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The Best Cast Iron Seasoning Method!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Blog, photo, Traditional Foods | 44 comments

  A few years ago I ran across this special kind of cast iron seasoning. I was fairly happy until that point with my cast iron but I’m always looking to improve things. Plus this method promised that I could keep my pans clean, without a film of grease on them. I was convinced to give it a try. I used this method 2 years ago on 4 frying pans and have been thrilled with the result ever since. Those pans had been in use for several years and had been seasoned several times in those years using various methods. Nothing lasted as well as this one has lasted. Unless I do some damage to these pans I assume I’ll never have to season them again. At minimum they have a great non-stick surface and are very low maintenance....

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Savory Wilted Lettuce Salad

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Kids, Low Oxalate, photo, Recipe, Traditional Foods | 2 comments

    We love our wilted lettuce salad but I don’t always have bacon on hand for my bacon version of it. I decided to try to make it with some different super foods and I think this one came out great!  It can even be vegetarian if you use water or veggie broth.  Greens like lettuce are in abundance this spring so it is the perfect time to make this salad. This recipe uses several superfoods that you may have at home already. Celtic Sea salt, Kombucha that has fermented till it is vinegar, broth, and coconut oil.  You can use apple cider vinegar if you don’t have kombucha vinegar. ACV is about twice as acidic as kombucha vinegar so the recipe calls for half as much. Many of my blog posts contain affiliate links. Purchasing through an affiliate...

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Announcing My New Ebook: Broth: Elixir of Life

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Kids, Nutrition, photo, Sale, Traditional Foods | 4 comments

Well it has finally happened! Today is the day! After months of writing and setting up a business I am now ready to share with you my very first book. Broth: Elixir of Life. Some of you, of course, already have it. This book was included in a bundle of books that sold back in Late February and many of you took advantage of that opportunity. I have no plans to include it in another bundle any time soon so if you want it now, you need to buy it here. If you are familiar with my blog or with the GAPS diet you know that broth is an important part of both. It turns out that broth is actually an important part of pretty much every traditional world cuisine. There are good reasons for this. Bone broth is...

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Home Made Corned Beef

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Lacto-Fermentation, Low Oxalate, photo, Recipe, Traditional Foods | 9 comments

I grew up in New England. My family is from New Hampshire and I grew up in Connecticut.  Once a year we had New England Boiled Dinner. This is also called Corned Beef and Cabbage by the rest of you. I don’t remember having it any day other than St. Patrick’s day but perhaps we did. Corned beef is a good, old fashioned, wholesome food. Yet today, it has been infiltrated with not so traditional additives. The last time I checked most corned beef available at the grocery store contained corn syrup and preservatives. Not what I want to be serving my family. It turns out corned beef is easy to make at home if you have an anaerobic fermenting jar and a week to wait. I do not know about the oxalate content of this food. Many of these spices are high...

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Tropical Traditions Gold Coconut Oil Give Away!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Blog, Give away, Traditional Foods, Uncategorized | 52 comments

I have always loved coconut flavored foods.  So I was thrilled when I was introduced to traditional foods and discovered that this flavor I love is also really good for me! All that healthy short chain saturated fat! The other thing that I have come to appreciate since I began to focus on traditional foods is the traditional methods of making those foods.  I loved watching the video below and seeing the traditional way that coconut oil was made how it is still done for this coconut oil.  I’m also glad that I can purchase this oil that has been processed within 24 hours of the coconut being harvested instead of having to wait for the coconuts to get over here and then having to process them myself.  Coconut oil is a GAPS legal oil for cooking with too...

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Kraut Juice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Lacto-Fermentation, Recipe, Traditional Foods | 24 comments

Many of my blog posts contain affiliate links. Purchasing through an affiliate link allows me to keep blogging and sharing what I learn with you. It is a bit like leaving a tip for service and is very much appreciated.   Thank You! –PattyLA One of the most frustrating things about GAPS intro is all the sauerkraut juice you need! Where is that juice supposed to come from? There is only so much juice in a batch of kraut and then you have all that dry kraut to contend with. This recipe is great for intro or really any time that you want to have some extra power without the fiber.  What we are trying to do is create lots of probiotic juice and not a lot of fiber to deal with. Sauerkraut is very beneficial for digestion for several reasons. First is...

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Last Minute GAPS Gifts!!!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in GAPS, Traditional Foods, Uncategorized | 4 comments

It is crunch time! Christmas is almost here! Do you have a GAPS person in your life that you simply don’t know how to shop for? Or perhaps you are a GAPS person and someone in your life just let you know that they are still stumped. I’ve got some ideas for you here. If you order them with Amazon Prime by the end of Thursday they should make it just barely in time so get going! 1. I’ll start with one that makes an excellent gift and isn’t going to break the bank. We love our spiral cutter for making spaghetti from zucchini (Zucchini Noodles). That alone makes it worth it for my family. Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable  2. Next up is a great knife. The better the knife the easier all of your prep...

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Savory Lentil Stew with Smoked Ham Hock

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in GAPS, Kids, Low Oxalate, photo, Recipe, St Louis, Traditional Foods | 1 comment

This is my children’s favorite soup of all time.  Tonight when I served it my praises were sung over and over again.  Every family member asked for seconds and both kids had thirds! They love this soup!  Lucky me it is super easy to make thanks to a ready supply of GAPS legal ham hocks from The Farmer’s Larder.  This is a local business and unfortunately they do not ship but hopefully you can find something similar in your area.  It really lends a ton of great flavor to the soup. I make this using Red Lentils because they are lower oxalate than the others.  I have also made it with Sprouted Green Lentils and it tastes great but is higher oxalate. Savory Lentil Stew with Smoked Ham Hock lard or bacon fat 3 cloves of garlic 1 large onion, diced...

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Healthy Play Food Give Away!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in GAPS, Give away, Kids, Traditional Foods | 6 comments

I know that many of my readers are parents. Even those who aren’t probably have children in their life that they love. This give away is going to make the children in someone’s life very happy. One of the first “big” gifts that I gave to my older daughter was a play kitchen. She was not quite two when we got it for her for Christmas. She immediately loved that kitchen and still plays with it at nearly 9 years old. One conundrum that I faced with that play kitchen however was how to stock it. My daughter is allergic to wheat and I have always tried to feed her healthy foods. I didn’t want to give her a bunch of fake processed foods that she couldn’t even eat to play with in her kitchen. Unfortunately that seems to...

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Winter Cranberry Roast

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in essential oils, GAPS, Holiday Foods, Kids, Low Oxalate, photo, Recipe, Traditional Foods, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Turkey Day is over and  you may be finding yourself longing for some different flavors.  You may also find that you still have some cranberries in your fridge or at least they are still plentiful in the store.  This roast is very popular with my children and it gives a new twist of flavor to a plain old roast.  Best of all it doesn’t take very long to get ready and then sits in the oven for hours breaking up the chores of making dinner.  Serve this with some sauteed kale and winter squash and you have a perfect hearty winter meal. I hope you enjoy it! Winter Cranberry Roast 3-4 lb chuck roast or other similar roast. I get mine from Missouri Grassfed Beef 3 tablespoons lard or other healthy fat 1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste (use...

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