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"We do not earn or merit anything by taking refuge in God. Hiding in something makes no contribution to the hiding place. All it does is show that we regard ourselves as helpless and the hiding place as a place of rescue." John Piper

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

But if any of you...

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

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Real Food Recipes - Thai Cucumber Salad

1/4 c. rice vinegar
3 T. agave nectar (Wholesome Organic Raw Blue Agave is good)
3 T. water
1/2 t. real salt
2 medium cucumbers, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 c. finely chopped white onion
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1 fresh red chile, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
2 T. chopped organic dry-roasted peanuts
Directions: Combine vinegar, agave, water and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until agave dissolves. Add cucumber, onion, cilantro and chile. Toss until evenly coated. Let sit for 15 minutes. Garnish with peanuts and serve.

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Real Food Recipes - Savory Black Bean and Corn Salad

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
1 c. celery, chopped
2/3 c. thinly slice red onion
1 red bell pepper, diced
1- 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
or for less heat, 1 fresh pablano pepper, seeded and minced
1/2 c. cilantro leaves, chopped

1/4 c. lime juice or rice vinegar
1/4 c. extra-virgin, expeller-expressed olive oil
5 t. agave nectar (Wholesome Organic Raw Blue Agave is good)
1 T. Dijon-type mustard
1/2 t. gound cumin
1/2 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real Salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Mix all salad ingredients in a shallow bowl. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well-blended. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill 1 hour or up to 1 day. Makes 8 servings.

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Though the fig tree should not blossom...

Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salavation. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

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Lessons from Sophie - Looking unto Jesus...

"...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 12:2)

If I could simply look to Jesus the way my dog looks to me, all would be well. Sophie thinks I’m the greatest (the picture is of Sophie in July, 2007). When I’m away, she sits and waits by the front door in anticipation of my return. When I come back she is exuberant over seeing me. All of her body trembles in expression of her excitement. Her tail, wagging at warp-speed, propells the rest of her body in unison.

Sophie does not center her attention on herself. Her eyes are always toward me, even when she dozes off. Her desire is for me. She works at remaining by my side, following along when I move from room to room. Her motivation is to be with me and enjoy me. Whatever makes me happy, makes Sophie happy. And when I am somber, she feels that also and seems to empathize.

Discipline crushes Sophie. She knows she has met with my disapproval. Making up is then her passion, craving a good word from me. Submissive, she seeks to be restored to my good graces, which, translated, means a good tummy rub.

This dog lives for me, making much of me. So I give her myself. Her devotion to me results in my careful attention to her, though it was originally my love for her that rescued her from doom and destruction. She loves me because I first loved her, though she did nothing to deserve my love and is really only a liability to me.

As Sophie grows and learns more about what makes me happy and what I expect from her, she will become more and more devoted, loyal and obedient. Because she is so enthralled with me, she is a happy dog and things can only get better. The reason Sophie relates to me this way is because she recognizes that I am her superior, in fact that I am a superior being. So she shows her fear and love for me by behaving appropriately.

Now that you have Sophie's behavior fixed in your mind, let's think about ourselves in relation to God. Psalm 123:2 says, "Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you the LORD our God, until He is gracious to us." A handmaiden did not hear orders spoken from her mistress. Rather, she looked to her hands and received her orders as signals. Thus the term "handmaid".

So we look to Jesus our Lord. When our eyes first fell on Him what did we see? We saw Him looking to His Father's hands pointing to Calvary. We saw the Master, infinitely superior to us - very God of God - becomg the servant (Phil 2:5-8). We saw Him dying our death on the cross, paying for our crimes. Then looking closer at His hands we saw the nail piercings for our sins. Instead of crude hand signals ordering us about, we saw His hands scarred from the work He did for us on Calvary.

So our eyes have looked to You, our LORD and our God, and indeed, You have been gracious to us beyond human imagination. May we look to Your nail-pierced hands for our joy and strength today. May all of our attention and affections be focused on You, Lord Jesus. May we go where You send, serve when You bid, love as You love, may we share in Your sufferings. And may the glory be all Yours, dear Savior."Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Your word." (Luke 1:38)

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Real Food Recipes - Chicken Cutlets and Roasted Red Potatoes with Herb Sauce

2 T. extra-virgin, expeller-expressed olive oil
1 1/2 pounds new red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (no need to peel)
1 1/2 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real Salt
1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. dry white wine
2 T. real butter, chilled
2 T. chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, chives, parsley or tarragon (a combination is nice)

Directions: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a baking dish and season with 1 t. of the salt. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels Season on both sides with 1/4 t. of the salt and 1/8 t. of the pepper. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on each side and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Add the wine to the skillet, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes., constantly stirring and scraping the bottom. Add 1 T. of the butter and stir or whisk until completely combined. Repeat with the remaining butter. Remove the skillet from heat. Add the herbs and the remaining salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Add the potatoes to the platter with the chicken and spoon the sauce over the top. Makes 4 servings.

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My Husband I Promise to...

Abide in Christ, for without Him I can do nothing, not even for you. (Jn. 15:5)

Beautify our home with the treasures of heaven. (Pro. 24:3-4)

Commune with you - body to body, mind to mind & spirit to spirit. (Song 2:3-4; 5:16)

Devote myself to doing you good all the days of our lives together. (Pro. 31:10-12)

Express my gratitude to the Lord daily for gifting me with your love. (Phil. 1:3-4)

Forsake all other binding relationships and cleave only to you. (Ps. 45:10-11)

Govern our marriage by the Law of Love. (1 Pet. 4:8)

Help you in all you do, complementing and completing you. (Gen. 2:18)

Image Christ before you, the purpose for which I was created. (Gen. 1:26; Phil.2:5)

Journey with you wherever you go. (Gen. 12:4b-5; Ruth 1:16)

Kindle fires for you - in the hearth, in my heart & in our human oneness. (Pro. 5:18-19)

Laugh with you, for laughter is a gift from the Lord that binds hearts together. (Job 8:21; Pro. 17:22)

Manage our home, cultivating life and love there. (Pro. 14:1; Rom 12:13)

Nourish and nurture you & all who enter through our door. (1 Tim. 5:9-10; Titus 2:4-5)

Outlaw bitterness in my heart & nurture forgiveness in our relationship. (Eph. 4:31-32)

Pray for you always - for your spiritual, physical & emotional well-being. (3 Jn. 2)

Quiet my anxious thoughts with God’s precious promises. (Phil. 4:5b-7)

Respect you as the God-given head of our marriage. (Eph. 5:21b-24)

Serenade you with a gentle, quiet spirit that trusts in the Lord. (1 Pet. 3:3-5)

Treasure Christ above all else, even above you, my Darling. (Phil. 3:8a)

Uphold God’s design for marriage by yielding to your leadership. (Eph. 5:21-24)

Value each moment we have this side of heaven, knowing that life is but a vapor. (Jms. 4:14)

Withhold not love, but rather initiate reconciliation regardless of who is at fault. (Eph. 4:26-27)

X-amine the log in my own eye before looking at the speck in yours. (Matt. 7:3)

Yearn always for your manly love. (Song 3:4)

Zealously guard my love for Christ so that you will be the Zenith of my earthly love. (1 Jn. 4:19)

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Just Sitting Around

Setting up this blog has certainly been a tedious and long process, mostly because I do not know what I am doing. But this I do know, I desire, as an “older woman” to be obedient to the summons in Titus 2:3-5: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior…teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God is not dishonored.” That is what I a desire to do.

The problem is that I find myself so caught up in creating this blog, that I can actually sacrifice being a Titus Two woman in order to get the job done. Good intentions are not worth much as Martha of Bethany discovered (Luke 10:38-42). She welcomed Jesus into her home and intended to serve Him by providing a meal for Him. That’s definitely a good work. But somewhere between her good intentions and her preparations she lost sight of the goal - to actually honor and glorify God in her serving. Why? Because she became distracted by her serving.

Martha was so caught up in preparing to serve Jesus that she left Him out. As a result she missed out on the goodness of the Lord. Mary was a partaker of His goodness as she sat at His feet listening to His words and renewing her mind (Rom. 12:2). Jesus commended her to Martha when He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

The phrase in verse 42 translated ”the good part” can also be translated “partaker of that which is good” (see Col. 1:12 for an example of the Greek word “meris” translated as “partakers”). Mary’s intentions, I am sure were to serve the Lord also, but she knew that sitting had to come before serving.

Good intentions can cause me to miss out on my good God. And where does that get me? I will only be worried and bothered by all my serving. The joy of serving will turn into complaining when I do not let the goodness of Christ rub off on me by sitting at His feet, as Mary did. My good intentions must be empowered by Him to become actual good works. It will not happen any other way.

So as I set up this blog, I ask God to keep reminding me of Himself and where I need to be before I attempt to serve younger women through this blog. I must sit before I can serve if it is to be serving that glorifies my good God. And like Jesus said, “…Mary has chosen…” Like Mary (and I’m sure Martha too after the Lord’s rebuke to her), I want to chose to partake of that which is intrinsically good - only God is - so that I might be equipped to really serve others with joy that glorifies Christ. I really do want to be a Biblical (Titus 2) woman as I prepare this blog so I am planning to just sit around for a spell. That way I know much good will get done!

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Real Food Recipes - Crustless Vegetable Quiche

2 c. coarsely chopped mushrooms
2/3 c. chopped onions
2/3 c. chopped green pepper
1 c. chopped yellow squash
1 t. minced garlic
2 T. butter
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. cream
real salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
One 8-ounce pkg. real cream cheese (not low-fat), cubed
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. croutons made with sprouted bread (get recipe here)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the mushrooms, onions, green pepper, squash and garlic in butter until tender. Let this mixture cool while making croutons. Mix together the eggs, cream, salt and pepper and add the cooled vegetable mixture. Fold in the cubed cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and croutons and pour into a greased 9x 13-inch casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

He is Mighty...

The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)

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This is the Confidence...

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And we know that if He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

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Real Food Recipes - Pasta Pie with Sausage

6 ounces organic brown rice spaghetti noodles (Tinkyada is good)
2 links uncooked Italian sausage (either hot or sweet)
4 T. extra-virgin, expeller-expressed olive oil, divided
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tomatoes, sliced thinly
1 t. real sea salt (this is gray in color), or Redmond Real Salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 c. cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with soft butter. Cook noodles according to pkg. directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Brown sausage links in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in heavy skillet till no pink remains. Remove to a plate and let cool. Stir eggs, Parmesan cheese and remaining 2 T. of oil into cooked pasta. Press pasta mixture onto bottom and up sides of prepared pie plate to form a crust. Slice cooled sausage into 1/4-inch thick slices. Lay sausage and tomato slice on pasta. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes until hot and cheese is lightly browned. Makes 6 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Easy Italian Soup

One 1 pound beef round steak
One 16-ounce pkg. frozen zucchini, carrots, cauliflower and lima beans
2 t. Italian herbs
One 15-ounce can Italian beans, drained
4 c. chicken stock (get recipe here)
One 14.5-ounce can tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
4 ounces brown rice shell macaroni (Tinkyada brand is good)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
Minced fresh Italian parsley to garnish
Directions: Cut steak into 1-inch pieces. In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine the meat and frozen vegetables. Stir in herbs, beans, stock and tomatoes. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in pasta, cover and continue to cook on high setting for about 30 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

You who have been borne by Me...

You who have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb; even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:3b-4)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Real Food Recipes - Asian Lettuce Wraps

1/3 cup orange juice
1 T. each agave nectar and rice vinegar
1 t. sesame oil
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes

8 oz ground beef (grass-fed, raised without antibiotics or hormones)
2 tsp each minced garlic and minced fresh ginger
2 c. Trader Joe's Organic Broccoli Slaw
1 medium red pepper, cut in strips
6 scallions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
2 T. hoisin sauce
8 butter-leaf lettuce leaves, washed
Directions: Sauce: Whisk ingredients in small bowl; set aside so flavors lend. Wraps: Meanwhile, cook beef, garlic and ginger in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add broccoli slaw and red pepper strips; cook 2 minutes more until heated. Remove from heat; stir in scallions and hoisin sauce. Divide beef mixture among lettuce leaves. Drizzle sauce on top.

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Real Food Recipes - Antipasto Pitas

8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
2 med. tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c. sliced kalamata olives (or black is fine also)
3 T. expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
3 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real salt
1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
16 slices salami (no nitrites or nitrates)
8 lettuce leaves
4 whole wheat pita rounds, halved
1/2 c. alfalfa sprouts

Directions: In a large bowl combine feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, onion, and olives. For dressing, in a small bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over veggie mixture and toss. Place 1 lettuce leaf and 2 salami slices inside each pita bread pocket, fill with veggie mixture and top with alfalfa sprouts.

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Real Food Recipes - Ground Beef Shepherd's Pie

1 tablespoon expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef (grass-fed and raised without hormones or antibiotics)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup green beans
1 cup tomatoes, diced
2 potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C). Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in oil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the ground beef and basil, and cook and stir for 5 more minutes. Mix in the garlic, green beans, and tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer beef mixture to prepared dish. In a mixing bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, egg, and water. Spread evenly over meat mixture. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes start to brown on top. Sprinkle with cheese, and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

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Real Food Recipes - Fried Rice

1/4 c. expeller-expressed, extra virgin olive oil
3 eggs, beaten
4 cups cooked Soft and Savory Brown Rice (get recipe here)
5 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. frozen peas and carrot mix
1/4 c. chipped fresh parsley
2 T. toasted sesame oil
1 T. soy sauce
1 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Preheat 1 T. of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add eggs and scramble. Transfer eggs to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining oil to hot skillet; add cooked rice. Cook and stir until golden and hot. Add green onion and garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add pea mix, parsley, sesame oil and soy sauce. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until peas are bright green and hot. Stir in scrambled eggs, salt and pepper. Heat through. Makes 4 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Tandoori Chicken

1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons water
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions: Preheat grill for high heat. In a medium bowl, mix curry powder, red pepper flakes, salt, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, and turmeric with water to form a smooth paste. Rub paste into chicken breasts, and place them on a plate. Cover, and allow to marinate for 20 minutes. Brush grate with oil. Place chicken on the grill, and cook 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

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Real Food Recipes - Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

1/2 cup butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (6 ounce) package herb and garlic feta, crumbled
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
real sea salt or Redmond Real salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 recipe yogurt dough (get recipe here)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole cream-top milk
real sea salt or Redmond Real salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute garlic, onion and mushrooms in butter until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach, feta and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pie crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Real Food Recipes- Chicken Parmigiana

10 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 c. unbleached organic all-purpose flour
real sea salt or Redmond Real salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 large eggs and 1 T. water, beaten together well
whole wheat bread crumbs
2/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1 jar Trader Joe's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms (fat free)
In a zipper baggie (do not seal), pound chicken gently with the smooth side of a mallet to 1/2-inch thickness. If chicken breast is very large, butterfly thickest part and then slice breast evenly into 2 pieces before pounding. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl, eggs also in a shallow bowl and bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan in a shallow bowl (3 shallow bowls altogether). Lightly dredge chicken in flour then dip in egg, coating completely and then in bread crumbs. Prepare all chicken before frying to keep cooking time uniform. Heat 3 T. olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Make sure pan is well heated (but not smoking). Place chicken in pan (it should sizzle) and fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown, turning once. As chicken comes out of pan, place in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Continue to fry chicken, adding more oil as needed. When all chicken is fried, heat the spaghetti sauce in the same skillet chicken was cooked in, scraping up the stuck on flour. After sauce is hot, pour over chicken. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle extra Parmesan over chicken and serve. Makes 10-12 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Split Pea Soup

1 lb. split green peas
filtered water to cover peas
2 ham hocks (from pig raised without antibiotics or hormones and also without nitrates or nitrites)
2 carrots, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 qts. chicken bone stock (get recipe here)
1 bay leaf
1 T. fresh thyme leaves or 1 t. dried thyme
Directions: Cover peas with filtered water and let stand in a warm place (inside oven with the light on) for 7 hours or overnight. Rinse the ham hocks and place in a stockpot of Dutch oven along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook for 2-3 hours or until meat is tender and separates from bone easily. Remove bay leaf and ham hocks from soup. When ham is cool, remove from bone, cut into bite-sized pieces and return to the pot. Makes 4-6 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Tart and Sweet Coleslaw

3 T. expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
2 T. organic apricot or peach fruit-only type spread
2 T. organic unpasteurized cider vinegar (with "mother" type such as Bragg's)
1 T. organic ketchup
1 t. dry mustard
1/2 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real salt
3 c. shredded cabbage
1 c. shredded carrots
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Directions: In a large bowl combine dressing ingredients: oil, fruit spread, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. Add cabbage, carrots and green onion and toss to coat. Makes 4 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Sesame Chopped Salad

1 small head cabbage , shredded
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/2 lb. fresh bean sprouts
1 c. jicama, cut julienne style
1 c. toasted slivered almonds
1 recipe Asian Salad Dressing (see recipe below)

Directions: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, lettuce, bean sprouts, jicama and almonds. Drizzle dressing (see recipe below) over salad and toss to combine. Makes 6 servings.

1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
3 T. raw honey
1 T. organic peanut butter (peanuts and salt only kind)
1 T. grated fresh ginger
1/2 t. dried coriander, crushed
1/4 c. expeller-expressed safflower oil
1/4 c. toasted sesame oil (expeller-expressed)

Directions: In a bowl combine all ingredients except safflower oil. Whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in oils, whisking until thickened.

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Real Food Recipes - Romaine and Apple Salad

1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 heads Romaine lettuce, outer ragged leaves removed, ends trimmed and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
1/4 lb. Gruyere cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 green apple, sliced thin
1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1/4 c. dried cranberries
Directions: For vinaigrette, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Refrigerate till ready to use. In a large bowl combine romaine, cheese, apple, avocado and cranberries. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad; toss to combine. Makes 4 servings.

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Real Food Recipes - Mixed Greens, Toasted Maple Pecans and Goat Cheese with Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette

6-8 slices bacon, slivered
8-10 c. baby field greens or torn leaf lettuce
1 c. crumbled chevre (goat cheese)
1 recipe Toasted Maple Pecans (get recipe here)
Directions: In a large bowl, toss together bacon, greens and goat cheese. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing (see recipe below). Add pecans and toss to combine.
1 c. expeller-expressed high oleic safflower oil
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. expeller-expressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. pure organic maple syrup
2 T. Dijon-type mustard
1 large shallot, minced
1/2 t. real sea salt or Redmond Real salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Add all ingredients to a large jar with a tight fitting lid. Cover and shake well. Will last about one month refrigerated. Shake well before serving. Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

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