Liver: Learning to Love (and Cook) This Superfood

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer Organ meats are one of those traditional foods that are harder to get behind than butter, for example. In fact, organ meats were one of the last things recommended by the Weston A Price foundation that we decided were important, not because they aren’t more nutrient-dense than most foods but because we were squeamish. The thing is, eating organ meats just makes sense and I believe it to be better stewardship of our foods. Most of us still don’t butcher […]

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolution

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I am not an expert gardener and have only spent the last few years taking a stab at preserving what we eat and eating what we preserve. Every year, though, I grow more and more excited because every year we are learning, producing, and preserving more. I have learned that amazing things can happen when you simply choose to work at producing and preserving foods rather than spending time doing other things. I have been greatly encouraged and informed by the new book Surviving Off […]

Recipe: Grain-Free Dehydrated Apple Pie, Sweetened with Molasses

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer It seems like so long ago now, but the apples I used to make this pie were picked from my father’s apple tree during our visit in August. It was the last day of our week long visit, so full of wonderful memories of seeing my father carry my sons on the same shoulders I once rode upon and the meeting of my brother’s first baby. That bittersweet day that ended our vacation also saw bags upon bags of apples […]

What It Means to Be Well

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer All year long we are inundated with advertisements, marketing campaigns, and articles that try to teach us how to be healthier. At the New Year this wellness parade reaches a fevered pitch with resolutions being made and everyone trying to undo the overindulgence of the past month. And then there is that word “wellness” used by all sorts of alternative and mainstream medicine camps. Some of these camps define wellness as the absence of disease. Others claim it is some […]

My Simple Cast Iron Care Routine

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer For so long I avoided cast iron because I was intimidated by the seasoning and care process that I had read about. Then my husband came home and surprised me one day with a cast iron skillet. Of course I swooned – who needs flowers when you have Ma Ingalls-style cookware? Still I procrastinated on putting it to use in my kitchen. When I finally did break down and prepare the pan for cooking I couldn’t believe how easy it […]

Boost Your Immune System For the Coming Cold Season Using Real Foods

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer When I was a teenager I used to get several colds every winter. Along with that came the inevitable bouts of bronchitis and/or pneumonia. Every year without fail. Looking back I can’t help but laugh because now I know why I was always sick. My immune system was shot because I ate junk, never gave my body proper rest, and had destroyed my gut through many rounds of antibiotics. The good news is we can recover and build our immune […]