Grass Fed Beef: A Gift for Your Body

Courtesy of Federico Stevanin

I’ve been searching for a local source for grass fed beef for a long time.  This is one area where my frugal side and my health oriented side have been fighting for a while.  I want the best quality food I can get my hands on, but I also don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it.  Don’t get me wrong, I think farmers should be paid well, after all, they are responsible for feeding us.  But I was having trouble justifying paying double the price for beef.  I was almost resigned to it, until I found a local rancher with very reasonable prices on his organically raised, grass fed, local beef.  It felt like Christmas!

So what is the big deal with grass fed beef anyway?  Is it just another marketing ploy in order to get people to pay top dollar for something? Continue reading

Spring Cleaning For Your Body

While some of you in colder climates may still be trudging through sludge and feeling the doldrums of winter, here in the south we are in full time spring mode.  It feels like we almost didn’t have a winter this year, it was so mild.  The change in weather and especially the change in time has got me feeling like I need to do a spring cleanse. Continue reading

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Last week I was sooo sick.  Down with the flu and not able to get out of bed for a couple of days.  Needless to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of cooking going on at my house.  We subsisted on my stockpile of chicken soup in the freezer, pasta with canned sauce, and anything else we could find.  After I finally started feeling better, I decided to make some extra dinners to keep in the freezer for the next time I don’t get around to cooking something fresh.  One of the things I made was Shepherd’s Pie.  I’d actually never made it before, and now that I have, I don’t know what took me so long.  The recipe I used was a combination of two recipes, one from Alton Brown and one from Bon Appetit.  I made a couple small modifications to make it more health conscious, but mostly left it alone.  And let me tell you, it was delish!  I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading