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Okay, I admit it.  I’m excited!  My first guest article, “Get Cultured, Invest in Stocks & Take a Long, Hot Soak: Next Steps in Getting Off the Food Grid“, appears at today.  The post builds on a Maggie’s Nest article from a few months back called De-Centralize Your Food System.  In that article I outlined the first three steps one can take toward becoming less dependent on our centralized food system of “Big Ag” businesses, food manufacturers (think about that phrase for a minute!) and supermarkets.  Today’s article at takes you further down the rabbit hole of food independence, showing you three easy ways to make your food more nutritious while saving money at the grocery store.  Nice, eh?

If this is your first time visiting Maggie’s Nest, welcome!  You might enjoy reading some of my other food-related posts, including How to Make 3 Meals from 1 Chicken, Bone Broth 101, Traditional Fermentation 101, or How to Make Homemade Yogurt.

Recently I started my journey on the GAPS diet in order to heal my gut; I’ve since learned numerous 20th and 21st century ailments that have been successfully healed with this diet.  If you’d like to know more, click to read What’s GAPS? and Why Now? or, 5 Ways to Make Intro Easier.

I talk about more than food here at Maggie’s Nest, so please feel free to browse around in the various categories.  Travel articles are in the “Wandernest” category; posts about creative process abound in “Nurturing Creativity”, and more philosophical articles about family, home, living on purpose, and practicing self-care area also littered throughout the site.

I hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!


inspired as always by SouleMama

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture. Maybe titled, maybe not. No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Homemade Yogurt: Preparation is the Key


Friends, I just have to share something with you that has inspired me.  First, a bit of introduction: last night, after much hemming and hawing over several weeks, I finally committed to starting the GAPS diet today.  What’s that, you ask?  The link will tell you all about it, and I’ll probably outline it more later this week.  What helped sway me?  Three things, really. Read the rest of this entry »

You know the line, don’t you?

I really didn’t mean to do it.  I meant to have a nice afternoon with my folks, watch last week’s American Idol that they saved for me (seriously, America?  You tried to give Casey the ax?  Seriously…) and generally have a nice time together.  But at some point the inevitable happened: food was somehow discussed in the course of the day, and it wasn’t long before I was off on a lecture to whoever would listen about this country’s food system and how tragically broken it is, and how imperative it is that each of us take our personal food system into our own hands.  Go independent.  Rip back the veil on what we take into our homes and bodies, and become savvy.  Because trusting that our government has our best interests at heart, that our food supply is safe, that there will always be enough, that following the USDA food pyramid will keep us healthy – well, that ship never did sail, friends.  We’ve been sinking but we didn’t know it because the windows were painted over with scenes of pastoral farmland and happy cows. Read the rest of this entry »

Lately I have been making smoothies like they’re going out of style!  They’re a quick and easy way to pack in a lot of nutrients in one tasty package, and the perfect on-the-go meal for just about anyone who has a busy schedule and a thermos, Klean Kanteen, or travel mug.  This recipe won’t cost you five bucks and a hundred grams of sugar, either; it’s a high-protein, moderate-fat, nutritive meal.

I’m going to give you my favorite version, adapted from the lovely recipe in Jessica Prentice’s Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, and then break down the formula so that you can create your own special blend.  As with everything creative, it helps to know the structure before you play with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday morning I woke up late, threw some clothes on, and ran over to the farmer’s market.  I had a list of things to pick up so I could get home, help Eric clean up the house, and get to work making dinner for an evening with friends.  Suddenly I wished I’d taken the time to wash my face; my first stop was the Organic Pastures booth, where I met the rock star of the raw milk revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday I shared about an impromptu cooking session with my niece, which was fun and also produced a tasty dinner!  Now, this isn’t strictly a traditional-foods dish as I relied on what I could find in my sister’s kitchen, but there are plenty of nourishing elements present even without any pre-planning.  Using real butter, grass-fed beef, organic kale and blackstrap molasses keeps the nutrient level high, while ketchup and barbecue sauce provide a nice sweet-spicy kick. Read the rest of this entry »


Today I travel nearly four hours round-trip for the latest food adventure: picking up the 90+ pounds of meat that my sister and I bought as a hogshare from Clark Summit Farm.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but as you might imagine, buying half a hog (or half of any large animal, for that matter) does require an up-front investment and it’s taken me a while to set aside the funds to get started.  Thanks, sis, for helping to make it possible! Read the rest of this entry »


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In the present economy, it’s easy to pull money from your grocery budget to cover other things but I’m here to tell you that it’s not necessary!  Yes, I do spend more than the average American on groceries, but considering that the average American only spends about 9-12% of their income on food, as compared to 1949’s figure of 22%, or the current European average of 14-17%, or even Pakistan’s current average of 46%, I don’t consider my food bill to be exorbitant.  It matters to me, so I make room for it in my monthly spending plan.  You can too, with some tricks like this one: how to make 3 meals from 1 chicken. Read the rest of this entry »


Slowcooker Chicken Soup, at the beginning.

One of my favorite foods growing up was the Saturday-After-Thanksgiving turkey soup my mom used to make. After Thanksgiving dinner she would stand in the kitchen for what seemed like hours, meticulously cleaning off the turkey carcass, gleaning those nice chunks of meat from between the bones for our Friday-After-Thanksgiving lunch: turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce sandwiches. (Those were mighty good sandwiches, especially if I could delay eating them until the leftover gravy was warm enough for dipping.) Once the carcass was clean enough, she’d cover it with water in a stockpot, add in some magical ingredients that I don’t remember, and set it to simmer on the back of the stove. I’d eye that pot all day Friday, and I think maybe my sometimes-impatient father would sneak a bit before it was truly “ready” – who could blame him? By Saturday lunch we’d fill our bowls and dig in. Read the rest of this entry »

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