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Growing, Harvesting, and Drying Calendula Flowers – With Recipes and Suggestions for Use

Using calendula is very simple and straightforward. This beautiful flowering plant has been widely used throughout history for health, beauty, and as a seasoning or edible decoration in culinary applications. Medicinally, it has been used to aid digestion, calm aching teeth and joints, speed healing of bruises, burns, and wounds, soothe cramps, and reduce fever. …

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Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Herbed Tomato Sauce Stuffed Bell Peppers – Low Carb and Keto Friendly

Think of these cheesy stuffed bell peppers as an Italian version of a chile relleno. They are stuffed with a combination of sweet ricotta cheese, melty mozzarella, and spicy herby tomato sauce and then baked to tender creamy perfection. These stuffed peppers are easy to assemble with minimal ingredients and bake up in under an …

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Easy Sheet-Pan Roasted Summer Vegetables With Parmesan and Basil

When the summer vegetables like new potatoes, squash, and peppers start to show up I get really excited. It means it’s time for one of our favorite vegetable preparations. These easy sheet-pan roasted vegetables will remind you why simply prepared summer vegetables are so special. You don’t need much to make fresh summer vegetables shine. …

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Easy Garlic Butter Cabbage Noodles: Keto-Friendly Real Food

Variety is the spice of life. Do I love pasta? Yes! Can I eat pasta every day? No. Unfortunately pasta is one of those carbs that really sticks to my hips. Even my properly prepared Sprouted Sourdough Pasta will weigh me down if I eat it all the time. I developed this easy garlic butter …

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Dutch Oven Whole Stewed Chicken – One Pot Cooking

Dutch oven whole stewed chicken is one of our family favorites. My husband is especially fond of this authentic preparation with its rich flavorful broth and tender meat. When I say I’m going to be making this dish, he gets “that” look in his eye. My mom always said, “kissin’ don’t last, cookin’ do!” I …

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Grilled Baby Vegetables With Garlic Chive Oil Dressing

The weather is improving and it’s time to fire up the grill. These grilled baby vegetables with garlic chive oil dressing will be your summer go-to side dish. There are many things that I really love about grilling — the most important thing is that it’s a lot fewer dishes! You know that’s a good …

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Detoxifying Green Goddess Soup With Spring Garlic and Tahini

Bring out your clean Green Goddess. This detoxifying Green Goddess soup harkens back to my days working as a cook in San Francisco. If you’ve been following me since my days working at Sweet Jo’s then you may remember this soup from the lunch bar. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve EVER followed …

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Keto Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup With Crispy Bacon

Some soups are so easy it’s shameful not to make them more often! I think you will find that to be true with this quick, filling, eight-ingredient cream soup. It’s loaded with broccoli and cauliflower so it’s naturally thick, and the crispy bacon topping takes it to the next level. This Cream of Broccoli and …

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Traditionally Fermented Spicy Vegetables – Pickles Escabeche

These spicy pickled vegetables are a huge hit in our house! Escabeche is the Spanish word for “pickles” and in the Mexican restaurant community they are made with carrots, jalapeños, and onions. This is where my husband and I first had this crunchy, spicy pickled side dish. They are usually served as a side to …

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Homemade Sausage, Chard, and Cheddar Stuffed Bell Peppers

These beautiful stuffed bell peppers turned out better than I had hoped. The flesh was juicy and flavorful and the filling was garlicky, melty, and satisfying. I always get the best inspiration from my local farmstand. When I saw the generous size and perfect shape of these peppers I knew they were for stuffing. These …

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Building a Modern Underground Dwelling To Use as a Family Home

Take a look inside the process of constructing a modern underground dwelling (MUD). Learn about the sustainability and efficiency of a MUD. They are able to stay cool in summer and cozy in winter. They have a wonderful grounding feeling when you enter them and the air is still and quiet, making them a perfect …

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