Real Food Wednesday 1/4/2012

January 4, 2012 · 105 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 Paula @ Whole Intentions January 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hi Kelly,
    Today I shared my favorite yogurt – The Easiest Yogurt on Planet Earth. As the name implies, it’s so easy you don’t need more than a kitchen counter.

    Thank you for hosting!



    2 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food January 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Hi Kelly, hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and happy new year! This week I’m linking up how to make fish stock, a post on how NOT to eat while on vacation, and sharing some real foods that my 2yo likes to eat.


    3 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat January 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for hosting! My post this week is about comparing my health of the past with my health of today. Real food, eating grassfed meat, and following the guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation was the cause of the immense improvement. I am so grateful for real food!

    Aging in Reverse with Real Food — Then and Now


    4 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable January 4, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hi Kelly! Today I have shared a recipe for homemade freezer breakfast burritos. Thank you for hosting!


    5 Joy January 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hi Kelly!
    This week we posted the reasons we don’t use whey to ferment our veggies.
    Happy New Year!
    Joy & Kelsy


    6 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family January 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Happy New Year! This week I posted recipes for my favorite homemade cough and cold remedies, including a “vapor rub” that is much less toxic than the name brand, plus a trick for knocking out nagging coughs that flare up when you lie down.


    7 joanne January 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Wow – that rocks. I will have to find an herbal shop and hit it up so I’ll be ready for next year. Thank you for sharing!


    8 Emily Bartlett January 4, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Hi Kelly! This week I’m sharing my post How to Eat Real Food on A Budget. Happy new year!


    9 Leslie @ Real Food Freaks January 4, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I wrote a review about a Dr. Oz episode that featured Chef Alton Brown’s “food lists”– a diet recommendation. Also shared a recipe.


    10 January 4, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I shared my Slow Roasted Chicken and 8 Reasons to Add Fermented Foods to Your Diet. Also the top 10 posts of the year at RFF and a post about new year resolutions and 8 actions to take.

    Join me in my Fermentation Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!
    Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!


    11 Soli @ I Believe In Butter January 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Hi Kelly! My post this week is a chronicle of my real food related resolutions for this year.


    12 Miz Helen January 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Good Morning Kelly,
    I am sharing my weekly menu with everyone today. There are several great recipes that everyone might enjoy. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen


    13 The UnProcessed Kitchen January 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Kelli! It’s me, Jen (BigBinder) with a new blog and I messed up my first link – can you delete it?! Sorry, I’m so excited I forgot what I was doing!!


    14 Jenn @ Dishrag Diaries January 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Happy New Year and thanks for hosting!!!

    #24 – I’m back from hiatus and diving into the new year with 20 baby steps of healthy, WAPF eating. Not a bunch of “don’ts” but an awesome list of delicious “dos.”


    15 Wendy (The Local Cook) January 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Happy New Year! Today I’m linking up Cole Slaw, with variations. It’s Salad Week at The Local Cook as part of the Back to Basics Cooking series.


    16 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom January 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hi Kelly! I was up late with my family watching the Iowa returns come in – so I’m late linking up….Wish I could have slept more :-).

    I’m sharing my Top Recipes from 2011 and my great MYO Taco Seasoning – no more packets (well, I know your readers weren’t using them anyway :-).

    Happy New Year!


    17 Lauren Hairston Collado January 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi Kelly! This is my first Real Food Wednesday. Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked up my recipe for Escalopes à la normande, a traditional French dish with pork and apples.


    18 Michelle January 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for hosting the link-up. I posted my pork and veggie skillet recipe, which was born out of an excess of broccoli in my freezer and a whole lot of pork sales before New Years.


    19 Megh January 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I shared my new year’s post — top hits for 2011, and what’s up for 2012. Have a great day!


    20 A Peaceful Plate January 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    A couple of days ago I made THE BEST rice I have ever had. Check out the recipe and other suggestions.


    21 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom January 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Hi Kelly! Just added my latest post – Must Have for Whole Health in the New Year.


    22 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker January 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I left a post that one of my contributors wrote about beating blood sugar spikes. Thanks for the linky!


    23 Sally January 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I have been enjoying coming up with new soup recipes. They are so satisfying in the winter months. I posted my recipe for Tuscan Chicken Soup made of course with homemade chicken stock. Thanks for hosting Kelly!


    24 Jan's Sushi Bar January 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Good morning, Kelly – I’m doing a strict paleo “Whole30″ this month, so I’m sharing my recipe for a dairy-free vegetable frittata.


    25 Mrs. White January 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This looks like a great link-up! I just found you from another blog. I don’t write very many recipes on my site, but will enjoy reading what is submitted here.

    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Hom


    26 Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Happy New Year! I’ve shared my crustless cheesecake recipe – perfect for those avoiding gluten and grains. Have a great day!


    27 Angie @ Bare Root People January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for hosting! My post is about how vegetarianism/veganism misses the point within the larger context of the fight against Big Ag:


    28 France @ Beyond The Peel January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Good Morning Kelly, Thank you for hosting it’s always such a pleasure to be here and see what everyone’s been working hard at. I’m sharing a recipe for a Savoy cabbage salad with grapefruit and a citrus vinaigrette which is really refreshing and who couldn’t use a little more of this powerhouse in their diet.


    29 Jessica January 4, 2012 at 11:21 am
    30 dani January 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I added grain free fried chicken and pizza! Thanks for hosting!


    31 Donna Bauman January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Today, my first anniversary of blogging, I shared a review of my food goals for the past year and what worked in order to achieve them. I also link back to one of my most popular posts about Kale Chips, but this post is mean more for inspiration to help you get everything you dream for in 2012.


    32 AmandaLP @ January 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    First time! I shared my suggestion for an entry into real cooking, Pastured Eggs Cooked in Grass Fed Butter. Delicious, and nourishing, and a great way to start learning all sorts of cool things!


    33 Kendahl January 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I’m sharing two posts today, one that is my list of the Top Ten Posts on Our Nourishing Roots in 2011 and one that gets everyone ready for the GAPS Challenge starting on January 15!


    34 Kendahl January 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    35 Melissa @ Dyno-mom January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I posted a link to a book review for “Manufacturing Depression”, the first book you should read this year. It is a fascinating account of how big pharma develops illness and not drugs. Check it out.


    36 Vicky January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Kelly! To start the new year with a healthy meal I made a black bean and roasted vegetable salad! Warming, yet very fresh! Thank you for hosting and Happy New Year!


    37 Dori January 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Real Food Wednesday & Thank you for hosting us Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing a recipe for Kefir Sauerkraut. This ‘kraut is great if you’ve resolved to expand (or revive) your fermentation practice this year – it’s a quick & easy, but also predictable!

    Wishing you many fermented, whole foods blessings 2012,


    38 Leah January 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I left a post about why fad diets don’t work, real food diets are the answer!

    “When you lose weight too quickly, your body thinks that its because of a food scarcity. It’s response is to slow down metabolism.”


    39 Avivah @ Oceans of Joy January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    This week I shared about my first outing foraging since moving to Israel! I just love how no matter where you go, you’ll find wonderful organic foods growing for free that you can use to enhance your health, as food and medicine. And to share the experience with my 2 and 5 year old boys made it even more enjoyable!

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly, and I hope your holidays were wonderful!



    40 Daniel January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Hello, from Forgotten Way Farms! We just posted on cooking with the campfire cooker.
    Love real food, and home grown is best :)


    41 Melissa @ Dyno-mom January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Okay, I just added a second link. I quickly wrote this up because my little girls opened a bottle of cod liver oil and split 59 capsules between them. I was very worried about overdose but after talking to poison control, I feel better. So, check out my post to see just how much cod liver oil is too much.


    42 Eve @ Inchworm Chronicles January 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Mmmm, those black bean brownies sound GOOOOD!!

    I linked up for other families who homeschool or with littles, like us, who like to read about SNACK ideas! You know, the quicker, the better. No fuss, little muss.

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly, Happy New Year!


    43 Melissa Fritcher January 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’m a few days into my second 21-Day Sugar Detox. Got very creative and made up some new recipes. Turned out better than expected. All kinds of muscles that can be worked out. I got my creativity on. :)


    44 Meghan January 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I shared my post about my food/wellness goals for the first three months of 2012. Thanks for hosting!


    45 Kristi January 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for hosting!!! I shared my new sushi creation–substituted brown rice for white and maple syrup for white sugar….Enjoy!!!!


    46 Trina January 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I am so glad that I stopped by your site Kelly. I saw a link back to your site regarding raw eggs and I loved the article. We get our eggs from local farmers so I will be using them more in the raw form for smoothies. I’ve gotten some great ideas today after searching through some of the links, this will be a stop for me every Wednesday from now on.


    47 peachkins January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi kelly! It’s my first time to join RFW! Great blog!


    48 Maria January 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    First time entering!
    I thought I wasn’t a fan of curry (I’m not a huge savory coconut fan, nor can I handle excessive spicy heat), until I made this recipe. Delicious red chicken curry that the whole family will enjoy.

    Thanks so much for hosting!


    49 Stealthy Mom January 5, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Thank you for hosting this food blog carnival! Tonight I submitted a recipe for using past-due milk to make cottage cheese. While I hope you never find a stray, forgotten gallon at the back of your fridge, this would be a good use for it. The leftover whey, if used in place of milk and water, gives bread a chewy texture like sourdough.


    50 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen January 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Happy New Year! I’ve linked up my recipe for Caramelized French Onion Dip (without Dry Soup Mix). Enjoy :)


    51 Homegrown & Healthy January 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

    The worst part about switching to being a vegetarian is that I have a lot less opportunities to eat horseradish! Once you try making your own you’ll never go back–have you seen the sugar, salt, and preservatives that commercial brands use??


    52 Justine January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I found your site via The Prairie Homesteader. I’m so happy to have found it! We try to eat only real food as much as possible, so my first recipe I’m sharing is Jacques Pepin’s Beans and Greens, perfect for the new year.

    Thanks for hosting! I’ll be on here the rest of the day…


    53 Lissa B. January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for a great site and creating this opportunity for us to share our favorites.


    54 Penny January 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for hosting this weekly real food carnival. I’m attempting to get back into bloggin on a regular basis and thought I would share a recipe for Lemon Chicken. Since I eat and blog low carb or restricted carb recipes to help maintain normal blood sugar levels in diabetics I also included suggestions of what to serve the chicken and veggies with instead of pasta.


    55 Andy January 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    First time here but not the last, your guest shared some very interesting tips and links. I’m looking forward to see what next Wednesday all about.


    56 Carolyn @ Nourishing Charlotte January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    We added a link to our raw milk Q&A at!
    Thanks for hosting Real Food Wednesday.


    57 Carrie Raab January 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for allowing us to share our fabulous healthy dishes with you! I have shared my organic fresh milled nondairy cinnamon rolls. I also put a twist in my cooking by using essential oils. Check out more of my recipes in how I cook in unconventional ways here: You might also enjoy reading this post: 113 ways sugar can ruin your health:

    Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has cooked up!


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