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Cardamom Scented Grassfed Lamb Stew With Prunes Recipe

What do you think of prunes? This amazing pairing of lamb and prunes is guaranteed to give you a new perspective on this humble ingredient.   Many people in the US are not so familiar with prunes as a gourmet ingredient. Prunes are something old people eat to stay regular, right? We can take a…

Breaking The Link Between Dairy And Veal

Many exclude veal from their diet on principle.  And vegetarians avoid meat altogether. Yet anyone consuming dairy products may still inadvertently be supporting the production of veal. Aside from a very few farmers who eschew it, veal production is, after all, a by-product of the dairy industry.  Dairy cows must give birth once a year…

Easy Pot Au Feu

Cooking Notes Start with cold water. Put all your ingredients in a pot, fill with cold water and then bring to a boil. Don’t boil the water first. I’m not a big fan of long-cooked vegetables.  They make a tasty broth, but eating them? Nah. I throw out the veg once the pot au feu…

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Humane Pasture Raised Heritage Breed Pork

With so many labels vying for your sustainable food dollar, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide which is best. The labels should make it easier, but how many of us really know what the certified Organic or the various steps of the GAP animal welfare labels really entail? When it comes to pork, there…

Are You Ready for Cricket Flour Cookies?

If you’re not ready to eat insects whole, try baking with cricket flour Sustainable Food | Clean Eating | Alternative Protein A stroll down your local health food store’s baking section will confirm that flours for baking and cooking are becoming increasingly diverse.  If you’re avoiding gluten, flour or all grains, there are now many…

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Sous Vide Lamb Shoulder Chop

Perfectly tender and medium rare all the way through, here is a method perfect for a thick lamb shoulder chop. Sustainable Food | Clean Eating | How To Cook Sous vide is technically cooking under vacuum seal, but here is an easy method I use that requires no vacuum and no special equipment. What you’ll…

Ractopamine in Pork: What Is It?

What is ractopamine? Ractopamine is a beta-agonist, a class of agents acting in an opposite way to beta-blockers widely used in blood pressure medication. Ractopamine is not considered safe for humans and is not an approved drug for humans. It is approved by the FDA for use in animals. Why is ractopamine fed to pigs?…

The Importance of Choosing Humanely Raised High Welfare Pork

Although the United Kingdom has established some of the highest animal welfare standards in Europe, meat produced under far less humane conditions continues to flood the market. In response to this proliferation of low quality meat – and the subsequent social and environmental abuses required to produce it – filmmaker and activist Tracy Worcester founded…

Shifting the Way We Eat Meat

Are you a Flexitarian? From omnivores who are limiting meat consumption to vegetarians who are adding some meat back into the diet, Flexitarianism is eating a mostly plant based diet…mostly.

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Soy Anise Braised Oxtail With Preserved Plum

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for braised oxtail, an often overlooked cut in the US. This recipe can also be made with bone in short ribs, but I hope you’ll take this opportunity to experience how tender and flavorful oxtail can be. Ingredients Oxtails (pasture raised and 100% grassfed beef); here I’m using almost…

Local Grassfed Lamb Shank Recipe

Join me in my kitchen for an easy autumn favorite made from local, organic and homegrown ingredients. Today’s real food lunch is a braised grassfed lamb shank with mint and delicata squash. Unlike most people, my main meal is lunch rather than dinner. That can pose a problem, since lunch transects my workday, but luckily…

Beef, Dairy And Drought

As meat and dairy prices rise, questions on the viability of the industry’s dependence on just a few key grains are being asked a little louder—and this time by more than just sustainable food enthusiasts. In order to understand the full impact of drought on the meat and dairy industry, it is important to understand…

Natural vs Organic Meat

When it comes to meat labeling, nothing is as confusing as understanding the difference between Natural and Organic meat. Here’s what you need to know about the Natural label.

What Is Organic Meat?

What does the certified organic label on meat actually mean? Some consumers mistakenly assume it represents the highest standard of nutrition, humane treatment of animals and sound ecological practices.

Ethical Meat: How To Choose Pork

Many avoid pork because of the lurid abuses endemic in conventional pig rearing. But, with a little research, conscientious carnivores can still delight in bacon and porchetta. Ethically raised pork is becoming easier to find as small scale local producers embrace pasture-based farming.

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Make Your Own Raw Cat Food

In the wild, cats eat snakes, lizards, insects, small mammals and birds. If you are like most cat owners, serving up a live bird or mouse is out of the question. By making your own cat food, you can give your cat the next best thing.

Meet The Farmer: Brambleberry Permaculture Farm

Darren Bender-Beauregard talks about the differences between certified organic farming and a farm designed around permaculture principles. Take an inside look at how one American family farm is bringing good, healthy food to the community.