Jalapeno Cornbread

Do you remember the taste of real, honest-to-God yellow corn?  You know, back before the genetically modified junk that nowadays goes into producing HFCS, ethanol and batteries?

Yeah, that stuff..


Jalapeño Cornbread

(adapted from a recipe by Michael Ruhlman)

Makes 1 loaf

1 cup organic, whole grain yellow corn meal
1/3 cup sprouted wheat flour
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
8 ounces real buttermilk
2 large pastured eggs
4 ounces melted pastured butter
2 or more fresh jalapeño peppers
1 cup fresh yellow corn

Toast corn and seeded and chopped jalapeño peppers in a dry skillet until corn is slightly browned.  Toasting brings out the corn’s natural sweetness, eliminating the need for added sugar, and makes the peppers slightly less hot and more complex in flavor.  Set aside.

Mix the corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.

Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined, then fold in the peppers and corn.

Put the batter into a buttered loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees until just barely dry in the middle, about 30 minutes.

Allow to cool several minutes before slicing and serving warm with pastured butter or raw wildflower honey.

For a real treat, fry slices of cornbread in butter or a bit of bacon fat.

Did you know that “44 percent of U.S. corn becomes domestic animal feed, and another 10 percent ends up in feed rations as the ethanol byproduct distillers grains? That means more than half of U.S. corn—our nation’s largest farm crop—ends up on feedlots”.

This post is part of the Real Food Wednesdays Blog Carnival

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Sour Cherry Scones with Vanilla Cream

A scone is a leavened quick-bread of Scottish origin.

Organic soaked wheat and malted barley flour, pastured butter, cacao nibs, dried cherries and raw cream..


Soak 1 /1/2 cups of organic whole wheat flour in 1/3 cup filtered water and homemade whey overnight. Soaked flour is easier to digest, thereby increasing the bioavailability of the nutrients.

Pour fresh raw cream into a stainless steel or enameled pan.  Add a split and scraped vanilla bean and heat the cream very slowly until the surface begins to wrinkle, and then continue to heat until thickened, about 1 hour over low heat (do not let it boil, or you’ll have to start over).  Allow to cool to room temperature; this is the vanilla cream.

Stir 1/2 cup of malted barley flour into the soaked wheat flour and pour into a glass mixing bowl.

Add 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon Celtic salt and then cut in 4 tablespoons pastured butter.  Make a well in the center of the mixture, then add 3/4 cup raw milk, 1/2 cup of raw cacao nibs and a cup of coarsely chopped, dried tart cherries.

Work by hand into a soft, slightly wet dough.  Mixture will be quite thick and a little sticky.

Drop heaping tablespoonful of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with rapadura and bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Serve warm with additional cacao nibs and vanilla cream.

This post is part of the Real Food Wednesdays Blog Carnival

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

How to turn a can of beans into a healthy, hearty meal..


Recipe serves two

1 BPA-free can of organic cannelloni beans, drained, liquid reserved
1/4 head organic green cabbage, cut into large dice
3 large cloves organic garlic, coarsely chopped
2 inches mid-section organic leeks, sliced
2 stalks organic celery, leaves included, sliced
1 organic carrot, diced
3 inches Spanish chorizo, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh sage

olive oil
pastured butter
chicken stock
marjoram, parsley, sea salt and cracked pepper

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage and cook until browned, about 2 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon pastured butter, carrots and celery and sauté 2 minutes.

Add garlic, chorizo and leeks and sauté 2 minutes more.

Add beans and enough chicken stock and reserved liquid to almost cover.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry slices of crusty bread in pastured butter with marjoram and parsley.

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with parsley and bits of roasted red pepper, serve with warm croûtons.

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