Parsnip Poutine

Parsnip Poutine (with a gluten-free option)

This Parsnip Poutine is a simple, comforting dish full of healthy fats! Throw some pulled pork or shredded chicken on top and add a green salad or veggies on the side for a complete meal. So simple! Although this recipe is named Parsnip Poutine, you can make this with almost any root vegetable! It works well with celeriac, kohlrabi, and even turnips. My favorite way to make it is to mix parsnips, celeriac, and kohlrabi. Continue reading “Parsnip Poutine (with a gluten-free option)”

Chunks of pastured lard

How to Render Lard or Tallow (Three simple methods)

If you read my post, “Why Lard Should be Invited back into your Home”, and now you would like to learn how to render lard (or tallow) at home, you are in the right spot! There are 3 simple ways to render lard; the oven, the crockpot, and the Instant Pot. My favorite and the fastest is the Instant Pot, but I will cover all 3 in case you don’t have a crockpot or an Instant Pot. (If you are on the fence about the Instant Pot, check out my post, “Do you really need an Instant POT?”) Continue reading “How to Render Lard or Tallow (Three simple methods)”

Pastured lard chunks

Why Lard Should be Invited Back into Your Home

Okay, so maybe lard has never been granted an invitation into your home in the first place. Maybe it never even had a place in your mother or grandmother’s homes. It almost certainly had a place in your great-grandmother’s home, however. And this is for a good reason! This traditional food is amazing for baking, it is great for high temperature cooking, it even has beauty applications. And let’s not forget, it is healthy! What, you say?! Lard is healthy?! Yes, it most certainly is. Let’s break down the facts and myths surrounding lard. Continue reading “Why Lard Should be Invited Back into Your Home”

Red Meat

Does Red Meat Cause Cancer?



Does red meat cause cancer? No doubt you have heard the various studies in the news, health magazines espousing the evils of red meat. Then on the other side, there is the grass-fed, pastured meat movements espousing the health benefits of red meat. There are diets like Paleo, Atkins, and Keto, which do not shy away from red meat consumption. Who is to be believed? Which studies are correct? Continue reading “Does Red Meat Cause Cancer?”

Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Grass Fed Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (plus how to cook grass-fed beef)



This grass-fed flat iron steak recipe is so simple and delicious! If you have made the switch to grass-fed and grass-finished (aka pasture raised) meats, yay! I congratulate you and so does your body! You may have noticed, however, that they don’t cook up the same way as the conventionally raised beef that you are used to. Here are a few tips for you. Continue reading “Grass Fed Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (plus how to cook grass-fed beef)”

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

I first discovered chimichurri sauce in a little Brazilian restaurant on Capital Hill (Seattle) about 15 years ago. It is a delightfully flavorful sauce made with cilantro and parsley that is generally served with red meat. I forgot about this sauce for quite a few years until a local restaurant  in the next town over opened. They have a steak dish with a delicious chimichurri. This coupled with my discovery that we should be eating foods with chlorophyll to prevent cancer risk while eating red meat (go here to learn more), made me decide that I should start making my own chimichurri sauce. Here is my version. Top your grass-fed and finished flat iron steak with it, dip homemade fries in it, or use it any other way that seems right to you! Continue reading “Chimichurri Sauce”

Fermented Peppers

Fermented Peppers: My favorite ferment!

These fermented peppers are right up with fermented herbs as one of my favorite ferments! With the herbs, I am finding a tasty way to preserve the fresh taste of the overflowing bounty that comes out of my garden, not so with the peppers. Sadly, I have never had luck growing red bell peppers in the Pacific Northwest, so I have to get these from my co-op or farmer’s market. Continue reading “Fermented Peppers: My favorite ferment!”

Fermented Herbs

Fermented Herbs: Preserve summer!

Fermented herbs are my favorite way to preserve the overflow of herbs that come out of the garden at this time of the year! Of course I like to dry some as well, but you can’t beat the fresh flavor plus the probiotic punch of fermented herbs. Once fermented, I like to add them to salads, dips, and salsas. For a few minutes of prep now, you can enjoy summer freshness all fall and winter long! Continue reading “Fermented Herbs: Preserve summer!”

Watermelon-Mint Shrub

Watermelon-Mint Shrub: Improve your digestion with this tasty drink!

This watermelon-mint shrub is so refreshing and good for your body!! There are so many benefits to consuming raw apple cider vinegar, but if you have tried having a tablespoon of raw ACV in some water in the morning or before meals to encourage good digestion, balance your blood sugar, and help regulate your weight, you know that it isn’t the tastiest drink in the world. Continue reading “Watermelon-Mint Shrub: Improve your digestion with this tasty drink!”

"Mojito" natural soda

Mojito Natural Soda: A Refreshing Way to Get Probiotics!

This Mojito Natural Soda is a refreshing blend of mint and lime, as you may have already guessed. There is no alcohol in it, but if you add rum, you have a tasty mojito-like drink with probiotics and no sugar! See my post on How to Brew Water Kefir (plus the benefits of drinking it) if you have never made it yourself.  Continue reading “Mojito Natural Soda: A Refreshing Way to Get Probiotics!”