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Easiest Homemade Yogurt Evah!!!!

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You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic….

or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce.

My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat.

Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

Easiest Yogurt Evah! Read More

Easiest Yogurt Evah!

You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic…. or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce. My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat. Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

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Salad For Breakfast? Three salads that will jump-start your day!

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Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a green smoothie or the occasional Western omelet.  So, Kristina’s 12 year old daughter, Alyssa and I teamed up to create three breakfast salads. These are not your regular salads–they have a distinct breakfast-y flair! Alyssa is the Supreme Queen of Salad Dressings (it’s an official title. We are waiting on the stationary.) and every vegetable or fruit she touches turns to absolute gold.

Breakfast Salads

Each of these salads not only tastes DELICIOUS–like you will want to marry them–they also each have a decent amount of protein and healthy fat!  Which is sort of essential if you don’t want to be ravenous by 10:30.  Protein and fat can carry you through until lunch. No sugar crashes and no sugar cravings!

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

For the salad:

6 sweet apples, cored and cut into chunks

3 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios

Hemp Seeds

The Dressing:

8 oz. creme fraiche

3 teaspoons real maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Set in fridge and let the flavors come together for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Toss the apples, oranges, raisins, cranberries and pistachios together. Add the dressing and lightly toss to evenly coat the fruit. (I had some extra dressing left over. Which was awesome with scones come tea time. FYI.) Serve on plates and sprinkle with hemp seeds to serve.

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

For the Salad:

3 heads green leaf lettuce, washed and torn in salad sized pieces

handful of chives, chopped

3 raw beets, peeled and grated

6 – 8 oz. smoked, flaked salmon (not lox.) (Something like this.)

1 egg per person

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the dressing:

juice from one whole lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/8 teaspoon Kelp granules (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together. Mix all salad ingredients, except the egg. Make sure you flake the salmon into smaller shreds so that it is evenly distributed throughout the salad. Toss with the dressing to taste.

Medium fry each egg, so that you keep that delicious runny yolk.  Serve the salad on plates and top each serving with the fried egg. Sprinkle with the salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Bacon, Egg, and Kale Salad

Bacon Egg and Kale Salad

For the salad:

1 head kale shredded or torn into small pieces

6 eggs, boiled and roughly chopped

8 oz. raw milk cheddar, cubed (or whatever other cheese you like)

8 oz. bacon, crumbled and fried crisp

Dressing:

6 oz. sour cream

Salsa to taste (I used about 1/4 cup of hot salsa. We have a great fermented one here.)

Avocado slices to garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Stir together (full-fat….need we say so???) sour cream and salsa. I used about 1/4 cup, but taste as you go to reach your desire heat level! Set aside to allow the flavors to come together.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salad. (If you boil the eggs the night before, this breakfast will come together lickety-split!)

Place salad on a plate and top with a generous dollop of your spicy cream! We served this with avocado slices.

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Breakfast Salads

Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a […]

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Fermented Veggies with a fun variation

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Does fermenting stuff intimidate you?  Here is a fool-proof way to have the tastiest fermented vegetables!

Fermented Veggies

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Fermented Veggies

Does fermenting stuff intimidate you?  Here is a fool-proof way to have the tastiest fermented vegetables! What you need:

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Hash

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Don’t let the word hash be tainted by images of mystery meat and potatoes from a can.  Oh no!  Clear your mind.

To make a great hash, you need some protein (chicken, turkey, duck, sausage, beef, etc.), usually some starch (potato, corn, etc.), some fat (bacon grease, butter, duck fat, etc.).  Fry it up together in a pan.  You can top it with some shredded or grated cheese and perhaps an egg.  So delicious.

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Thanksgiving Hash

Don’t let the word hash be tainted by images of mystery meat and potatoes from a can.  Oh no!  Clear your mind. To make a great hash, you need some protein (chicken, turkey, duck, sausage, beef, etc.), usually some starch (potato, corn, etc.), some fat (bacon grease, butter, duck fat, etc.).  Fry it up together […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Pumpkin Smoothie

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We love smoothies around here.  The kids love them because they are sweet and fun.  I love them because they’re super easy and I can make them half-asleep.  Plus, there’s not a lot of clean-up.  With a big family, that’s always a huge plus.

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Pumpkin Smoothie

We love smoothies around here.  The kids love them because they are sweet and fun.  I love them because they’re super easy and I can make them half-asleep.  Plus, there’s not a lot of clean-up.  With a big family, that’s always a huge plus.

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Chicken Liver Pâté

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Think you don’t like liver?  Think again!  Even non-liver eaters will eat this! Read More

Delicious!

Think you don’t like liver?  Think again!  Even non-liver eaters will eat this!