Eating Seasonally This Spring: An Interview with Shannon of Nourishing Days

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If you’ve ever thought about learning to eat more seasonally, now is the time. Farmer’s markets all over the continent are beginning to open up, and overflowing with seasonal harvest like peas, lettuce, spinach and other green leafies, garlic, strawberries, rhubarb, green onions, fresh herbs and more. One of our contributing writers here at KOTH also happens to be a huge advocate of eating locally, seasonally and sustainably. So much so that this past winter she put out her first ebook, Simple Food {for Winter}, […]

Simple Summer Herbs: Refreshing Infusions

By Meg Dickey, contributing writer Behold the flowers that deck the field, The gentle breeze perfuming And tender herbs their fragrance yield Are health and life diffusing. ~Harvard Shaker Community Herb Catalog, 1843~ For some of us, the tantalizing breezes of summer are already wafting over our gardens.  As the days warm and the herbs in our gardens increase in size and production, there’s not better time to indulge in a pitcher of iced herbal tea, or herb flavored water kefir. There are some standard […]

Need Grain Free Recipes? Against the Grain eBook Giveaway!

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During the past 14 months, our family has gone on the GAPS diet twice. The first time we had excellent success, but I gave up too early because we were in a hectic season of life and I feared that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the extra kitchen time. The second time, the biggest challenge I was experiencing was a lack of interest in the meals that I was making. It seemed that my kid’s and husband’s eating preferences had changed in […]

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 […]

For the Love of Sourdough! Starting a Sourdough Adventure

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Written by Stacey Taggart, Contributing Writer My love for sourdough began on our honeymoon when my husband and I explored San Francisco.  I have bought it as often as I could since then, enjoying it every single time. Not too long ago, I learned I could make my own sourdough at home!  At first, I was both fascinated and intimidated.  Thankfully, my curiosity won over and our sourdough adventure began! I still find sourdough to be completely fascinating and I shouldn’t have felt intimidated – […]

Preserving Food with the Lactic-Acid Fermentation Method: Sauerkraut Tutorial

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The original cabbage patch kid… For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved sauerkraut. As a small child, my mom served it on a regular basis with roast and mashed potatoes. I would scoop out a hole in my mashed potatoes, fill it in with sauerkraut and then dish on some gravy. Oh, what heaven for my taste buds! Enter Grandmother’s method Years later my mom started making her own sauerkraut. She told me how healthful it was and that it was the method […]

Sourdough A to Z eBook: Win a Copy!

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Sourdough is a champion traditional food (don’t miss Stacey’s post on sourdough next Friday). By slowly fermenting the grain during the souring process, it becomes easily digestible (sometimes even for those with allergies or particular grain sensitivities), it reduces phytates (for better mineral availability and absorption), it even lower the insulin response to consuming the carbohydrates. Even better, sourdough baked goods are simpler than you might think to make and very frugal. There is no added yeast necessary (a beneficial thing, because store bought yeast contributes […]

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Advertisers everywhere proclaim the germ fighting power of chemical-filled cleaners. Many would have us believe that there is no way to clean and disinfect without a chemical product. And doesn’t every good mother want to rid her home of germs and dirt? May I encourage you not to buy into these messages? A little dirt won’t kill you or your children. While it is true that some germs can be dangerous, so are the chemicals in the cleaners that […]