Real Food

How to find fresh, seasonal, sustainable foods, plus delicious, healthy recipes.

Cultivation and Use of Common Medlar

By Marion Gabriela Wick

The medlar tree (mespilus germanica) likes cool temperate climate and needs good fertile soil, ours is growing in pure sea clay. It is content with seaside conditions .Because of its sturdiness, it can put up with high winds (here: 100+mph) and it doesn’t seem to mind frequent salt spray. Fruit needs frost to ripen, but not too early in the year. Here are some tips for cooking and cultivating the common medlar.

Hot-Pepper 'Magic Sauce' Recipe

By Anna Twitto

Although the season is practically at an end, we are still reaping an abundant harvest of hot peppers, which I’ve been making into so-called Magic Sauce. Why do I call it magic? Well, because it improves the taste of pretty much any dish – it can be added to soups and stews, slathered over chicken before it goes into the oven, sneaked into pasta sauce for a spicy surprise, added to toast for a sharp, hot twist, mixed with cream cheese to create a spicy dip — you name it!

Make Your Own Holiday Cordials: Recipes for Homemade Orange Liqueur, Coffee Liqueur, and Irish Cream

By Wendy Akin

You can save a great deal of your holiday budget for gifting and entertaining by mixing up your own special cordials and liqueur. You will also have control of the ingredients. Use the less expensive vodka and whiskey — you add so much flavor that these will all taste smooth.

Is Gluten-Free the Answer?

By Sue Van Slooten

New evidence is pointing to digestive issues rather than wheat as the cause of the sudden increase in the need for gluten free diets.


Making Apple-Cider Syrup

By Andrea Chesman

With the additional of a sweetener, apple cider can be boiled down to make a syrup that is perfect for pancakes and anywhere you might use maple syrup.

Making Empanadas Using Foraged Greens

By Andrew and Michelle Shall, Redeemed Workshop

With 10 minutes of wild food foraging for greens and a little ingenuity, we came up with this recipe for savory, leafy-green-packed empanadas. It has since become a favorite.

Last-Minute, End-of-Season Fruit-Preservation Methods

By Alyssa Craft

Have lots of fruit to get used up? Check out this list of fruit preservation methods (not just canning!) and put it to good use!

Water Kefir: a Delicious Probiotic Beverage

By Kelsey Steffen

Water kefir is a probiotic beverage that's delicious, cost effective and easy to make at home. It completely eliminated my husband’s Gatorade obsession and my diet-soda addiction. Follow the step-by-step tutorial and be sure to read through the troubleshooting tips. Enjoy the endless flavoring options and experiment with a second ferment to get a fizzy treat.

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