Good Food Reads

Sunday, June 3, 2012

RAW MILK gets a bad rap

Back then there was prohibition.  Now there is Illegal Milk.
If you have ever read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and survived you know that men have historically tried to cut corners in food production.  Government intervened on the meat industry and imposed regulations in the first part of the 20th century.  It was a public health concern, because profit motives

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Ongoing Kitchen Lab Experiment: Water Kefir Drinks

Ok These looks scary. So scary, in fact that my husband even wondered if I was growing a test tube baby in the fridge when he opened it and saw these odd looking crystals.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lard: The New Health Food? | Food & Wine

While searching for food ideas I recently ran across this article.  I posted this especially for the Chemist and because of her recent lard woes.  What can I say?  She was following her "gut feeling" and I think she may be onto something...
click here to read Food & Wine Article: Lard: The New Health Food?

Friday, July 15, 2011

About The Chemist

I am a married mom of three little girls, one biological and two adopted. After researching my medical condition, trying to lose a few pounds and wanting to cook more for my family, I came to the conclusion I needed to change my habits surrounding food.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Breakfast is Back

Whole Grain (Fluffy) Pancakes and Breakfast Cereal

It is a daunting task to take the cold cereal out of the pantry and off the menu - mainly for me. The convenience is unparallelled. It's a quick, self-serve meal for kids and they're out the door. For unknown reasons, changing that one meal of the day was a priority for me. Maybe because I grew up on Fruity Pebbles...

They Keep Asking...Are These Really Whole Wheat?

100% Whole Wheat Waffles (that don't taste like it)

In the quest for completely whole grain cooking, there was a lot of error on the path to perfection. This is a fabulous basic recipe that can be scaled up or down with limitless...

Clabbered What? Cheese? Sour Cream? Cultured Butter?

Clabbered Raw Milk, Raw Cottage Cheese and
The Best Sour Cream and Cultured Butter You've Ever Had

So you may be wondering what clabbered milk is and why one would want it and what would one do with it. As usual, I provide the dollar answer to the nickel question so get comfy.

Clabbered milk is the spontaneous separation of the milk curd and the milk liquid (whey) in raw milk left at room temperature for a few, up to several days. The lactic acid producing bacteria that exist in raw milk proliferate. The resulting build up of acidity...

Guiltless there such a thing??

Lemon Ginger Water Kefir or Lemon-Lime Ginger Water Kefir

This isn't a new innovative recipe but it is a very tasty success. :) Often in the food lab, the end result isn't tasty or successful. As always, recipe first, more info later if you want to keep reading...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Go-to DOUGH is the way to go!

Go-To Tortilla Dough
 I have been looking for a completely whole wheat tortilla recipe that doesn't taste 'healthy'. I wanted something that soaked all the flour for maximum health and texture. I wanted something that my kids would eat happily and I would crave. This is it!

Sometimes I feel like Thomas Edison. I seem to have a lot of failures before one happens to be a success. I have been gardening for over a decade and have yet to really have a bountiful harvest. For good or bad, I have a lot of tolerance for failure. A success like this tortilla dough leaves me giddy...

Stocked Pantry=No Need to buy Salad Dressings (and the baggage that come with them)

Garlic, Basil, Parmesan Balsamic Vinaigrette RECIPE
 In a quest to convert all of my fats to real fats, I want to replace all of my jars of salad dressing in my fridge to a lovely array of homemade salad dressings for every occasion...

Over My Dead Fat Back!

The Lard Experiment! A Story, and then some.

Where do I begin? Is it with the hours of phone calls to butchers to find a supply of animal fat - only to find out I had to go to a federally inspected butcher? Is it hauling my two children and a friend's son on a road trip 2 hours from my home to pick it up (telling them we were going to the zoo which was a short stop on the way home)? Would it be droning on to the poor butcher on the other end of the line about different fats and can I buy them separated? He is a small town butcher completely unaware of the undercurrent...

Smoothie to Die For!

Thanks to Foodie Girl Gone Healthy

we have two new awesome smoothie recipes to try out! Thanks so much for your willingness to share!! take it away Foodie Girl...

Dying for a Good Smoothie!

Just had a great little get together with Foodie Girl gone Healthy

...will let her take it away

Green Smoothie

This is my new absolute favorite! I feel so good after drinking it. If you have been doing smoothies for a while now, you might be ready for a green smoothie!! This drink will leave you feeling full and full of energy! I got the basis for it from the Green Smoothie Girl...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dipping into the Mayo

Lacto-Fermented Mayo
We tried several lacto-fermented mayonnaise recipes to see which we preferred and whether or not they would pass as a substitution. The short answer is no. So this project gets tabled until we can find a better solution. If you’re curious, read on for the full story...