Spotted Dick // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  As you might recall, we are kind of big Harry Potter fans around here, and last week we were trapped in the house, as it were, by Spring Break with no springtime weather in sight. We found ourselves leafing through The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook looking for something Tasty & Delicious … Continue reading

Turkish Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

This recipe makes a rich, delicious rice pudding with a Middle Eastern flair… and is adapted from one of my favorite Middle Eastern cookbooks, Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. When you begin your shopping through an affiliate link, the … Continue reading

Easy, Quick, and Frugal Beans & Rice

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One of my favorite answers to “What are we having for dinner?” is beans and rice. It can be ready in a half-hour, it doesn’t require me to have remembered to thaw anything, and it can use fresh or frozen and home-canned ingredients, depending on the season and what I … Continue reading

Real Food Shamrock Shake

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Two years ago I had my very last from-the-drive-thru Shamrock Shake. And it was awful. I wasn’t even that far along on my real food journey… and already all I could taste was the nasty chemicals and artificial ingredients. Yuck! It was sad; I thought that my favorite Welcome Spring … Continue reading

Irish Hot Chocolate

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Welcome to March… when we can all start thinking about things that are green and Irish-ish. Okay, this isn’t green. But it is a delightful, creamy hot chocolate, full of good milk, cream, raw cacao powder… and, of course whiskey! So I’d say we’re good to go. Delicious! Irish Hot … Continue reading

Real Food Birthday Party (plus Ice Cream Recipe)

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I think I am deserving of a Real Food gold star, thank you very much. The Pixie is about to turn six… and we had her birthday party this weekend. (This, by the way, is my excuse for not having the article I meant to write written… as in, it’s … Continue reading

Pepperup Potion

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I’m not a Witch. Well… okay, I am. But not the Hogwarsts graduate, flying on a broomstick sort of Witch. I’m more of a walking in the woods, hugging trees, natural healing sort of Witch. Which is fine, because you don’t need to have spent hours in a dungeon with … Continue reading

Mushroom and Wild Rice Stew with Swiss Chard

Mushroom Wild Rice Stew |Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

My dinner on Tuesday was inspired by this Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup by My Sister’s Pantry. I found it, it looked delicious. I was going to make it. It was going to be easy. It was going to be simple. I was going to follow the directions, and use … Continue reading