Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week we're featuring Kara Bagley, author of Taste is Trump.
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: Taste is Trump
This week we get to tour Kara Bagley's gorgeous kitchen in Mesa, Arizona. Kara is author of the blog, Taste is Trump. If you are following the GAPS Diet, you will want to go check it out; she has lots of great GAPS recipes!
Blog Name: Taste is Trump
Blog Author: Kara Bagley
How Long Blogging: Two years
Location: Mesa, Arizona
House or Apartment: House
Size of Kitchen: 22 x 15 feet plus a 10 by 6 foot pantry
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: Five years ago we did an addition to our house and designed our own kitchen and there is so much I love about it! Number one is my 11 foot island with prep sink and built in gas stove top. I also have a wood baking counter that is awesome for working with bread dough. I love my large clean up sink that easily fits full sheet pan for soaking and scrubbing. When I stand at the cleanup sink I have an excellent view of my garden through a large picture window. This has saved me countless times, whether it be an animal chowing down on my lettuce that I need to chase off or thirsty, wilted plants that need watering, I keep my garden in close check while I am cleaning up. Although there are about a bazillion other things that I adore about my kitchen, I can't leave out the storage. My kitchen has loads of drawers and cabinets for real food ingredients and ferments. The walk in pantry is awesome for food storage and a girl who loves gadgets.
Things You Would Change What's not to love? We do have a design flaw, however; the problem is with the location of our oven in relation to our stove top. Air blows out of vents in the front when the oven is running and it affects the gas flames on the stove top.
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Large bowls for mixing, soaking, rising and storing nourishing foods. I also use a ton of jars that I use for canning, freezing and storing. Besides that, I have a lovely chef's knife and being the garlic lover I am, my garlic press has a lot of mileage.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Too much clean up; I'd cook more for sure if I never had to clean up my own mess!
Current Family Favorite Meal: We are currently on the GAPS diet and are enjoying the simple pleasures of food with lots of butter, cream and coconut oil. Right now our favorite is fideo, a Mexican spaghetti dish. Of course I remade it to be GAPS friendly with spaghetti squash, grass fed meat and loads of yogurt cream. For dessert, pumpkin pie with more yogurt cream!
Favorite Cookbooks: I use very few, but the two I keep most accessible are; Cooks Illustrated: The Best Recipe (I adapt all recipes from this book, but it gives an awesome starting point) and Nourishing Traditions.
Here are some photos of Kara's kitchen (with her comments in italics):
This is my main cooking area where everything is at my fingertips.
I love all the storage space!
My picture collection would not be complete without a shot that captures the lovely tongue and groove ceiling.
The view of my garden takes the edge off of the pain of clean up. My three kids (8, 5 and 2) have their own cabinet to store baking toys and use their own counter to help grate cheese, cut bananas and knead dough.
What a great idea!
My babies blowing bubbles in the garden. Our city lot is only 6,800 square feet,so our 400 square foot garden takes up about 1/3 of our backyard.
I love your garden!
Booth style family dinner table and picture window with woven wood blinds.
Lots of ferments, raw goat's kefir, cream, eggs, wild turkey thawing, a big bowl of soup and leftovers.
I see a jar of fermented cod liver oil!
Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts
Real Food Kitchen Tour: CHEESESLAVE
Real Food Kitchen Tour: GAPS Diet Kitchen
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Mom
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Radically Natural Living
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Amanda Brown
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Pamela Montazeri
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Cracking an Egg with One Hand
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Yolks, Kefir & Gristle
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Okparaeke Family
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Kid
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Artistta
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Nourished & Nurtured
Real Food Kitchen Tour: May All Seasons Be Sweet to Thee
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Horting Family
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Hybrid Rasta Mama
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Granola Mom 4 God
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Real Food Devotee
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Real Food Forager
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Leftover Queen
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 credits: A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10 by Keith Williamson, on Flickr and photos by Memories by Michelle