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How to Raise a Mother Sourdough Starter

I have always enjoyed sourdough. It is one of the easiest and simplest bread recipes. Many find the starter to be rather intimidating and I agree, it can be. I just wanted to share the starter and method that I have been most successful with and how it works.  I obtained the method from the baker Peter Reinhart after I…

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Fermented Vegetables with a Kick! aka Spicy Fermented Vegetables

  I have recently discovered the joy and ease of lacto-fermenting foods and beverages. In one Sunday afternoon I think I managed to ferment almost every raw vegetable in my refrigerator. I purchased some whey from my local food co-op, did a little internet research, and an addict was born! Not only was it fun and easy, it is nutritious,…

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I Prepare an Entire Day’s Meals in Under One Hour and You Can Too!

Yes, I prepared an entire day’s meals in under one hour. And the crazy part is- you can too! Things are a little hectic around the Persnickety house these days.  Ballet practice, homeschool classes, blogging, and a bakery can keep a girl really busy. It is tempting to use this hectic schedule as a reason not to eat real food.…

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Luscious Probiotic Lemonade

Luscious Probiotic Lemonade the name conjures warm summer afternoons on the veranda. But wait it’s a little early to talk about lemonade, it’s the middle of winter. Some of us have snow on the ground.  However, I love lemonade year round.  Lemons in sugar water is very satisfying and thirst quenching. So when I saw that I could take lemonade…

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Helping Your Teen on Her Emotional Rollercoaster

Hormone spikes, self image issues, body image issues-all help lead to the emotional rollercoaster commonly know as the teen years. For girls it usually involves a lot of eye rolling, stomping feet, back talk/smart mouth (a personal pet peeve), and don’t forget bawling for no apparent reason. And when I say bawling I mean the whole shebang- sobbing uncontrollably, garbled…

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Helping Support Your Teen Girl Naturally Series, Part 1

The ballerina is a teen now. Help me! At 14 she is quite a normal teen-everyday is a roller coaster ride. It occurred to me that with so many teen girls out there, I am probably not the only Mom thinking that aliens have possessed their sweet little girl. This is a commonly tough time for parents and teens. There…

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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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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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