Archives for June 2010

WW: Family Reunion 2010 – What We’re Eating Part 2

Summer Block Party on Simple Bites

simple living block party

Crazy things are happening over at Simple Bites starting June 30 and continuing for the entire holiday weekend. In fact, all across the Simple Living Media Network, things are going to sizzle and pop in honor of Canada Day and the Fourth of July.

Now, I’m not going to give too much away, but I will leave you with one hint:

You won’t want to miss out on the fun, so be sure to stop by–and often.

Three Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes: Better For You, Better For Your Wallet

Written by Shannon of Nourishing Days.

Now that the temperatures are warming up salads are a great main or side dish for every night of the week. But who wants to spend a lot of money on a bottle with questionable ingredients?

One of the first things I realized on my real food journey was that when I make things from scratch for health reasons, I also save money. Salad dressings are no exception.

And the best part? They are super easy to make!

A Basic Formula For Homemade Salad Dressing

Making homemade salad dressing is a bit intimidating at first. Especially if you are like me and thought that salad dressing only came from a grocery store.

When making a vinaigrette, a combination of oil and vinegar or lemon juice, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Keep the oil to vinegar ratio at about 3:1
  • If you want a smooth consistency in which the oil and vinegar do not separate you must use an emulsifier. Dijon mustard and egg yolks from pastured chickens are my favorite options.
  • Add lots of flavors like onion, garlic, spices, herbs, and honey.
  • For simplicity use pint-sized jars for easy dump, shake, and serve salad dressing.

With the above thoughts in mind you can create flavorful salads in a myriad of flavors.

My Go-To Salad Dressing Recipes

These are the dressings that I make on a regular basis. All three use healthful fats like extra virgin olive oil and cultured dairy. [Read more…]

Cooking with Kids: Pita Bread

Baking can be intimidating even for adults, but I believe that fears and doubts should be checked at the door and the kitchen entered with abandon – and ideally with a child or two in tow.

Children are baking with their parents less and less often; with our busy lives, plus the easy accessibility of baked goods at supermarkets, youngsters are missing out on opportunities to learn. I say let yeast and fly, (let’s face it, things may get may be messy), just get in the kitchen together and have some fun.

Pita bread is something my family has been making for as long as I can remember, and is one recipe I continue to make with my children. Our family’s simple recipe is ideal for making with children because it comes together quickly, requires only one brief (30 minute) resting time, and produces almost instant puffing results in the oven. I promise you will be as excited as your children to see these flat rounds of dough balloon to three times their size. [Read more…]

WW: Family Reunion 2010 – What We’re Eating