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.

This recipe works with all sorts of peppers, but red bell peppers are my absolute favorite. Use your fermented peppers on on top of a salads, hummus, or anywhere you would use a roasted red pepper. 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!”

Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

Tender and Flavorful Instant Pot BBQ Ribs



These Instant Pot BBQ Ribs are so tender and flavorful! The Instant Pot takes yet another dish that used to be a labor of love and turns it into an easy and delicious week night meal. These ribs are also great for a party because you can make them ahead of time! Use your Instant Pot to round out the meal as well with my Instant Pot Probiotic Potato Salad or Instant Pot Baked Beans (recipe coming next week). Sourdough Skillet Cornbread (or Tiger Nut “Corn Bread” if you are grain-free) goes well on the side.  Continue reading “Tender and Flavorful Instant Pot BBQ Ribs”

Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with a Balsamic Reduction

Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction



These Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction are a knock-off from a local restaurant here in the Snoqualmie valley called the Iron Duck. It is a favorite one for girls night out, and we always get the “figlets” as they are called there. One of my favorite things to when I find a dish I love at a restaurant is to re-create an even healthier version if possible. This recipe uses pastured bacon and organic sun-dried figs and balsamic to up the nutrition profile.  Continue reading “Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction”

Instant Pot Risotto with tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese

Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese


This recipe for Instant Pot risotto takes a labor of love and turns it into an easy dinner! It is almost as easy as throwing all of the ingredients into the instant pot and then working on the rest of your dinner. This risotto is so delicious! No one will ever know that you didn’t spend 40 minutes over the stove stirring. Unless, of course, you are like me and you can’t contain your excitement, so you tell everyone how easy it was.   Continue reading “Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese”

Blueberry Raspberry Shrub

Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)



I’m sure you have seen all the posts about the 101 uses for raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). Maybe those articles have even convinced you to try adding ACV to your routine. After a few mornings of choking down some vinegar and water before your breakfast, maybe you gave up. Well, this tasty blueberry-raspberry shrub is a more pleasurable way to get that ACV into your routine! If you aren’t familiar with why you would want to drink apple cider vinegar, let me elaborate. Continue reading “Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)”