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 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 […]

Roasted Green Tomato Salsa

What do you do with your garden tomatoes when they split before they’re ripe or get blossom end rot?

This is my “Oh, no, the green tomatoes split!” salsa… but you can make it with red tomatoes, too. 🙂

Ingredients: 1 sweet onion 3 cloves garlic 8 medium green tomatoes (or the equivalent) 2 or 3 jalapenos (I used 3 of my green Anaheim peppers) juice of one lime small handful of cilantro one pinch of sugar two pinches of sea salt Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two baking dishes (one large, on small) with oil. Slice onion in half, leaving skin on, and place it cut-side-down in the smaller baking dish. Place garlic cloves, with skin on, in a square of foil and drizzle with oil. Close foil and put next to onion. Trim any blossom-end-rot from tomatoes and place them whole […]

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 […]

DIY Dessert Sauces

As promised in Monday’s post on remaking your holiday leftovers, here are three delicious dessert sauces that you can whip up for special occasions! When people think of chocolate or caramel sauce, they typically picture a squeeze bottle from the store, right? Well, that is NOT real food. Although we don’t want to overdo our sugar intake, I know we can all use sweet treats occasionally. These recipes will give you all the flavor and none of the bad stuff (like corn syrup and artificial flavor and color). Enjoy!

Chocolate Sauce This sauce can be made either thick, like a hot fudge, or thin, like you-know-who’s syrup. 😉 Although it may seem odd, the sea salt is a delicious addition which gives more depth to the flavor. (Makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:

1 cup cocoa 1 cup rapadura or sucanat (See note at the bottom of this post) 1 […]