Our Top 5 Food & Drink Blog Posts of 2014
This time of year always makes us feel a little nostalgic and a little hungry. What better way to combine these two feelings than with a look back at our most popular food and drink blog posts of 2014. In this top five list, you’ll find nourishing whole foods to improve your gut health, ideas on how to use wild edibles in the kitchen, preserving techniques for your fruit harvest surplus, and more. Not surprising that two entries on this short list are from our favorite fermentation guru—Sandor Ellix Katz.
And, for some extra countdown fun, check out our overall Top 10 blog posts from 2014. Did your favorite make the list?
2014’s Most Popular Food & Drink Blog Posts
Restorative diets, whole foods, and traditional cooking methods have certainly gained traction this year. The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by certified holistic health counselor Hilary Boynton and whole-foods advocate Mary G. Brackett features all of these nourishing trends, plus 200 family-friendly, appealing recipes designed to heal and seal a leaky gut.
Foraging for wild edibles plays a big part in living a more resilient and sustainable life. In the following excerpt from The Art of Fermentation, author Sandor Katz encourages readers to explore an abundant food resource that falls from the trees every autumn—acorns.
Growing sprouts is one of the simplest things you can do even in the winter months and they are packed with nutrient-rich vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. According to Didi Emmons, author of Wild Flavors, most any edible seed can become an edible sprout, but her favorites are wheat berries, kamut, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas.
This winemaking process takes some patience, but it is worth the effort. In his book Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz says, “Dandelion wine is the classic flower wine, made with the bright yellow flowers of the plentiful and easy-to-find weed. Don’t believe the hype of the manicured lawn lobby; dandelion is not only beautiful and tasty, but potent liver-cleansing medicine.”
The #1 food blog post of 2014 is…drumroll please… a recipe for whole fruit jam with no added sugar from Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning. This recipe relies on the natural sugars in fruit to provide a balanced flavor and sweetness. All you need is very ripe fruit of any type, a large saucepan, and canning jars.
We all need to give lemons some more credit because they are truly one of the most versatile fruits. Think of how many foods and drinks you can incorporate lemons into. If you live somewhere warm and sunny year round, you better get outside and start looking for some lemon trees (we recommend Meyer lemons!).…Read More
Everyone loves homemade lemon squares! These refreshing sweet and lightly tart lemon squares are the best. This lemon bar is the ideal, with a buttery crust that is sturdy but tender enough to bite through and a thick and luscious filling with a balance of sweetness and tangy lemon brightness. Here’s how to make the…Read More
You can forget about waiting for your wine to ferment because we have a recipe for dandelion beer that will be ready in just a week! Who knew those weeds in your back yard could make such a fun beverage? Not to mention they’re packed with health benefits: “It’s mostly used as a tonic (the…Read More
Memorial Day is one of America’s first “BBQ Holidays” of the year. It’s finally warm enough to grill outside in most of the country, and almost everyone has the day off to bask in the glory of the coming summer. Treat your tastebuds to an ethical feast: grill up some grass fed steak this year!…Read More
The presentations of illnesses can vary greatly across patients, requiring specific alterations to formulas. As Hippocrates said, “It is more important to know what kind of person has a disease than to know what kind of disease a person has.” (But if the person has burns, bites, stings, or wounds, check these remedies out!) Learning how to…Read More