Real Food Wednesday 10/12/2011


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!

You’re up, and we can’t wait to see your stuff!



  1. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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!

  4. says

    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. :)

  5. says

    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.


  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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,

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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

  11. says

    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!)

  12. says

    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

  13. says

    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!

  14. says

    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! :)

  15. says

    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. :)

  16. says

    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.

  17. says

    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!

  18. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  19. says

    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.

  20. says

    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!

  21. says

    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!

  22. says

    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.

    • KitchenKop says

      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.


      • says

        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.

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