Real Food

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

Lime-Mint Fizz with Cranberry Ice: A Romantic Mocktail for all Occasions

By Stephanie Tourles

Simply gorgeous, this sparkling, invigorating, hot pink drink is the perfect beverage to enjoy après “afternoon delight,” when tasty, light refreshment is in order. This Lime-Mint Fizz gets sweeter as the cranberry ice cubes melt.

Meyer Lemon Marmalade: A Pantry Essential

By Wendy Akin

Meyer lemons are very different from ordinary lemons. They are thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. This Meyer Lemon Marmalade recipe should be used only for Meyer lemons.

Naturally Fermented Peaches & Cream Soda

By Kelsey Steffen

Naturally fermented peaches & cream soda is fizzy, sweet and incredibly refreshing. Packed with healthy probiotics, it’s a drink I can be happy about serving to the whole family.

Try This Easy 4-Ingredient Artisan Bread

By Melissa Souza

Winter on the homestead is the perfect time for warm homemade bread. This is a quick and easy recipe that can be made tonight using ingredients that most already have. It costs about 50 cents per loaf, requires no kneading, and is set to impress.


Easy-to-Forage Plants in All Four Seasons: A Wild Edibles Primer

By Eric Orr

Foraging for food is a healthy way to connect with nature while nourishing your body, and it’s something you can do any time of year. Learn which wild edibles are ready for food foraging each season – including, chickweed, daylilies, Lamb’s Quarters, Persimmons, and more.

20 Different Varieties of Mead

By Marlene Adelmann

Formulating herbal mead can be about both flavor and healing! Many varieties of mead include the use of herbs such as hops, rose petals or hips, and even chili pepper as flavoring ingredients – in essence, meads could be considered herbal healing liquors.

Two Orange Marmalade Recipes: Coarse-Cut and Irish Whiskey

By Wendy Akin

Visits to markets with upscale produce departments have yielded some fantastic citrus fruits. Here are recipes for two kinds of orange marmalade to stock for breakfasts all year as well as welcome gifts. Unlike the commercial pectin recipes that call for a ratio of 3 cups fruit to 5 cups of sugar, these are low sugar with a ratio of just 1:1 or less.

What You Really Need to Know About Rendering Lard

By Andrea Chesman

Rendering lard is easy and economical. These 10 tips will make rendering easier.

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