Tasty Traditions

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Welcome to another edition of Tasty Traditions, a real food blog carnival!

What is a real food blog carnival? It is the time for Real Foodies to share their wisdom and creativity. For those of you not familiar with a carnival, it is a place for bloggers to link their posts on a particular subject – in this case, real food.  These posts can be Real Food Recipes, Book Reviews, Tips for Healthy Living, Video Tutorials or Green Living Solutions. Just about anything that would help others in their quest to return to traditional healthy living.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still join the fun! Simply post your recipe or tip in the comment section.

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Salmon Mousse

salmon mousse with crackers and bread

Do you ever reach the point of needing some inspiration  in the kitchen? I do. Usually it is after a busy time of vineyard work but, not always. This is where I found myself just a few day ago – needing inspiration! This is when I begin looking through older cookbooks that I have in a closet. They are in a closet because I do not use them often but they are good and I do not want to get rid of them. While they are not necessarily REAL food cookbooks, most of the recipes can be easily adapted to a traditional diet by changing ingredients for healthier options.

One of those cookbooks is still available from my affiliate partner and is even available now in a kindle version – the Silver Palate Cookbook. I like cookbooks that do not use exotic ingredients. After all, I have a budget to consider. And, in this day and age, whether you have a large family or a small one, that is definitely something to consider!

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Building with ICF – Phase 2

digging with the backhoe

Finally!

I really can’t believe we have started!

Yes, this week John began digging out the dirt to expand the basement walls of our home which overlooks the vineyard! If you have been following our adventure of starting the vineyard and building our own home, you know that we are now living in what will eventually be the basement – we finished phase 1 at the end of 2011.

As you might imagine, we have saved a lot of money by building ourselves and had a lot of fun in the process! But, like everything it takes time and patience. Building the house must fit around vineyard work which pays the bills! So, our primary time to work on the expansion is now, after harvest and before pruning which will begin in late January.

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Tasty Traditions

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Welcome to another edition of Tasty Traditions, a real food blog carnival!

What is a real food blog carnival? It is the time for Real Foodies to share their wisdom and creativity. For those of you not familiar with a carnival, it is a place for bloggers to link their posts on a particular subject – in this case, real food.  These posts can be Real Food Recipes, Book Reviews, Tips for Healthy Living, Video Tutorials or Green Living Solutions. Just about anything that would help others in their quest to return to traditional healthy living.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still join the fun! Simply post your recipe or tip in the comment section.

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Cream Cheese

homemade cream cheese titiled When we got our first family milk cow, Buttercup, I tried making many different types of cheese, after all, we were suddenly getting about 6 gallons of milk a day! Yes, we have a large family but even the 7 children still at home could not drink that much milk!

Thankfully, I knew before we brought Buttercup home the quantity of milk she was producing. But, “knowing” and “seeing” are two different things! Seeing 6 gallons of milk put into the refrigerator each day was exciting but also anxiety producing! We had purchased Buttercup to save money – even buying her feed and hay, I saved money with the dairy products I made, not to mention we were getting much better quality! If milk went bad and had to be thrown out, there went my savings!

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Week In Review – November 9

Cuisaid digital scale is easy to use and accurate

I always like to see what kitchen utensils, gadgets and tools other people use. I like to know why they like what they are using and what they don’t like about it. Maybe you are the same. So, if you are or if you are just wondering about my kitchen gadgets, here is another one that I am really enjoying.[Continue Reading]

No More Milk!

Emme 11-7-13

It is sad.

Then again, it is good.

First, the sad part:

We are no longer milking Emme, our family milk cow. Needless to say, we are really missing the fresh raw milk… and cheese… and yogurt… But most of all – the ice cream!

That’s right, no more ice cream for dinner – I mean literally, dinner consisted of ice cream many nights. If you remember, we had many flavors of ice cream like Blueberry, Coffee and of course, Vanilla, for dinner on hot summer nights through the end of September. We have reverted to our time living in Switzerland and adopted the European tradition of having our biggest meal midday and a light dinner in the evening which, after all, ice cream is! It was especially refreshing after working in the vineyard heat all day.

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Tasty Traditions

Tasty Traditions Pic

Welcome to another edition of Tasty Traditions, a real food blog carnival!

What is a real food blog carnival? It is the time for Real Foodies to share their wisdom and creativity. For those of you not familiar with a carnival, it is a place for bloggers to link their posts on a particular subject – in this case, real food.  These posts can be Real Food Recipes, Book Reviews, Tips for Healthy Living, Video Tutorials or Green Living Solutions. Just about anything that would help others in their quest to return to traditional healthy living.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still join the fun! Simply post your recipe or tip in the comment section.

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Sourdough Bread

sourdough loaf cut titled

I hope you are not tired of sourdough because today, I have a sourdough bread recipe for you! Yes, as you might guess, our family is really enjoying sourdough baked goods! After being on the GAPS diet for almost 2 years without any grains, I think breads are pretty awesome.

Sourdough bread is not just any bread either. The beauty of the sourdough process is that it neutralizes the phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that binds with minerals making them unavailable for the body to use. Phytic acid can also be neutralized through proper grain preparation or by using sprouted flour but the slightly sour taste of sourdough breads is just so good!

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Week In Review – November 2

week in review nov 2

If you are like me, it always helps to know what others are using and why they like it. In this case, I am talking about kitchen gadgets and sharing with you some of my favorites. After all, who wants to waste money on something that is not going to last or hold up to use or not do what it is intended for well?

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