Real Food Wednesday 2/29/2012

February 29, 2012 · 123 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 Dori February 29, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Hello Real Food Wednesday!
    Thanks for hosting us Kelly!
    Today I’m sharing a recipe for simple, savory, and sweet Winter Squash & Apple Soup.Today I’m sharing a recipe for simple, savory, and sweet Winter Squash & Apple Soup.

    Also, I’m announcing the Nourishing Foodways Facebook page. I’d appreciate you all becoming my Facebook fans – and look forward to connecting!

    Lastly, a reminder for those in Portland, Oregon next Monday’s free class:
    How to Make Gluten-Free Bread: Three Techniques for Baking Delicious Bread.

    Best wishes-

    2 Kathryn February 29, 2012 at 12:43 am

    First make almond milk, then dehydrate the leftover pulp to make almond flour! I’m all about making that dollar stretch as far as it can go!

    3 Butterpoweredbike February 29, 2012 at 12:51 am

    RFW, still look forward to it after all of these years :) This week, I’m sharing a round up of recipes which utilize a wild food and smoke. Lots of great things to see, from smoked fish eggs, to smoked game sausage, to making homemade incense!

    4 Jen February 29, 2012 at 1:05 am
    5 Debbie February 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting another great linkup! This week I’m sharing my not-quite-authentic (but still tasty!) Pho (Faux Pho!) and my creamy coleslaw.

    6 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat February 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Happy Leap Year Day, Kelly! My post this week is about how the best grassfed beef and the best organic (or the equivalent) vegetables come from wise farmers who improve their soil. Food grown on rich soil tastes better and is nutrient-dense.

    Great Soil Makes Great Meat and Great Vegetables

    7 Jo @ Jo's Health Corner/ February 29, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m sharing some delicious and easy berry cups that my family enjoys. They are great in winter/spring time when it is harder to find fresh fruit in some places. Berries are very nutritious and we prefer them over fruit. I always keep frozen berries in the freezer.

    8 Jo @ Jo's Health Corner/ February 29, 2012 at 1:36 am
    9 Jennyfeer December 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

    nonni and poppi – wow this kids are darling pics are awoesme .they look like something that you would find in a magazine. Diane and Ron should love these. Fantastic shots, Mel and Adam.

    10 Tracey @ ControlTheChaos February 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Hi all! I linked up a fantastic recipe for grain free cereal – so easy and delicious! Also, I am in no way an affiliate, but I found a fantastic company and want to spread the word. Steve’s Originals makes nitrate free, grass fed beef jerky products, as well as grain free cereals and bars. Go check out my review for more information:

    Again, I am not an affiliate, I just think they make fantastic, real food products and want to support them in their endeavor.

    11 Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food February 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I shared two articles about microwave use and one that looks at muscle atrophy in the elderly and whether it’s reversible or not.
    Thanks for hosting!

    12 Melissa Fritcher February 29, 2012 at 3:05 am – Big breakthroughs in the journey to health & optimal weight. Being self-aware, honest with oneself. Making informed decisions.

    13 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish February 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Thanks so much for hosting. I shared a Cinnamon-Thyme Tea recipe, a great natural remedy for colds, flu, sore throat, coughs, immune boosting, etc. Thanks again.

    14 Becky @ Pure Vitality February 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I have shared a post about how to do a healthy pantry and kitchen makeover. I’ve created an eBook that will guide you through a complete kitchen and pantry makeover, which can be downloaded for FREE on my website. It’s kinda like taking a personal tour of my kitchen and pantry! It is really good for newbies, but you may find tips there as well.


    15 Diane February 29, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Thanks for hosting. I am sharing my recipe for slow cooking a sirloin tip roast :)

    16 Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} February 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I linked up Ham Hock and Bean Soup. My mother got 2 ham hocks for me from a farmers market. I had never even heard of them, but she assured me that they make a tasty dish. Roasting the ham hocks brought out so much flavor. My husband declared this soup to be the best soup I have ever made.

    Thanks for the linkup.

    17 City Share February 29, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Happy Leap Day! I feel like I need to do something special in honor of our extra day. ;) Today I’m sharing two posts one on feeding babies and the other on a versatile mushroom sauce that we love that can be grain-free and dairy-free (as needed). Thanks so much for hosting. Always love to read the posts included in your hop.

    18 Miz Helen February 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Good Morning,
    I am sharing my Rosemary Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

    19 Kelsi February 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I left 2 links – “Nutritious (FILLING) Snacks” at

    and “When Natural Remedies Are Too Confusing” at

    Thanks for hosting this!

    20 Jamie Del Balso February 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Today I’m sharing my Korean Lettuce Wraps recipe from a friend. It is gluten free and DELICIOUS! Thanks for hosting.

    21 HM February 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    Today I’m sharing my Seared Liver with Rosemary Butter recipe. It’s my favourite way to get my offal :)

    22 Suzy February 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Thanks again for hosting. I find such good stuff on this linky party. I linked my post on an Asian sesame dressing I made. It is so good I could drink it. And the ratios are so easy to remember. I have made it three times since I came up with the recipe the other day.

    23 Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery February 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Good morning! I linked up a healthy soup, a Jedi Mind Trick to convince your children to eat their dinner, and a list of quotes that Allergy Moms find themselves saying over and over…. and I’d love to hear what YOU all say as well! Pop over and add your own :)

    24 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Good morning! I shared the delicious Oscar night pot roast I made for my four leading men. I am new to blogging, so appreciate any comments and feedback.

    25 Beth February 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I linked to a pear/cheese pizza that could be used as a side dish, lunch, or snack. The dc loved it!

    26 Katie February 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    I shared a hearty minestrone soup recipe and how to on making kale chips.

    Have a blessed day!

    27 Millie February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting!

    I’m sharing a post on ‘issues’ and diet. 5 Warning Signs you Might be Living in Denial

    28 Amber @ The Mommy Earth February 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’ve added a link to Spinach-Artichoke Dip. I forgot to say what it was the first link, so I tried again but embarrassingly I don’t know how to delete the first one. Sorry!

    29 France @ Beyond The Peel February 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Happy Wednesday Kelly! Thanks again for being such a great hostess.

    I’m sharing Sumac Spiced Salmon with Beurre Noir, an Oven Roasted Tomato Salad with Spiced Croutons, and…
    5 Protein Packed Breakfasts That Will Make You Leap Out of Bed!

    Have a great day!

    30 Andrea @Andreas Kitchen February 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hi Kelly! I’m sharing my recipe for Garnet Yam Crisp with Dried Cherries and Coconut. We eat this crisp often for breakfast because it is filling and really healthy. The only sweetener is 2 tablespoons of grade B maple syrup in the yams and 2 tablespoons of it in the topping plus 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
    Thanks for hosting!

    31 Ruth February 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    When I started cooking with real food, I loved the idea that I could make cheesecake with so many healthy ingredients – but I always got stuck on the crust! So when I found this really easy recipe for a nut crumb crust (no pre-bake, with only 3 ingredients!) you can imagine the cartwheels I turned (in my head, of course – my kitchen isn’t that big . . .)

    Thanks again for hosting, Kelly!

    32 Amber February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Happy Wednesday,

    This week I am sharing two recipes: (1) a very sweet, decadent, vegan, cane-sugar free treat that will seriously knock your socks off! Coffee flavored, maple sweetened coconut whipped cream (or mousse). Everyone that has tried this claims it tastes like a mousse or pudding, but it can also be used as a whipped cream or icing for cake/cupcakes, and (2) a super easy, basic marinara sauce (creating no kitchen waste).

    Have a great week.

    Be Well,

    Coffee Mousse:

    33 Yolanda February 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Mashed potatoes from the little shriveled ones leftover from last year’s garden. :D

    34 Laura February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for hosting! Today I’m featuring a recipe for Coffee Rubbed Flat Iron Steak!

    35 Felicity February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This is my favorite recipe I’ve created! The coconut milk makes the bead so moist & delicious! So great for a sandwich bread, or just eaten by itself. I make this bread every week for our bread needs. No other bread compares. Especially store-bought. Try it!

    36 Kendahl February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    This week I’m sharing my How to Kick a Cold post, inspired by my nasty cold from last week. Take that, germs!

    I’m also sharing my favorite links from February, what I was reading and thinking about, and what I was making (or am going to make!) by reading my fellow bloggers posts.

    37 Christine February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Kelly,

    This week I am sharing about the health benefits of coffee enemas! I believe it is the only good use for coffee – and don’t be grossed out, it’s amazing!

    38 Michelle K. @ Delectable Musings February 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I am a first time poster to Real Food Wednesdays. This past week I took on trying to come up with a little bit healthier but still very kid friendly quick snack that would compete with the dreaded Girl Scout Cookies that invaded my house. My Plum Spice Muffins did the trick for my home, I hope it can in yours too.

    39 Vicky February 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Kelly! This week I’m sharing my Beetroot Salad! Have a lovely week and thank you for hosting!

    40 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves February 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I shared a few great recipes this week: Black Bean Veggie Burgers (my favorite recipe – super easy & chock full of veggies), Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa (again – ridiculously easy & so delicious), and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage & Browned Butter (admittedly a bit more involved, but so delicious and sure to impress!)

    41 Laura @ Stealthy Mom February 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Happy Leap Year! Thank you for hosting this link-up.

    Today I shared two things. The first is Quinoa Pudding, sweetened with maple syrup and slow-baked in the oven.

    The second is Potato Lasagna. On hand, I had a couple pounds of cottage cheese (made from past due milk since I’m cheap like that) and oodles of organic russet potatoes because the store only orders them for me if I’ll take fifty pounds worth. Cottage cheese, potatoes… Lasagna!

    42 Amanda @ Traditional Foods February 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a post on an sardines — their nutrient content, how to shop for them, and cooking ideas.

    43 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry February 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I shared my Italian Dressing and Dairy-Free Mango Milkshake recipes this week. Cheers!

    44 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! February 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Today I’m sharing the secret I finally found to making truly creamy, homemade peanut butter. I’m also starting my series about organ meats and am sharing why they should be included in your diet.

    45 Michelle February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I just posted the recipes and my review of “Bourbon” Chicken and Mint Chocolate Brownies (grain free)

    46 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Hello, again! This week I am linking to my current post on how easy it is to properly prepare pork to prevent increase blood coagulation. So, if you read the WAPF journal article, heard about it at the conference, or saw it on the website it is totally doable! I have ten kids and am mad busy. If I can do it, so can you!

    47 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen February 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for hosting. This week I’m sharing my GF Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes For Two.

    48 Susan February 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Cooking moist and tender pastured chicken:

    Thanks for hosting!

    49 Lissa B. February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I found a way to continue getting probiotics in me. I make cultured sunflower butter with miso paste! Tastes wonderful:

    50 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family February 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    This week I’ve posted on 13 Ways to Create a Sustainable Food System. Consumer demand is simply not enough to stop the destruction of our planet and our health by industrial agriculture. Here’s a more comprehensive approach.

    51 Rocio @ Rocio's Mexican Kitchen February 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hi! It’s so nice to be linking here! I love real food! Today I published about salsas, they transform any meal into something amazing! Using all fresh veggies, like tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, cilantro on a salsa verde or tomatoes, avocado, serrano peppers, onion and cilantro for a delicious Pico de Gallo, you will have the perfect finishing touch for whaetver you are grilling or pan searing. Check out the picture of the grilled skirt steak with fresh salsa verde. It’s as tasty as it looks!

    52 Tessa Domestic Diva February 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    So many links this week!! I shared an easy homemade mayo…so easy and so easy ans so few ingredients (as it should be!), and some delicious and versatile Vietnamese Salad Rolls! Thanks for having us all back!

    53 Jessica February 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I posted the reasons to make sourdough bread and ham and potato chowder.

    54 Tara February 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Hey there! My first time linking up here I think. This week I have a mongolian beef real food make over. It was a hit even with my picky 3 year old.

    55 Kathleen from Providence Farms March 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love your blog. A friend of mine introduced me to you about a year ago, and I continually find myself coming back to see what Kelly has to say about that. :-) I posted a link to my blog about how all our raw almonds are pasteurized and some friends and I linked arms and bought almost 200 lbs of unpasteurized almonds directly from an Almond Farmer.

    Thanks, for all you do.

    56 Kelsi March 1, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I just posted a recipe for Amish Baked Chicken! enjoy!

    57 laxsupermom March 1, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for hosting this recipe swap!

    58 Kendahl March 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I am also sharing my latest REAL FOOD 101 post, all about how to make yogurt. Learn how to work with raw milk to make raw yogurt, as well as how to make 24-hour GAPS yogurt that is completely free of lactose from the culturing process.

    59 Jamie D March 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Yummy (EASY!) Almond Poppy Seed Muffins! Tasty little morsels these are!

    Check it out!

    60 caroline March 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    61 Chara S March 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Linked up my Kombucha post- method and benefits! WE love ‘bucha round our house!!! :)


    62 Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I love kombucha- what a great post!

    63 Kimberly Hartke March 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Vernon Hershberger is my hero! Read the backstory of this courageous food freedom fighter on my blog:

    64 Kristina @From City Corporate to Suburb Mama March 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    First time here! Excited to join!
    I’m posting my super simple and easy treat/dessert/granola that is also GAPS friendly. I hope you enjoy!

    65 Nescett @ bananaoats March 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks Kelly!

    Michael Pollen’s book was so eye opening for me about the food choices I was making.

    66 Candice April 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for this great opportunity to share Kelly!

    I am sharing a video of my husband making Irish Colcannon Fish Cakes. We believe that eating in line with your ancestry (an evolutionary step or two beyond Paleo) and in line with WAPF is best for health – although we do still avoid grains.

    These were so delicious and we discovered Napa cabbage for the first time and it has become our favorite ‘wrap’ because it stays nice and crunchy even if you put hot food on it.


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