Gathering Around Cultured Foods When Food Sensitivities Isolate You

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Recently my husband and I shared our ninth wedding anniversary. It is always such a blessing to mark another year together. Most years, if we can, we try to do something special to mark the occasion and this year was no different. Stewart surprised me with a trip to town – just the two of us! – after dropping our four little ones off with loving friends.

We stopped at at a local restaurant that makes its own gelato, my husband knowing well my love for both frozen creamy treats and local artisan foods. We both had small cups and chatted as we sat in front of the little shop, enjoying the rare quiet time together.

On the way home he became exhausted and generally unwell. That exhaustion trickled over to the next day… and a little into the next. He had wanted to share something with me that I love, and in doing so he triggered a flare up that would last for several days.

Truth be told, I was saddened by this. Food sensitivities can be frustrating and difficult and incredibly isolating. For those who prepare food for loved ones with food sensitivities, it can be all of those things as well, not to mention challenging and exhausting. After several years of dealing with food sensitivities in my husband and eldest son, I’ve found that it is important to take responsibility for your own food and to try to find something we can gather around at the table and enjoy.

Cultured foods have provided that for our family…. 

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: January 4

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Welcome to the Weekly Cultured Gathering! We’re here to share and celebrate our adventures in food fermentation. From recipes to tips & tricks to food preservation – cultured foods are as old as food itself. Maybe you eat cultured food because of the health benefits. Maybe you make it for the art and science involved…. 

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What’s New at CFH: Save on Yogurt Starters & New Recipes

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. Let’s start with the 20% you can save on yogurt starters and then how about some… 

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Gluten-Free Sourdough: Experiments in Yeast Breads and Long-Fermentation

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Whole Grain Gluten-Free Sourdough Boule, before rising and baking. I first started dabbling in wheat sourdough four or five years ago. I was really in it for the easier-to-digest bread, but we soon fell in love with that sourdough flavor. Soon we were cranking out whole wheat sourdough boules, muffins, and other tangy and tasty… 

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Spiced Lacto-Fermented Lemons

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Citrus season is near, and so welcome during this cold part of the year. Bright flavors from lemons, grapefruits, and oranges are a welcome respite from the root vegetables and hearty stews. Lacto-fermentation is one means of making the most of the citrus harvest. Whether you’re harvesting from your own tree or stocking up while… 

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