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Tomato Frittata

I recently became the proud new owner of an Excalibur dehydrator. It was perfect timing with this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, “Get Your Dehydrator On.” Dehydrating produce when it’s in season is a budget-friendly way to stock up for the winter. I get so much produce during the summer from my farm share, and I've been wanting to use a dehydrator to process the … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 32 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 32

I did a little experiment last week. I cut out all added sugar from my diet for the week, including maple syrup and honey. I also avoided dairy, gluten, and all processed food. While I don’t eat a whole lot of these foods normally, I thought it would be good to reboot my system with a very clean menu for a week. I also wanted to remind myself that there are lots of healthy … [Read More...]

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How to Peel Tomatoes

I love seeing tomatoes filling the markets this time of year. It's a great time to stock up and make your favorite sauces, salsas, and soups with local, farm fresh tomatoes. The one challenge to cooking with tomatoes is getting those pesky skins off them. The last thing you want in your homemade pasta sauce is a piece of tough skin in every bite. How to Peel … [Read More...]

Eggplant Bolognese

Eggplant Bolognese

My farm share is such a godsend. I used to eat the same few vegetables over and over. I didn’t know what to do with all the other stuff at the grocery store, so I stuck to “safe” things like broccoli and carrots. Now that I belong to a CSA, I eat a much wider variety of vegetables. I don’t actually love them all, but I still eat them. You can't eat a varied diet if … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31

A few weeks ago, I shared about my excitement when someone left 7 pounds of tomatoes in the trade bin at my farm share. Well, the tomato trader was back again this week, and just in time for me. I can’t believe my luck. It was only 5 pounds this week, but I’m still excited. I’ll be making a batch of fresh marinara for the freezer, and I’m also going to try this Tomato … [Read More...]

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Apple Recipes

Apple season is one of the reasons I love living in New England. There are so many orchards around, and we go apple picking as a family every year. The cider donuts are a treat we always enjoy at the orchard, but they're not exactly healthy. This round up includes 20 healthy apple recipes that take advantage of this yummy fall delicacy. I tend to think of baked goods … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Spritz Cookies

These chocolate spritz cookies are a delicious treat. They’re soft and not too sweet - just how I love my cookies. I’m happy to be partnering with OXO to share this spritz cookie recipe. OXO is one of my favorite brands when it comes to small kitchen gadgets. Their quality is always great in my experience, and all their products come with a lifetime warranty. I … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 30

We’re back to reality this week. After-school activities, evening sports practices, and my husband’s evening work commitments are taking over our schedule. This means I have to plan meals according to who’s home at dinnertime. I’m happy to have homemade marinara and soup in the freezer that can keep us afloat when I have to be driving someone somewhere at dinnertime. As … [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Brownies

I love brownies. I’ve tried many, many different brownie recipes over the years, and even the failures tasted pretty good. So it’s with a dose of reverence that I say: These may very well be the best brownies I’ve ever made. After I tasted the first one, I was tempted to drive to my children’s school to pull them out early. I wanted to confirm that these were as good … [Read More...]

100 Days of Real Food cookbook review

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review

I’ve been following Lisa Leake’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food, for a few years. In fact, I used her 10 Days of Real Food challenge as the starting point for this blog over two years ago. I’ve always looked at the success of 100 Days of Real Food as an indicator that there’s a real need for guidance and support in healthy eating. So I was happy to receive a copy of Lisa’s … [Read More...]