November 2011

Giveaway! Tender Grassfed Barbecue

This week I will be hosting a giveaway generously sponsored by the author of Tender Grassfed Barbecue, Stanley Fishman. Tender Grassfed Barbecue shows you a new way to prepare grassfed meat and pastured pork using traditional barbecue methods adapted for modern times. This book describes what is different about barbecuing grassfed meat and how to make it come out tender and delicious every time. The recipes are detailed and easy to use. This would make a great holiday gift for someone -- or for yourself!

By now, you may have heard about the Dietitian Licensing bill that has been proposed in New York(S.3556/A.5666). This is a very dangerous piece of legislation that may easily be voted in, because most legislators do not realize the full impact of the bill. It is being introduced in many states other than New York as the American Dietetic Association is trying to take over all nutrition certifications and all aspects of nutritional counseling including experts with master's degrees and doctorates. Read about the ADA's monopoly crusade here.

Fat Tuesday: November 29, 2011

It's that time of the week when real foodies come together for a food festival! Fat Tuesday is the official start of Mardi Gras and here at Real Food Forager we are having our own Fat Tuesday Forager Festival! Every Tuesday come join in this Real Food Free For All!

Video/Recipe: Coconut Date Linzer Cookie

Now that I am proficient in grain-free roll out cookie dough, I learned another recipe for an even better version! This is adapted from my husband's grandmother's famous butter dough. We call it Bella's Muerbe Teig. That is German for butter dough. She used this dough for her famous apple cake (which I will not attempt just yet) and also for cookies. Since it is that time of the season, let's make some fun linzer cookies with a grain-free and dairy-free adaptation of this dough!

Sunday Snippets: 11/27/2011

Welcome to Sunday Snippets. This is a weekly feature that allows you to take a quick peek at posts that I loved from my FAT TUESDAY carnival this past week. I'll also summarize some posts from my blog from the past week. If you missed some or didn't have time to read the whole post this "snippet" will give you the gist of it.

Recipe: Roasted Beet Salad

I love beets. Any color. Any time. The musky deep essence created by roasting adds another dimension and complexity to the beets -- so much so they do not require any other flavoring. Of course, it is always wise to eat some fat with your vegetables to aid in mineral absorption, so a light dressing of extra virgin olive oil would complement the taste.

A Day To Give Thanks

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I sat down to write a post about giving thanks and I realized that my strongest feelings of gratitude, aside from my family, are towards the board members of the Weston Price Foundation. They are the ones that started the foundation with Sally at the helm in 1999. As she likes to tell us Saturday night at the banquet, the first conference was held in the basement of a church. Now the event has well over 1200 attendees and needs a large conference center.

To celebrate Black Friday the Real Food Media bloggers are offering extraordinary savings on all e-products! Prices have been slashed by 40%! This is the sale of the year -- don't miss this chance to advance your real food journey. Learning about real food and special diets to heal and seal the gut is all part of the solution to the autoimmune and health crisis in this country today, as suggested in my previous post!

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Autoimmune diseases are rampant today. The conventional medical paradigm is to diagnose each different set of symptoms as a unique and separate condition and to treat these symptoms with powerful drugs. This never gets to the actual root cause of the disease.

Alternatively, the holistic model is to seek out and treat the actual cause of illness. There is much research suggesting that chronic inflammation is at the bottom of a great many diseases that plague us today.

Fat Tuesday: November 22, 2011

It's that time of the week when real foodies come together for a food festival! Fat Tuesday is the official start of Mardi Gras and here at Real Food Forager we are having our own Fat Tuesday Forager Festival! Every Tuesday come join in this Real Food Free For All!

It's that time of the year when pumpkins are everywhere and pumpkin dishes abound. What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? This is a simple, whole, nutritious, you-could-eat-it-for-breakfast pie. This pecan crusted pumpkin pie has a wonderfully crispy crust with the buttery flavor of the pecans that is reminiscent of graham cracker crust. Filled with fresh cooked pumpkin it is totally satisfying and a great way to top off a seasonal meal!

Sunday Snippets: November 20, 2011

Welcome to Sunday Snippets. This is a weekly feature that allows you to take a quick peek at posts that I loved from my FAT TUESDAY carnival this past week. I'll also summarize some posts from my blog from the past week. If you missed some or didn't have time to read the whole post this "snippet" will give you the gist of it.

Recipe: Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving is a time for comfort foods and one of my favorites is stuffing. It is very simple to convert a traditional recipe to accommodate grain free eating. I cut my coconut flour bread into cubes and it tastes just like traditional wheat bread. No one will know the difference! Add all the flavors from the other ingredients and you have a savory grain-free favorite that is special on Thanksgiving, but certainly may be used any time of the year!

What’s In Your Honey?

In a discussion I had recently with a local Long Island bee keeper, he cautioned me by saying, "know your bee keeper." This in regards to the fact that there are some local bee keepers selling their raw honey as local to Long Island when, in fact, it comes from upstate New York. This doesn't really bother me, as it is still local as far as it's effect on allergies go. There are a lot of other problems with honey that are far more pressing.

Based on the 2009 recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences and endorsed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Obama administration, the USDA has proposed to limit potatoes, restrict the use of sodium and increase the use of whole grains in school lunches. This, in an attempt to reduce the growing incidence of childhood obesity.