Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Sprouting Seed

A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week, we travel to Dallas, Texas to tour the kitchen of Allison Jordan of the blog, The Sprouting Seed.

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 Sprouting Seed


Hi, I'm Allison and I blog at The Sprouting Seed. I earned my B.S. in Nutritional Science and got my start as a nutritionist and breastfeeding counselor at WIC. While I fought to encourage healthy fats, nutrient-dense foods and breastfeeding, I was also required to tell people about the dangers of raw milk!

This was before I moved half way across the world to live in Central Europe, where I learned about real food, vibrant health, and traditional methods of food preparation. I visited traditional “real food” farms and befriended old ladies who taught me to love fermented veggies, farm fresh eggs, and pastured hens. I ate butter the color of gold, produce fresh from the fields, and I never felt better.

I'm back in the good ol' USA now, trying to retain those values I learned 3000 miles away. I started The Sprouting Seed as a way to help me process my journey and all that I’ve been learning.

Blog Name: The Sprouting Seed
Blog Author: Allison Jordan
Location: Dallas, Texas
How Long Blogging: 6 months
House or Apartment: House
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I love the natural light in my kitchen—it always feels bright and cheery. I think that’s why the party always ends up in the kitchen—or maybe it’s the food that draws people in. I also love our chalkboard wall. I write our weekly menu on it and love notes for my husband; I also love to draw and doodle.
Things You Would Change: I would love more cabinet and counter space. It feels a little tight now and then.
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: The food processor has been a surprising favorite. It’s like having a sous chef! I also love our cast iron skillet and my husband is pretty proud of our espresso machine. Ok, I know dishtowels are neither tool nor gadget, but I love mine! I have a lot of vintage, colorful towels that make the space feel more playful.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Lack of space. Since we don’t have a pantry or much counter space, it’s hard to purchase in bulk. Thankfully we live within walking distance to an organic market, which makes for a nice outing with my little one.
Current Family Favorite Meal: Oh, that’s tough. We eat a lot of fresh veggies with homemade dips like babaganoush. I love it because it is so easy! As for a meal though, I have to say roasted chicken with fresh basil aioli, sautéed kale, and mashed sweet potatoes. We are also crazy for any dish with fresh, pastured eggs. And butter. We love anything with butter.
Favorite Cookbooks: I find most of my inspiration online these days, but I continually go back to [easyazon-link asin=”B000WE4HYO” locale=”us”]The Classic Italian Cookbook[/easyazon-link]; the art of Italian cooking and the Italian art of eating.It has been a family favorite and the recipes are easily adapted to use “real food” ingredients.

Chalkboard Wall

Bone Broth



Laundry Room and Sink




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 annmarie AT cheeseslave 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

Find Me Online

Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

8 thoughts on “Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Sprouting Seed

  1. Nice. You all look healthy and happy! I love your chalkboard wall. Here’s a suggestion. I needed more room in my kitchen and found a half round wall hanging pot rack online for around $50. It emptied one cabinet. Amazing how much the little thing holds and how easy to get to my pots. Then I hung hooks under my cabinets along the walls for my 10 coffee mugs…Second cabinet cleared and lots more room in my tiny kitchen. Plus they look cute. I also hung two baskets at the end of the cabints one for onions, and another one for garlic.

  2. Diana! Thanks for the great tips! Those are great ideas. I especially love the hooks under your cabinets for your mugs. I collect tea cups and they are all in a cabinet. One cabinet will be FREE! 🙂

  3. I want to make a chalkboard wall! As a longtime Waldorf School teacher, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. What a healthy mommy and baby photo. Your kitchen does look inviting and I like your chicken sculptures. I just subscribed to your newsletter, I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

    1. Julie, I thought of the wall because when Ezra gets a little older I wanted him to have a place to create! It’s turned out to be a really fun place for me to do stuff too. 🙂 I would love to pick your brain about Waldorf! I am sure you are a wealth of knowledge. 🙂 Thanks for signing up for my newsletter and reading my blog. 🙂 It means a lot.

  4. Yes! A real food blogger from Dallas, TX where I live!!! I am definitely subscribing to your newsletter and following your blog. So glad I found you 🙂
    P.S. I am NOT a stalker; just happy to find someone from my neck of the woods that is into real food…LOL

    1. Ha! Brittany that’s awesome. I am so glad you are following the blog now! Thanks! I’ve only been in Dallas for a little over a year and am working hard to find a “real food” community! I’m thinking of starting a real food-food swap. I’ll keep you posted if I can get it scheduled!

  5. I do agree with all of the ideas you have introduced to
    your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too short for starters.

    Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

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