Archive | April 2011

Good Fats, yes there are good ones!

I’ve wanted to put up a post about good fats and bad fats but just haven’t had time. There are a few websites out there that have already done the work for me. So I decided to just put a link and let you go read their post. Keeper of the Home is a great blog that discusses lots of things besides traditional foods but right now she is focusing on those foods. SO if you want to know why I eat butter(lots of it) and coconut oil and even lard (but I render it myself) then read the link to Keeper of the Home.

Quick Lunch

Went to Boise Farmer’s Market today to buy pasture-fed lamb for Easter dinner. Whoa the people!  My kids loved it.  Lydia was a little fussy but she stayed by me. Anyway, ate lots of free tasters, too much sugar.

So I came home and was hungry for lunch. I threw mushrooms to saute in butter, sprinkled coarse sea salt over the top.  When almost done threw on some fresh organic spinach (from the Farmer’s market) and 1/2 cup water and put a lid on it for a few min. Then I shredded some baby swiss over the top.

OH OH OH! It was divine! I never get to eat those things cause my husband hates them all.  It was so much better than chocolate! Yes I said chocolate!

Rice Pudding! The Ultimate Comfort Food

I’ve been sick all week.  So what do you do when your sick? You eat comfort food.

Apples and broccoli are not my idea of comfort food. I haven’t wanted sugar though. I have left over rice in the fridge so that spells R-I-C-E-P-U-D-D-I-N-G! So I dragged my tired behind to the store to buy my lovely raw milk and over to the other store to get some cage free eggs (Yeah I have chickens but couldn’t get to  my friend’s house where they live.)  I came home and made rice pudding for lunch. It was the best I’ve made in years cause I ‘m using whole milk instead of skim!!!  When I used skim milk I had to cook it for over 45 min. Today it was done in 30 min.

2-3 Large eggs from pasture fed chickens

1/3 c raw honey

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 c raw milk (I used about 3/4 c. cream cause I had some to be used up)

1-2 c brown rice (cooked)

Nutmeg & cinnamon for sprinkling on top.

Beat the eggs and honey together. Cook milk on medium heat on the stove till 118 degrees. Add the rest of the ingredients to the egg mixture and stir to combine.  Put in a glass dish and set it in another glass dish containing 1″ of hot water.  Bake for 30-35 min. in a 350 degree oven.  It’s done when you thrust a knife into it and it comes out clean.

Chocolate! Dare I?

I have quit eating chocolate(for the most part) since January.  I haven’t missed it. Am I strange, sick, mental?  Don’t answer that in the comments. Mostly because I learned about soy lecithin and just didn’t want to put that in my body. Today I found a new blog from Kelly the Kitchen Kop all on chocolate.  Be sure to read the comments on her blog. Even the president of Green & Black leaves a comment.  Basically from what I read is that soy lecithin in chocolate is really used in such small amounts we shouldn’t worry about it as much as chocolate made from GMO products.  GMO is genetically modified for those newbies.  Lee recently found a Lindt 85% dark chocolate bar at Walmart.  It didn’t have any soy lecithin in it. But boy was it nasty.  I mean not enough sweet. If I’m going to eat chocolate I want to at least enjoy it.  I’ll bake with it or dip strawberries in it but I won’t eat it plain.  I am excited to try the new Green & Black chocolate bars though. I noticed today as I was browsing without kids in Fred Meyer, a chocolate mint patty that had non GMO soy lecithing in it. That sounds much better to me. Of course if was on sale for $1.50! That’s a litle high for my taste so I didn’t buy it. I’m so cheap.

I recently bought some organic cocoa powder from Azure Standard. I think I will stick with making my own chocolate for now.  I use Heavenly Homemakers chocolate chip recipe.

Just happened to find a coupon for Green & Black chocolate bars. You have to like them on Facebook to get it. But a $1 off is awesome!

Amy’s got a new blog!

Ok so I receive so many requests for my recipes and why I have changed my families eating habits. So instead of constantly emailing people those recipes and links I am trying to put it all here. This is mostly for family and friends. If you find something you like and think a friend would like it feel free to send them to this blog. I love to share but I appreciate the credit.  I also get lots of recipes from other bloggers and I will try very hard to be honest and give them the credit. So often I may just have a link to their website and you can get the recipe there. If you try something and made a change please leave a comment so I can know what you tried. If you have ideas. Let me know.

Interesting Title

I was inspired by this when about a month ago I was trying to balance all my whole foods cooking, cleaning, quilting, being a mom and church callings.  I want this blog to mainly be about whole foods but I will occasionally post about finding balance and canning and good cleaning ideas, etc. Things that I find interesting that provide us with a more well rounded life.