Real Food

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

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.


Making Liquers and Infusions

By Hannah Wernet

Transform ho-hum alcohol into oh-wow liquers.

Winter Soups from the Cellar

By Andrea Chesman

Make homemade chicken broth and try these recipes for cauliflower and leek soup, winter squash soup, and white bean and cabbage soup.

Save the Bees, Drink Mead!

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

Leave it to a small meadery along the southern coast of California to tell the story of the plight of the honeybees, and help bring about their return. As the oldest alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of honey, mead is as natural as they come: sunshine, flowers, honeybees in a healthy ecosystem, honey, fermentation and finally, a refreshing “nectar of the Gods.”

Make Healthy and Delicious French Fries at Home

By Celeste Longacre

French fries can be good for us if made with organic potatoes and proper oils. Read on to discover how.