Real Food Wednesday 2/22/2012

February 22, 2012 · 114 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 22, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hi Kelly! I’m back with another new weekly menu plan, complete with recipe links and 2 snack ideas a day. I’m also sharing our soaked Dutch Baby recipe. It’s my kid’s favorite breakfast lately. Thanks for hosting!


    2 Jamie Del Balso February 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for posting the soaked dutch baby recipe, I’ve been wanting to try it, but afraid to ruin an already good thing. Does it puff up like a non-soaked dutch baby?


    3 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat February 22, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Kelly, you had a link to a great news video about the school lunch controversy in your Monday Morning Mix Up 2/20/2012

    My post is also about this incident that outraged so many. The government is trying to make sure that all school children eat the same kind of lunch to ensure good nutrition, but one size never fits all.

    When It Comes to Food, “One Size Fits All” Fits Nobody


    4 Dori February 22, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Hello Real Food Wednesday!
    Thank you for hosting us Kelly! This week I’m sharing my recipe for ghee,the traditional fat of Indian cuisine. I’ve tried a few different methods for making ghee and describe my favorite. Ghee’s use isn’t limited to Indian cooking, it makes a terrific all-around cooking fat!
    Best wishes-


    5 Jen February 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hi Kelly, I posted info about supporting a new VA farmers market
    An article on when local matters and when it doesn’t:
    and a recipe for Cherry almond granola:


    6 Tracey @ ControlTheChaos February 22, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Hi – thanks for the link party. I find great inspiration here. This week I’m linking up a tomato avocado salad that is simply delicious.


    7 Mali Korsten @ The Korsten Chronicle February 22, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Hi Kelly – thanks for hosting! Today I’m sharing my GAPS-friendly, probiotic Mango Lassi recipe.


    8 Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxie February 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted today an easy and low fat version of the popular dish Adobo Chicken. This is a big hit. Enjoy! ~Dr. Lisa


    9 Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} February 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for hosting.

    I submitted my post on How to Cut a Coconut:

    I don’t know why it has taken me all this time to learn how to do it; it really is easy!


    10 Leslie @ Real Food Freaks February 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Hey Kelly,
    I posted a yummy roasted vegetable recipe using sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, bacon, maple syrup & cayenne.


    11 Kelsi February 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Hi Kelly! This is my first time linking up – thanks so much for hosting this! I added links to my article “Resources for Getting Started With a Natural Medicine Cabinet”

    as well as “A Beginners Guide to Meal Planning”.

    All the best!


    12 Katie February 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly.

    I shared a post about planning your garden and info on whether BPA-free is really all it is cracked up to be.


    13 Mary @ Homemade Dutch Apple Pie February 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I shared my recipe for soaked ravioli with a homemade cheese filling and creamy bacon pesto.


    14 Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) February 22, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Today I’m sharing my post on Paula Deen that poses the question: Is Paula’s cooking representative of traditional southern cooking? Thanks for hosting!


    15 Jamie Del Balso February 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I know there are lots of sourdough crepe/pancake recipes out there. My husband is not a fan of sourdough – he has avoided it for YEARS. Then I decided to try making my own starter. Many things he has not liked, but these he does!


    16 HM February 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!
    I’m sharing my homemade cream cheese (and whey) and my sugar-free Elderberry and Rosehip Syrup – great for warding off those winter colds and flus!


    17 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I have a new blog, and just shared my first recipe. Of course I messed up the first time I posted it and put my name as the name of the recipe. Duh! Hope you enjoy. I have enjoyed checking out all of your recipes.


    18 Melanie @ Pickle Me Too February 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for hosting this Kelly! I shared my article on Homemade Formula vs Human Donor Milk. I would love to hear your opinion on the subject. Thank you!


    19 Miz Helen February 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good Morning Kelly,
    I am sharing my Red Beans and Rice with some other recipes from my meal plan. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen


    20 Jill @ The Prairie Homestead February 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hi Kelly,
    We butchered our first steer a couple weeks ago, so I got my first shot at making beef tallow! I’m sharing a tutorial today with lots of pictures. Thanks for hosting!


    21 Laura February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Find out how meal making can be about fun and fellowship, by sharing it with others. I share lots of Communal Cooking resources along with my experiences.


    22 Beth February 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

    For Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday yesterday I posted about pancakes and listed the ingredients from a box vs ingredients from a homemade recipe. I posted unsoaked for those transitioning and a soaked version that I use.


    23 Justine @The Lone Home Ranger February 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’m sharing our local meat CSA farmer’s tips for buying and raising chickens at home. I’ve also linked up to some other good blogs that have posted backyard chicken tips. Hope you enjoy and thanks as always for hosting!


    24 Raising Isabella February 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my kefir grains with one lucky reader this week!


    25 Roseann February 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Today I posted a recipe for Kimchi, which is Korean sauerkraut. I followed Sally Fallon’s recipe in Nourishing Traditions and it came out delicious. It goes great with everything and is so beneficial for the digestive system.



    26 Beth Stowers | The Crunchy Housewife February 22, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Hi! Thank you for hosting the link up. I am sharing an article about GMO Foods, Why they are so dangerous and How to avoid them. GMOs are NOT Real Food.


    27 Michelle February 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I linked to my version of Tonkastu sauce


    28 Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z February 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’ve linked up a spinach stuffed portobello Cap Entree that is fabulous.
    Thanks so much for hosting this real food linky.


    29 Carrie- young living oil lady February 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hey Kelly! This week I am sharing a family favorite: from scratch whole wheat pancakes. We grind our grain and use only organic, pure natural ingredients. My food tastes way better than the pictures show! :) Hope you enjoy a healthy, yummy, easy to make pancake recipe! :)


    30 France @ Beyond The Peel February 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Happy, happy Wednesday Kelly! I’m sharing Prosciutto Wrapped Haloumi Cheese with a Fennel Apple Salad

    And 10 Whole Food Snacks That You Can Pack.

    Have a great day!


    31 Butterpoweredbike February 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hi, I’ve linked a heart stew make from leftovers and veg frozen last summer. It is thick and smokey, and great served with creamy polenta.


    32 Candy @ Candy Girl February 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    First time joining link up! I’m trying to cook healthier but have to have sweets. This bread was a success in feeding our sweet tooth!


    33 Millie February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly!

    I’m sharing a family favorite for Buttermilk Syrup. This is a wonderful homemade syrup that is a great topping for our pancakes, waffles, German pancakes, etc. It is a great alternative to more costly maple syrup.


    34 Jessica February 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted my probiotic rich honey mustard dressing.


    35 City Share February 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for hosting. We have been watching Downton Abby and decided to have a dinner inspired by the show. A roast with root vegetables and onion gravy is a perfect dinner for a cold winter evening whether or not you are a Downton fan.


    36 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish February 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks so much for hosting! I shared a Roasted Spaghetti Squash w/ Green Garlic, Brown Butter & Parmesan recipe. The green garlic adds a wonderful, mild, garlic flavor. It’s so yummy! Thanks again.


    37 Vicky February 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Kelly! Once more, thank you for hosting! I shared my Spice Biscuit recipe this week! Have a lovely week!


    38 Micha @ blissful bites February 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    This week I’m sharing a Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad with a zesty lime dressing. It’s so yummy, I’ve been eating it all week! Thanks for hosting =)


    39 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! February 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’m sharing how I came to the decision to get some professional support while going through GAPS.


    40 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food February 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I’m sharing my Moroccan Lamb Stew, Thai Beef Coconut Soup and my new favorite ferment – Beet and Cabbage Kraut! Thanks for hosting :)


    41 Heather H. February 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for hosting. I always love blog carnivals. I have a lot of wild game in the freezer, so I’m having fun experimenting with different venison recipes. This spice rub is so good! Use it with any beef or venison steak or roast.


    42 Suzy February 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    hanks for hosting Kelly. I linked my post on what I am doing for Lent. I am really going to try to eat only real foods with minimum cheating. I posted my “rules” but if anyone else has any suggestions for me, please let me know.


    43 Christine February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    This week I am sharing the results of my first hair tissue mineral analysis test.


    44 Laura February 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for hosting! Today, I am sharing a post about my rediscovery of the many delicious varieties of hard cheese, since going grain-free.


    45 Joanna February 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    This week I shared another excerpt from my pregnancy food diary: a good day and a bad day!

    I also shared my “healthy foods list”. Instead of focusing on what we shouldn’t be eating, I like to keep it positive and think about what we should be eating. Check it out and let me know what you think!


    46 Stealthy Mom February 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Kelly! Thank you for hosting again this week. To your ever-growing list, I added a recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing that is faster to make than to find one without MSG at the grocery store! I also shared a recipe for Fast and East Veggie Chowder. It is a rich and satisfying soup that uses no cans, bouillion or stock. Just veggies, and lots of them (And mushrooms, which are technically not vegetables.)


    47 Donna Bauman February 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Today I post about making a tasty veggie dish with brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, goat cheese, sprouted pumpkin seeds and all kinds of healthy things that taste great together!


    48 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for hosting, Kel! Today is Ash Wednesday and that means that today we (in my house) are having one meatless meal, in that we are not eating any meat today and we are eating only once today. I made toasted sesame hummus and pita breads. Today I have the recipe for the hummus and tomorrow the recipe for the pitas. Stop by and see what I got cooking!


    49 Elle @thewaybyelle February 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you for the link up!


    50 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I’m linking up Raw Blueberry Pancakes! Grain-free, gluten-free, and delicious!


    51 Marcy February 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm
    52 Ruth February 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I’m posting a recipe for chocolate cake without any refined sugar (just honey and maple syrup for sweeteners). I love that it actually has the right flavor and texture – a Real Food recipe I can serve friends and family without cringing! ;)


    53 Kimberly Hartke February 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

    The Harvard Raw Milk Debate is now online! Let’s make sure everyone sees this!

    I have also included some important links about government bias against raw milk.


    54 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen February 24, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Hi there, this week I’m sharing my Almond Ginger Chocolate Cake (Grain-Free, SF) and a family favourite, Coconut Cake (Grain-Free, Sugar-Free). Enjoy!


    55 Kendahl February 24, 2012 at 1:19 am

    This week I have been quite ill, but I finally turned the corner this morning thanks to all my real foods and home remedies! So far this week I only have one post up: the wrap up for the GAPS Challenge. Come see how everyone did, and what their plans are NOW!


    56 Ashley @ Bacon Cures February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Just posted my “go to” favorite dinner recipe, real food mac n cheese and meatloaf:)


    57 Ashley @ Bacon Cures February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    And sorry:/ I posted my name above instead of the recipe name. I’m new at this if you can’t tell!


    58 Kendahl February 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I am also sharing my latest REAL FOOD 101 post, a really quick Japanese fish stock called “dashi”. Perfect for GAPS, too :)


    59 Chara S February 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Kelly so glad you are hosting this! I love Real Food!! This is one of my families favorite Real Food, Real Fast dinners!! Enjoy!


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