Homemade Powdered Sugar

Did you know that the powdered sugar from the store has “anti-caking agents” in it?? Yep, it’s not just sugar. It could contain cornstarch (almost certainly from genetically modified corn- yuck!), flour, calcium phosphate or other extras.

Why eat that nasty stuff when we can make our own powdered sugar at home?! Besides, we can use dehydrated cane juice, which is full of good minerals! So much healthier and it won’t have that icky aftertaste that the store-bought stuff has. Win! 😉

What You’ll Need Dehydrated Cane Juice, also called “Rapadura” (enter to win some, here!) or another unprocessed sugar, but I think that’s the best. A blender or clean spice grinder What To Do

Grind it up!! No, I’m serious. Just put it in the blender (or spice/coffee grinder) and let ‘er rip! If you want it extra-fine, just let it go longer or adjust the coarseness setting. […]

Herbed Butter

Would you like to jazz-up your meal in a quick and easy way? This is the way to do it!

What You’ll Need: Butter (1 cup): Preferably organic and/or grass-fed (learn to make butter here!) Herbs (1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, each): We like to use fresh or dried rosemary and thyme from our garden. Salt (1 teaspoon): Celtic sea salt is the only way to go, in our opinion. What To Do: Allow butter to come to room temperature. Finely chop fresh herbs or crush dried herbs. Add herbs and salt to the butter and mix well.

This herbed butter can be served with bread, fish, steak, poultry, mashed potatoes, cooked veggies… the possibilities are endless!

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Sour Cream Dips

If you’ve already read my post on how to make homemade sour cream, you’ll be happy to know that I’m finally going to share some of our favorite ways to use it! The options are limited only by the limits of your creativity, but here are three absolutely fabulous sour cream-based dips to get you started!

Yes, they are just as scrumptious as they look- and they’re healthy, to boot!! 🙂 From left to right, we have:

Sour Cream Salsa Dip: This is perfect for chips, obviously. Don’t feel like you need to stick with plain ol’ salsa, though! This one is made with a smokey cranberry chipotle salsa and, oh my, it was goooood! We like a mix of equal parts sour cream and salsa stirred together, but feel free to alter that to your own taste. Avocado Dip: This is so amazingly healthy […]

How to Make Homemade Butter

How gorgeous is that?! And, yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Homemade butter tastes so much better than store-bought, so we took advantage of a good deal on some high quality cream and whipped up some butter. What I used is cream (the only ingredient) from a local dairy that uses no antibiotics, hormones or GMO feed (the cows are mostly grass-fed). It’s pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) and non-homogenized, so it’s really the best thing you can find short of raw cream! True, this quality of cream can be difficult to find, so don’t feel like you can’t make butter out of whatever you have. This 2-quart (1/2 gallon) of cream was less than $10 dollars and I got 1 quart of buttermilk, which I’ll culture, and 2 pounds of butter!

What You’ll Need

Cream: Make sure that there are no additives. The ingredients list […]

How to Make Sour Cream

Since we talked last week about the benefits of culturing dairy, I thought I’d jump right in with one of the easiest and most versatile products you can make: Sour Cream!

Although you can buy a starter culture, or simply set out raw cream to sour, this is our favorite method. You can’t even imagine how easy this is. But first, why make your own sour cream?

You can choose the best possible ingredients, so that you know that your finished product is high quality and full of probiotics. You won’t be adding a bunch of junk, which is found in some store-bought sour cream. It’ll make you feel like Miss Super-home-maker! 😉 How to Make Sour Cream In a clean jar, mix one part real cultured buttermilk (store-bought or homemade) with three parts cream, stirring gently. Cover with a coffee filter (use a rubber-band to hold it on, […]

Easy Fruit-Salad Dressing

This makes any fruit salad taste like it’s gourmet! Melons, stone-fruits, or even just apples and bananas are perfectly complimented by the flavor. Not only that, but it will prevent your fruit from turning brown, which makes kiddos more inclined to give it a try.

Honey-Lime Dressing Put honey in a glass bowl (start with 1/2 cup for a bowl of fruit salad for four to six people). Add 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice and stir with a fork or whisk until well mixed. Pour over the fruit and toss well to make sure all of the fruit is evenly coated.

If you need more or less dressing, just remember that it’s one part lime juice to two parts honey. If you like things more on the sweet side, make it three parts honey to one part lime juice. For a more sour version, equal parts […]

Home-made Vanilla Extract

Once you’ve made your own vanilla extract, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff! This is a little more time-consuming than just tossing the beans into the alcohol like most people do, but I’m out of extract, so I’ve done it this way to speed things up!

You’ll need…

A bottle of liquor (we really like bourbon for this, but anything will do– I had about 20 ounces in this bottle) 20 (or more) vanilla beans (you could do less, but it will take longer to infuse)

Here’s how it’s done…

 

 

 

You’ll need a sharp knife and a spoon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the vanilla bean open and press the two halves away from each other so that it is somewhat flat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Foods Party Food: Marinaded Goat Cheese

If you want a beautiful, flavorful Real Foods recipe to bring to a party, this is it! Marinaded Goat Cheese can be spread on bread, crackers or veggies. If you have any leftover, the goat cheese rounds are delicious stirred into mashed potatoes.

Also, be sure to check out the links below to see more Real Foods Party Dishes posted by my fellow Modern Alternative Mama bloggers for the

Ingredients:

one 6-ounce goat cheese “log” one sprig each fresh rosemary, thyme and marjoram 1 tablespoon mixed peppercorns (lightly crushed with the back of a spoon) 2 cloves garlic 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon coriander seeds olive oil (good quality!)

Instructions:

Finely chop the herbs and mix them in a shallow dish with the peppercorns Cut the goat cheese into one-inch rounds Roll each goat cheese round (like a wheel) in the herb and pepper mixture and set it in […]