Wood Stove Cooking

With winter in full force we have a fire going in our wood stove pretty much all of the time. The wood stove is our main heat source. Originally we had planned to install a lovely antique wood cook stove but decided that while it would do the job for cooking it wouldn’t be […]

Instant Pot LOVE

A few months back the Instant Pot came into my life.

I’d heard great things about the Instant Pot from Wardee at Traditional Cooking School through her Pressure Cooking eCourse (<– this is an affiliate link. There are other affiliate links in this post. If you make a purchase from one of these links […]

My Well-Traveled Sourdough Starter and Favorite Sourdough Dishes

 

7 years ago in July I caught a wild yeast “sourdough” starter. After babying it along for a few weeks it my little starter became strong and healthy. For 7 plus years it’s served me well!

Over the years my starter has went on several trips. I’ve taken it camping a few times, […]

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for […]

Salmon Curry

One day while cruising Pinterest a Salmon Curry popped up. I have a fondness for all things curry and had to check it out. The original recipe looked delicious but had many ingredients that we don’t keep on hand — in fact, some of them I’ve never even heard of! But I […]

Menu Week of May 11

Snow on Mother’s Day! Yep. It wasn’t enough to stick around but it did snow off and on all day and was cold. Definitely a day to stay inside. Joe and I worked on our permaculture class and had a fairly quiet day. Overnight, the snow continued and we did wake up to a couple […]

Favorite Less Beef Meals

The cost of beef is going up. I’ve read a few different articles that peg the increase anywhere from 4% to 10% and this is a following a record increase of 5% in 2013! When I was in Oregon last week I bought beef at Trader Joe’s I was shocked at the prices. Almost […]

Favorite Meat-Free Meals

In my post yesterday, 5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget, I talked about how we ate less meat but still had high quality meals. In this post I share a few of our favorite meat-free meals.

Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage

This is a dish that we love and […]

Barley Soup

A few years ago I discovered The Prudent Homemaker’s website. I love this site for the huge amount of frugal ideas. Brandy and her family built up food storage when times were good and had it to fall back on when times were not as good. She shares many recipes featuring her food storage plus […]

Swirl Bread or Swirl Rolls

Once in a while I like to do something slightly different than our regular sourdough bread, such as Swirl Bread or Swirl Rolls.

Cinnamon swirl bread is super popular with my little boy. It is takes only a few extra minutes to turn our Minimal Knead Sourdough Sandwich Bread into a swirl loaf. My bread […]

Campfire Broth

Homemade broth is an important part of a real/whole/traditional foods diet. Making broth was one of the first things I started doing when we began to transition to real foods. The homemade broth is wonderful for making soups, cooking beans, making sauces, etc. Broth is a protein sparer which allows you to consume small amounts […]

5 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Did you throw $6.23 in the garbage can today?

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s food and agriculture program the average American family of four throws away the equivalent of $2275 annually in food (1). That is $189.58 each month or $6.23 each day!

Keeping food out of the garbage can will help […]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods

This month at Real Food for Less Money we are focusing on methods and ideas for keeping or getting our food budgets as low as possible. While I had fully intended to do this book review several months ago (I received the book for review in May but with all my traveling this summer did […]

Sourdough French Toast With Nut and Fruit Syrup

My girls have always loved french toast.

When we switched to real/whole/traditional foods over 3 years ago, french toast was an easy food to convert to real foods.

Using eggs from free-range chickens and real milk along with sourdough bread makes a terrific breakfast/brunch or even quick dinner.

Topping the sourdough french toast with […]

GAPS Intro Revisited

After a summer filled with travel and lots of discussion my family is going to start on GAPS Intro. Last October my husband, Joe, and I did GAPS. The GAPS diet is based on the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. The GAPS goal then was to help me with some issues […]