Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Leftover Queen

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 14, 2011

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A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to do a Real Food Kitchen Tour series. I was so inspired by the Kitchen Tour on Use Real Butter, I thought it would be neat to do a kitchen tour with real foodies.

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.

The Real Food Kitchen Tour

In the coming months, I’m doing a series of posts touring real food kitchens. We’re currently looking for a new house to move into and I want to get inspired by your kitchens.

I’m also just curious. Don’t you love seeing other people’s kitchens? I do!

This Week’s Real Food Kitchen Tour: Jenn, The Leftover Queen

This week, we’re featuring Jenn Campus. Jenn has not one, but two blogs — The Leftover Queen and Got Goats? She and her husband also founded FoodieBlogroll.com.

Not only are they techie geniuses, they’re also quite handy on the farm. They share a homestead in Vermont with their family of goats, sheep and chickens.

The Leftover Queen & Sheep

Jenn and her Shetland sheep, Inga and Iona

Blog Name: The Leftover Queen and Got Goats?
Blog Author: Jenn Campus
How Long Blogging: Almost 4 years
Location: Northern Vermont
House or Apartment: Homestead
Size of Kitchen: 14×12
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I love the wood beams, we live in a traditional log home and the beams make the kitchen so cozy and inviting. I also really like the layout, easy to manage and move around to work on various products at once! There is also a lot of light which I love and the windows open up to the barnyard, so I can keep an eye on the animals as I work in the kitchen!
Things You Would Change: I would love some updated appliances, like a gas stove and a bigger refrigerator!
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Cast iron skillet, tagine, food processor, Berkey water filter, dishwasher, knives, glass mason jars
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Planning trips to local farms get ingredients to make sure I don’t run out of things
Current Family Favorite Meal: Fried eggs with local pastured sausage; grassfed beef steaks or burgers with oven fries; tagines.
Favorite Cookbooks: The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market (Revised Edition) by Linda Ziedrich, Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses by Ricki Carroll, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free by Mark Sisson, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon-Morell

Here are some photos of Jenn’s kitchen and homestead:

Jenn and Roberto only recently moved from Florida to Vermont. I was surprised when I heard that they wanted to leave the balmy, tropical weather of south Florida for the cold winters in Vermont. But they are happier than ever on their Vermont homestead!

The Leftover Queen's Husband

The Leftover Queen's husband, Roberto

This is Jenn’s husband, Roberto, and their goats, Astrid and Claire, with the new hay feeder they built.

Yes, they build everything! Together. Now that’s a sign of a healthy marriage, eh? They even put in their own wood floors.

Isn’t Jenn lucky to have such a handsome husband like Roberto? Yes, he is Latin, and yes, he has the accent to go with it. :-) Whoops! Shows how little I know. Jenn corrected me — Roberto is Italian, from Rome. Sorry, Roberto! No wonder you love food like you do!

Jenn is every bit as attractive, smart, and talented as Roberto is. I know because I’ve met them both in person. A gorgeous, bright, and brilliant couple!

And they are obviously both committed to sustainable farming and real food. Two peas in a pod.

The Leftover Queen's Homestead

Vermont homestead

Doesn’t that look idyllic? Who doesn’t want a log cabin in Vermont? Especially when it looks like that in the springtime.

The Leftover Queen's Chickens

Chickens!

The Leftover Queen's Pantry

The Leftover Queen's pantry

Jenn writes:

“Top shelf: beans, granola, quinoa, oats
Middle shelf: dried fruits, nuts, sweeteners – raw honey, date syrup, and nut butters, coconut water
Bottom shelf: canned fishes, maple, baking chocolate and more dry beans (in the single malt sleeves – we recycle everything around here!!!)”

Jenn, that is so smart to use the containers the single malt Scottish whisky come in to store dried beans. I would have never thought of that!

Fermented Pickles

Fermented PIckles

Sauerkraut in Jars

Fermented PIckles

Fermented pickles, fermented sauerkraut. Aren’t those pretty? Looks like something Martha Stewart would make — if she did traditional lacto-fermentation.

Oat Cake with Samon & Creme Fraiche

Oat Cakes with Salmon & Crème Fraiche

She had me at crème fraiche. On top of a homemade Scottish oatcake with some smoked salmon — heavenly!

Homemade Limoncello in a Martini Glass

Homemade Limoncello in a Martini Glass

I am a huge fan of limoncello, the Italian lemon liqueur. I got hooked in Rome a few years ago. I have never made it at home. I need Jenn to teach me!

The Leftover Queen's Grain Mill

Grain mill

Jenn writes: “I grind all my buckwheat and quinoa flour, which are the primary ones I use.” (She’s gluten-free.)

This is the Country Living Hand Grain Mill.

I really want one of these manual grain mills. Yeah, I have an electric grain mill already, but I want this one in case we ever have an emergency and don’t have power. Plus, it’s so cool looking!

Cortido and Kraut

Lacto-fermented condiments: cortido and sauerkraut

The Leftover Queen's Cookbooks

Kitchen bookshelf - cookbooks and homesteading books

Ahh, don’t you wish you lived next door to Jenn and Roberto? I do! I can imagine going over to their house for dinner and sitting around over a bottle of wine (or two) and a delicious meal, discussing raw milk politics, sustainable agriculture, blogging, and the real food revolution.

Jenn and Roberto, I hope one day I can visit your homestead. And I hope you will keep blogging, connecting online, and doing everything you do to promote sustainable farming and real food. You are an inspiration!

Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts

Real Food Kitchen Tour: Health Home & Happiness

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 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 Jenn and Roberto at The Leftover Queen
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Julie June 14, 2011 at 3:30 AM

I love your whole set up, Jenn. My husband is from Vermont, we live in NH, but are moving to Colorado. I will miss the metal roofs!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Thanks Julie! :) What a small world! Wish you the best of luck in Colorado!

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Alison June 14, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Love that kitchen! I dream of homesteading one day….now to get my husband on board….. :)

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Yes, it is definitely easier when you are both on the same page! But it is an amazing way to bring you closer together!

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Andrea Olinger June 14, 2011 at 4:19 AM

This is such a lovely experience-getting to see and learn about other people’s ways of living the “Real Life”. I’m slowly working my way towards it. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Thanks for reading!

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Melissa B. June 14, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Awesome series! I follow Jenn’s blog as well, so it was nice to take a peak into her life!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Thanks for following my blog, Melissa! Much appreciated!

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Jamie June 14, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Ah, Jenn and Roberto are living OUR dream: we have been tempted to move somewhere (and Vermont is high on the list) and start a goat farm! How exciting! Love the interview!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Vermont is awesome, Jamie! And perfect for goat farming!

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Denise June 14, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Bonito lugar, Jenn y Roberto!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Gracias!

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Kelly the Kitchen Kop June 14, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Hi Jenn,

Quick question on the Berkey water filter: do you know if it filters out Fluoride & Chlorine? Does it leave in minerals?

Maybe I’ll throw this question up on FB too and see what I hear…

Thanks!
Kelly

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 8:21 AM

HI Kelly!

You need a special osmosis filter that Berkey makes to get rid of the fluoride, and it does leave in minerals.

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cheeseslave June 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Jenn Can you tell us in brief why you chose the Berkey? I have heard good things about it but I don’t know much about it? Isn’t it a big old stand-alone thing?

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Sure, AnnMarie! First, we like that it filters OUT fluoride. We also liked its versatility – it does not require hooking it up to your water system, and is really easy to use. The are very few parts involved, filters can be used forever, unless you damage them, just by cleaning them every few months, and if you break something, you can get replacement parts really easily. It also takes away bacteria and viruses. It is a great system and the water tastes so good!

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cheeseslave June 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

OK I’m going to look into this for the new house we are going to buy. I really like the fact that you don’t have to change the filters. Thank you, Jenn!

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GinnyV June 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Kelly,

I don’t have a Berkey, but I’ve researched them. I believe the regular filter does take out the chlorine and not fluoride, but you can buy an upgraded filter (the black one, I think) that does filter out the fluoride.

HTH!
Ginny

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Alison June 14, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Kelly, I have a Berkey and bought additional filters that filter out 95% of fluoride and 99% of chlorine.

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I can not wait to get a Berkey, it is on the top of my list of big purchases to be made.

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dani June 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

such a gorgeous home. i definitely want my own homestead some day!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Thanks, Dani!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM

THANK YOU SO MUCH AnnMarie for featuring me today! This is such a great series and I can’t wait to read (and see) about the other kitchens! :)

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cheeseslave June 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Thank YOU for sending me your photos so dang fast. You are awesome!

I look forward to seeing more kitchens, too. I think it will be inspiring!

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Meagan June 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I get the SAME kind of sardines you do – they are SOO good plain with some hot sauce or tangy dijon mustard.

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

They are the best! I love them with hot sauce too! :)

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Jill McKeever June 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

*Applauding* YEAAAAH !!!
What a terrific article! I loved every bit of it. Jenn & Roberto are something special indeed. What’s not to love? I sighed when I saw the picture of their home. How dreamy.
The sheep, goats and chicken are adorable. The only things missing from the article were the dogs.

I can totally relate to the enthusiasm of the author. Living off the conglomerate food grid is good stuff; good for the soul.

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 15, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Thanks Jill! I so appreciate you and your comments! :) I know, I should have sent pics to AnnMarie of the dogs! I am such a bad mamma!

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Andrew June 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Thanks so much for the tour. I took notes! We are on a tight budget and the bulk buying seems to be the way to go. Also, you have really streamlined your pantry to the really useful stuff. Thanks again!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 15, 2011 at 4:41 AM

Hi Andrew,

Yes, I am all for bulk buying – we buy lots of stuff that way, beans, grains, spices, nuts, etc. It really helps cut your food budget immensely!

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Nina June 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM

SO COOL!
You all are inspiring!

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen June 17, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Thanks Nina!

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Bethany July 2, 2011 at 6:12 AM

what gorgeous pictures…. I LOVE the pics of the house and fermented veggies… I made my first jar of pickles after seeing this… Thanks for doing this series, I think it’s really neat.

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LeftoverQueen July 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

It gets addicting making pickles and fermented veggies! YUM! Hope you will let us know how it went!

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Love the Leftover Queen! My husband is also Italian and from Rome. We leave to visit family in Rome is 27 days! Yes I am counting down. Beautiful home!

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LeftoverQueen July 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Have a great time in Rome! :)

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coconutfreek July 14, 2011 at 3:07 AM

congratulations to you on your lifestyle. nothing like having a hobby farm. I miss our goats but would rather look at them on someone else’s farm. :-)

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LeftoverQueen July 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Thank you, we really love our goats ! Yesterday we went foraging in the woods with them -so much fun!

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PollyGoldman July 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Fantastic animals and home!! do you have a recipe for those oat cakes, LeftoverQueen?

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Jenn@ Leftover Queen August 4, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Thanks so much Polly, I sure do: http://www.leftoverqueen.com/2010/03/31/recipe-scottish-oat-cakes – they are super easy to make and very versatile! Enjoy!

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