How We Eat and Why

Whenever I look at other “Real Food” blogs, I often see an explanation of the author’s idea of what “Real Food” entails. I think this is helpful and I’ve decided to add a little “Real Food Manifesto” to my blog as well. I gave up healthy eating We began cooking and eating the way we […]

Do It Anyway

When I started moving toward a Real Food diet several years ago, I found I often got caught up in an “all or nothing” mindset. Our budget simply wasn’t large enough to accommodate the switch to 100% organic produce and pastured meats that a Real Food diet requires. And honestly, few people’s are. I did […]

Homemade Frijoles Negros

We eat a lot of beans at Casa de Baker. They’re inexpensive, delicious and when prepared properly, extremely nourishing. Beans need to be soaked in an acid and cooked slowly to break down antinutrients that would inhibit proper digestion. In addition to this, I cook them in homemade bone broth, which enhances their nutritional value […]

Basic Salad Dressing

Basic Salad Dressing 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons expeller-pressed flax oil Method: Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake ’em up until they’re well assimilated. Optional add-ins: Blue Cheese, chopped herbs, garlic, shallots…use your imagination! […]

Green Smoothies, or How to Lose Weight Without Really Trying

Yesterday my teen son asked me why I have so many junk food recipes on my blog when we eat so many vegetables.  I thought that was so funny!  He told me I needed to put up some posts about our smoothies and salads so I am obliging. We have a Green Smoothie first thing […]

Basic Chicken Broth Recipe

Making your own stock is one of the absolute best ways to improve your cooking both in nutrients and flavor.  Store bought broths are high in sodium and lack the amazing nutrients found in homemade stock.  I make this recipe weekly and use it to make sauces, I cook grains and vegetables in it, I […]