It’s that time of the month again. No, not that! It’s time for my favorite links from around the real food blogosphere. Even with the busyness of the holidays, I have loved sitting down and reading what so many real foodies are up to. Whether it’s a new recipe I get to try or a new concept I had never even considered, I am constantly reminded of how interconnected we all are. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season, and that you are looking forward to the new year and all that 2012 will behold!
I know that for me it will be full of healing bone broth and more energy. I am feeling more and more fantastic every day on the GAPS diet. I am struck each afternoon that I want to go run around outside instead of take a 3 hour nap. How lucky am I that I have the knowledge of and resources to commit to the GAPS diet? I hope you all realize how lucky you are too. We get to heal and be in the 30-Day GAPS Challenge together! We get to prepare together and take the first steps together, starting officially on January 1. We have resources like the 30-Days on GAPS Intro ebook to ease our way into GAPS. How wonderful not to be alone!
So that brings me to my favorite recipe links of the month:
- I finally made Cara’s Homemade Fried Cheese Sticks. I am not exaggerating when I say that everyone around here freaked out. (Well, maybe my hubby didn’t freak out, but he did say “Wow, these are really good!” which is high praise indeed.) We dipped them in my homemade Ranch, but they would be awesome in some marinara too!
- This is a recipe I have been wanting to try for a while now: Sage & Chicken Liver Pate. It looks positively mouthwatering, and with Jenny’s description accompanying it I cannot believe I haven’t make it yet! I need to try them on my grain-free crackers and see how they hold up.
- How to Make Liquid Stevia: I love practically everything that Kristen comes up with over at Food Renegade, mostly because they are things that I have either been meaning to do or figure out. Or because they are things I never knew I really wanted to attempt! I happen to have stevia seeds with my gardening supplies. I simply must try growing them and then making this stevia for cooking!
- I have not found a sufficient grain-free biscuit recipe yet, but in the meantime I should really whip up some of these Christmas Dinner Buttermilk Biscuits for the grain-eaters in my family. I think they would appreciate that once in a while!
- Oh, and this one is more of a “how-to”, but I would really like to get to it soon: How to Render Lard. I’m on the lookout for a good, local source for truly pastured pork. I miss bacon, sausage, ham slices and all those other pork goodies. Not to mention the leftover fat that I could render into lard and use in pastries, pies, baking, and so on. Plus, lard from pastured pigs that live and eat in the sun is very high in vitamin D; always a good thing.
- I will be talking about it more as we prepare for the 30-Day GAPS Challenge, but here is a list of excellent GAPS recipes by Cara over at Health, Home, and Happiness. I have been working my way through the list, and I haven’t had a miss yet!
Favorite Health Conversations:
- The Outlandish Alternative to Prenatal Vitamins: This chart is so thorough and easy to read. Plus I agree with all of it. I really need to eat more liver…anyways, if you or anyone you know is pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, this is the list for them. Real food is so powerful, it can nuture you and your baby with optimum nutrients.
- Most Peanut Butters Are Not Healthy: A Q & A with Annette from Wilderness Family Naturals: Read your labels! A lot of commercial and even “greener” or “natural” brands of peanut butter are full of industrial waste oils, or subpar ingredients. I personally like to make our nut butters so that I can use soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds to do it. But if that doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, Wilderness Family Naturals has done all the work for you! (See my resources page for more information on where to buy nut butters that are fully absorbable and phytic acid-free!)
- Can Walking Barefoot Lower Cortisol and Balance Hormones?: I immediately thought that this had something to it the moment I read it on Ann Marie’s site. After all, grounding is important to me. I named my blog after roots for Pete’s sake! Learn more about getting grounded, the health benefits, and “earthing”. Fascinating.
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