Vanilla Cherry Compote

Vanilla Cherry Compote

Some of my favorite recipes come from necessity. Those zucchini in the fridge that are looking a tad dull in the vegetable crisper (an ironic name in the zucchini’s late-stages of life)? Quick! Shredded and into zucchini bread they go–none the wiser and nutrients saved, poured into something tasty and given new life. These cherries were facing a similar fate–slightly dull in color, getting overly soft, likely on the verge of white moldiness (eek!) if forgotten about for another half…

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Bacon Braised Kale

Bacon Braised Kale

Ah, bacon braised kale. There’s nothing I would rather be eating to start my February off the right way. Someday maybe kale will lose its moniker of the “healthy green”. Maybe it won’t create a multitude of eyerolls when it’s referenced. Maybe not. I’m just glad it’s here currently in abundance and that I have the joy of finding a bunch or two whenever I so please. One of the best parts about kale is how hearty it is, and…

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Maple Roasted Carrots

Maple Roasted Carrots

A sweet, comforting side dish, its glory being the subtle sweetness imparted not only by the maple syrup, but also those lovely carrots. I worked on a farm once for a summer (ah, now I’m far enough away in years that I think any memory would be pure nostalgia from that time!) and I loved working in the carrots fields. We had a big crew and it was hard work, and long days, but there were different jobs required by…

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Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

If there’s one thing to switch from store-bought to homemade that will yield both endless flavor and provide deep nutrition–it’s bone broths and stocks. Learning how to make these (which in essence typically means just learning to save up the bones from meals you have throughout the month!) is a simple process, with high return on investment. Bone broth provides our bodies with an easily digestible source of gelatin, collagen, minerals and more–nutrients our bodies need and often do not…

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Smashed Potatoes with Smoked Paprika

Smashed Potatoes with Smoked Paprika

Mmm, good old potatoes. Always there when you need them. A bag of these spuds, regardless of color, size or shape, can seemingly rest for great stretches of time in a cool, dark pantry. And in the off-chance their dear eyes sprout? Pluck them off and you’re good to go. This recipe is based on one my mom has in her arsenal, and it’s a great trick of hers. I’m lucky to have her as the inspiration. So, if warm…

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Roasted Chickpeas with Curry Powder

Roasted Chickpeas with Curry Powder

Ah, the roasty toasty chickpea. A certain darling of the blogging and whole foods circuit right now, and I couldn’t be more pleased! I’ve been making these for a few years, ever since my sister brought over a batch and I wasn’t able to stop grabbing and crunching on this crispy little things! They’re a wonderful base for almost any seasoning, savory or sweet. I’m a fan of curry powder for these, but try any combination of herbs and spices…

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Raspberry Mustard

Raspberry Mustard

Lactofermented, at that! What does lactofermented mean, really? That this mustard has been cultured with beneficial bacteria, and it’s good for your stomach! That just a bit of this condiment on the daily or weekly can actually boost your stomach function–not too shabby, and way cheaper than a daily probiotic capsule, right? Let’s get right to it, shall we? Lactofermented Raspberry Mustard 1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds 1/4 cup brown mustard seeds 1/4 cup fresh raspberries 1/4 cup kombucha vinegar…

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Crunchy Fermented Green Beans

Crunchy Fermented Green Beans

Oh, lactofermentation. How simple you are, how amazing your benefits! Really, any vegetable can be fermented. This natural fermentation process provides a batch of green beans that snap and crunch with every bite–a perfectly refreshing and snarf-worthy way to get in all the good bacteria and live enzymes fermenting promotes. Lactofermented Green Beans roughly 1 cup of green beans, ends trimmed and longer beans cut in half 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1…

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Chocolate Spiced Walnut Butter

Chocolate Spiced Walnut Butter

Ah, fall. Finding its way down the block, leaves fluttering by with big gusts of strangely warm wind. Hey, I’ll take it. Now that we’re in November, even as it isn’t icy cold yet (thank you, Minnesota), I’m still drawn more and more to warming, cozy foods. Quarts of chicken stock? Check. A large sheet tray of roasted sweet potatoes? Oh, behave. Naturally, a freshly ground walnut butter is next in line, right? Sure. Today’s flavors are inspired by “Mexican”…

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Roasted Cannellini Beans with Thyme

Roasted Cannellini Beans with Thyme

Pan roasted, of course! No ovens this month, or next month if I can help it. Too hot. Too steamy. I made some banana bread yesterday due to the cooler, less humid morning that fell in my lap, but now? Stove top or bust, my friends. And look! Beans. Yes, beans. The magical fruit. Another beautiful, real food. Here’s to getting older, because I just attempted to write “beans are fun!” and we all know that young, vivacious people don’t…

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