Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Polivka Family

by Ann Marie Michaels on April 23, 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 Tennessee to tour the kitchen of Courtney Polivka of The Polivka Family

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: The Polivka Family




Courtney is a designer, wanna-be-photographer, real food lover, doula, and fertility awareness advocate. But first and foremost, She is a wife, and to her, it is by far my favorite thing to be—and the most rewarding. She absolutely cannot wait to be a mother, as well.

Blog Name: The Polivka Family
Blog Author: Courtney Polivka
Location: Tennessee, soon to be Georgia
How Long Blogging: August 2012
House or Apartment: Small house
Size of Kitchen: 7 x 9 feet
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I like that it’s a 1940′s style kitchen, and I like the checkered floors and red walls.
Things You Would Change: Um, nearly everything! I can’t wait to move! Hopefully, we will have a bigger kitchen in Georgia (even if the decor is not as cute). We are renting right now, so not much I can do. But the counters are very shallow. It’s a good thing we don’t have a microwave! Also, the cabinets are so shallow that I can’t fit plates in them!! It’s crazy! I have to keep my pots and pans in another room, and our deep freezer is in another room, too. My spices are in yet another room (which is supposed to be the dining area, but we use as an office because we have no where else to put the desk)!
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: My Vitamix, all my mason jars. I collected mason jars before I became a real foodie, so now I’m glad I get to use them all the time. :)
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: One of my biggest challenges, I think, is figuring out what to make as the seasons change. But it only takes a week or so, and then I’m good. It’s like…when you transition from not wearing socks in the summer to wearing socks in the winter. It’s weird for like…a day. Then you’re good! The other challenge would be time. Cooking real food takes longer. Sometimes I’m forgetful and start something in the afternoon, then I need to set an alarm for 4am so I can turn it off or strain it, etc.
Current Family Favorite Meal: This is a tough one! We love everything we eat. Can I pick a few dishes that make up a full meal? For the entreé, tandoori butter chicken, with a side of aloo gobi and punjabi cabbage, with carrot halva for dessert! :)
Favorite Cookbooks: On my shelf, I have “Nourishing Traditions”. But I mostly read blogs for recipe ideas. In general, I don’t follow recipes. I seek out flavors and flavor combinations, and then try to make them come to life. If I find a recipe I think I’ll like, I’ll follow the recipe the first time, but I change it by the second time I make it! :)























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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Susan April 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Darling kitchen!!

It sure was fun to have a kitchen tour again. I’ve missed them!

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Sylvie Fox April 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

In one or two of the kitchens we’ve had, the cabinets did not close if we had plates in them. I’ve always wondered if plates have gotten bigger, or if the cabinets were shallow because the kitchens were small. I started keeping my plates in bottom drawers, which actually solved a number of issues.

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Julie April 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Yes, I love the kitchen tours and soon (ish) I’ll be sending in my pics because I want to put my kitchen on tour here at Little Prairie Homestead. Okay I love this couple. You two are so sweet together and I loved your wedding photos. Also your kitchen, despite being very small is very inviting. The recipes look very tasty. Thanks for submitting this and I hope to see your new kitchen in Georgia.

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Courtney @ The Polivka Family April 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Thanks Julie!! :D

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Julie April 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Great kitchen. Inspiring spice cabinet ! I think that if it had more light each day the limitations of your kitchen would not be such a concern. Light is a huge factor isn’t it? I know that I need it. Hope that the next kitchen is filled with happy cooking and eating.

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rosyjo April 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Cute kitchen! Bold move with the artwork–it works! Love your spice shelves. Share your new kitchen too when you get to Georgia ok? Congrats on creating a ‘crunchy kitchen’!

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Kim O. April 24, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Love your kitchen….very inspiring! I have to know what that nifty gadget is called…looks like it is a pecan/nut cracker? I think we need one of those!

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Courtney @ The Polivka Family April 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

It’s a Duke Company pecan cracker!

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Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate April 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Courtney, you have done a great job organizing such a small space! It looks great. I hope your move goes smoothly!

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Courtney @ The Polivka Family April 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Thanks Dina-Marie! We keep it clean so it doesn’t get cluttered. Otherwise, it gets overwhelming very quickly!

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Patrick April 26, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Wow, what a neat and organized kitchen. I confess that I am not at good keeping things so well organized and clean. I am a little surprised that soy milk is not considered wholesome. I believe that it has been drank by the Chinese for hundreds of years. Regardless, I can tell from the post the the Polivkas know a lot about eating good healthy foods and cooking.

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Valerie April 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I like the idea of keeping the spices in the labeled mason jars…effective storage and stylish as well.

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jmr April 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I love these kitchen tours, especially the ones of smaller kitchens like mine. I have the same chest freezer, and I have to keep it in the dining room. Thanks for sharing.

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Gail May 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I just love these posts on Real Food Kitchens. They show that people don’t have to have everything perfect to live the Real Food way!! Thanks, and your kitchen is adorable!

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Jennifer May 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I really like your spice shelf that lives in the dining room/office area around the corner from the kitchen. Some good stuff is there :)

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Ted Baldwin August 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Nice! I also can’t fit everything in my kitchen, and actually have spices in the near by bathroom medicine cabinet for starters!

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