sourdough-bread-loavesYeast was first introduced as a substitute for sourdough starter in breadmaking at the court of Louis XIV of France in March 1668. Scientists at the time already knew that this substitution would harm public health by reducing the digestibility and nutritional value of bread. Their counsel resulted in an initial and vehement rejection of the idea.

pemmican from grassfed cowsImagine it is five hundred years ago and you find yourself traveling across the northern plains during the winter. Temperatures are well below freezing. Wind is strong. Water is scarce, food even scarcer. What would you eat? Where would you find it? Would it be nourishing enough to sustain you? Native Americans understood and had an answer to this problem,

mold in fermenting jarsHelp! There’s mold on my ferment!

This is the most frequent question I receive from people learning to culture probiotic and enzyme-rich foods and beverages in their home for the very first time.

Frequently, the email is tinged with concern and for good reason. Fermenting food takes time and costs money.

Greek yogurt vs regularPeople are going totally nuts over Greek yogurt these days. It’s so popular, in fact, that folks who aren’t even that interested in Real Food are choosing it over regular processed yogurt at the supermarket. What’s up with the Greek yogurt trend anyway, and is it healthier than regular yogurt or kefir,

burnt rice in a potIf you prepare a lot of home cooked meals, you have probably already figured out that it’s fairly easy to end up with burnt rice. It doesn’t matter if you use white or brown rice. They both seem to burn fast if you get distracted and leave the pot untended.

banana fritters on a plateBanana fritters are one of my all time favorite evening snacks while watching a movie or a sporting event on TV.

While I usually make banana fritters with DIY gluten free flour or einkorn, I wanted to share this alternative, grain free recipe that I put together using almond flour for those of you who don’t eat grains.

jars of liquid wheyThe clear liquid on the top of a newly opened container of plain yogurt is the first experience most people have with whey in its healthiest form.

This golden colored liquid was recommended for consumption by ancient Greek physicians Galen and most especially Hippocrates, who famously said that “all disease begins in the gut”.