Real Food Wednesday 2/1/2012

February 1, 2012 · 99 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 February 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

    HI Kelly! This week I’m sharing our real food weekly menu plan, complete with recipe links and 2 snack ideas a day. I’m also linking a post on how to craft beautiful in-season salads. Thanks for hosting!


    2 February 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I shared my video for making milk kefir and a guest post about the science behind fermented vegetables. Lastly, an article about why I never eat commercial bread as well as a giveaway!

    Join me in my Probiotic Foods Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!

    And link up your cultured and fermented foods here!
    Thanks for hosting!


    3 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat February 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for hosting! My post this week is about how the grassfed ranchers I polled reject the drug used to make meat leaner. This is one more good reason to eat grassfed meat and pastured pork.

    Grassfed Ranchers and the Lean Meat Drug


    4 Jen February 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Hi Kelly, I posted 4 this week. Two are in the series we are doing about sourcing eggs. Pt 2 Questions to ask your farmer
    and pt3 which is the challenge and contest:
    Two recipes – Eggs benedicts:
    and Marinated Slow Roasted Pork Butt:
    Have a super week.


    5 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish February 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a Hot Garlic-Ginger Lemonade recipe. It’s a wonderful natural remedy for colds and flu. It’s a great immune booster too. Thanks again.


    6 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food February 1, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I’m sharing my Chicken and Corn Chowder and a post about grapefruit. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


    7 Emily Bartlett February 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Hi Kelly! I am sharing my visual guide for making kombucha. While there’s lots of instructions for brewing ‘bucha out there, this photo illustrated guide takes the mystery out of it, leaving you with nutritious and delicious kombucha every time!


    8 Butterpoweredbike February 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I’ve included a collection of drinks and medicines made from foraged plants. It is very empowering to stock your medicine chest with solutions you’ve made yourself with plants you’ve harvested with your own hands.


    9 Joy February 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m healing from my gluten challenge with delicious meals like the Rosemary Pot Roast I shared today!


    10 Melissa Fritcher February 1, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Flame-Thrower Turkey (would work w/ any poultry!). Exercise, finally! Detox again. Savage!!


    11 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family February 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Kohlrabi looks like a little leafy space alien, but it is nutritious, delicious and very easy to grow. Posted two recipes to get the most out of this vegetable.


    12 Dori February 1, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for hosting us Kelly. This week I’m sharing part 1 of “More than Salt: The World’s Most Controversial Ingredient”. Part one is titled “Industrial Food, Health Policy, and Home Cooking”.
    This piece looks at the science behind the salt/high-blood pressure connection, FDA plans to legally limit salt, and what all of this means to those who eat Real Food.
    Best wishes-
    Dori @ Nourishing Foodways


    13 Maria February 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Excited to be joining again this week! I am linking up my Homemade Pierogies recipe and tutorial, enjoy!


    14 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry February 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I am sharing my Green Chia Smoothie recipe this week.
    Three of my favorite superfoods are in this drink: Kale, chia seeds and raw honey!


    15 Soli @ I Believe in Butter February 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Woo, happy Wednesday! My post this week is a review of the book Politically Incorrect Nutrition. Does it measure up and belong next to your copy of Nourishing Traditions? Come on over and find out!


    16 lydia February 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Hi Kelly!

    Contributing a gluten/grain free cookie recipe to make cut out cookies. This is a healthy replacement for the ever so popular sugar cookie dough!


    17 Donna Bauman February 1, 2012 at 7:16 am

    This week I venture into making fermented ketchup and also make homemade fish sauce using anchovy fish heads! It’s not pretty…. but I think it will make pretty good ketchup!


    18 Susan February 1, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly. I’ve posted a superb alternative to soy sauce filled sweet and sour meatballs. These are yummy but much healthier. I’ve also shared a recipe for pecan crusted salad.


    19 Debbi Does Dinner Healthy February 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I just added my favorite meal that I made! Homemade BBQ sauce would be heatlhier but in this case, I used bottled. Thanks for hosting each week!


    20 Yolanda February 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    My recipe is for Apple Lamb Curry. Other meats can be substituted in this recipe, and it could also accommodate a larger amount of meat. For me, this is ultimate comfort food!


    21 Becky @ Pure Vitality February 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I love all the recipe ideas above! I shared my black bean salad recipe that is so easy to make and always a hit whenever I make it. Enjoy!


    22 Amanda @ Traditional Foods February 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly! I shared a post on how to make coconut milk with recipe ideas and nutrition information.


    23 Erin H February 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I am sharing a baked custard recipe using coconut milk – and you can’t taste coconut! Great for GAPSters or Paleo eaters. Can’t wait to look through all the other links!


    24 Katie February 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Thanks so much for hosting.

    I’ve shared a post on making homemade coconut cream pie lara bars and a photo tutorial on making your own sourdough from scratch.

    Have a blessed day!



    25 Kelli February 1, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I posted the homemade ketchup recipe I developed after countless taste-tests and re-dos.


    26 Kendahl February 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my Third Week of the GAPS Challenge post, as well as my latest REAL FOOD 101 post where I share how to make butter (and buttermilk!)


    27 Cat@thingsmybellylikes February 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I can’t resist adding my sweet potato cottage pie to the mix – I only recently started eating meat and I’m like a kid in a candy store! My body is thanking me after years of deprivation :)
    Thanks for your site and for hosting….


    28 Amber @ The Mommy Earth February 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks again, Kelly! I’m linking to snack and appetizer ideas today.


    29 Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z February 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This is such a great linky. Thanks for hosting. This week I linked a post with a great tip of how to keep your guacamole from turning color plus a simple and delicious guacamole recipe.


    30 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted my cultured citrus recipe, full of healthy probiotics.


    31 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! February 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This week I’m sharing my review of Could It Be B12? Check it out!


    32 France @ Beyond The Peel February 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for hosting. I’m sharing a spilt pea and stilton soup recipe. Have a great rest of your week.


    33 Judy Tsafrir MD @ Holistic Psychiatry February 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

    This is a warming, grounding and satisfying winter salad.


    34 Vicky February 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Kelly, thank you for hosting! This week I linked 2 posts, one is a roasted vegetable tart recipe and the other is the fourth in my series about herbs and spices – Turmeric! Have a lovely week!


    35 Peggy February 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I did an informal poll of friends, family and Twitterfolk, and found an interesting link between diabetes and depression. My post is about what the major health outlets have to say about the link.


    36 Meghan February 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I shared my method for making soaked and roasted peanuts and peanut butter. Thanks for hosting!


    37 Liberty February 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks again for the linkup – this weeks I combined my best of real/whole food breakfast treats into one post:
    All are sugar free pies, cupcakes and cookie all fit for a healthy breakfast your family will worship you for!


    38 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for hosting every week! This week I linked to my post on how to afford better eggs. Too many people they tell me they can’t afford them and while some can’t, most can. Here’s how.


    39 Sheena Cucina February 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Kelly, thanks again for this opportunity to post! This time I have posted a link for my Chocolate Peppermint Cake. A great cake to make for Valentine’s Day. It is vegan, free of all top allergens, and so fudgey and delicious!


    40 Karen February 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Love all the great posts! This week I am sharing my recipe for a lower sweetener (coconut crystals and stevia) fermented ketchup. Thanks, Kelly!


    41 D. February 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    #65 is supposed to be a write-up on making yogurt at room temperature. WHen I clicked on it, I got the same link as when I opened #64 (about chocolate pudding). I don’t know who should fix this, but someone should because I wanna see that room temp yogurt dealie.


    42 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Happy Wednesday! I’m linking up my new favorite smoothie. Loving the sweet and spicy combo!


    43 D. February 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    #86 is about making salsa. I wanted to comment at her site, but I don’t have a google account or an open ID account. Since I couldn’t register to comment there, I’ll do it here. (And no, I don’t want to open accounts at either of those places). ;-)

    I like to make homemade stuff too, and salsa is one of our favorite “go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant treat & cheat food” things. Sometimes I can eat it, sometimes I can’t – it depends on where we go to eat and how it’s made. If there is a lot of cilantro, I won’t touch it because I HATE CILANTRO. I can barely tolerate the smell of that stuff when I walk past it in the veggie aisle. Yuck. I don’t know if the fact that some salsa’s taste good to me and some don’t is to do with the amount of time they’ve been made or what, but it seems the fresh stuff is the most offensive to me, cilantro-wise.

    Does anyone have a recipe for a reaaaaaaaallllllyyyyy good salsa without cilantro? I’ve tried fresh and dried, and neither seems to be tolerable for me. To be fair, even though I rarely buy things like salsa at the store, my all time favorite is the All Natural Tostitos Chunky Salsa Mild. Now, in reading the ingredients, it has nothing offensive in it except the last ingredient is called “natural flavor”. Well heck, that can mean almost anything. (The rest of the ingredients are: tomato puree (water and tomato paste), diced tomatoes in tomato juice, jalapeno peppers, onions, vinegar, salt, garlic powder and natural flavor). And, of course, it’s not organic so I would imagine the ingredients aren’t the best quality. But it has a lovely flavor. Any suggestions of what I could substitute for “natural flavor”?


    44 KitchenKop February 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Here’s my salsa recipe, it does call for cilantro, but you could easily replace it with fresh parsley (or another herb) and it would be just as amazing!


    45 Megh February 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I posted about (affordable) acupuncture — I love it!


    46 Kimberly Hartke February 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi all, I added a post by my guest blogger today, Stan Fishman. It is on the traditional diets of the Scottish Highlanders. Just think of how strong your kids would be if you fed them this way!?

    Also, please join me for Weekend Gourmet blog carnival next Monday on! Would love to have your weekend recipes!


    47 Nicole February 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    This us my first time submitting to Real Food Wednesday! I’m sharing my caffeine-free herbal chai recipe. Hope you all enjoy!


    48 Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) February 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Hi Kelly and Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing a post about being proud of being a ‘Good Enough Cook’.


    49 Jackie @ Crest Cottage February 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hi! I posted about the first time I rendered tallow, and I had a question about one of the other things that came out of it. I think it might be gelatin, but I’m not sure. Check it out and let me know if anyone has any thoughts? Thanks!


    50 Justine @The Lone Home Ranger February 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I shared my “soul-warming spinach manicotti,” a family favorite.

    Enjoy and thanks as always for hosting!


    51 Kristi February 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Kelly and thanks for hosting!! Looking forward to reading over the posts. I shared my nourishing vegetable soup, perfect for beating off the common cold (which we are enduring right now in our household).

    I am also hosting my very first Superfood Sunday blog carnival on Superbowl Sunday, so be sure to stop by and check it out (although it won’t be up until Sunday) !!!


    52 Amber February 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm


    This week I am sharing a fun double chocolate hazelnut coconut cookie. GrainF, V & SF.

    Be Well,


    53 Stealthy Mom February 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi again Kelly! Your link-up is getting huge! Thank you for hosting!

    Today I shared a super-easy recipe for Raspberry Vinaigrette using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen. (I read the label on the bottle of store-bought in my fridge and decided it was time to make my own.) This version is tangy, sweet, and natural.


    54 Elle @thewaybyelle February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    thanks for the link up!


    55 Jamie Del Balso February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Do you need a real food appetizer for your Super Bowl Party, holiday parties, or social gatherings with friends? Check out my Taco Dip Platter recipe – well loved by family and friends.


    56 Rachael Resurreccion February 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I am sharing a recipe for Hawaiian Coleslaw, it was a big hit at our church luau last weekend.
    Thank you for hosting


    57 Linnae February 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This week I am sharing a recipe for GAPS legal stuffed cabbage!! Nom nom nom!!

    Thanks for hosting!!


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