Real Food Kitchen Tour: Honest To Goodness Living

by Ann Marie Michaels on January 8, 2013

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A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week, we travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to tour the kitchen of Brittany Fisher, author of Honest To Goodness Living.

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: Honest To Goodness Living

This week we travel to Tulsa, OK to tour the kitchen of Britt Fisher, author of Honest To Goodness Living.

Britt Fisher is a 20-something southern girl who loves to travel, meet new people, make music, and get down and dirty in the kitchen. On any given day, you can find her singing Broadway tunes at the top of her lungs in her car, creating a new recipe wearing one of her many colorful aprons, dancing in her living room with her handsome husband, or cuddling on the couch with her sweet miniature schnauzer, Riley Mae.

Britt started Honest to Goodness Living as a way to “get real” as she chronicles her transition to “real food” and living naturally (and sanely!) while married to a busy med student.

Blog Name: Honest to Goodness Living
Blog Author: Britt Fisher
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Have also lived in Texas and Nashville – I’m a born and raised Southern girl!)
How Long Blogging: 5 months
House or Apartment: House
Size of Kitchen: 9 x 16 feet
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I have always wanted a great big island that I could use as a workspace that was nice and open into the rest of my living space – so, when we built our house this past spring… I saw to it! I love that I can be chopping veggies, washing dishes, or experimenting with new water kefir flavors – all while still being able to interact with my husband (who, when at home, is typically studying at the dining room table with many a med school book in front him) or my pup (who perches on a couch cushion closest to the kitchen to keep an eye on me). I also love that I have a PANTRY! Through years of apartment living, I longed for a little food closet I could organize and call my own. Needless to say, my pantry items were literally the first thing I moved in after we closed on our house! A little bit of pretty contact paper, some fun chalkboard labels, and a well-thought out organization systems makes for the perfect place to store all of my kitchen appliances, whole grains, coffee & tea (I’m a sucker for loose-leaf… I have WAY too many flavors!), empty jars (used for brewing kefir, preserving produce, or just displaying a few blooms!) and mixing bowls!
Things You Would Change: Well first of all, I would make my kitchen a magical environment that all green things grew and thrived with no interference on my part. (Sigh, I seem to have a black thumb in the gardening department… I want SO BADLY to have my own garden, but I can barely keep my herbs alive!)
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Right now my favorite gadgets include my Microplane grater (great for grating veggies for my lettuce wraps, or for zesting some lemon/lime to add to a salad, or just a glass of water for a little extra zing), my crockpot (my constant supplier of bone broth), and my ice cream maker (I’ve recently become addicted to making all varieties of raw goat’s milk ice cream).
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: I’m still learning to make more things on my own (you can read more about my various adventures of transitioning to real food on my blog), which is a welcome challenge. So as not to totally overload myself, I typically try to take on a new task every couple of months and master it. In September, I started brewing my own water kefir. My favorite experiment so far is Blackberry Cream… I’m seriously addicted to its deliciousness! Later in the fall led to some experimenting with fermented foods. For my current endeavor, I finally found a good dairy farmer to purchase raw milk from that’s semi-near our new home so I’m hoping to experiment a little with the different things I can make from raw milk (yogurt, cheese, etc.). I bought my first cheesecloth last week so am very hopeful!
Other than those (what I consider to be fun) challenges… the most difficult thing about being a “real foodie” is just getting other people to understand the choices I’m making. Because cutting out processed food is so counter-cultural to how the way the majority of America does things, I’ve found it takes a little extra explaining/convincing to assure people I’m not a TOTAL weirdo ;)
Current Family Favorite Meal: We really like to change things up regularly around here so rarely have a true “favorite” meal… but in general, right now we love any sort of soup! I love, love, love the nourishing effects of a good homemade bone broth based soup – and love how economical a big pot of soup or even stew can be for a tight budget. Butternut squash & sweet potato bisque, vegetable stew, or a creamy tuscan chicken are some of our favorites… (anything I can add cream or butter into makes it all the better!)
Favorite Cookbooks: Alas, I must admit that the majority of my cookbooks are not real-food friendly on their own. I’m still a fairly recent convert – since January 2012 – so am still amassing all of those delightful resources (I asked for Nourishing Traditions for Christmas!) However, I’ve found that with a few simple tricks, it’s fairly easy to change a regular ole recipe over to a real food one (though honestly, I rarely use recipes to begin with!) Of the few real food books I have, I recently got a copy of “Real Food Fermentation” and am loving some of the citrus recipes.













When we stayed in Brooklyn last fall on vacation, we rented a little apartment that had a simple, but fabulous recycling system. We loved the concept – so adopted it at home.



These are my many cookbooks… I love to see what recipes I can modify to bring into our little real food world. I also have a few true “real food” favorites like Nina Planck’s “Real Food” and Alex Lewin’s “Real Food Fermentation.”



This little silver lovely is where I keep my lot of produce from the Farmer’s Market (which lately has been lots of wintery type finds like acorn/butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc.).



These metal organizer help me keep my utensil drawer in good order so that I can find what I need to quick. When you’re making real food (which often takes longer on its own) – quick timing and organization is a HUGE help!





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 Questions AT realfoodmedia 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
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Mark January 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I hope you get a fridge someday! It makes eating real food much easier.

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Rachel January 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Kitchen board is probably on the side of a fridge.
Wow, this kitchen is beyond organized.

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Susan January 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Where’s the island she loves so much? Or for that matter, the rest of the kitchen???!

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Britt @ Honest to Goodness Living January 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Sorry guys! Somehow a few of the photos went missing! They’ve since been loaded and are there for you perusal! Glad you guys stopped by for the tour! :) And yes, Mark, I agree… fridges are GREAT tools for eating real food! Ha! And thanks Rachel for the compliment – Organization keeps me sane!

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Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate January 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Britt, congratulations on your new house and beautiful kitchen. I love how you have organized everything so well! When we build our “real” kitchen upstairs, I want to have my sink in the large island just like yours – great idea!

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Britt @ Honest to Goodness Living January 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Thanks, Dina-Marie! You’ll LOVE it!

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Julie Matthews January 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Very inspiring! Great ideas for the tea box, cake decorating, and other small boxes. These are the things that overrun my kitchen. Any tips on where to get them? Thanks! I look forward to the day my kitchen is this organized!

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Britt @ Honest to Goodness Living January 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Glad you like everything Julie! I picked up those white boxes in the front dollar section at Target last spring. They almost always have some sort of organizing bins – though the stock is constantly changing. I would just keep an eye out and when you see something you like, pick up a bunch! :)

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Julie Drigot January 9, 2013 at 6:18 AM

The Oklahoma kitchen looks real nice. Any dyed in the wool foodie could create a delicious meal there.

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Britt @ Honest to Goodness Living January 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Thanks, Julie! It’s such a fun adjustment from my first “kitchen” which consisted of a mini fridge, george foreman grill and a coffee pot! Ah, dorm life :)

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Cat @ NeoHomesteading.com January 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Wow. The organization and OCD-eque labels make me incredibly jealous. My cabinets are a mix up of pickle jars, mason jars, and bags and bags of miscellaneous confusion.

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Britt @ Honest to Goodness Living February 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

LOL – Thanks, Cat! I’ve got my fair share of mason jars too… but most of them live in my refrigerator, ha!

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