Real Food Wednesday 10/5/2011

October 5, 2011 · 89 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 @ Riddlelove October 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

    This week, I’m sharing a recipe made with my oldest: Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce. A real hit here at our homestead!


    2 Butterpoweredbike October 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Hooray for autumn! Seems like I’ve been waiting all year long for my favorite season. Sure the leaves and the weather are nice, but truth be told, I’m all about fall foods, slow-cooked, braised, and baked yumminess. I’m all set to make my recipe for Whole Pumpkin Baked with Cream. Hello! Take a tiny pumpkin, fill it with good cream and a touch of cheese, and bake up for the most decadent autumn treat in the world!


    3 Aimee October 5, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hi there, friend! That sounds lovely! Nice to see you here, too and thanks for sharing!


    4 lydia October 5, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I am so right there with you BPB! Favorite food season HANDS DOWN!

    Who’s got loads of butternut squash on their hands – I do, I do! I love me some Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – no fall season is complete without a batch!


    5 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable October 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Autumn is my most favorite of all:)


    6 Kathryn October 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

    If anyone suffers from food allergies like I do, then this gluten free, dairy free, egg free corn bread will be perfect! They look and taste just like the real deal! Plus I soaked the grains overnight to get rid of phytic acid to get even more nutritional benefits.


    7 Leon October 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I like this link carnival thing I am going to do it once I get more than 20 views per day


    8 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish October 5, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Thank you so much for hosting! I shared a Tomato Basil “Pizza” w/ Cauliflower Crust. This is a fabulous grain-free version of “pizza”. Thanks again :)


    9 Stanley Fishman October 5, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for hosting. My post this week is about how to find healthy, wild fish.

    Eating the Whole Wild Fish


    10 Aimee October 5, 2011 at 1:42 am

    The other day I was given a sweet potato, and the inspiration and other ingredients just appeared and I made a nice improvement to my Sweet Potato Custard recipe. I’m ready for Thanksgiving. It was amazing!


    11 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable October 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I can taste it now:) Sounds amazing…just may make our Thanksgiving table! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


    12 Sharon October 5, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Hi, Kelly! Thanks for hosting. Today, I’m sharing a link to my first Applemania! 2011 Recipe Share post. I’m sharing my favorites and I hope others will link up theirs, too.


    13 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom October 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    Sharing today:

    1. Super Easy Homemade Rice Milk – great for those w/ allergies or if you’re just run out of milk while baking or cooking!

    2. Super Yummy and healthy Rich Chocolate / Carob Pudding (w/ DF & SF options). We love it!

    Take care,


    14 Janelle (Gluten Freely Frugal) October 5, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Hi Kelly, thanks for the link! I linked up my from-scratch split pea soup recipe. It is so yummy for fall.
    Thanks for hosting!


    15 jill October 5, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I shared the 5 reasons for my grain-free 28 day challenge that starts today!
    I also shared my videos for making grain-free roll out cookie dough and coconut whipped cream.


    16 Leslie October 5, 2011 at 6:28 am

    We’ve all gone through the process of re-evaluating what we put into our bodies and choosing Real Food. Have you gone through that process with what you put ONTO your body? You need to. Check out this post!


    17 Donna Bauman October 5, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I took our Thursday chicken dinner and really tried to take it up a notch both in terms of making it look pretty and adding some fun spices. I am learning in culinary school how to make the food look pretty and balanced using different colors, textures and flavors. Read my post to see how I did it!


    18 Jenn @ Dishrag Diaries October 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

    #27 – Fruit Flies were driving me crazy!!! If they’re attacking your kitchen, too, here’s how to stop them:

    (Kelly, Thanks for hosting!)


    19 Jen October 5, 2011 at 7:19 am
    20 Stephanie October 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Hello all,

    I posted up an easy main dish “salad” with wild rice and brussels sprouts, along with helpful tips for how to prepare brussels sprouts.



    21 Kelly @ Blue Jeans & Coffee Beans October 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I inadvertently entered twice. Apparently, I haven’t met my coffee quote yet his morning! So sorry! I am #42 AND #43… feel free to remove #42 if you’d like.

    Anyhow, I posted my favorite recipe for homemade croutons. Tasty, delicious and a great way to use up leftover bread (and crusts that my little ones won’t eat!)

    Thanks for hosting!


    22 The Table of Promise October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am


    I have shared two posts today, one about Denmark’s New Fat Tax, which I find appalling:

    and one post about how to fit making bone broth into a working mama’s crazy schedule.



    23 the intentional minimalist October 5, 2011 at 8:33 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:

    mizuna-n-sorrel chimichurri on zucchini pasta

    corn relish salad

    arugula salad with brazil nut pesto cream dressing

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist


    24 Megh October 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I posted a recipe for Moroccan-spiced Chicken Thighs — pretty simple, no complicated equipment required, and an out-of-this-world flavor!


    25 Michelle @ October 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to share! I linked up easy, delicious and allergy-friendly date bars this week.

    I think I included a link last week on a post series about early puberty trends. This week was part 2 focused on the possible link with food.


    26 Suzy October 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting. I wrote about a tax that Denmark just imposed on products made with saturated fat. Supposedly to increase lifespan. Where they got that conclusion I have no idea.


    27 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I read about that tax on Natural and basically they’re taxing avocados, eggs, coconut oil, nuts, butter, and chocolate. These are all foods I eat regularly for my health…LOL Glad I don’t live in Denmark, but afraid that the idea will spark our government leaders here to do the same thing…possibly as a way to pay off our national debt?
    They don’t even mention trans fats, interestified fats, and processed foods loaded with chemical dyes, refined sugars and carbs and fillers. Guess they consider them health food? LOL


    28 Judy Tsafrir MD October 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I was just certified last weekend by Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc Bride as a GAPS practitioner. My blog will focus often on issues pertaining to GAPS. If your readers are interested, I invite them to take a look.


    29 Melissa@CelluliteInvestigation October 5, 2011 at 9:19 am

    The Fluoride Action Network is promoting a petition for the White House to end all federal support of water fluoridation programs. If they get 5,000 signatures by October 26th, the White House will review the petition, forward it to the appropriate policy expert, and issue an official response.

    The petition has over 3,000 signatures already, but problems with the White House website makes it difficult to sign it. I included a link on my site that has detailed instructions if you run into problems.

    Thanks to everyone who signs the petition! If you care about the fluoride issue, please promote the petition on your blogs and social media, too!


    30 Sarah Smith October 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I linked to a wonderfully simple recipe for Egg Drop Soup.

    I also linked to results from our solar cooking experiments. It is the easiest was to cook a winter squash!


    31 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable October 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Hi Kelly! Thank you for hosting this beautiful collection of ideas:) I have posted:
    -my homemade cinnamon toothpaste recipe:
    -garlicky herbal chicken broth (a cold rememdy):
    Hope you have a great morning!


    32 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

    If you’re cutting out grains from your diet and are gluten free, here is a recipe for you. Pasta Primavera (without the pasta).
    I remember when I did the Atkins diet to go low carb, I used spaghetti squash instead of pasta, but this recipe works just as well.
    Hope you all enjoy it!! As always, thanks so much Kelly for hosting!!


    33 Debbie October 5, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I’ve posted a recipe for chicken liver pate. It’s from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook, but I wanted to remind everyone of this recipe as its easy to make, super tasty and of course very good for you because of the liver.


    34 Jenna October 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Woo hoo – second week sharing here, and I got my link right :)!! This week I am linking to my post on ways to stretch real maple syrup and keep it real and delicious.

    Thanks for hosting!


    35 Natalie October 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

    First time here! Sharing our easy breakfast recipes every Wednesday on our blog. Especially for people who don’t like cold cereal and still want to make sure to start the day right!!!


    36 Edie October 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So glad to have found this. I have enjoyed perusing the archives. This is my first entry- Beef Heart Chili! Yummmy! :)


    37 France @ Beyond The Peel October 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m sharing a tasty recipe for a millet salad that is packed with lovely nuts and seeds. It also makes a nice alternative to quinoa from time to time, not only just to change it up but because it’s quite of bit cheaper than it famous friend


    38 Miz Helen October 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I am sharing my Two Way Pasta today and hope you enjoy it. Thanks for hosting and hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen


    39 Suzy October 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    How does #81 have anything to do with real food?


    40 D. October 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I’m wondering why so many of the recipes lately are vegan based? And, too, there are many dairy-free recipes. There are forums and blogs devoted to those things. I want real food recipes not recipes which leave out meat and dairy. What’s up with that?


    41 Suzy October 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I agree. I think there are so many people who just link up to get traffic to their blog without even caring what this blog link up is dedicated to. Usually it is the ones who link up their recipe to about 30 blog hops. You are right, obviously there are plenty of other blogs devoted to recipes, this one should be only for real food.


    42 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I believe real food does not only mean recipes with meat and dairy. It means food that is organic, not genetically modified, minimally processed, chemical free, no substitute foods (like fake eggs or margarine, or high fructose corn syrup) but instead real eggs from pastured chickens, real butter and pure maple syrup and raw honey. It can include dairy and meat or it could just be a vegetable recipe. Basically, whether it’s vegan or has meat and dairy as long as it meets the requirements of what real food is, then it’s real food.


    43 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Oh and btw…I agree with you on #81. That’s one link that should be removed.


    44 D. October 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    If it contains no meat and/or no dairy, then it’s probably vegetarian or vegan food. As stated, there are a number of recipe forums for people who wish to eat that way. To me (and possibly to others) real food constitutes something from all food groups, not just two of those. If I want just a veggie dish, I can find those online or in recipe books. But when the TITLE of the recipe says “Vegan Corn Chowder” or whatever, it doesn’t belong HERE where we discuss real food because the term vegan indicates no dairy or meat involved, no?


    45 Suzy October 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I should clarify, personally I don’t think all recipes have to include meat and dairy in them to be real food. So I agree with you, Roseann. Especially when the recipe highlights seasonal or local ingredients and someone may have an allergy or sensitivity. But I agree with D in that I think if they are not using all real ingredients then I think there are plenty of other blogs they can post to.

    I know I have many recipes on my blog that do not have all real food ingredients (even though that is what I am striving for) so I will not link up that week.


    46 Roseann @ The Wholesome Life October 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I agree as well that only REAL ingredients should be used in all recipes, whether they are vegan or have meat and dairy in them. Recipes that I find online or in cookbooks that don’t have “real” ingredients in them, I substitute and put the real ingredients in them. Let’s say a recipe calls for margarine, I will substitute the margarine and use butter instead. For example, the Low Carb Pumpkin Pie I posted last Wednesday originally called for sucralose to be used, but I use stevia instead. Substitute foods only are substituting for the real thing, so I just replace them with the real thing. I like to call it reverse substitution..LOL


    47 Suzy October 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I like that term “reverse substitution” You should d a blog post on that!


    48 KitchenKop October 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I agree that the word “vegan” shouldn’t be here, but that recipe itself looked fine so I left it.

    I removed the giveaway one (grrrr, not sure what it had to do with real food, either), but as you can see it often takes me a while to get to these comments, so if you guys ever find one that needs to be removed, please email me, OK? Thanks!



    49 carmen October 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I just wanted to add that I always appreciate seeing dairy-free recipes on real food sites being the traditional foods, real foodie, and dairy-allergic person that I am. =-)

    50 Vicky October 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks you once more for Real Food Wednesdays! I shared my Roasted Apple and Carrot Salad today! Have a lovely week!


    51 Sarah C October 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The simplest homemade tomato soup recipe. A great way to use up all the lingering tomatoes that might be hanging around your garden.


    52 Jen the EcoVenturer October 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This week I am sharing my epiphany about how easy it is to make crackers at home. They are healthy, delicious and cheap!


    53 Meg October 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This week I shared a post on how to make a ginger bug, the starter for naturally fermented ginger ale. I love the idea of ginger ale, and love the taste of ginger, but don’t like most commercial ginger ale, sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Yuck.

    So, I decided to try and make my own. So far, so good!


    54 Liberty October 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Tired of eggs for breakfast?? a new {delicious and surprising} way to get protein in first thing in the morn:cupcakes!


    55 Emily @ Butter Believer October 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Kelly! This week I’m sharing how I accidentally learned how to render chicken fat — AKA, schmaltz! Love that word.

    I have a question though — I’ve noticed some bloggers are linking to multiple posts, I don’t think I realized that was allowed! Do you have a set policy on how many links each of us can put up on RFW?


    56 KitchenKop October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Emily,

    I don’t really have a policy on it, but I’d sure think that a couple are enough…….what do you think?

    (Love that word, too!)


    57 Kristen October 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I am sharing a Vegetable Beef Soup that we just love here. It’s the perfect time of year for it! I make it in big batches and we eat it for days. It freezes well, but if you plan to freeze it, don’t add any egg noodles. Enjoy!


    58 Micaela @MindfulMomma October 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Hi Kelly! I’m sharing an easy, homemade granola bar recipe this week. We brought these to our boys’ soccer games recently and they were a huge hit!


    59 carmen October 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I’m sharing my thoughts today in my post “What is Real Food?” Come over and join the discussion. In the next few weeks I am going to be running an introductory-type series for people who are new to Real Food. I’m looking forward to sharing resources and tips to help people get started.


    60 carmen October 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Oops, I forgot to add the link. Here it is:


    61 brittany October 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    My hubby smashed about 65 pounds of concord grapes the other day, with some help from some smaller feet as well, and is currently fermenting it into Christmas wine!


    62 brittany October 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I respond to my friend’s “cream of crap” tater tot casserole recipe with a real shepherd’s pie.


    63 Christy @ Tools for Kitchens October 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hi, Kelly. I shared a hearty beef stew recipe today. Thank you for hosting us at your link party again this week!


    64 katie October 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    i’m excited to check out some of these amazing recipes!


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