What is a Nightshade

Night shades look like a group of unrelated fruits, vegetables and spices.  What they all have in common is a high alkaloid content.  This makes them less desirable to bugs, like a natural pesticide.  In an attempt to create a more bug resistant plant, seed manufacturers (yes seed is really manufactured these days) have increased…

Milk & Butter Substitutes

Milk and butter substitutes can be tricky.  Here is the compilation of my trial and error.  I hope to save you some unpleasant experiences. BUTTER SUBSTITUTES Love It  Earth Balance: This is a vegetable oil spread made of oils like olive, palm fruit, soy, canola and flax.  It is whipped to a butter consistency and great…

My Dairy Free Kitchen

Diary usually refers to products made from cow’s milk.  Because of the long protein strands, dairy can be problematic for human digestion.  Digestion of dairy is further complicated by: leaky gut, the conditions the cows are raised in, artificial hormones to increase production and antibiotics to prevent disease. According to USA Today, an estimated 60%…