Real Food Wednesday 10/27/10

October 27, 2010 · 33 comments


It’s that crazy time of the week where you entice us with your links and comments to go check out your blogs and your great REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY tips and ideas! (If you’re a blogger, you’ll draw some good traffic to your site…)

First, a favor…

Can you help?

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?  (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 post that is blatantly not Real Food.  I’m not talking about perfection here.  Someone who is striving and on the journey is one thing (as we all are), but if it’s really bad, and most of you know what I mean, I’d love it if you’d tell me so I can remove it.  (If I’ve removed your post, I hope there are no hard feelings, but people come here for Real Food ideas, and I don’t want to disappoint.)  Update:  maybe I’d better be a bit more specific…absolutely no recipes with canned bread, Velveeta, margarine, Egg Beaters, unfermented soy or any other fake food.  I probably missed some, but hopefully you get the idea.

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

4.  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!

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    1 alex@amoderatelife October 27, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Hey Kel! Hope all is well with your wonderful brood! It is birthday season here. Two down last week, one more this friday, so I have been extremely busy, but didn’t want to miss linking up to your lovely carnival. Today I am sharing an article called Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Puree, which discusses a wonderful way I got my non-vegetarian daughter to eat them with gusto. It also contains a recipe for silky smooth ragu! Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife


    2 Butterpoweredbike October 27, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Even though it’s nearly November, and I live in the Rocky Mtn region (brrr cold!), I’m still foraging away. Last week, I found plums in the gutter while riding my bike in an upscale neighborhood, and I wasn’t about to pass those up. I don’t often bake, but I turned them into a gluten-free plum tart with a goat cheese and juniper (also foraged) infused custard.


    3 Raine Saunders October 27, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hi Kelly – Happy Wednesday! I’m contributing a post about the value of sustainability for feeding people and keeping them nourished, not just in local communities, but everywhere. I am looking forward to seeing this movement push itself right on through, and also to getting to meet you and everyone else at the WAP Foundation Wise Traditions Conference in just a few weeks! :)


    4 Spicy Paleo October 27, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Hi Kelly – thanks again for hosting this. I really enjoy your site and the ability to check out other places I probably wouldn’t take the time to find on my own! I contributed a modification of one of my favorite recipes – carne adovada.


    5 Patty October 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Hi Kelly,

    This week I turned a seafood soup into a creepy Halloween dish that is pretty freaky, but very nutritious and surprisingly delicious…if you can get passed the “eww” factor! :-)

    Thanks for hosting,


    6 Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist October 27, 2010 at 8:33 am

    You won’t believe these pictures of 15 year old supermarket bakery cupcakes. Nothing will touch them – mold, bacteria, bugs don’t want them, should you?

    Thanks for hosting Kel!


    7 Wendy (The Local Cook) October 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for hosting!


    8 Ashley October 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hi Kelly!
    Although I’m no longer strictly following EAT FAT, LOSE FAT I’m eating real food and losing weight! This week my favorite recipe was a sweet n’ spicy butternut squash soup.

    Thanks for hosting!


    9 Melodie October 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

    HI Kelly – My post has a long title (so I couldn’t fir it all in there) but it’s a Halloween Dilemma for The Frugal Mom, Lactivist, Real Food Advocate, and Environmentalist. Because it really is a tricky thing when you have so many values that you want to adhere to for Halloween. Have a great day!


    10 Sheri October 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    In today’s blog, well, I got mad. About what the FDA is doing to our wonderful farmers.


    11 CarmenV October 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

    My first attempt at making flax seed crackers in the dehydrator, it worked great! Should be making more real soon.
    have a great day


    12 Jane Metzger October 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now. I appreciate your enthusiasm. However I do have some comments on the practicality of Real Food for everyone. I live on a farm, in a rural community. The closest grocery store is 9 miles away. It is struggling to stay open. The larger grocery chains are twenty miles away. The little farmers markets don’t sell much and they are even father away. Fuel is expensive, some people don’t even have a car. For me to get grass fed meat, range chicken I would have to travel a ninety mile round trip. I pick and choose what appears to to the highest quality fruits and vegatables. Meat is another story. We have a hog butchered every fall and we eat a lot of venison. This is a poor community with people eating out of the local food pantry. They are trying to fill their stomachs and not interested how healthy the food is. I know I am rambling, but I get a little frustrated with people touting their expensive kitchen tools and food when there are people everywhere just wanting a square meal. They can’t afford a $600 dollar machine to make bread. They don’t even own a car!
    I am learning quite a bit about healthy eating and am passing it on to friends and family. I wish I knew how to pass this on to those who have so little. Just teaching them to buy the apple rather than the apple turnover would be good. (I think that statement was on one of your posts)
    Thanks for listening.


    13 Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) October 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    So glad to hear your thoughts. I feel the same way sometimes, and can get so frustrated with the whole health/cost balance.
    My husband and I were eating on $25/week for awhile, and I was determined to somehow eat healthy, nourishing food anyway. The best idea I had was just to do the best I could with what resources we had. We ate the slightly bruised produce that I brought back from my job at a garden center. We had oatmeal for breakfast, and bought whole chickens that became at least 4 meals over the week.
    We didn’t really have the resources to do everything that I would’ve liked to (had a kitchenette, so not a lot of baking happened), but we did what we could.
    And I think that’s all you really should do.
    You’re right, everyone is at a different place – different resources, different
    knowledge level, different needs. You do what you can, when you can. And sometimes that means simply choosing the apples over the apple turnover.
    I don’t know if this really helps you or answers your questions, but at least know that you aren’t the only one!


    14 KitchenKop October 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    HI Jane,

    Are you referring to #2 above? If so, when I ask that recipes aren’t submitted that are not Real Food, as I said, I’m not talking about perfection. I’m talking about blatant things like canned breads, margarine, (what else guys?), stuff like that. :)


    15 Jane Metzger November 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Tried the bread recipe and I have decided to go back to my bread machine. Is there a way to do the soaked whole wheat flour for the bread machine. I though about starting it for the dough cycle and letting it set overnight and then adding the remainder of the ingredients. Would that work?



    16 Dr. Laura @ October 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Linking up my infamous World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, because sometimes we just need a good cookie. Can sub ingredients as you see fit.

    Dr. Laura


    17 Beth October 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I posted a Texican version of grilled cheese – and even took/posted pictures this time!


    18 Heather@Food Ponderings October 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I talk about giving thanks to and for our food in terms of my spiritual practice.


    19 Kimberly Hartke October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I served these Cheesy Almond Crackers made with Canal Junction Cheese (they use animal rennet, yeah!)

    Dr. Mercola loves these crackers, and you will too!



    20 Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) October 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Yay for REAL food! This week I brought home 2 huge boxes of local produce from the Farmer’s Market. Got the produce for a little over $0.50/LB, but that mean I drained my grocery envelope to almost nothing. So do we eat hot dogs now, along with our local produce (just kidding, we’re not that desperate). But we’re getting there. How do we balance nutrition and cost, especially when it comes to meat!?!? Increase our grocery budget? Go Vegetarian? Make friends with local farmers?
    That’s what we’re talking about at The Cheapskate Cook. There are some good ideas cropping up from the discussion, too.
    But I’d still like to hear if anyone from Real Food Wednesday has any suggestions. What do you do in this situation?


    21 Penniless Parenting October 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I hope I didn’t break the rules by posting two posts. I rarely post about real food stuff on my blog because I haven’t converted completely over to a NT diet because of monetary reasons, but this past week I have written 2 real food posts and wanted to share them both-
    How to make kombucha, and how to render chicken fat (which I can get for free). Two terrific and healthy real food options that even someone penniless like myself can do.
    Thanks for hosting this, Kelly!


    22 Bethany October 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Homemade ice cream is my best secret for weight loss. No, really! It’s relatively low carb and keeps me from indulging in baked goods that pile on the pounds. Check out my delicious chocolate coconut version. Thanks for hosting, Kelly!


    23 Heather@Food Ponderings November 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I missed this week as I was substitute teaching, but I’m so thrilled about all of the posts.


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