Easy Homemade Raw Greek Yogurt

Interested in making your own Greek yogurt from raw milk? Well here is a recipe so easy that the yogurt practically makes itself! I have spent a lot of time feeling discouraged by rather involved yogurt recipes. This is not one of them. Here is a list of things you will NOT need: a yogurt maker a cheese thermometer a special yogurt culture ... I know, right? Ingredients Half a gallon of raw milk, or however much yogurt you want to make Two tablespoons of your favorite plain Greek Yogurt Directions 1. Pour the raw milk in a pot. 2. Place it on the stove on low heat. 3. Warm the milk over the stove till it reaches about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You can heat it up higher, but you run the risk of pasteurizing the milk. I don't know about you, but I am not interested in eating pasteurized yogurt. Read more [...]

February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |32 Comments

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Working full time and being a student and a wife keeps me pretty busy. So when it comes to making dinner, I try to choose easy and nutritious, but inexpensive meals that both my husband and I can have for lunch the next day. Shepherd's Pie sometimes gets a bad rap, but we have found that doubling the meat, using less potatoes, and using a healthy serving of grass fed butter, fresh rosemary, farm fresh raw eggs, and raw milk help make this typically bland dish burst with rich flavors. In fact, we have made this recipe for company and it has even become a frequently requested meal train favorite. The peas and the corn give it a sweetness that makes little ones ask for seconds and thirds. This particular pie was taken to a dear friend who recently had a baby. Another added bonus to this particular recipe is [...]

January 18th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Healthy Backpacking Food: A Photo Essay

Every day thousands of avid backpackers hike into the woods seeking the opportunity relieve some of the stress of the fast-paced and complex technical civilization, discipline their bodies while reducing their luxuries, and be nurtured by the beauty and wisdom of the natural world. But unfortunately many of these same people, seeking to increase efficiency by cutting weight, prep time, complexity, and spoilage, end up polluting their bodies with junk food that actually saps their energy and makes them sick - not a healthy and refreshing experience. Why should a visit to nature be defiled by food-from-a-box? Partly, eating healthy on the trail presents difficulties. But mostly, this mistake is due to a well established culture within the backpacking community of relying on two things: 1) high-carb, "high-energy" foods like granola, dried fruit covered in sugar and vegetable oil, and instant pasta; 2) high-tec, pre-packaged snacks, like power bars and energy gels. By and large, these foods are terrible for you in any context, [...]

September 6th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , |13 Comments

Wholesome Family Farm: A Raw Milk Photo Essay

Yesterday we visited Wholesome Family Farm. This is a photo-essay dedicated to what we saw at a small dairy farm here in Oregon. I am not recommending this one, above others. I believe that everyone should visit the farms they choose to purchase the milk themselves and decide if it is up to their standard of cleanliness and quality.  For more information on other dairy farms in Oregon and the rest of US visit realmilk. We were thrilled to hear that they sell not only raw milk but butter and cream also! The dairy is only a year old and it has nine cows. Joe and his wife Cammie gave us a tour. Note: See my posts, the Problem With Milk Part I and Part II - Problem Solved, to read more about the benefits and risks of drinking raw milk. When we stepped onto their farm this delightful lady met us with [...]

Delicious Fresh Squeezed Pineapple Juice

Since we got our juicer I have been dreaming of freshly squeezed pineapple juice. I have been very patient to wait until pineapples were in season, March through July. While I am not completely a seasonal eater I still try my best to respect the seasonal changes and the food that changes with it. My body seems to adapt better from winter to spring if I am also adapting my food choices. Plus this pineapple really called my name. The whole process took under two minutes. We did not peel the pineapple, because the skin and core contain a lot of  bromelain. Bromelain eases inflammation in the body and helps with digestive issues like heart burn or upset stomach. I would highly recommend it to athletes, since it helps heal injuries and sores. This juice is full of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Manganese. However, it does contain fructose [...]

April 15th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |6 Comments

Deck Family Farm – A Photo Essay

Today we visited Deck Family Farm. We have been interested in joining their CSA for a while now, but we wanted to see their animals first. The farm is open to visitors every day except Sunday. You do not need to make an appointment. The entrance is closed so the animals don't get away, but you can remove the latch pretty easily and drive on in. The Deck family's house. We spied employees preparing a wonderful-smelling community lunch in the kitchen. We were welcomed by a few workers who were more than happy to answer our questions and show us around. The manager of the farm gave us a tour, but he said you can always visit the animals by yourself, if you want! The first stop was the chicken house were this beautiful lady serves as the guard against wild predators. She was so excited when she saw new faces that she [...]

April 10th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Early-Season Saturday Market: A Photo Essay

Yesterday we went to the Eugene Saturday Farmer's Market. Yes, it is finally open! While it is pretty early in the season, there is still plenty of produce to choose from. For now they are only open from 9am to 2pm. The first thing we enjoyed was some tasty homemade salsa made by one of the local farmers. It was delicious!  Each stand is loaded with fresh produce ready to be taken home. For now, mostly cruciferous veggies.  Fresh carrots for soups, juicing, and salads. Gargantuan cabbages for sauerkraut, soups, and salads. Beautiful beets for salads and garnishes.  Bright red-stemmed chard for steaming and soups.  And fresh kale, mixed greens, and herbs for salads and steaming.  We talked to the farmers about their produce. They were eager to give us details and answer any of our questions. We bought most of our produce from this farm because of how fresh and vibrant [...]

March 25th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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