Lemon-Ricotta Cake with Lavender Thyme Icing

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Lavender Thyme Icing | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #essentialoils #dessert #cake #realfood There is a certain je ne sais quoi about crafting cakes made with delicate cheeses and cultured milks.  While folding ricotta cheese and rich buttermilk into a batter destined for a floral-scented icing, the flavors of summer and spring come together seamlessly.

The soothing and refreshing lavender essential oil, the fragrant lemon, the sweet thyme, all combined with classic ingredients including fresh eggs, home-ground flour,  and bright yellow butter.  This cake is a veritable symphony of flavors that all work together in just the right kind of way.

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New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback


When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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Today ONLY! Get my books for only 99 cents until MIDNIGHT EST

Buck Books Sale!I only have a minute, but I wanted to let you all know about the great deal on my books for today.  But it ends at midnight, so you’ll need to hurry!

My ebooks, Real Cocktails (formerly Natural Cocktails) and Real Food 101 are finally available on Amazon!  Woohoo!

Real Food 101

New and improved, and twice as long as it was!  I added several new recipes and tutorials, so that your kitchen can be well-informed about nutrition in the comfort of your own home.

Real Cocktails

This one is revamped as well, and can be bought as a hard copy, too!  Plus, have I mentioned that you can get a hard copy?  People have been begging me for this since I launched the thing!  In fact, it’s already ranking at #1 in all it’s catergories.  I’m so proud!  And it’s only been a few hours!

#1 ranking! Booyah!

But here’s the best part: both ebook versions are on sale for 99 cents TODAY ONLY.  Buck Books is featuring both my new and improved books in their Health and Nutrition bundle with 11 other books all marked down to 99 cents.  It’s a discount book venue called “Book Bucks”.

So you can get both my books for 99 cents each!   Sale ends at midnight tonight EST. Click any of the images at the top or CLICK HERE.

The price will be 99 cents literally for just one today before it’s back up to $10. You’ve got until midnight eastern time today to add it to your book collection, along with some of the others.  This is the best deal I have had on my books EVER.

I’ve been wishing for a long time that I could get you my books for a more affordable price. This is your chance! I hope you get over to Buck Books in time. Here’s the link again: Buck Books.

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Grass-Fed Meatloaf Muffins

Grass-fed Meatloaf Muffins | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This simple and nutrient-dense dinner is whipped up in a one bowl in a matter of minutes, and baked in easy-to-eat individual muffin tins that are very popular with grown-ups and kids alike.

These are perfect for a quick dinner, or a make ahead dinner.  You can also freeze them in bulk after they are cooked, and pull them out one at a time for a homemade frozen dinner item! [Read more…]

REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Graham Crackers

Honey Graham Crackers (whole grain, handmade, better than storebought) | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Delicate, crumbly, sweetened with a touch of mild clover honey: these are graham crackers elevated.

 Some might say they are too good to be crunched up into a pie crust, but I think they are simple enough to whip up…so why not? [Read more…]

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and nutrient-dense to boot.  There’s nothing better than tucking in to a savory and flaky pie full of tender morsels.

The vitamin K2 in the deep yellow pastured butter, the mineral-rich chicken stock made from long-simmered vegetables and pastured chicken bones, the fresh, colorful vegetables: they all combine to make a complete meal that satisfies and nourishes your whole body.   [Read more…]

Real Cocktails: The Perfect Margarita

Real Cocktails: The Perfect Margarita | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

There is nothing quite like drinking a margarita with fresh lime.  Perhaps it’s because I grew up in California, and now I live in Arizona, or perhaps it’s because I have always loved Mexican food, but a margarita might be my favorite drink of all time.

Well, at least today it is.  Or at least, in the summertime that’s usually the case!

A margarita is a simple and delicious as it gets.  All you need on hand are limes, tequila, and homemade orange liqueur.  The orange liqueur takes a little thinking ahead, but I promise you that it is so worth it.  Orange peels steeping in rich Cognac, then sweetened with honey or coconut sugaryum!

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Root Beer

Healing Herbal Root Beer | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Handcrafted root beer is almost a lost art these days, which is a shame.  Complex and layered, these earthy flavors combine with whey to create a naturally fizzy drink that is good for your well-being and your gut.  Homemade root beers are probiotic by nature, and have been revered for their beneficial powers for centuries. (source)

Fermenting your own drinks is a wonderful way to incorporate good bacteria into your diet.  Plus, kids love it.  They love to help make it, and they love to help drink it when it’s done.  What’s not to love about homemade soda?!  Root beer has always been my favorite, and now I feel quite justified in preferring it above all else!

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Zest and Bourbon-Soaked Black Currants

Slightly sweetened with rich whole cane sugar and orange zest, this Irish soda bread is my favorite combination of flavors I have tried during these St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  I cannot imagine a better Irish treat than a piece of soda bread fresh out of the oven, studded with plump raisins and slathered with bright yellow butter.

I love Irish soda bread.  I know that the soda breads we enjoy here in the States aren’t very traditional, but as long as I use real food ingredients I’m okay with not being authentic.  At least I am eating some tasty foods that are festive for the occasion! [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 13: Parmesan Potato Rounds

Parmesan Potato Rounds | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

The Anti-Diet Challenge 2014 forges ahead.  We don’t do kale chips or cleanses.  We don’t do body shaming comparisons to celebrities or other, skinnier friends.  We don’t vilify certain foods, like carbs and/or gluten and/or grains, and blame them for all our woes.

We just learn to love our bodies, to eat more to feel more energy and even to get slimmer (yes, you read that right), and to let go of all the rhetoric about how our bodies aren’t enough, that we don’t deserve to take up space, that we should look a certain way, that certain foods are bad and others are good, and that food is something to be feared and used as an emotional weapon.  Enough is enough.

Reject diets.  They are part of disordered eating.  The cycle of calorie restriction, losing weight, returning to normal caloric levels, gaining weight back, rinse, repeat: this is madness.

Instead, eat more potatoes.  They make your body warm, they benefit your metabolism, and these particular potatoes are loaded with grass-fed cheese and butter, unrefined salt and organic spices, and just make you feel good! [Read more…]