Real Food

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

The Beauty of Imperfect Fruits and Vegetables

By Kurt Jacobson

What needs to happen is a change in attitudes. Such a change is not coming soon enough to your favorite grocery store. If more of us buy imperfect-looking produce, grocery stores will be able to change our dependence on harsh chemicals used to grow perfect-looking fruits and veggies. It’s up to all of us to support the imperfect produce movement and bring back taste, nutrition and a healthier planet. How will you vote?


Baking Bread in a Toaster Oven

By Wendy Akin

Two years ago, I bought this little toaster oven, and I think it paid for itself the first year in energy savings just to bake up a pizza, a potato, or small casserole. And I discovered that it does a fine job baking fresh bread. The day before, I stir up some simple dough, enough to bake up my choice of a pizza, burger buns, or 2 ficelles (mini baguettes), a small fougasse, or ciabatta or focaccia — all without heating up the kitchen.


French Liver Terrine Recipe

By Hannah Wernet

This French-style terrine is a great introduction to using offal in the kitchen, even for people who might think they won't like it.


Homemade Peach Jam Recipe

By Ed Hudson

We are still learning about our little peach tree. Last year, our first real crop delighted us but in no way prepared for an almost doubling of the crop this year. However, friends had given us peaches in the past, and I took the opportunity to learn how to make peach jam. That effort and the tree seems to have each paid off and our shelves are now loaded with a new inventory of peach jam. The recipe is simple and straightforward and a great starting point for that bumper crop you have this year.


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Healthy and Safe Grilling Tips for the Summer

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

Summertime is for grilling. However, to grill safely, there’s a lot to consider. After all, you do not want to ruin a backyard barbecue with a bad tummy ache or a burn! To avoid this, I always recommend the following tips for a safe grilling season.


Edible Flowers from the Garden

By Celeste Longacre

Want to wow your dinner guests? Put some edible flowers on their plates. Learn how here.


Buckwheat Corn Muffins with Blueberries

By Sue Van Slooten

Milling your own flour is a delicious way to add nutrition and flavor to your recipes. Want maximum taste? Mill your own buckwheat for these Blueberry Corn Muffins.


How to Make Elderflower Syrup

By Hannah Wernet

Elderflowers can be found growing on wasteland, even in the heart of the city. Learn how to use the flowers to make a simple syrup for adding to refreshing summer drinks.