Local Food Adventures

Follow us as we explore eating local in south-western Ontario!

Pumpkin Beef Chili

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Pumpkin Beef Chili

Where do Jack-o-Lanterns go for Dinner? Halloween came and went, leaving us sick of sweets and craving some real, hearty, stomach-warming food. Our choice of Pumpkin Beef Chili stemmed from two simultaneous predicaments: A very large pumpkin carved like a cat and an excess of ground beef.

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Local Ontario Superfoods – Organic Red Wine Grape Skin Powder

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Local Food Adventures, Local Ontario Superfoods | 0 comments

Local Ontario Superfoods – Organic Red Wine Grape Skin Powder

My quest for organic red wine led me to Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara. But, upon arrival, I also found another local Ontario superfood—organic red wine grape skin powder!

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Toast Your Health – Local Organic Wine

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Toast Your Health – Local Organic Wine

I love red wine. I admit, my palate lacks sophistication—I love most red wines regardless of vintage. And our family lives on a budget; I must keep my wine spending in check so I’m frugal. However, I’m a stickler for quality—I choose organic whenever possible—and, of course, I want to drink local. Luckily for me, we live relatively close to Niagara’s wine region and my parents live right in it, providing us with an excellent reason to head into wine country several times per year!

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Natural Probiotics – their value and how to make them…easily!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Health, Local Ontario Superfoods, Recipes | 0 comments

Natural Probiotics – their value and how to make them…easily!

If you want the highest quantities and diversity of probiotics with every meal, you need a fresh supply of living probiotics. This is where drinks or starter cultures such as cabbage rejuvelac shine. Drink a 1/4 cup of this at the start of every meal, and you’ll out-do any probiotic pill by miles. And because the probiotics have already broken the cabbage down, those of us who normally can’t digest cabbage tend to have few to no problems with rejuvelac.

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Purchasing Grass-Fed Beef

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Free-Range Meats | 0 comments

This year, we ordered 2 pastured, exclusively grass-fed, drug-free cows (a ½ for us and the rest for family members) from Nature’s Choice Farm. We purchase our beef yearly, in the Fall, in order to last us the year. Buying beef “by the side” is very different from purchasing packages in the grocery store. I find myself explaining the process often. So, here’s what its all about.

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Local Grass-fed Beef

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Free-Range Meats | 0 comments

Local Grass-fed Beef

Every year, I am surprised and overjoyed by new, local sources for free-range meats and organic foods that we see popping up around us. When we first started sourcing our food directly from farmers, we often had to travel 40 – 200 kilometres to get it. Today, we have many more options, just around the corner from us! One of these new options is Nature’s Choice Farm, owned by Mark & Mary Martin.

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Choosing the Healthiest Dairy Products

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

If you and your family choose to consume dairy, this article will help you to understand how to source the healthiest dairy possible.

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Sweet Potato and Kale Dauphinoise

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Local Food Adventures, Recipes | 0 comments

Sweet Potato and Kale Dauphinoise

Our version of this Dauphinoise may be a little less sophisticated but it makes for a satisfying one-dish meal! We bake several pans of it in advance and throw them from the freezer into the oven when we need a quick meal. Add a side salad, and you’re done!

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Paleo Crock Pot Chili

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Local Food Adventures, Recipes | 0 comments

Chili typically uses ground beef. But, we like this chunkier version made with stewing beef and braising ribs for added flavour. Of course, you can do it with ground beef if you like.

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Primal Carrot Cake

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Primal Carrot Cake

This recipe is moist and delicious! it’s not completely local—it uses coconut flour, dates and exotic spices. But, the carrots, butter, maple syrup, cream cheese and eggs are all local. And, it is grain-free. For extra-special occasions, we compromise.

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Making Sauerkraut

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Making Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is delicious and extremely nutritious. This traditionally preserved “lactic acid fermented” food is full of health-promoting “good” probiotic bacteria that keeps our guts healthy. And it’s sooooo easy to make!

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Zucchini Noodles

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Zucchini Noodles

In our quest to eat grain-free, and use the copious numbers of zucchini in our garden, we discovered zucchini noodles—they’re easy and delicious—enjoy!

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Pastured Berkshire Pork

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Free-Range Meats | 0 comments

Pastured Berkshire Pork

Our quest for “happy” pork, led us to Alverstoke Farm, just outside of Paisley, Ontario. They raise free-range Berkshire Pigs and Rideau Arcott sheep using natural, biodynamic farming methods.

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Grain-free Pancakes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

Grain-free Pancakes

Our quest to eat gluten-free has led us to experiment with a number of “alternative” flours. Sometimes, we compromise and us non-local flour. These delicious, very easy “treat” pancakes are made with lots of eggs and a little bit of coconut flour.

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Local Whole BBQed Trout

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Local Whole BBQed Trout

When our friend, an avid fisherman, offered us this beautiful local trout from Lake Huron, we stuffed it with lemon, dill, and onion and BBQed it. Delicious!

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Grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Local Food Adventures, Recipes | 0 comments

Grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The full pizza experience without the grain.
Our family avoids most grains. But, we craved a real pizza experience—pizza you could actually pick up in your hands! This recipe is absolutely delicious. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a LOT of work and pretty messy too. But, it’s worth every minute of it!

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Local Ontario Superfoods – Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Local Food Adventures, Local Ontario Superfoods | 0 comments

Local Ontario Superfoods – Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

Today, we hear lots of talk of concentrated “superfoods” that are supposed to reap miraculous health benefits. But, most often, these foods come from remote parts of the world far away from here. So, we set out to find some local superfoods. Here’s one, from a farm in the Niagara Region: Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate.

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Making Cream Cheese

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Making Cream Cheese

Real, unprocessed, raw milk naturally sours in about a week in the fridge. Unlike pasteurized milk that just goes rancid and must be tossed, raw soured milk is still good and very healthful. So, what to do with the sour milk? Here’s an easy process for making delicious cream cheese.

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Rendering Lard

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Rendering Lard

Contrary to what has been drilled into our heads by the diet dictocrats, lard from healthy, drug-free, free-range pigs, is full of nutrition and safe for cooking at higher temperatures. Unlike tropical oils like coconut oil, it is also local.

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Ranch-Raised Grass-Fed Beef

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Free-Range Meats, Local Food Adventures | 0 comments

Ranch-Raised Grass-Fed Beef

This year, our quest for the healthiest beef possible led us to Echo Valley Ranch in Moorfield, Ontario, where rancher, Brad Martin, gave us a tour of his family’s ranch on a hot summer day.

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