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I’m Gluten Intolerant! – Why and What do I Do Now?

It’s all over the place these days- the terms gluten intolerant and gluten allergy. What do these mean? People have eaten bread for thousands of years! Why are we just now discovering that it’s bad for us? So let’s just take a look at some of the technical terms and definitions of gluten and go from there, shall we? What…

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Healthy Eating, Uncategorized

Chili-A Great Dish for the Chilly Weather

I live in Texas where chili may very well be the state food dish. During the cooler months it is served 2-3 times per month in the Persnickety household. Not only is chili a good hearty dish, it’s loaded with great herbs and spices that help protect against winter colds and illnesses. These spices include cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper.…

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New Year’s Day – Persnickety Style

It’s time to celebrate another  New Year’s Day. In the Persnickety house we generally celebrate quietly with a traditional New Year’s Day meal and observing a few fun traditional superstitions. The New Year’s Day Superstitions: 1) One of my favorite New Year’s Day superstitions is NO laundry. I was always told not to do laundry on New Year’s that it…

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Texas Caviar- A Gluten Free Vegan Party Dish

What is Texas Caviar? It is a wonderful relish made with black-eyed peas and Tex Mex flavor. I was first introduced to this dish at a party in my teen years. I remember the idea of cold black-eyed peas as being weird to me. Fast forward to my dad’s 60th birthday party where I got a request to make it.…

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GMO labeling-My Persnickety thoughts on the subject

A hotly debated topic in the world of real foods is GMO labeling. GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is basically the product of overeager capitalists who figured that in order to sell more food it had to be bigger, better, and grow faster. So they took food from a farm and took it to the lab and tweaked the genetics code…

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Russian Beet Salad

Russian Beet Salad-to me the name evokes an image of beautiful pink colored dish that is highly nutritious and filling. I love to cook, and I love to share some of the recipes I have acquired on my journey to become a more self-sustaining natural person.  Being a busy mom and wife I know the importance of having quick and…

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My Experience with Homemade Shampoo

Ok , as a mom when I hear no poo, I automatically think to increase fiber and water intake. However, others in this whole newgrowing  movement called ” no poo” know it refers to not using shampoo in your hair. Who would have thought? I am still researching this whole method, because my sister-in-law has joined the movement by using…

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Best and Easiest Nut Butter Cookie Recipe

Who doesn’t love a nut butter cookie with a glass of raw milk every once in a while? My dad loves peanut butter cookies. He always has. However he recently went gluten free and thought he would have to give them up. However this recipe is grain free and nutritious. Now he can still indulge without the side effects of…

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Cranberry Orange Relish-A Persnickety Family Tradition

When I was growing up every Christmas my dad and I made Cranberry Orange Relish. It became our ritual and our tradition. It was the only thing we ever used our meat grinder for and it gave it the best texture. I wish I still had that meat grinder. While it works fine in other kitchen essentials such as this…

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Farmageddon-A Persnickety Film Review

Farmageddon. Watch it now if you haven’t already. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. I have to say I was amazed at the quality of this documentary. Documentaries are designed to inform the public. Good documentaries become a call to action. Farmageddon is a good documentary. I would never call myself a rebel. I probably wouldn’t march on…

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