• Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake by Real Food Girl: Unmodified

    Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake

    Finally! It’s here! I’ve been promising this cake for what, two, or three weeks now?  Gah!  You’ll have to forgive me for that. I normally don’t feature a recipe on my blog unless I’ve tested it several times.  Unless of course, it’s just that amazing the first time around and I remember to write down all the components and measurements.  If not, I make it a second time and get it on the blog as soon as possible.  Other recipes take 3 or more attempts to get it just right. This recipe, however just did NOT want to be featured on the blog. Originally this was a Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake.  Nowhere…

  • Savory Balsamic Onion-Bacon "Jam" by Real Food Girl: Unmodified.

    Savory Balsamic Onion-Bacon Jam

    Bacon. Caramelized onions, bacon, fresh thyme, white wine, bacon, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, bacon, chicken stock, bacon.  Let me guess, the only word you kept seeing was bacon.  Yeah, I’m not surprised.  This recipe was one of the first that I shared when I started my blog.  You can see it HERE.  The photos were taken with my trusty iPhone, and they’re pretty scary. I think that is why only a handful of my earliest and very faithful readers were brave enough to try this recipe.  I’m thankful they did- because to this day, they can’t stop talking about this “jam”. I felt it was time to update this post and the photos.…

  • 30-Minute Mondays- Beef & Bean Enchiladas by Real Food Girl Unmodified Pinning this for later!

    30-Minute Mondays- Beef and Bean Enchiladas

    Mexican food is one of my top 4 favorite cuisines.  I suppose if I were to be honest, there is actually a three-way tie between Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisines for second place with French being my #1 favorite to cook and eat. There is just something about the fresh flavors, the spice, the heat, and simplicity of Mexican food that I really like.  I do tend to Americanize my Mexican dishes for the blog, but some day, I’ll break out the authentic stuff taught to me by some of the line cooks at the restaurants where I worked.  I simply have no idea where I packed those notes when we moved last…

  • Real Food Enchilada Sauce by Real Food Girl: Unmodified- Homemade Pantry Staples. Yum!

    Real Food Enchilada Sauce

    I love to spoil you guys. I really do.  Case in point; tomorrow for 30-Minute Monday I’m sharing my Beef and Bean Enchilada recipe.  But in order to have it fit into the 30-minute time frame, you guys would have to use a powdered enchilada mix.  Which, if you can find one that is truly nothing but organic spices, that’s not a bad thing, but making one from scratch always seems like a better idea to me.  In order for you guys to be able to make the enchiladas, I wanted you to have my Real Food Enchilada Sauce recipe. YAY!! And, if I don’t get this posted before Monday, you’ll have to…

  • Real Food Girl: Unmodified Talks Dirty Dozen and Real Food
    Lifestyle,  Miscellaneous

    Frankenfoods, GMOs and The Dirty Dozen

    Hi Everyone! Today I’ll be sharing my second guest post in our series on Real Food over at We Know Stuff.  Hailing from Long Island, Denine and Daniele are the two fabulous sisters behind this fun, all things life, family and parenting blog.  A few months ago we started chatting about how overwhelming all the information online was regarding Real Food.  Through multiple online resources they read a myriad of stats, facts, figures and rules to show them the way and instead of empowering them to make the changes they desired to make, that information made them feel inferior, ashamed, and anxious.  Understandably, that made me sad.  It made me sad because I…

  • 30-Minute Mondays by Real Food Girl: Unmodified- Shepherd's Pie. Savory ground lamb, fresh veggies, rich gravy-like sauce and fluffy mashed potatoes. Yum!
    One Pot Meals

    30-Minute Monday Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

    I honestly can’t believe it’s Monday already! Man, where does the time go?  This week we’re going comfort food, and what says comfort more than a saucy, meaty filling with veggies and mashed potatoes piled high on top?  Pretty much nuthin’ if you ask me. When mashed potatoes hug a saucy, meaty, veggie-filled filling, it’s magic my friends. Comfort food magic! If you have anti-veggites (people who don’t like veggies that much) in your house, like I do, you can sneak in some extra veggies and they probably won’t notice.  If I work veggies into something with meat and gravy, The Stud Muffin will happily eat the veggies. If they sit on his…

  • Real Food Girl: Unmodified| Cranberry-Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. Chewy cookies with dried cranberries, sweet coconut, tasty organic oats, cinnamon and nutmeg! Yes Please!
    Desserts,  Snacks

    Cranberry-Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

    Cookies!!  There aren’t too many people that don’t love a good cookie. I love home baked goods over store bought any day. Even thought I don’t make them all the time- mainly because since switching over to eating more whole, fresh, clean, real foods, I simply don’t crave these nearly as often as I once did, these really are scrumptious. Since ‘healthifying’ the way we eat, I’ve adopted the “Good, Better, Best” mindset.  An example would be, good is an organic, non-gmo packaged cookie with minimal ingredients, and ones that you can pronounce. In other words, no chemicals or nasties.  Better would be making the cookies from scratch, using as many organic ingredients…

  • Chicken Pasta Primavera by Real Food Girl: Unmodified. Yes please!!
    60 Minutes or Less,  Grains, Rice, Pasta

    Chicken Pasta Primavera

    We love pasta in our home. I’m sure being married to an Italian has absolutely nothing to do with it at all. Because of our love for fresh pasta, I someday hope to own some special die casts for making my own shapes, like penne, and rigatoni.  Until then, I buy imported organic dry pasta for dishes that call for something other than a long skinny noodle.  Those I’ve got down pat. I really want to share my homemade pasta recipe with you guys, but I don’t have anywhere to attach my pasta maker in my kitchen. Which I affectionately call Lord Voldemort’s 8th Horcrux.  As soon as I can figure out how…