Real Food

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

Cook for a Night and Eat for a Week with a Wood-Fired Oven

By Carrie Williams Howe

We built our own clay oven for backyard pizza and bread-baking. One of our favorite things to do is fire up the oven for a weekend afternoon/evening and prepare a variety of meals that will last all week. A bit of work on the weekend provides meals for a week with the unique wood-fired flavor of the outdoor oven.

Italian-Style Pressed Sandwich Recipe

By Wendy Akin

Years ago, a friend who once lived in Italy described a sandwich she had prepared for a picnic. Adapted to foods we can buy locally, it works well for late-summer suppers after a sweltering day in the gardens. It’s a lifesaver for days when I just don’t know what time dinner will happen until it happens.

How to Make Fancy Sauerkraut

By Celeste Longacre

Fermented sauerkraut not only gives us digestive enzymes and probiotics, but the process itself makes all the vitamins and minerals present more bio-available. And it's delicious! We needn't eat a lot of it either. Condiments are vital go-alongs with our meals.

Making Candied Corn in a Dehydrator

By Andrea Chesman

Poaching corn kernels in a sweet syrup, then drying the corn, makes an irresistible corn-based candy.


Home-Based Food Businesses Thrive in California

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

Whether your food product is gluten-free, a loaf of bread made with organic wheat, or chocolate carefully crafted with organic cacao, more culinary entrepreneurs than ever before are launching their food product business from their home kitchens thanks to their state’s “cottage food law.” California is leading the way with laws for cottage food operators.

Visit Pennsylvania's Kennett Square Mushroom Festival (with Mushroom Chowder Recipe)

By Kurt Jacobson

Visit the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival in Pennsylvania. This year brings the 31st annual festival to State Street with tens of thousands expected to attend and enjoy a mushy good time.

What To Do With Overcooked Jam

By Renee Pottle, Seed to Pantry

Is your homemade jam thick and almost Is your homemade jam too thick and almost like candy? Here's how to fix it.candy? Here's how to fix it.

Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Faces Stiff Corporate Competition

By Jay Walljasper

The Pine Ridge Indian reservation is not the first place you’d look for good news about creating a new kind of economy that works for everyone. Pine Ridge is home to a fast-growing natural foods company, which created a healthy new product in the booming snack-food industry. Native American Natural Foods was inspired by wasna (a concoction of cured buffalo meat and berries) to invent the Tanka Bar — which is now for sale at Whole Foods, Costco, Amazon.com, natural-food stores and other groceries across the nation.