Real Food Wednesday 10/12/2011

October 12, 2011 · 106 comments


Welcome and PLEASE read below before you link up as this is a REAL FOOD carnival, and very different from others you may have joined in on.


It’s that crazy time of the week when you entice us with your links and comments to go check out your blogs and your great REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY tips and ideas or recipes! (Visit that link if you’re new and want to learn more about this blog carnival.) Remember, if you’re a blogger, you’ll draw some good traffic to your site by participating! (This is how I built up my traffic in the beginning, and don’t miss my tips below.)

CAN YOU HELP? (6 rules and tips!) (Note: here’s where those of you who are new will want to read carefully, thank you!)

1. It’s not easy for me to catch them all on my own, and I’d really like everyone to play fair, so if you see any posts that don’t link back to this post (blog carnival etiquette you know!), can you email me please? If you don’t know how, I explain it at this REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY link. (I hate playing hardball and removing links, so let’s all be good to the others who are bringing more traffic to your blogs with their links by doing the same, OK?)

2. Also, PLEASE let me know if you see a recipe posted that is blatantly not Real Food. Someone who is striving and on the journey is one thing (as we all are), but if it’s really bad (canned bread, meat substitutes, Velveeta, margarine/vegetable oil, Egg Beaters, unfermented soy/tofu or any other fake food), please tell me so I can remove it. (If I’ve removed your post, I hope there are no hard feelings, but people come to this post for Real Food ideas, and I don’t want to disappoint.)

3. I hope you’ll retweet and stumble this post and also any sites you visit – this will get more exposure to all of us, thank you!

4. Please don’t link up to your post where you’re writing about something as an affiliate if I’m already an affiliate for the same thing, OK? That includes giveaway posts. (Thank you for understanding!)

5. Want more traffic at your blog? if you’re linking up and hoping for more traffic to your blog, can I make a suggestion for how to boost your traffic? Besides just adding your link to the Mr. Linky doohicky, if you also comment and include just ONE interesting sentence to grab the readers attention AND a link to that specific post, you’ll get more hits for sure, at least from me anyway. I don’t often have time to go through every single link (although I know a lot of people do), but one thing I always do is read the comments. If there’s a sentence that grabs my interest AND a link to get me there easily, I’m much more apt to visit!

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your tips or recipes in the comments.

Thank you!

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    1 Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship October 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I’ve been running a series on natural sweeteners, and stevia is certainly one of the more confusing. I was honored to interview Jim May, the first to bring stevia to America, and the post I linked up today is my experience and others and when to use stevia and when it doesn’t work so well, along with a few simple recipes. :) Katie


    2 Paula October 12, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Be sure and read how we have healed our adopted baby’s severe underbite in just a few months time, all with the help of raw goat milk formula and lots of FCLO!


    3 Paula October 12, 2011 at 12:48 am
    4 Kathryn October 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I’ve posted a cream of chicken soup that doesn’t come from a can full of processed ingredients. The great thing about this recipe is that it is allergy friendly for those who cannot tolerate dairy. It uses White Bean Flour (easy to make if you have a wheat grinder). Get a creamy flavor with fiber and protein. Leave the denatured proteins, soy, and extra fillers in the canned stuff at your grocery store!


    5 Kathryn October 12, 2011 at 2:02 am
    6 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food October 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Given all of the PR that going grain free is getting right now, I thought I’d post one of my favorite grain free breakfasts. Thanks for hosting!


    7 Stanley Fishman October 12, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Thanks for hosting. My post this week describes my new book Tender Grassfed Barbecue: Traditional, Primal and Paleo. There is nothing quite so primal as the smell and taste of grassfed meat roasted near a smoldering charcoal fire. This book follows the Weston A. Price diet and shows traditional ways to barbecue grassfed beef, bison, lamb, and pastured pork.

    Presenting Tender Grassfed Barbecue: Traditional, Primal and Paleo


    8 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish October 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a Master Tonic recipe, the CURE ALL. It’s a wonderful preventative and boosts your immune system. This is a great one to have on hand, especially as the seasons change and before Halloween when so many people start consuming tons of processed foods and refined sugars. Thanks again :)


    9 Butterpoweredbike October 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Hi there, I’ve been experimenting with cold-season forage lately, and want to share my recipe for honey which has been infused with butterscotch scent of ponderosa pine.


    10 Alea Milham October 12, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I am linking up my Red clover Tea recipe which can be made from clover blossoms from your lawn (as long as you have a chemical free lawn). I like to think of the weed in mylawn as an extension of my garden. :)


    11 Katie @ Riddlelove October 12, 2011 at 1:46 am

    This week, I’m sharing my recipe that helped use up the abundance of fresh tomatoes by turning them into ketchup. I even share how to lacto-ferment or can it. Have a great week!


    12 Roz @ RealFoodFamily October 12, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I’m a new blogger for Real Food Media, and this is my first post at Kelly the Kitchen Kop! Here is an article I wrote a while back about the 10 best foods to eat (which followed a blog on the 10 dumbest foods to eat).


    13 Bailey K. October 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

    thanks so much for hosting! love it!


    14 Emma October 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Today I’ve shared an addictive recipe for strawberry mango smoothie. My two-year-old and I can’t get enough of it! And we really love eating the leftovers as ice-blocks.



    15 Jen October 12, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Looking for a scary Halloween look? Check out my Skin Care Alternatives post!
    Also posted a Chicken and Shrimp Stir Fry:


    16 jill October 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

    HI Kelly,
    I shared my pecan crusted grouper and a video for making gf df crepes as well as an article about grains and gluten just to add to the conversation you started.

    I also added information about my 28 day grain-free challenge that is still open for anyone who wants to join!


    17 Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation October 12, 2011 at 6:25 am

    My post is about the results of my experiment on the fluoride content of fish bones. I read that canned fish such as anchovies and sardines are high in fluoride because they include the bones, so I tested that with an experiment. While vacationing in Italy last month, I ordered an “anchovy fantasy” appetizer platter to see if it would caused my fluoroderma to flare-up.


    18 Donna Bauman October 12, 2011 at 6:34 am

    This week I share a technique I learned in cooking school in how to debone a chicken and then stuff it and roll it up! It is SOOO good!


    19 Vicky October 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I shared my oil-free hummus recipe this week! Very simple to make and healthier than the traditional version!


    20 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom October 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    I am sharing:

    1. A funny, frugal way to avoid buying (& tossing) plastic wray! DIY Plastic Wrap Substitute.


    2. A super fast and super family-friendly recipe for Homemade Chicken Nuggets that are Dairy-Free and Egg-Free and have a Gluten Free option. I think you and your readers will love them.

    Take care,


    21 Katie @ This Chick Cooks October 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Thank you for hosting, as always, Kelly! I’m doing 12 weeks of healthy Christmas ideas and recipes and I shared a link to my second week :)


    22 Sarah Smith October 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I linked to a post on ways to keep young children happy while you work in the kitchen.

    I also linked to a recipe for grain-free pumpkin pie clafoutis. It is a perfect breakfast, or add whipped cream for a special dessert!


    23 Suzy October 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I linked a recipe today for homemade baked french fries using a special ingredient…bacon fat! They were so yummy and so much healthier than using vegetable oil.

    Thanks for hosting.


    24 Tiffany@ The Coconut Mama October 12, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Halo Kelly! This week I’m sharing a recipe for making fruit leathers with homemade fermented applesauce! A probiotic snack great for kids!

    Also, I’m hosting a giveaway for Coconut Cream Concentrate from Tropical Traditions! Coconut Cream Concentrate is a whole food coconut spread. This is a great product to have in your kitchen for the upcoming holiday season! You can make all sorts of healthy desserts with it!


    25 Tiffany@ The Coconut Mama October 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    LOL wow! Meant to say Hola =P. I’m going back to bed….


    26 the intentional minimalist October 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following seasonal farm-to-table recipes that promote the benefits of good health through nutrition from eating fresh unprocessed seasonal produce:

    mung bean & pea shoot salad

    basil, turnip & quinoa salad

    fall bright-n-spicy salad

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist


    27 gharkness October 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I made a boo-boo with number 46 (can you please delete this link) and corrected it for number 47. The link does work now, and goes to the right place. This is my first time linking, so I hope I haven’t messed anything up!

    With the holidays coming up, I posted a tried-and-true recipe for a rich Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake at



    28 Michelle @ October 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    My post today is on phytoestrogen-containing foods. Soy is not the only culprit. There are links to other estrogen discussions in the post. They are and

    Thanks for hosting! Hope the posts are helpful to your readers.


    29 The Table of Promise October 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Today I am sharing my experiences making Fermented Hot Sauce. I have made it a couple times and I just haven’t gotten it right…perhaps someone could read the post and tell me how to improve it?


    30 Jenna October 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Good morning everyone! I linked up a yummy breakfast or anytime snack perfect for cooler weather – Pumpkin Spice Granola.

    Thanks for hosting!


    31 Amanda Dittlinger October 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Playing around with grain free recipes, I made a Grain Free French Toast Muffin. The most impressive thing is how my baking usually turns into fails. But this was a huge hit for the entire family. Moist and delicious! (Adding more butter on top while they are still hot makes them them even more so!)


    32 Sigrid Rogowski October 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I tried to place my link,but I am unable to do so.


    33 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable October 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning Kelly! I’ve linked up a post:

    1) containing 3 recipes for elderberries. A must have for the season:)
    2) on sustainable cooking and a recipe for one of my favorite one-pot wonders.

    Thank you for hosting!


    34 Amanda October 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted a profile of mineral-rich and gluten-free quinoa.


    35 Sigrid Rogowski October 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Here is my recipe.
    2 small eggplants,peeled and cubed
    2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt,plus more to tase
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    2 medium-size onions,thinly sliced
    3 garlic cloves,minced
    2 red or green bell peppers,seeds and stems removed,thinly sliced
    4 medium-size tomatoes,diced
    4 small zucchini or summer squash,halved lengthwise,then sliced into half-moons
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
    In a colander,toss eggplaint with salt.Let sit 30 minutes; then rinse well and dry thoroughly.
    Heat oil in a large ( 14-inch ) frying pan over medium-high heat.Add onions,eggplants,garlic,and peppers; cook,stirring often,until softened,8-10 minutes.
    Add tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid evaporates.Add zucchini ( or squash ) and cook until tender,about 10 minutes more.Stir in basil,parsley,and oregano; then taste and add more salt if you like.
    Yield : 6-8 servings


    36 One Wellness October 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Have a good morning! Start it out right with Nourishing Oatmeal, something that your whole family will love, and you can feel good about feeding them! Check it out:


    37 Lisa October 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Sharing our latest muffin: Simple Pumpkin Spice Muffins made with w/w pastry flour and low cane sugar. A yummy way to welcome fall. :) Thanks for hosting!


    38 Amanda October 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I also posted a review of a great kitchen gadget — the Apple Peel Corer Slicer


    39 Jan's Sushi Bar October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m posting my recipe for Turnips and Greens – along with a link to’s Best Healthy Food Blogger competition, where I am the only paleo/primal/real food blog in the running. I’d appreciate all the help I can get! :)


    40 Sarah C October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

    A photo heavy tutorial on canning applesauce that even the newest canning beginner can follow!


    41 lydia October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Fall salads are my fav!

    Thanks again for hosting!

    (oh and check out my latest rant post addressed to America!)


    42 Jen October 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hi again . . .I posted another link to my post that sends readers to a VOTE for my REAL FOOD RECIPE, on Aetna’s Healthy Food Fight! Let’s show Aetna and Bobby Flay what REAL HEALTHY FOOD is. :) (hope that’s ok)


    43 Raine October 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’m sharing my updated kitchen staples post which has been very well-visited since the first one I created last year in January. I think it’s interesting to see all the different foods in people’s kitchens and how they use them. I guess when you start looking at traditional kitchens, you start to see a lot of the same things in many of them. But it’s proof that many people are catching on to a better way of health. :)


    44 Andrea (From Seed to Stomach) October 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I posted 2 links today – 1 for a Restaurant review of a Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant with locations in MA and CT. Dinner at Red Lentil was delicious! The other is for a super quick, very easy, and nutritious dinner of sprouted quinoa with cannellini beans and fresh veggies.


    45 Melissa @ Dyno-mom October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

    This is always such a great blog hop, thanks for putting it all together, Kelly. This week I linked to my post on how to care for and use a baking stone to make artisanal breads, pizza, cookies, biscuits and other baked goods. I have also included recipes for you to try! Hope you stop by.

    Can’t wait for nap so I can sneak off with my tea and laptop and see what you all have in store!


    46 France @ Beyond The Peel October 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hi Kelly Thanks for hosting. I wanted this lovely creamy chickpea soup that is perfect for any fall day.


    47 Meg October 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    This week I shared a post I wrote about eating marrow from the bone in the grass fed/finished beef shank I braised (OMG yum). I had never eaten marrow before, but had been curious about it for a while. It was delicious, very rich, and felt rather primal. “Meat butter” is an apt description of it. I even ordered just marrow bones from the same farmer, so that I could make a meal of the marrow.

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!


    48 Liberty October 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I LOVE serving nutrient dense dessert for breakfast


    49 Primal Toad October 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Kid’s do not deserve McDonalds. They deserve better. Something like… pastured bacon!


    50 Jen the EcoVenturer October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This week I shared some great health reasons to ditch teflon pans and start using good old fashioned cast iron!


    51 Megh October 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I posted about my favorite sugar-free (no sugar substitutes added!) candy.
    Thanks for hosting!


    52 Magda October 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    FYI: post #50 has artificial sweetener in it. That is definitely NOT a natural food (I don’t care how low carb the recipe is).


    53 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    The recipe does NOT say to use artificial sweeteners. It does, however say to use sweetener to equal the same amount of sugar. The author mentions in the blog before the recipe that she doesn’t use splenda or any artificial sweeteners, but she prefers to use Stevia or Erythritol (a stevia extract), which are both natural sugar substitutes.


    54 Anna D October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    55 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family October 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This week I posted a recipe for Grain Free Hodgepodge Cookies, which are GAPS legal and Paleo-friendly!


    56 clickclackgorilla October 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Just posted my first link at this carnival…and I hope it worked! The first time I screwed up the title, but then it seemed to have disappeared from the list, so I did it a second time, sorry it if appears twice!!!!

    Anyway, I posted an ode to drinking raw milk—why I drink it and what dietary stages I went through to get to the point where I switched over to it. One stage in my raw food journey.


    57 clickclackgorilla October 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Ah yes, it did appear twice *slaps head* Kelly sorry about that. If/when you see this, please delete linky link number 92, that’s my screw up!


    58 mossy stone October 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    opps please delete 99 double post


    59 Gina October 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Trying to get back into the blog world! With only Real Food bloggers, of course. I have really enjoyed your book and having been using it as a teaching platform for our health classes. Thanks for compiling all the good information!


    60 Natalie October 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Join me for this month’s series: She Eats Breakfast (where we are sharing alternative breakfast ideas as opposed to store-bought cereal)!!!


    61 Danielle @ Analytical Mom October 13, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi, Kelly, thanks for hosting again this week! My post outlines why my family is CRAZY about raw milk – and why yours should be too!


    62 carmen October 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’m a little late in the game, but I’m thankful to be able to add on the all these great links that are here. I am so impressed with you all!
    I wrote about super healthy and budget friendly homemade bone broth here:


    63 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves October 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Loving lemons these days when I can pull them from a tree here in New Zealand. I’ve shared a recipe for Lemon Chia Seed Muffins. Enjoy!


    64 Avivah @ Oceans of Joy October 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oops, hit enter too fast in the link up – sorry about that, Kelly!

    What do you do when five kids come down with chickenpox within 36 hours??? You utilize all the strategies in your real food/natural living toolbox, that’s what you do! This week I share lots of ideas for easing the discomfort for the kids (and it will make your life much easier, too!).

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!


    65 Leon @ Organically Thought October 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I missed this weeks link up because my blog was on vacation for the last week getting a make over. I was very stubborn and insisted on writing my own WordPress theme (this left me with lots of limitations). I was getting traffic from blogging but no one was commenting. I now have employed a professionally designed theme that let me make the changes I wanted and now I would love anyone that has a minute to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.


    66 KitchenKop October 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Leon, please don’t take this wrong, but this comment doesn’t exactly pertain to Real Food Wednesday and feels a bit spammy. If you want to grow traffic, you need to do it the hard way and it takes a lot of time, and it includes leaving meaningful comments at posts that interest you.



    67 Sigrid Rogowski October 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Yeah ! Kelly you tell her/him. It takes hard work for all of us.Have a great day.


    68 Leon @ Organically Thought October 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Not taking it wrong at all. I’m so sorry Kelly! You can go ahead and remove that comment. It is spammy. To be honest I was spending time commenting and adding that to the end of my comments and here I just put it. The last thing I want to do is be spammy. I don’t mind the hard way I like commenting. It’s being social in my PJs lol. I actually commemted for 8 hours strait the other day. May I ask when I’m commenting should I not mention my site at all and let people go if they like my comment? Cuz as you have seen in other comments of mine I is usually do mention it. They aren’t as bad as this one. I do like your blog especially and plan on commenting here a lot.


    69 Hannah November 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I posted about a guest recipe I have on my blog this week. A dairy free GAPS safe smoothie!

    Thank you for hosting.


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