Real Food

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

A Primer on Specialty Mushrooms (with Royal Trumpet Mushroom Soba Salad Recipe)

By Kurt Jacobson

Here is a primer on specialty mushrooms. Exotic mushroom varieties are daunting to most consumers. They ought not be intimidated by these strange but tasty morsels. There are several sources for recipes including the Mushroom Council, my website, or by using search engines. Mushrooms deserve a place at your table due to taste, availability, and purported health benefits.


Foraging Mulberries, and a Recipe for Mulberry Chutney

By Leda Meredith

Mulberries are delicious and one of the earliest fruit harvests of the year. Here's how to forage mulberries and turn them into a delicious chutney.


The Homemade Sauerkraut-and-Corned-Beef Reuben Sandwich that Almost Happened

By Ed Hudson

I had every intention of writing a DIY Reuben Sandwich post this month and, while I did manage to make some sauerkraut and corned beef, I hit a bit of a glitch at the end. The effort was there, but my execution - or better still - will power, failed me. However, in the end, I had a great batch of sauerkraut and a tasty, if short-lived, corned beef to show for my efforts. With a little planning and some time, corned beef and sauerkraut are both easy to make and great tasting.


Grinding Whole-Wheat Flour at Home with the Victorio Grain Mill

By Sue Van Slooten

Grind your own flour for maximum taste and nutrition with a home grain mill. Our needs were basic — just something to grind whole-wheat flour or whatever strikes my fancy. Here I review the options.


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Mariam's Kitchen Reflections on Culinary Tools and Food Preparation

By Felicia Rose

Sumptuous meals are the result, not of fancy tools, but of healthful ingredients, adequate skill and love.


Fast and Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

By Kurt Jacobson

If people knew how easy and delicious homemade salad dressings can be, store-bought dressing sales would plummet. You, too, can make your own salad dressings without having a culinary school degree or cooking experience. Learn to make Oil and Vinegar with Tarragon and Homemade Ranch with Roasted Garlic here.


New Orleans-Style Crawfish and Shrimp Boil

By Wendy Akin, with editing by Kara Roser

For this huge celebratory feast, invite a dozen or more of your best friends. Stock up a supply of your favorite beverages, including iced tea, lemonade and some adult drinks, and get ready to party!


Local Food: Herbed Gnocchi with Squash Pomodora Sauce

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

Savor Chef Miguel's Herbed Gnocchi with Squash Pomodora Sauce with your local, in-season produce and capture the flavors, textures and richness of this popular Italian dish.




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