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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?!

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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

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through an affiliate link costs you nothing, but lets you support this blog and the families who write it and love it.} ________________________________ If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we […]

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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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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

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Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new favorite snack.  Another reader said that she just must have this recipe.  We are so happy when we can make your wishes come true.  Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! We know you will enjoy her recipe and joyful spirit. Make sure you check out her blog: Food Laughter Love!

Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

At our house we love snacks and, honestly, we would eat Tapas for dinner everyday if we could.

Several year ago I started making Fried (not really fried but baked) and Stuffed Rice Balls (Arancini di Riso) and we loved them, but then I realized I was allergic to rice… SAD DAY!  (Well, let me say this I can eat 1/4 cup without wanting to cry from stomach pain. So, it makes begin gluten free a little hard and generally I need to create my own flours.)  Since then I decided to play with quinoa and see if I could make something similar. These are simple to toss together and everyone generally loves them! They are the perfect place to toss in extra veggies or some extra fibrous seed (think flax, Chia Seeds, or sesame). You can make pizza bites with spaghetti sauce, buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese dip, spinach artichoke bites or even Southwest bites with an avocado creme! See the possibilities are endless!!!  For these I used Prosciutto and asparagus with a homemade hollandaise sauce. We might have fought over them.  I mean, I took them to a friend who was sick along with a salad and bone broth.

I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to hear what amazing bites you all make!

Quinoa Bites

• 2 c. cooked quinoa (I cook mine in low sodium chicken broth)

• 2 large eggs

• 2 tsp minced garlic

• 1 c. diced onion

• ½ c. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or any herbs you want)

• 1 tsp dried oregano

• ½ tsp dried thyme

• ½ tsp sage

• ½ tsp real salt

• ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

• 1/2 cup of meat of your choice (precooked)

• 1 c. shredded paramasan cheese or cheese of your choice

• ½ c. bread crumbs or flour – I used chia & flax meal seeds soaked in chicken broth (2 tbs )

•  sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together all ingredients, except for your sauce

3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).  (Note: my were not in the muffin tin – but they do work better in a muffin tin.)

4. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Check at 20 minutes and bake longer as needed.  Let cool for 10 mins. Remove from pans.  Enjoy with dipping sauce.

Quinoa Bites

Hollandaise Sauce

Don’t be scared! Its super simple to make and you can brag that you have mastered the great Hollandaise sauce.

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon and lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/8 tsp.  real salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 Tbs. (1 sticks) unsalted butter , melted

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, combine the egg yolks, lemon and lime juice and water and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, then continue whisking about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from over the pan as soon as the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.

Using a stick blender with the aerator attachment, blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and keep warm over very low heat, if it starts to warm up just add a small drizzle of warm water and whisk.

Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Makes 2 cups.

Rebecca Smith of Food Laughter Love

About Rebecca Smith:

She is a creative soul, who loves to help others. She is a food lover and her ideal vacation would be an around the world trip, learning to about food from the locals. She loves people and helping them become who there where created to be. This includes coaching them on healthy foods and a toxic free life. On her healing journey she has learned that your heart and soul plays a major role in the body’s overall well-being.  She is pretty much head over heals in love with her husband, loves her adult step-daughters, and really enjoys taking their dogs Charlie and Coco for hikes. She totally geeks out over the science and chemistry of essential oils and herbs.  You can follow her at www.foodlaughterlove.comon Facebook at Food Laughter Love and on Instagram where she sometimes shares quick recipes at @rebstar.

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new […]

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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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Avocado Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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I made these last night for Girls Night Out. My oh my! Were they ever delicious! I think they will get e repeat performance on Thanksgiving! I mean what could be better when everyone is sitting around, watching the game (I’m assuming there will be a game on somewhere at some point…..I’m not wrong am I?) than creamy avocado slices, with a crispy outer layer, and dipped in a not-too-spicy kimchi dip? Now that is something for which to be thankful!

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Avo Fries

I made these last night for Girls Night Out. My oh my! Were they ever delicious! I think they will get e repeat performance on Thanksgiving! I mean what could be better when everyone is sitting around, watching the game (I’m assuming there will be a game on somewhere at some point…..I’m not wrong am […]

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Fermented Salsa

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This is some seriously good eats so don’t let the name fool ya’!  Once you make this salsa you won’t want to buy salsa ever again! Read More

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This is some seriously good eats so don’t let the name fool ya’!  Once you make this salsa you won’t want to buy salsa ever again!

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Beautiful Bone Broth Benefits

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(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.)

More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish.  You name it.  If I had bones and “parts” (knuckles, joints, feet, innards) I was making broth.  Sometimes I incorporate it into soups, beans, gravies, etc.  Sometimes we all just drink a cup of broth for lunch along with some toast and pate or a cheese plate.

It made me feel good to feed this “miracle food” to my family.  When you drink a cup of homemade bone broth you feel genuinely nourished, not just fed.  Plus, for a dietary/lifestyle change it was EASY on the pocketbook!  I mean, sometimes bones are practically free.  You make a roast or cook a bird, you have the bones left!  If you buy a whole fish, you have all the most nutritious parts (head, tail, and bones) as leftovers!  May as well use them up rather than waste them!  When I went to buy bones, however, I noticed the butcher is practically giving them away!  I can get fish heads and tails, chicken feet, pig hooves, etc. and never pay more than 1.99 per pound.  That’s a LOT of nutritional bang for your buck! Read More

Wholesome bone broth

(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.) More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish. […]

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Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

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Truly some of the best mashed potatoes ever!  They compliment Thanksgiving turkey as well as any grilled or pan seared steak. Read More

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Truly some of the best mashed potatoes ever!  They compliment Thanksgiving turkey as well as any grilled or pan seared steak.