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Real Food

Learn how to find fresh, seasonal and sustainable foods. Plus, healthy real food recipes.

Black-Eyed Peas With Smoked Pork Jowls

By Kurt Jacobson

A delicious recipe with a back story on figuring out how to use a smoked pork jowl.

We Need More Local Meat Processors and We Need Them Now

By RD Copeland, The Sunflower Farm

The pandemic has highlighted our broken industrial meat system. Here’s how you can support small-scale butchers and rebuild the local economy.

A Celebration of Cheese

By Dana Gnad

In celebration of cheese, here are recipes for mac and cheese and grilled cheese.

Small Wineries Staying in Business During the Pandemic

By Kurt Jacobson

The pandemic has forced small wineries to be flexible and creative during the pandemic. Here's what they are doing.


Canning Stewed Rhubarb: Good Project for Beginning Food Preservation

By Cynthia Hodges, Mothers Kitchen

Rhubarb is the perfect way to kick off the canning season, and it is an ideal project for new canners.

Backyard Grilling Setup Ideas

As more and more people start to rely on cooking their own meals, backyard grilling can enhance the dine-at-home experience. Find the right grilling setup for your household with these tips.

Making Fermented Hot Sauce at Home

By Holly Chiantaretto, Hallow Springs Farm

Make this lacto-fermented hot sauce in your own kitchen with my tips on how to adjust fiery flavor and produce hot sauce inexpensively.

Better-Than-Takeout Pizza Crust Good for Focaccia, Too

By Dana Gnad

Making pizzas when it's too cold to do much else, this crust can also be used to make a marvelous focaccia bread.

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