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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. ┬áBeing 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 ┬ámovement 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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White Beans-Southern Style!

I have spent most of my life in either Texas or Alabama where some of the most popular dishes are made with white beans. These days white beans are usually another name for cannellini beans. However in the deep South they are usually large limas or Northern beans. Dry beans are a great way to stretch food dollars. They are…

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Lamb Meatballs-A Gluten Free Recipe

We buy grass fed meats from a local butcher that sources only from local farms. Their prices are very reasonable and they are some of the nicest most helpful, honest people you will meet. Anyway, lately they have been running a killer sale on ground lamb (like it’s almost half the price of ground beef). We don’t eat a lot…

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Homemade Bread-Why It Should Be the Only Kind You Eat

By now ya’ll know that I love to bake bread. For me it is therapeutic. The act of kneading dough is a great stress reliever and the smell of it baking in the oven is the best aromatherapy ever! It’s relaxing to me, that when I am busy running around and chasing kids that I can go into the kitchen…

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