your own at the bottom of this post! [Read more…]

My First GAPS Thanksgiving in Review

Thanksgiving Turkey

I thought I would share with you the results of my first GAPS Thanksgiving.  In my last post, I described what I would be doing to prepare for Thanksgiving.  I thought it might be helpful to share what worked, what didn’t, and what I plan to do differently for next year.

First of all, my turkey turned out beautifully!  Brining it made it very tender and the herbed butter gave it a delicious flavor.  I will definitely do this the next time I roast a turkey and plan to try it with a chicken soon, too.  The gravy had a great flavor, but I wasn’t able to get it to thicken as much as I would have liked.  I may have to try a few different gravy recipes over the next few weeks to see if I can get it thicker. [Read more…]

Preparing for a GAPS Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I’ve been spending some time planning my GAPS-friendly Thanksgiving menu.  While I’ve had to adjust or stay away from quite a few of the traditional favorites over the past few years due to my food allergies, this year means even more restrictions.  I was quite relieved to find so many great options that will work while on GAPS.

We will be joining my husband’s brother and sister and their families for Thanksgiving this year.  Each of us are contributing different dishes, but my plan is also to bring a few extra sides for me since I know I won’t be able to eat any other dishes there.  It does mean a bit of extra cooking for me, but it will be worth it to get to eat the usual Thanksgiving dishes! [Read more…]

Using Evernote to Organize Online Recipes

I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but I love reading through other traditional food blogs.  I always find lots of recipes I want to try at some point.  The difficulty, though, is keeping track of all of these recipes!

When I was first discovering the online world of traditional food, I would email a recipe I wanted to try to myself and put it in a folder so I could find it again later.  That worked okay.  I would look through my folder when I was looking for inspiration and print out the recipe. [Read more…]