Weekend Links and Giveaway Winners

A big thank you to all who participated in The Whole Family Cookbook giveaway. We have two winners! Congratulations to Danielle and Michelle Y! You have both been notified via email.

For an entry to this giveaway, I had asked readers abut their earliest kitchen memories. Here’s what our winners had to say:

Danielle:

“Waking up to my mom making us homemade applesauce every morning for breakfast served with a cinnamon stick. I would use my stick as a spoon. Oh so yummy. My first baking/cooking experience I can’t remember because it was just part of our family culture to cook together. My mother and I now live hundreds of kilometers away from each other but when we get together we cook!”

Michelle Y:

“I remember being in my Granny’s kitchen making all sorts of fun things out of a “kids” cookbook. My Granny always wanted things to be educational.”

I’m pretty smitten with this eco-conscious, family-friendly cookbook from Michelle Stern. If you didn’t win the giveaway, definitely consider adding this title to your Mother’s Day wish list.

Here are a few reads and recipes that caught my eye this week…

Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here tomorrow for the next post in our Eat Well, Spend Less series!

Whole Family Cookbook Review & Giveaway (recipe: A-B-C Frittata)

Every so often you meet a person with whom you see eye to eye on many important topics. Thanks to online connections, these encounters happen more and more frequently. Michelle of What’s Cooking with Kids is one of those friends. Even though we have never met, her philosophy and well-researched posts often have me nodding my head in agreement and occasionally giving her a virtual high-five.

Michelle recently penned “The Whole Family Cookbook” and I knew from the onset that this was going to be a resource I could get behind. Without question, Michelle is an expert in her field of teaching children to cook and instilling a healthy food culture in a new generation.

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Discovering Raw Milk

Written by Megan of Stetted.

Milk has a place on almost every table across North America. From the days of door-to-door delivery in glass bottles to the wide rows of brightly-lit jugs in our supermarkets, milk is something we reach for at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

These days, it’s a difficult task to keep track of which kind is best to give to your family. From cow milk to goat milk, coconut milk to almond milk, the market is saturated with choice. But there is one choice that is likely missing from your neighborhood grocery store: raw milk.

My family was hesitant at first about raw milk. We had tried some low-temperature pasteurized milk and didn’t like the flavor. The word “raw” conjured images of strange food and a culture many of us don’t understand. However, we were blown away when we tried our first glass of whole raw milk, and now we’ve been drinking it for a full year. Pasteurized milk now tastes strange to me. [Read more...]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Week One Link Round-Up

Thank you all for the fantastic response to yesterday’s post, Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples. It definitely showed that this Eat Well, Spend Less series is coming at a good time for many of you.

Remember, the list of pantry staples to make from scratch is posted for inspiration, not assignment! A few commenters felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but the idea is to start small. Baby steps all the way.

Can I just share one response? I so loved what reader and friend, Julie, commented on the post:

“Such a brilliant topic. This is the meaning of true convenience food – not the availability of prepared foods at every corner store! True convenience is the skill to make it yourself.

Isn’t that so true.

Now hit the jump for the full Eat Well, Spend Less round-up of posts from the other bloggers.

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Eat Well, Spend Less: Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples

Has anyone else noticed the rapidly rising price of food lately? That the usual grocery run is costing more and more? I have, and I’ve been comparing receipts with several other food bloggers. The results of our research has prompted us to bring you a series to help you spend less while continuing to eat well.

Spearheaded by Jessica of Life as MOM, our series Eat Well, Spend Less will touch on topics such as buying (and storing) food in bulk, frugal meals, menu planning, and much, much more. Besides Jessica and myself, on board and digging deep to help you eat better on a budget are also Shaina, Mandi, Katie G, Alyssa, Carrie, Katie K , and Tammy.

The series will run on Mondays or Tuesdays for the next 3 weeks, depending on the blog.  Simplebites will contribute on Mondays and we’ll link up everyone’s posts for the week on Tuesday. Get ready to learn a lot and be equipped for the rising costs of everyday food.

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