Best of Cultured Food Life 2020: Our Top Articles!

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 Our Most Popular Articles of 2020 

I'm chasing a feeling when I cook, write blogs, come up with recipes, and even when I eat food that makes me feel good. That feeling is joy and the things I give my attention to determine how often that occurs. When I get your emails and I read your stories about how cultured foods help you, I feel so blessed and filled with joy.  I'm chasing a feeling of joy in everything I do and it's why I keep doing what I do. This last year of 2020 we needed joy more than ever before and I sought it like a woman on a mission determined to find it no matter what.

We all have gifts, special gifts that are unique to us.  Whether you cook, play music, paint, garden, dance, teach, or even decorate a house it touches us and everyone around you because it makes you feel something and you pass that enthusiasm on to others. My special gift is to help you feel good in your own body and to connect with who you really are . . . trillions of bacteria. Who would have ever thought that pain and ill health would have led me to connect and love trillions of bacteria that call me home? So this is my special gift to the world  . . . I love these special cultured foods that made me well and keep me strong and it fills me with joy to help you love them too.

Here are my most popular articles of 2020. And may I just say it gives me great pleasure that you are here in this little world I created. I believe in wellness, I believe in miracles, and I believe they live inside of me and you. Let's send 2020 on its way and prepare for 2021. I can think of no better way to do this than to chase that feeling of joy that something good is coming!  The pain only lasts for a season and the light is shining just down the road, just you wait and see . . .

2020,Thanks for the Lessons. 2021, Let's Do this!

The Most Popular Articles of 2020

Overnight Sourdough Bread

I think fermentation is essential to bread making. If you don’t use the help of microbes to make the bread, you won’t get the nutrients out of the bread and gluten will become a problem. I’ve made a lot of sourdough bread and I have a new method that is working spectacularly. . .

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My Favorite Cultured Vegetable Recipe

A few years back, a woman named Shelley came to my cultured food class. I couldn’t stop staring at her while I spoke, and I told my daughter that I thought I saw a light over her and was trying to figure out where it was coming from. […]

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Prebiotics – As Important as Probiotics

In the last few years, I have been researching and ingesting a lot of prebiotics; and what I have discovered is that prebiotics are just as important as probiotics. What is a prebiotic and why is this so important? Prebiotics are certain indigestible fibers that nourish the good bacteria in the large bowel or colon. […]

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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

Don’t throw out your kefir if it separates into whey and curds. Your whey, although less appealing to many individuals, is a superfood which contains a lot of healing properties. There is something known as “The Whey Cure” which was used throughout history. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. This whey was often referred to as “liquid gold.” […]

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20 Smart Ways To Use Your Kombucha SCOBYs!

So, you all keep asking . . . What do I do with all these SCOBYs?! If you are anything like me, you have a pile of SCOBYs in a massive SCOBY hotel just waiting . . . It feels somehow wrong to throw them away when you have taken care of them and watched them grow! […]

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The Real Reasons Your Immune System Needs Cultured Foods

Viruses, yuck . . . my family used to get them a lot. Colds, flus, you name it, we got it. But so did everybody else I knew. It’s normal, right? Well, it’s actually not. Every year at Christmas we would go to my mom’s in Virginia and somebody would inevitably get sick, and then it would spread down through the family. […]

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How to Care For Your Sourdough Starter

I usually make sourdough bread once or twice a week. I make sourdough more than sprouted bread as my family likes it better and I enjoy making it so much. There is nothing as special as having a sourdough starter that has your own unique yeasts from your kitchen and hometown – that makes it uniquely your own. […]

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Can Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

In my own personal experience and those whom I help through my website, we have all seen tremendous help and healing from eating fermented foods and especially when dealing with any kind of virus. […]

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7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

Lots of articles are popping up about reasons you should have kefir, but few of the people writing the articles have actually drunk kefir every day for 14 years. This post is specifically talking about milk kefir and not water kefir. My reasons for drinking kefir are very personal and specific to me. […]

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Tips That Nobody Else Talks About

Years ago when I was young and raising my kids, I was often influenced by well-meaning friends and family. They scared me to death with the latest news they had heard and would say, “Don’t eat this and don’t let your kids do this and did you read that story about how bad this is for you?” […]

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