Real Food

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

Make the Most of Cherries with Sauce, Preserves, and Dehydrating

By Wendy Akin

Blogger Wendy Akin makes the most of cherry season with these recipes and tips.


Homemade Hot Sauce with Fresh or Dried Chile Peppers

By Carole Cancler

This is my favorite homemade hot sauce recipe. It includes several variations to make use of ingredients you may have on hand.


Dry Curing: The Tastiest Way to Preserve Meat

By Karen Christian, Swiss Hills Ferments

There are plenty of methods for preserving meat. Dry curing involves salting and then drying of meats until they are safe to eat and shelf-stable, even at room temperatures. With a little bit of salt, some time, and the right conditions, you, too, can turn your leg of venison into prosciutto or your farmstead's pork belly into pancetta.


How Can We Afford to Not Eat Real Food? (With Farmer's Cheese Recipe)

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Work trade, dumpster diving, volunteering on farms, scrounging, growing — let me break down some of the ways I get good-quality food for a great price.


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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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Sept. 15-17, 2017
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