Book Review: The Metabolic Approach to CancerApril 25 2018

Book Review: The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

For almost a century, cancer research and treatment development have focused on the genetic theory of cancer that says extensive damage to the genetic material we call DNA eventually causes the cell to go rogue from its intended function and become cancerous. Yet cancer today directly affects half of the US population; 1600 cancer patients in this country die each day; and almost 40 percent of children have been affected by cancer in the past sixteen years. The cancer industry...

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How I Mix & Match Frozen Meals to Make Healthy Dinners On the FlyApril 18 2018

How I Mix & Match Frozen Meals to Make Healthy Dinners On the Fly

I eat BBK food for the majority of my meals. And I'm on the GAPS diet, which is a bit more strict than Paleo, so some on menus there are less dishes I can eat than others. What I do those weeks is mix and match meals, especially with frozen items I stocked up on. Ironically, running a food business means both I don't need to do a lot of cooking because I order meals, and when I do cook I want it...

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Concentration and Power in the Food System - Book ReviewMarch 17 2018

Concentration and Power in the Food System - Book Review

The pork that Susanna sourced from a local farmer and that Chef Bri turned into mouth-watering Pork Tinga is special. The hogs that were processed for this pork enjoyed life on a small farm rooting around, rolling in the mud, squealing, and just plain being pigs. Knowing that the hogs had a good life and came from a small farm nearby is one of the reasons we choose Back to Basics Kitchen meals. After all, not all hogs have such...

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THANK YOU ~ Cookie Cat is Thriving!February 16 2018

THANK YOU ~ Cookie Cat is Thriving!

An update on my (Amy's) family cat, Cookie.  After receiving the money from our crowd funding campaign, Cookie had all of her top teeth pulled except for her canines.  All of the gingivitis stomatitis was cut out of her mouth.  YAY!  (Abby and Cookie became twins for awhile both recovering from oral surgery with dissolving stitches. Abby had her wisdom teeth removed.)  Cookie had a little difficulty with some irritation from the stitches, but this was easily alleviated by moving her back to dry food.  Cookie has made...

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The Hidden Half of Nature - All About Your Microbiome and HealthJanuary 20 2018

Before you decide all the buzz about the microbiome is just another fad, please take a peek at this month’s book, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. A scare with cervical cancer prompted husband-and-wife authors David R. Montgomery, a geomorphologist, and Anne Bikle, a biologist, to step out of their areas of expertise to dig through the academic research that came out of the Human Microbiome Project. What they learned about the microbial world...

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How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal - November Book ReviewNovember 08 2017

How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal - November Book Review

This month’s book delves into some of the history behind today’s processed food industry. It all began with the industrialization that was well established by the mid-19th century and then spread like wildfire after the Civil War. It brought with it an increase in population and urbanization that led half the American population to move to cities by 1900. Food had to be preserved, and production had to be centralized. Some food producers were deceptive and unscrupulous in their food...

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What Nourishes You Beyond Food? There's More Than One Way to Eat WellNovember 05 2017

What Nourishes You Beyond Food? There's More Than One Way to Eat Well

Things have gotten a little busy in my personal life and at work recently. Lots of changes and growth and and growing pains and joy and grief. I'm traveling to DC a lot to be with my father and the rest of my immediate family as he continues to deal with memory loss, decreased mobility from MS, and an impending surgery to remove his kidney with a cancerous tumor.  I'm working extra catering gigs, navigating a wonderful new relationship that...

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Phyllis's October Book Review - Half Baked Harvest. A Cookbook!October 07 2017

Phyllis's October Book Review - Half Baked Harvest. A Cookbook!

I think a family of ducks set the stage for the serendipity in choosing this month’s book. Silently gliding up and stepping through the grasses at water’s edge, an enterprising duck joined my husband and me as we sat perched on small logs downing our quinoa lunch at the edge of Bierstadt Lake. She wasn’t shy about letting us know quinoa wasn’t her idea of food as she stood on a log begging charmingly and with complete dignity before slipping...

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Phyllis's Monthy Book Review - The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain TimesSeptember 02 2017

Phyllis's Monthy Book Review - The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times

The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times by local author Michael Brownlee speaks to those who have connected the globalized, industrialized, corporatized food system to much of the destruction of the environment, damage to our health, and displacement of farmers globally.  Brownlee and his longtime partner and collaborator, Lynette Marie Hanthorn, have long been contemplating localization. Since they organized a daylong conference in 2006, Going Local! Preparing for the Accelerating Energy Crisis, they haven’t let...

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Do You or A Loved One Struggle with a Health Challenge?August 19 2017

Do You or A Loved One Struggle with a Health Challenge?

Navigating My Own Family's Health Challenges I've just returned from a trip to visit my family - father, mother, sister (and aunt and uncle) in DC, where I grew up. I've had trouble sitting down to write a newsletter. At the last minute, it occurs to me to just share with you all exactly what is going on, because I know many of you can relate. My father has had MS for a couple of decades. It's progressed slowly, and we've...

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How I Managed My Diet Eating Healthy BBK Food at AriseAugust 12 2017

How I Managed My Diet Eating Healthy BBK Food at Arise

I spent all of last weekend at the Arise Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. It was super inspiring, healing and informative. And fun!  The whole festival was on the ranch where they have an intentional community, farm organically, and raise 100% grassfed beef, and host conscious events like the Arise Festival. I didn't realize that the ranch would have a little farm stand and hot food tent at the festival, so I brought all my own food.  It's another...

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Phyllis's Monthly Real Food Book Review - Buffalo for the Broken HeartAugust 02 2017

Phyllis's Monthly Real Food Book Review - Buffalo for the Broken Heart

Yes, it matters. It really does. It matters how our food is produced and who produces it. And  do they earn a fair wage? If you missed Slow Food Nations in Denver in mid-July where focus was on the how and the who, read Buffalo for the Broken Heart, published in 2001. The book is part memoir, part philosophy, part ecology, part wildlife biology, part history, and a lot love story of the Great Plains and of what and who...

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Redefining EverythingJuly 02 2017

Redefining Everything

"How long does it take to redefine everything?"  A rhetorical question I posed to my domestic violence counselor.  I already knew the answer, "A long time."  In my humble opinion, there are many folks walking around with "trauma brain" that don't realize it or maybe don't know what to do about it.  They may need reframe "everything" or, at least, "something". The good news is that in redefining "everything" (or "something") the physical and psychological pain are transformed into joy...

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Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up - June Book ReviewJune 28 2017

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up - June Book Review

If you take to the holistic approach to human health and farming, put Daphne Miller’s Farmacology on your reading list. Miller is a Harvard-trained family physician who has spent her career looking beyond what she calls her reductionist medical training in an effort to become a better doctor. She attended a variety of holistic medical conferences and workshops, and even investigated other medical systems---Chinese, Native American, Ayurvedic, homeopathic---but realized it would take years to practice these forms of medicine correctly....

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Ways I Eat Well and Keep It Healthy While Traveling and CampingMay 31 2017

Ways I Eat Well and Keep It Healthy While Traveling and Camping

I’m on a diet for my digestion that is pretty much entirely cooked food and mostly fresh veggies, meats, fruits and nuts... and honey.  Traveling is one of the more challenging scenarios for eating for me. Earlier this month I drove out to Joshua Tree, CA for a yoga festival then spent 5 days in Joshua Tree National Park. Two days on the road then eight days of camping gave me lots of time to test out all the tricks...

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The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resiliance and Farming - May Book ReviewMay 27 2017

The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resiliance and Farming - May Book Review

Here’s a wonderful, serious, and important book as we step into summer. In The Color of Food, Natasha Bowens takes us on a road trip to meet farmers of color. They talk about farming and a history of land loss, struggle for water, and community. Bowens’s ancestors had worked the fields as slaves, but she does not equate farming with slavery as many of her fellow Black folks do. She does wonder why today’s food and farm movement doesn’t seem...

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Book Club! Lentil Underground - A Page TurnerApril 26 2017

Book Club! Lentil Underground - A Page Turner

Susanna has listened to me rave about this month’s book, Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle. Maybe I can pique your interest also. The book came out of  Carlisle’s guilt after spending four years as a country singer toting her romanticized agrarian lyrics at concerts across rural America that were sponsored by the big-name agricultural companies. She learned that what her fans knew about farming didn’t square with her pretty lyrics. All they knew was fossil fuel-based chemicals and monoculture cropping...

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So What Season Is It Anyway?!April 01 2017

So What Season Is It Anyway?!

This time of year is always a tricky one for us and any local food lovers. Spring has just started, the promise of fresh lettuces and spring onions and other tender greens is in the air and the buds we see all around. But that time is not quite here.  We're still a few weeks out from the real start of the harvest for most farms locally.And we're also about as far from last growing season before the next that we...

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Lacto Paleo: My Gateway DietMarch 28 2017

Lacto Paleo: My Gateway Diet

Lacto Paleo worked well for about the first month.  Evidently, for me, lacto paleo is a gateway diet to Doritos and Mountain Dew.  I have realized that I am not yet strong enough to make healthy eating choices.  I have been attempting to eat well but have been cheating and non-committal.  The reality is that I need the boundaries of the Whole30.  Today is Day 1 of the Whole30x2, a.k.a. Whole60.  I feel so much better physically, emotionally, have less...

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Stories of Farms and Food - A Book RecommendationMarch 22 2017

Stories of Farms and Food - A Book Recommendation

The books I’ll share in this series focus on the myriad aspects of our industrial food system and on those many who are creating sustainable alternatives to it. Becoming more aware of both our industrial food system and the alternatives might just nudge all of us to ask ourselves how we spend our food dollars and live our lives.   This first book I recommend is Kayann Short’s beautifully evocative ecobiography, A Bushel’s Worth. In it she shares a collection...

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Our Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie RecipeJanuary 25 2017

Our Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

The first recipe is in weights. It's so much easier! More importantly, it makes it much more likely you'll get the results you want. Scroll down for a more familiar volume recipe At Back to Basics Kitchen, we do everything by weight.Stores like King Soopers and Target sell scales for $20, or you can order one online here.  Many blogs (especially international ones) offer weight and volume in recipes.   I prefer to use scales even at home for ease (less dishes) and accuracy...

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Falling in Love with Grass Fed Beef HeartJanuary 21 2017

Falling in Love with Grass Fed Beef Heart

I'll admit, I wasn't totally sure about the beef heart when we got it. But I've had pork heart before, prepared by the talented folks at SALT restaurant as part of their charcuterie board.  I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that heart was not only edible, it was delicious!So when Jill over at Lasater Ranch told me they had a ton of heart in stock that they'd like to move, I was game. I love experimenting with the cuts...

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Our Menus Are Going Gluten Free. Here's Why.January 04 2017

Our Menus Are Going Gluten Free. Here's Why.

Gluten has always been an interesting topic for me, personally.  First as my favorite ingredient, and now as my favorite ingredient to replace, out of necessity.It's been seven years now since I've eaten gluten.It was a huge shift for me. Before I changed my diet to what it is now - a GAPS (similar to Paleo) diet modified for me based on experimentation. I was a vegetarian for 18 years, ever since I took my stand on meat in the...

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Whole30 SuccessDecember 18 2016

Whole30 Success

The Whole30 was a huge success.  Losing 17 pounds has been wonderful, but the internal and external transformation is the best part of this experience.  As I take the time to listen to what my body needs or doesn't need, I have discovered that shifts in my life seem to occur almost effortlessly.  I can't force my recovery, but I have learned that I can cooperate with the process by having a more open heart in conjunction with healthy boundaries....

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Tips and Tricks for Freezing and Thawing MealsDecember 15 2016

Tips and Tricks for Freezing and Thawing Meals

Freezing in Mason Jars  Shoulders - Any mason jar with a straight edge can be frozen without risk of exploding. Quart jars and narrow mouth pint jars are not a safe choice as they have that "shoulder" where the jar comes in at the top. It also makes them much more annoying to defrost. Head Room -When freezing in straight edge jars always double check you have enough head room - space above the liquid that gives it room to...

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All Cocoa Powders are Not Created EqualDecember 11 2016

All Cocoa Powders are Not Created Equal

First off, what is cocoa powder anyway? Serious Eats tells us that cocoa powder is the dry solid remains of fermented, dried, and roasted cacao beans. The beans are cracked into nibs, which are then ground into a paste made of cocoa solids suspended in near-flavorless cocoa butter. Once processors extract the butter they're left with the crumbly solids, which are then ground into a fine powder. So cocoa powder is the core of a chocolate's flavor, without any extra...

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Radishes - Perfect with Butter and Wine - So Mild!December 08 2016

Radishes - Perfect with Butter and Wine - So Mild!

Cooked radishes?!  Yep. Really, it's not weird. These vegetables make an excellent vehicle for a delicious sauce. With vibrant, beautiful colors, when cooked, they have a sweet, mild taste. Even more so with these fresh picked veggies from Red Wagon Farm.  So crisp and pretty. Our customers rave about this dish - even the skeptics we taste-tested it on. Our French inspired wine and butter sauce is a time tested classic combo of refreshing acidity balanced with the creaminess of butter.   This dish...

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Skate From My HeartDecember 01 2016

Skate From My Heart

Today is Day 15 and the halfway point of the Whole30.  YAY!!  The most challenging part was not surviving Thanksgiving without stuffing my face with lots of pie. It has been to sit with and allow very strong waves of emotions to roll through me.  Sometimes, it feels more like I am drowning in an ocean of rage or grief.  I now know that it is a temporary state and I am not going to die.  This may seem like...

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New Paleo Granola!December 01 2016

New Paleo Granola!

We now have a Paleo version of our popular granola. Bursting with bright flavor, super satisfying and it won't weigh you down. The jars of granola make pretty and tasty gifts, too! We go above and beyond by using: organic extra virgin olive oil (not canola!) baked below smoking point nuts including organic almonds that we've soaked & dehydrated to make super digestible and nutritious organic sprouted (soaked and dehydrated) pumpkin seeds - more digestible and nutritious hemp seeds and...

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Turkey Tips and Thanksgiving Food Fun FactsNovember 24 2016

Turkey Tips and Thanksgiving Food Fun Facts

Brine It: Are you making a turkey this year? Awesome! Here's a blog post we did about brining turkey - it's not too late if you're reading this in morning! Brining helps keep it moist and really ups the turkey game.  Break it down: We always cut our turkeys into parts to cook them. This requires a sharp knife and a bit of trial and error, but it allows you to cook each part of the turkey properly- so you...

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Small Business Saturday Gift Cards - NEW Physical Cards with Gift BoxNovember 20 2016

Small Business Saturday Gift Cards - NEW Physical Cards with Gift Box

Small business Saturday is coming up on November 26th!  Shop local and small after Thanksgiving.   We'll be participating in Small Business Saturday this year by introducing new gift card options, so it's even easier to give real food love for the holidays. Starting next menu you will be able to choose from our current e-Gift Cards and a new physical gift card with the option to include it in a bakery gift box.   The physical gift cards we'll...

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The Year of NormalNovember 17 2016

The Year of Normal

For the past 6 months, I have been gradually finding my normal.  Even the awareness that there is an in between state of being has been helpful.  It's comforting to know that I don't have to be either "falling off the cliff" or doing really well.  I am pretty damn happy finding my feet land on some "run of the mill" ways of living.  If someone had told me that I'd still be dealing with the affects of domestic violence...

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Organic Kale Storage and Recipe TipsNovember 13 2016

Organic Kale Storage and Recipe Tips

I know many of you cook regularly as time allows, and you're good at it!  So we have a special treat this week. Red Wagon Farm has an abundance of organic kale that is so AMAZING and sweet (thanks to the sugars the plant produces in response to the cold nights as I mentioned last week).  But it won't last past our next hard frost - anytime now. If you didn't make it to the farmers market or just want...

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What The Kitchen Teaches Me In Understanding This ElectionNovember 10 2016

What The Kitchen Teaches Me In Understanding This Election

Our small but mighty team here in the kitchen is an interesting little case study of the potential I think we have, and what I love about this country.  And we got here with a lot of work into understanding ourselves and each other. As you know, this is a woman-owned business. And on our team all roles of highest responsibility are filled by women. And it was not that way by force or even design -- we just have...

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Election Cake - A Lost Tradition We Could Use More Than EverNovember 06 2016

Election Cake - A Lost Tradition We Could Use More Than Ever

This has been quite the election.  Let’s bring back some sweetness and gratitude. America used to celebrate Election Day with a special cake - this year we are too! Get our cupcakes online or starting tomorrow (Monday) in the Broomfield Bakery. In the early days local governments would commission huge cakes for community festivities. Elections were an event and often a destination for folk who would have to travel to make it to town for voting. Cake also encouraged voting...

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This Is Kale's Time to ShineNovember 04 2016

This Is Kale's Time to Shine

From Amy at Red Wagon Farm on their order list today (Wednesday): This is the best fall KALE we've ever grown. It is sweet (due to the cold nights) and gorgeous.  We're psyched! So we've featured kale in many of our recipes this week.  If you're on the fence about kale, now is the best time to give it another chance. And if you love it already, you'll really love this.  Kale, along with its other relatives in the brassica...

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