• Fresh Balsamic Strawberries by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Desserts,  Fruit,  Gluten Free

    Balsamic Strawberries

    One of my favorite things about summer is that berries are everywhere.  Before I switched to Real Food, I suffered a raw fruit and raw veggie allergy.  Almost all fruits and veggies, if consumed raw, gave me hives in my mouth, and tongue and down my throat.  My throat would start to feel tight and I’d have to run for the Benadryl.  Not an enjoyable way to live.  I learned that most of my problem was from the pesticides because I can consume organic varieties of those fruits without problems…except watermelon.  That one still remains a mystery. I love almost every berry out there.  My favorite is a tie between strawberries and raspberries. …

  • Liquid Lullaby Slep Tonic by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Beverages,  Gluten Free

    Liquid Lullaby Sleep Tonic

    I suffer from insomnia- I have since as long as I can remember.  Many a night I will be awake until 4:00 am, 5:00 am, 6:00 am, sometimes even 7:00 am. It’s maddening.  And so that I don’t waste my entire day, I force myself to get up after only about 5 hours of fitful sleep which just compounds my fatigue and sleepiness, making it beyond difficult to fall asleep the following evening.  It’s a vicious cycle.  I’ve been on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy going on 18 months and it has helped to a large degree, but if I don’t have enough to keep me busy during the week, I find myself laying…

  • Real Food Yankee Breakfast Hash by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Breakfast,  Eggs,  Gluten Free

    Yankee Breakfast Hash

    We’ve recently moved to the South. South Carolina to be exact. There are numerous differences between the North and the South.  There are also numerous differences between MN and SC.  Shortly after moving here I shared some of those on my Facebook page.  That post is a good example of my sense of humor and my love of tongue in cheek. If you follow my blog, you know that I enjoy witty banter and I love to use humor when sharing my stories and experiences about food.  Our family is filled with people who possess great senses of humor.  Both my grandparents are very funny, sharp, witty people.  My grandfather reminds me a…

  • Apple Poppy Seed Coleslaw by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetables

    Apple-Poppy Seed Coleslaw

    With autumn fast approaching most blogger’s are already knee-deep in comfort food recipes, apple and pumpkin desserts and casseroles.  But not me. Nope.  We made it from MN to SC and it’s hot down here.  In fact, it’s still in the 90s, so summer is alive and well in my area and it’s not too late to squeeze out a few more recipes that one might associate with summer barbecue’s or cook-outs, like coleslaw. I planned to share my remaining summer-time recipes weeks ago, but the move proved to be more stressful than I ever could have imagined.   When we arrived at our new (rental) home in SC, we discovered it wasn’t…

  • Baking Bacon. Yeah! Real Food Girl:Unmodified
    Gluten Free

    Makin’ Bacon

    It’s official. I’m bored out of my mind.  This means I’m totally ready to get back to blogging, and I think everyone in my house, pets included are very happy about this.  I know I am. I honestly cannot take one more night of mindlessly flipping through a poor selection of available Netflix movies to entertain me. I’m going to lose my mind. My surgery went well.  I sincerely thank you for all the prayers and well-wishes.  They removed one tumorous parathyroid gland and sent me home about 8 hours after the surgery was over.  I proceeded to develop a moderately severe allergic reaction to the surgical tape holding the gauze over the…

  • Real Food Girl: Unmodified- Decadent Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream
    Desserts,  Gluten Free,  Snacks

    Decadent Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

    Have you ever had a culinary epiphany?  I had one tonight and it sort of started out with me replaying old Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials in my head.  I was all “You put your peanut butter in my chocolate” and “You put your chocolate in my peanut butter” except for some reason I was doing that in a British accent, and then I considered that this decadent chocolate pudding would taste amazeballs if instead of using a plain whipped cream garnish, I added peanut butter to the whipped cream! KABOOM!! …Mind. Blown! Yeah, that epiphany made me a little light headed, as brilliant revelations often do.  So there I stood thinking,  who…

  • Real Food Girl: Unmodified| Not Yo Mama's Potato Salad
    Barbeque,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Not Yo Mama’s Potato Salad

      I have a sensitive palate.  It’s easily assaulted, intensely opinionated and it rarely fails me when trying to predict all the ingredients in a dish from a restaurant that I wish to duplicate at home.   Because of this, I sheepishly admit that my homemade potato salad was rather simple and unassuming.  I am a firm believer that simple food is good food.  Taking a basic potato and using a few simple ingredients to enhance the flavor of the potato and make it shine is the mark of a good chef. While in culinary school I learned about a Student Culinary Competition Team that competed on a national level for the American Culinary…

  • Mayo The Force Be With You| Real Food Mayo by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Condiments,  Gluten Free

    Mayo The Force Be With You

    Life without Mayo?  Pish- utter blasphemy if you ask me.  When made with organic, pastured eggs, and fresh, organic ingredients, mayo can and should be a regular guest in your kitchen.  Homemade mayo will elevate even the most basic of sandwiches and will delight your senses and excite your mouth.  In short, you need to make this.  It’s much easier than you think, and learning some basic emulsion making techniques will take you far in the kitchen.  It will also come in handy when I start working more French recipes into this blog. Before I get into everything mayonnaisey I have to thank 7-year old Noah A., for coming up with the fantastic…