Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week, we travel to Montana to tour the kitchen of Katie Peters of Girl Meets Nourishment.
What's a Real Foodie?
A “real foodie” is someone who cooks “traditional” food. We cook stuff from scratch using real ingredients, like raw milk, grass-fed beef, eggs from chickens that run around outdoors, whole grains, sourdough and yogurt starters, mineral-rich sea salt, and natural sweeteners like honey and real maple syrup.
We don't use modern foods that are either fake, super-refined, or denatured. This includes modern vegetable oils like Crisco and margarine, soy milk, meat from factory farms, pasteurized milk from cows eating corn and soybeans, refined white flour, factory-made sweeteners like HFCS or even refined white sugar, or commercial yeast.
We believe in eating wholesome, nutrient-dense foods that come from nature. So we shop at farmer's markets or buy direct from the farmer, or we grow food in our own backyards.
This Week's Real Food Kitchen Tour: Girl Meets Nourishment
Katie & Mark
My name is Katie, I am a twenty-something who lives in Montana. I am on a journey getting back to the basics preparing real food and discovering new ideas for a healthy life. I blog over at Girl Meets Nourishment to share my journey with you. I am a proud born and raised East Coast kid who moved out West toward the setting sun. In the time since, I have trekked from coast to coast: I have acquired a degree in Psychology, an amazing husband, and wonderful new perspective on food and life.
My husband, Mark, and I have been in the world of real food for about a year now. I quickly gobbled up all the information I could from “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon which inspired me to change our lifestyle for good. I was a veteran vegetarian of nine years who now proudly eat lots of butter, takes cod liver oil, drinks kombucha, eats grass-fed meats, and all that is nourishing.
I am also getting back to the basics with what we use in our everyday life: using coconut oil for lotion, finding natural products for make-up and skin care, making soap and candles – essentially making our home and lives as unprocessed as possible.
Blog Name: Girl Meets Nourishment
Blog Author: Katie Peters
Location: Western Montana
How Long Blogging: Four Months
House or Apartment: Apartment
Size of Kitchen: 11 x 11 feet
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: Our kitchen is huge! It is very open and easy to navigate, nobody steps on anybody's toes. There's also a lot of cabinet space which allows me to organize things the way I like and store everything neatly away.
Things You Would Change: I would love if the kitchen had a big island in the middle where we could make meals together and create all sorts of real food goodies. It would also be wonderful if we had windows in the kitchen, it would brighten the room up and add a little more sunshine to my life.
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Couldn't live without our immersion blender; we can make soups, sauces, and rich smoothies in a pinch with that sucker! I also couldn't live without our quart-sized mason jars, I use them for literally everything – including drinking glasses. Our pizza stone that we got as a wedding present is amazing as well, it makes great pizzas (and cookies!).
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Where we live it is really difficult to find things to make real food; for example, we can't just pick up raw milk at the store (it's illegal here!) or grass-fed beef for under $11.00 a pound. It takes some searching and researching to get what we need sometimes, but we like a good challenge!
Current Family Favorite Meal: Every Friday is Pizza Friday in our house, We make homemade sourdough pizza crust and then top it with all sorts of delicious things. It is the best pizza we've ever had and we look forward to it every week!
Favorite Cookbooks: Tried and true, I have to say as cliche as it is, “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon changed my life. It is filled with such amazing information and so many easy recipes I will never get bored with it! Another favorite cookbook is the one that my husband made me that I still use every week, he put it together for me when we were in college. It includes all of our favorite recipes from throughout the years and I am able to add all our new favorites as we discover them. I am still fairly new to Real Food so I am hoping to bulk up my real food cookbooks soon.
Some more views of the kitchen.
Our Cod Liver Oil is kept in the fridge, along with our Real Food Chocolate Syrup for Chocolate Milk!
We store these two bulk items in our utility room.
Where we enjoy our Real Food Meals together!
Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts
Let Us Tour Your Kitchen
Are you a real foodie? Do you have a kitchen that you'd like to see featured on CHEESESLAVE?
Please email me at annmarie AT cheeseslave dot com. Either send me a link to a Flickr set or email me your photos (minimum of 5, but more is better). Note: Please send me LARGE photos. Minimum 610 width. If they're too small, I can't use them.
Oh, and please send the answers to the above questions (at the very top of this post).
As much as I'd love to include all the photos I receive, I can't guarantee that I will use your photos in the series. I'm looking for creative, good quality photos.
Some ideas for photos:
- Show us what's in your fridge or what's fermenting on your counter
- Take some snaps of some of your favorite kitchen gadgets, or show us how you organize your spices
- Got backyard chickens? Send some pics!
- How about a lovely herb garden?
- Kids or pets are always cute!
- Try to include at least one photo of yourself, ideally in your kitchen
And no, you don't have to have a blog to be included in the tour.
Photo credit: A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10 by Keith Williamson, on Flickr and photos by Memories by Michelle