COOKING FROM SCRATCH

Episode 166 | A Heritage Sourdough Method + Answering Your Questions | Anja of Our Gabled Home

If you have been around this community for long, sourdough is not a new topic to you; however, I would be willing to bet that you will hear some ideas and methods in this episode that you have never heard before!

Anja grew up in Germany and learned everything she knows about sourdough from watching her mother bake as a constant part of their family’s routine.  In my chat with Anja, we walked through some of the most common questions we receive from sourdough bakers, everything from starter maintenance to baking timelines to discard.

Whether you are new to sourdough or have been baking for years, I am confident this discussion will give you new ideas to shake up your sourdough experimentation.

Episode 157 | What is the Pro-Metabolic Approach? Pursuing Health Through Nourishing Foods and Metabolic Support | Fallon Lee & Kori Meloy

The pro-metabolic approach to wellness has been gaining popularity lately, but it is rooted in ancient ways of eating and supporting the body.  The more I have learned about it, the more I have realized that I have actually been following many of the pro-metabolic principles for a long time.  This way of life goes hand in hand with the from-scratch homestead kitchen.  Though I have already been implementing many metabolically supportive practices in my life, I still learned so much from this conversation.  I walked away with new ideas to try and areas of my health to reexamine.  Whether you are new to the pro-metabolic conversation or have been embracing this approach for many years, join us for this rich conversation about supporting our health in a truly sustainable way.

Episode 153 | Switching to Ancient Grains + Milling at Home: How to Increase Nutrients in Your Baking | Laura Tuttle

I have been using ancient grains in my kitchen for many years now, but there is a learning curve when you are making the switch from modern white flours to heartier ancient grains like einkorn, kamut, spelt, and more.  Laura of @lauralivesthegoodlife is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to baking sourdough bread, using different types of flours, and milling your own grains.  If you have questions about the differences between these flours and how to use them, this is the episode for you!  We share tons of tips on incorporating ancient grains into your everyday recipes while still enjoying delicious and nutrient-dense baked goods.

Episode 152 | All Things Eggs: Sourcing, Cooking, and Enjoying Eggs Every Day | Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily

I wasn’t sure if we could talk about eggs for an entire podcast episode, but I was wrong!  From producing eggs in your own backyard to the many ways you can include them in your diet, there is plenty to discuss about this amazing superfood.  Lisa Steele is an expert backyard chicken keeper and has just released a cookbook all about using eggs in your kitchen, so I knew she’d be the perfect guest for this conversation.  You might be surprised at the many directions our conversation takes!  Whether you are raising a backyard flock of chickens or just want some new ideas for incorporating eggs into your diet, there is something for everyone in this episode.

Episode 141 | Traditional Eating When You Have Food Sensitivities | Dr. Ashley Turner of Restorative Wellness Center

It is simple to embrace traditional ways of eating when there are no food groups that are off-limits to you.  But when you or someone in your family lives with a food allergy or sensitivity, even meals made with the simplest of ingredients can become a challenge.  As a mother and functional medicine practitioner who has walked the path of food sensitivities with her own child and many patients, I knew Dr. Ashley Turner would be the perfect person to join me in this conversation!  We also delve into the topic of supplementation.  In holistic and functional medicine spheres, it can be easy to get overwhelmed at the vast array of supplement recommendations and options.  Dr. Ashley shares her simplified approach to supplementation that won’t break the bank.  Whether there are food sensitivities in your house or not, you’ll learn so much from this episode about gut healing, the immune system, beneficial supplements, food sourcing, and more!

Episode 140 | How to Ease Into a Natural Lifestyle | Roxanne Ahern of Happy Holistic Homestead

If you desire to live a natural lifestyle—whole foods, less toxins, holistic health—it can be intimidating to know where to start.  Many people are also concerned about the cost of living this way.  In this episode with Roxanne of Happy Holistic Homestead, we tackle the question of where to start if you simply can’t afford to jump all in.  What changes make the biggest impact on your family’s health?  We also bust the myth that it takes a lot of money or a lot of land to begin prioritizing your health by sourcing high quality foods.  You might be surprised by some of our money saving tips!  No matter where you are starting from, may this episode encourage you to take the next step in your journey towards a more natural lifestyle.

Episode 136 | Gut Health and Fermented Foods | Meg Kilcup of A Whole Health Life

Gut health is a big topic in the health world right now, and for good reason!  Having a healthy gut impacts so many areas of our physical and mental health.  Meg of A Whole Health Life joins me to talk about why gut health matters and how to begin healing your gut through diet and lifestyle changes.  We also camp out on the benefits of fermented foods and how to begin incorporating them into your everyday life.  Gut health can seem like an intimidating topic, but you might be surprised by the simplicity of Meg’s recommended first steps on your gut healing journey!

Episode 134 | Teaching Kids About Farming | Brianna Widen of Widnor Farms

With the many conveniences of our modern food system, it’s easy to become detached from the knowledge of how our food is actually produced.  Brianna is on a mission to reconnect the community to its farmers.  At her family’s ranch in Washington, Brianna welcomes her neighbors—especially children—to come experience what farm life is truly like.  Children learn invaluable, lifelong skills as a result of participating in animal care and food production.  Brianna shares age-appropriate ideas for teaching your kids about farming and responsibility whether you live on a farm or in an apartment.

Episode 133 | Should Everyone Try Making Cheese at Home? | Robyn Jackson of Cheese From Scratch

If you have ever thought of making cheese at home but have been overwhelmed at the idea, this episode is for you!  Robyn of Cheese From Scratch joins me to talk all things cheesemaking.  Robyn’s desire is to make this skill accessible to everyone.  We talk about how cheesemaking can become a normal part of your everyday routine, just like any other skill on the homestead.  A common misconception is that cheesemaking is just for those who own a dairy animal, but this isn’t true!  Anyone can learn to make cheese from scratch.

Episode 129 | Learning Old-Fashioned Skills | Carolyn Thomas of Homesteading Family

When diving into the world of homesteading, it can quickly become overwhelming when you realize just how many skills there are to learn.  Where should you start?  I’m so glad Carolyn of Homesteading Family joined me for this conversation.  As a long-time homesteader and mother of 10, Carolyn shares how she got started building her skillset to support the homesteading lifestyle she desired for herself and her family.  Carolyn is a wealth of information, and she is passionate about teaching others how to live this beautiful way of life, too.