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Dijon-Tarragon Meatballs & Garlic-Tarragon Gravy {with a surprise ingredient!}

Meat smothered in gravy. It’s the stuff of legend in Southern cuisine. And today, I’m sharing a recipe at Traditional Cooking School that’s so easy and flavorful, it’ll knock your socks off!

Nourishing Mexican Chicken Soup {in the Crock Pot!}

Like many other old favorites, I learned to re-create On The Border’s chicken tortilla soup, using fresh, organic veggies, traditionally prepared rice, and nourishing bone broth. Re-creating restaurant favorites is an easy way to save money and eat healthier.

Spontaneity in the Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!

Down Home, Real Food Chili Sauce

Do you remember concession stand chili cheese nachos? Mmmmmm….

I’ve created a {healthy} version of concession stand chili sauce, so you can have chili cheese fries, nachos, and dogs any time you like!

This is a chili sauce you can feel absolutely no guilt about when you ladle it on your French fries — which I hope you fry in tallow and top with raw cheddar! This is a chili sauce you can cover your grass-fed hot dog with. This is a chili sauce that will take you back to the concession stand.

Simple Salsa Verde Chicken in the Crock Pot

A little spicy and a little smokey, this easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken has been a staple around our house. I think we’ve had it three times this month! With just a few basic ingredients and your Crock Pot, you can have a nourishing dinner on the table that literally takes less than 15 minutes of hands-on time.

3 Steps to Broth that Gels Every Time {+ why I love my Crock Pot for broth}

Unless you’re Mick Dodge and/or have been living under a rock … you’ve likely pinned something or read about the many, many benefits of bone broth. I won’t go into all that today. That’s not new information, and I don’t want to just re-blog stuff that 592 other bloggers have done a bang-up job writing about. No, today, I’m just going to share my own experience in making broth that gels every time. This is half a decade of trial and error talking here, and what I’ve finally figured out works for me like a charm.

Chicken, Bacon, & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Around here, I’m all about quick and easy meals, especially lunches. The Hubs comes home four out of five days every week for lunch; plus, he’s home all day on the weekends. I love having leftovers for lunch since all I have to do is re-heat and serve, but sometimes I run out of leftovers by the end of the week. Especially on the weekends, I want a healthy meal I can throw together quickly so that I can spend the hubby’s days off with him instead of in the kitchen.

This chicken, bacon, and kale stuffed sweet potato recipe is one of those meals that I love having up my sleeve. Every, single ingredient is nutrient-dense, so this simple meal is also very filling.

Southern-style Salmon Croquettes (GAPS, Paleo, Whole30)

I grew up with my Memaw and my mother making salmon croquettes. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, salmon croquettes (or patties) were one of my favorite comfort foods as a kid…

Cooking Pastured Chicken

Cooking Pastured Chicken

Today, I’m talking about cooking chicken: the kind you get from your local chicken farmer/friend/neighbor and the kind you raise yourself.

Pastured hens and roosters lead full, happy lives, roaming freely through open spaces, eating their fill of worms and bugs, picking at wild grasses and weeds, clucking and cocka-doodle-doo-ing their days away. Until the day they are respectfully laid to rest — on the dining room table. 🙂

Anatomy of a Blended Soup

Anatomy of a Blended Soup

Blended soups are among the easiest and most frugal soups to make — without a recipe! At Traditional Cooking School, I’m giving you a basic blueprint for creating blended soups of your own. Join me over there and share how you use up your veggies and your favorite blended soups!