Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week we're featuring Tara Rayburn of The Healthy Habit Coach Blog who lives with her family in Las Vegas.
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 Healthy Habit Coach
I've had the privilege of getting to know Tara Rayburn and her family since we moved to Las Vegas last fall. She's the mother of two beautiful children and wife to a professional speaker/performer. She's also a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
We've had some wonderful dinner parties, done a bunch of playdates, and in the process, Tara has become a very good friend of mine. We are really going to miss the Rayburn family when we move back to LA.
Blog Name: The Healthy Habit Coach Blog
Blog Author: Tara Rayburn
How Long Blogging: About 3 years
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
House or Apartment: We have a house which is our “Oasis” in this crazy town
Size of Kitchen: It's a big honking kitchen; I'll measure it for you if I have to. ;-)
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: We have an amazing view while washing dishes. There is a lot of counter space for the constant flow of friends, kids and farm fresh foods. This is great for having multiple projects going, and I have a place for my quiet morning time too. It's bright, cheerful and always ends up being where everyone gathers in our home.
Things You Would Change: I have a sink curse! Every house I've lived in over the last 5 years has had an issue with the kitchen sink. Our sink is big and wonderful, great for washing all the stock pots, pans and serving dishes, but it is rock hard ceramic and has broken a ton of dishes and glasses. Notice: it is the sink's fault, not ours ;-) Also, we haven't yet figured out where to put a kitchen table so we either eat on the island which is not very well suited for 4 of us or in the dining room, which is a pain for everyday eating. I'd like to do a built in or find the right shape for seating 6 to 8 together at one table in the kitchen. I also have never quite found the place for “where things should go.” In other homes we created a flow that made sense. We haven't quite found that rhythm here. I keep threatening to hire a “home organizer” to help.
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Everything but the kitchen sink! ;-) Seriously, I love my titanium pans, glass steamer, bamboo steamers, kitchen scissors, glass blender, Excalibur 10 tray dehydrator, ice cream maker, Crock pot, food processor and the wonderful kitchen knives my husband got us a few years ago.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: I find it challenging to keep coming up with recipes that accommodate and please everyone in the family. When I'm in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or buying at a farmers market trying to make meals before food spoils gets tricky. I HATE throwing away food. Also, my daughter is 11 going on 30. She is at a real picky age and is sick of hearing about “healthy” foods. It's a challenge to balance her peer pressure (perceived or real) and creating fun, uplifting meals she feels good about eating around friends.
Current Family Favorite Meal: My Chicken Soup (Here's the video for Chicken Broth) is in a neck in neck race with Turkey Tacos and Mountain Sorrel. (Neck and neck, get it?)
Favorite Cookbooks:Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig started it all for me. However, because of food allergies/sensitivities I had to constantly substitute items which is why Mary Vars and I created “Essential Gluten-Free Recipes.” Those recipes have been our household regulars. Honestly, I'm not much of a recipe follower, I look in the fridge and see what we have, or what's available at the Farmer's Market and consider what we've been eating lately and simply just create! We are ready for new some new tastes and I'm actually thinking about taking some cooking classes this year.
Here it is, our kitchen in our home right in view of The Strip. Yes, there are neighborhoods and families in Vegas.
This view shows you the open area between kitchen and family room — a must in a house for us. Notice the little bookcase with my most used resources. Yep, that is a copy of Nourishing Traditions
I love my titanium pans and glass steamer. Although our house has a microwave, nobody in my house uses it. Between glass & bamboo steamers and toaster oven we are good.
We have a second fridge and my “office” where I do my early morning devotions, goals and planning. This opens into a courtyard where I take a bunch of my photos for my blogs, books and presentations.
My daughter notices little plates of nice snacks at our neighbors house and has decided to do this at our house. It's all about what we choose.
We make most of our cleaning products with vinegar, essential oils and other natural non-toxic choices. Vinegar and peppermint or lavender is amazing for cleaning all surfaces.
This fridge keeps most of our immediate needs and has a freezer.
This fridge is for extra farm fresh products, broth, farmer's market treasure and leftovers. Notice my coolmist essential oil diffuser. Priceless in the spring with all the dust/pollen flying.
Essential oils, herbs, and kefir staging area
This is my early morning area for devotions, goals and planning before the troops get up. Complete with beta fish
OMG look how thick my broth came out…lot's of chicken feet, necks and backs. Best thing for your bone and joint health.
They have a pepper flavor perfect for hummus
Note Kefir Label: “Kefir Grains. Please Don't Eat me!”
When I do radio interviews & recordings I retreat to my bedroom. My daughter made me a great sign to let everyone know when we are live!
I came down the next morning and it was monstrous!
Dishwashing with a View…wait for it…
A perk of the job
Putting this little essential oils caddy in the herb cabinet has increased all of our use of oils in our meals and led to my book “Essential Gluten-Free Recipes”
Ummm, not sure what Seneca called it, but it sure was fabulous with turkey meatballs, sprouted quinoa cooked in broth and steamed green beans
10 tray dehydrator is great, but 2 to 5 trays is really what I normally use.
Zach slurping up coconut milk eggnog through a cinnamon stick – Yum!
Our basil did really well. Key was using timer for drip sprinklers.
I put a lot of squash in my baked goods because my family has never been crazy about eating them straight up.
Love all the places I can take photos for my books, blogs and presentations.
Although it flowered, missed a couple days of watering and never got any cukes.. Ah, gardening in the desert.
Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Our Nourishing Roots
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Jody Brantley
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Eating My Vegetables
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Well Fed Homestead
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Farm Food Blog
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Unmistakably Food
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Health
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Prairie Homestead
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Bubbling Brook Farm
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Taste is Trump
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 credit: A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10 by Keith Williamson, on Flickr and photos by Memories by Michelle