Fresh Bread on a Wood Stove

Fresh Bread on a Woodstove | My family and I greatly enjoy our winters in Idaho. It gets snowy and cold, but the snow stays around and the cold is a crisp cold -- not a bone-chilling cold with heavy humidity, like we were used to when we lived on the East Coast. We look forward to the snowshoe hikes, the warmth and coziness of the fire, and the benefits of cooking on a wood stove all winter long. I love using my wood stove for our meals, breads, and baked goods. We are very frugal here in the wilderness, so when I can utilize a free resource instead of one I have to pay for, it only seems right. | GNOWFGLINS.com

My family and I greatly enjoy our winters in Idaho. It gets snowy and cold, but the snow stays around and the cold is a crisp cold — not a bone-chilling cold with heavy humidity, like we were used to when we lived on the East Coast. We look forward to the snowshoe hikes, the warmth and coziness of the fire, and the benefits of cooking on a wood stove all winter long. I love using my wood stove for our meals, breads, and baked goods. We are very frugal here in the wilderness, so when I can utilize a free resource instead of one I have to pay for, it only seems right. [by Tammy Trayer]

A Victorian Christmas: Using Seasonal and Preserved Foods at Christmas

A Victorian Christmas: Using Seasonal and Preserved Foods at Christmas (and a note about suet) | GNOWFGLINS.com

After spending far too much time in delightful research, here are my takes on three popular Christmas recipes that feature seasonal or preserved foods commonly found during the Victorian era, as well as links to other favorite foods that deserve a place on any Christmas table, regardless of the period of history. [by Kresha Faber]

Wrapping and Packaging Food Gifts

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Every year I give away gifts of food to many of my neighbors and friends. I know I’m not alone in this as I also receive many food gifts from friends and family during the holidays. With the onset of gift bags and red and green plastic storage containers, I’m afraid the art of wrapping and presenting gifts is becoming a dying art. Today I want to encourage you to resurrect this art this holiday season with the gifts of food you give — through ideas for frugal and simple wrappings for bottles, jars, tins, boxes, and more. [by Christy Greer]

Real Food Sports Nutrition, Part 2: Hydration

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I’m back with part 2 of a 3-part series on Real Food Sports Nutrition. Our society completely overhypes the need for processed, plastic-bottled ‘sports drinks.’ Thus, most of us don’t realize we can keep ourselves more than adequately hydrated with simply water or by combining real ingredients like herbal tea, fresh herbs, sea salt, honey, lemon and coconut water. To help you make your own, I’m sharing two real food recipes for delicious and easy homemade sports drinks.

Got food allergies or sensitivities? Here’s help!

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I’m excited to announce what we’ll be studying next at GNOWFGLINS. This is our eighth class, by the way. Eighth!? Where did the time go? We’ve been at this since February 2010, each year adding two classes and around 40+ video and print lessons to the member area. And so here we are now… about to cover food allergies and sensitivities. And so here we are now… about to cover food allergies and sensitivities. In our Allergy-Free Cooking eCourse, you’ll discover the ins and outs of allergy-free cooking without sacrificing taste or nutrition! More info is inside this post.

5 Ways to Use Basil

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Basil is a wonderful herb that flourishes in summer months. Besides being delicious, basil offers many health benefits, including: rich in antioxidants, boosts the mood, has anti-inflammatory properties, and more! So with all these benefits, basil is something we want on our dinner plates often. Following are five simple ways to use basil in daily life and cooking. Including basil in your meals is not just tasty, it’s culinary medicine!

Real Food Family Takes on Sushi

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Making our own Sushi is appealing for several reasons: we can use fresh ingredients from our gardens, it’s more affordable and more nutritious than that of most restaurants, its ingredient list can be flexible, preparation can include all family members, it exposes us to foods of another culture, and it provides a complex, most wonderful taste. Join me as I show you how my family makes real food Sushi at home!

Cooking Outdoors {Plus a Rocket Stove Dinner!}

Outdoor Cooking {Rocket Stove Dinner}

I love food, and I especially love to cook outdoors. My favorite time of day for such an activity is early morning. Sunrise. Tending a hot fire and a warm meal while the cool air kisses your cheeks is one thing that everyone on Earth ought to experience in their lifetime. Cooking outdoors, or cooking without power, can be extremely simple and enjoyable. However, it takes practice to feel truly confident doing so. Begin now, and if the necessity for cooking without power arises, rest assured knowing you are prepared to feed your family!

Dehydrating Zucchini and Summer Squash (Chips and Shredded)

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For today’s seasonal recipe round-up on squash (and zucchini), I’d like to show you how to dehdyrate it. A single zucchini or squash plant is quite productive and can easily overwhelm a good sized family. So preserving it for the future is a good and frugal idea. Not to mention that your family may be pretty sick of it, if you’re eating a lot fresh. The two best ways I’ve found to dehydrate zucchini are: shredded and thinly sliced. The thinly sliced become zucchini chips and they’re really good!