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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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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Creative Summer Real Food Treats for Pets with Bone Broth!July 18 2016

Creative Summer Real Food Treats for Pets with Bone Broth!

Many of you may recall the post about my (Susanna's) cats loving our chicken bone broth.  (They still do).  In the intervening months I have acquired my first dog, a 10 year old chihuahua named Henry.  Henry and I spent two days in Buena Vista recently and discovered a most tasty food truck (actually turquiose school bus) named TThe Bearded Lady. It's owned by a pig farmer, very fresh, and very locally oriented. Best part? Pupsicles. Frozen chicken broth on a...

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The Big Deal About Lard... and Does Fat Really Make You Fat?May 21 2016

The Big Deal About Lard... and Does Fat Really Make You Fat?

Growing up, I was taught to fear fat.  I was told to avoid butter, to eat egg whites, but not the yolk, to drink nonfat milk, and to pull the skin off chicken.  My mother had high cholesterol and was determined that we would be a family of healthy eaters.  Does this story sound familiar?  Have you been taught to fear fat? Traditional cultures have enjoyed an abundance of animal fat in their diets.  This used to be true of...

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Why We Soak and Dehydrate Our NutsMay 15 2016

Why We Soak and Dehydrate Our Nuts

Nuts are delicious, super versatile, and nutritional powerhouses. This makes them an excellent ingredient in our grain free desserts.  However, nuts contain not-so-helpful phytic acid, so we take extra care to prepare them properly.  Phytic acid blocks the absorption of minerals and enzymes, which means that consuming too much of it is not the best for your health, and you're also not getting all the goodness you can from the nuts.   Luckily, there's an easy solution! In order to break...

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Lovage and Stinging NettlesMay 12 2016

Lovage and Stinging Nettles

Powerful and Delicious Spring Offerings Ever heard of lovage? Eaten stinging nettles? Thanks to Red Wagon Farm, we have beautiful organic versions of both in this weeks menu.  Stinging nettles?! Yes, for real. They're literally a pain to harvest and demand respect in the kitchen as well, but as soon as you steam them or soak them in cold water the stinging part is neutralized.  What's left is spinach-like, but with it's own distinct flair. Here's more on the traditional...

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Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe (With Optional Jam Filling)April 27 2016

Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe (With Optional Jam Filling)

This is a quick recipe that comes out fluffy and flavorful and just a little dry, as cornbread should be, making it perfect to soak up butter and honey, your favorite soup, or our Grassfed Beef Chili. Or try our version with jam in the middle for something a little different! 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...

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