I am going to go ahead and take a guess that you might like, perhaps even love, blueberries. They personally rank as my favorite berry. Native to North America, blueberries rank as being one of the highest antioxidant foods in our diet.1 Antioxidants are important because they help find and eradicate free radicals in our system that can damage our cells and DNA.1 Their high concentration of antioxidants is due to anthocyanin, a phytonutrient that gives blueberries their b
Kale chips instead of potato chips. Kale chips satisfy the need for a crunchy and salty snack but had the added advantage of being good for you. Zucchini ribbons instead of pasta. Even if you dont have a fancy spiralizer you can make zucchini ribbons using a peeler. Simply use the peeler down the length of the zucchini until you reach the core, then flip over and do the same to the other size. Sautee or use raw in any dish that calls for noodles. Cauliflower instead of ri
One of my very favorite activities is wildcrafting, or foraging for foods and healing plants. I get to bathe in the forest (is that still a trend?), hang out with my dog and at the end of the day I have some tasty or medicinal bits from the forest. However, as wild foods have more and more of a prominent place on every hip restaurant menu, (hello, ramp-a-palooza!) it makes me a bit nervous about how all these wild foods are being harvested. I personally have witnessed comm
Nigella sativa aka Roman coriander, aka black cumin, aka black seed aka love-in-a-mist. So many names for what is generally recognized as a pretty, rapidly spreading flower. Aside from being a pretty plant, the seeds of this flower are both delicious and have incredible health benefits. Slightly floral and a bit cumin-y I have used this seed to top salads, as an ingredient in herbal beer, and sprinkled atop roasted vegetables. I haven't yet tried it on meat, although I th
A food sensitivity is a immune response to a particular food. It is different than a food allergy in that it is a different antibody that responds to the food. In a food allergy the antibodies are extremely aggressive making the reactions often quicker and more severe. The antibodies in a food sensitivity are less so and the reaction can take a few days to present which makes food sensitivities difficult to detect. Symptoms include gastrointestinal distress, acne, hives, i
The way that I prefer to cook at home is in the spirit of a traditional foods diet. Foods are minimally processed to enhance nutrient bio-availability and flavor. I like to use the ideas below as a guiding principle towards the foods I eat and how I prepare them. I hope you enjoy the info and resources.
Back in 2011, I created a canning CSA. One of the recipes we made was zuchinni relish. Not only is it tasty, but it is a superb way to use up an abundance of summer squash that always seems to happen this time of the year. Below is the tale of one of the canning CSA classes, but feel free to just skip to the recipe. As six women gathered in the Mad River Grange Hall, following the monthly grange breakfast, they prepared to participate in a centuries old American tradition
One of my favorite soups ever, comes from a place called The Bread Garden in Iowa City, IA. The soup is called Tuscan Tomato, and I always loved the texture and creaminess of the soup- but could never quite put my finger on the secret ingredient that made it so special. Well soup fans, the day has come (in fact it came about 4 years ago- but now the day has come to tell you). The secret ingredient to the best tomato soup you will ever have is... bread.
Apparently this so
Hello out there... This here is my website created with the purpose of introducing you to my work as well as providing a platform for me to share recipes, ideas and tutorials that you may find interesting. The idea behind the name, All Together Now, has a dual meaning. The first comes from a personal identification as a generalist and not a specialist. I want to learn how to do all the things. However, most of what has captured my spirit has been related to food. Whether i