This is a guest post by Cynthia, a follower of our blog who offered to share her expertise on organic home gardening. Although I love organic produce, I don’t have a lot of experience gardening, so Cynthia graciously offered to share her tips on getting started with your own organic garden. – Bruce
Becoming a confident, “newbie” organic gardener can take your real food journey to exciting places. You’re no longer limited by what’s available at your local grocer or co-op. And you won’t have to be first in line at the farmer’s market to get the veggies you enjoy most before they sell out.
What’s your real food vice? Ripened-to-perfection heirloom tomatoes? Intensely flavored garlic? Mind-blowing 10-on-the-Richter-Scale hot peppers? Or wonderfully fragrant fresh rosemary? There’s nothing like being able to fulfill your cravings by simply stepping outside your door and indulging straight from your own organic garden! Continue Reading >>
Do you believe desserts are evil? I don’t. While our household doesn’t indulge very often, I believe it’s perfectly fine to make dessert for a special occasion. As long as we’re eating a healthy diet filled with lots of vegetables and other real foods, what’s wrong with an occasional indulgence?
Unfortunately one of the many things that’s happened to our food culture over the past 50 or so years is that desserts and treats have morphed from something special into a habit we indulge in daily—or even worse, several times a day. Further exacerbating the issue is the quality of ingredients in these treats—they simply don’t resemble anything close to real food. So while you’ll never hear me say desserts like cake are healthy, I honestly believe that if they’re made from ingredients we recognize, our bodies can handle the occasional indulgence with greater ease. Continue Reading >>
Mashed Potatoes are a classic, homemade side dish that up until not too long ago were considered easy and approachable by most cooks. But with the invention of instant potatoes in the early 1960s, homemade mashed potatoes have become a lost art. Now while I’ll never try to judge your food choices, I’m here to tell you—REAL mashed potatoes aren’t that hard to make AND there are so many reasons to avoid the box! Continue Reading >>
I LOVE asparagus, and my son loves it too! Without a doubt it’s one of our favorite vegetables for a quick, weeknight meal. But you know what’s so wonderful about asparagus? It’s also perfect for special occasions! And with my quick recipe, it’s really easy to make asparagus a no-brainer addition to any meal.
Ready to give it a try? Then here are some tips to make sure your asparagus turn out great every time! Continue Reading >>
I love cooking with my son. And when he took a Culinary Arts class in school this winter, he started coming home with recipes for us to cook together. Now how great is that?! I absolutely love it! Even some of his friends have gotten in on the fun and started cooking with us!
This recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu is an adaptation of one shared in the culinary arts classes at my son’s school. If you’ve ever made Chicken Cordon Bleu before, it can be a little fussy (I’m just being honest) but still easy enough to make with your kids. So if you have a little extra time and want to make a special, family meal, this is a wonderful dish to serve and it doesn’t take hours to prepare. And what I really like about it is that you can make it in advance so if you’re entertaining—voilà! All you have to do is cook up the chicken when your guests arrive. Continue Reading >>