Real Food Recipes

The weather’s getting warmer here in the south and that means it’s time for BBQ! There are so many ways to make a delicious homemade bbq sauce, but most of the recipes I’ve found call for ketchup and sugar. No...
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  If you’ve been looking for a gluten free cream of broccoli soup recipe, look no further. After numerous attempts, I’ve finally perfected my recipe for this delicious and healthy soup. This yummy cream of broccoli soup is a new...
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When I began my journey into a real food lifestyle I quickly learned the importance of sprouting, soaking or souring grains, especially wheat, before eating them. I also quickly learned that soaking grains was less expensive than buying sprouted flour...
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Introducing . . . my new favorite chicken recipe– Honey Balsamic Chicken.  I’m not sure where the inspiration for this recipe came from, but it reminds me of a honey chicken wing recipe I used to make.  Only this recipe...
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There are few things more sensory-pleasing as biting into a slice of pizza, feeling the snap of the crisp crust as it gives way to a chewy interior and tasting the delicious tang of sourdough. Some people leave their pizza...
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I’m excited to share my recipe for soaked oatmeal with you today! Oatmeal is a comforting breakfast food that’s made delicious with the addition of flavorful ingredients like maple syrup, berries, nuts and more. Oatmeal is such a versatile food....
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Do your children enjoy chicken nuggets as much as mine do? One of the first things we stopped buying when we switched to a real food diet was frozen processed dinner foods. I knew I’d need to make homemade chicken...
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Easy Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe You need a new ground beef recipe.     What?  How’d I know that?  Because I can read minds.   Okay.  Not really.  The truth is that I heard your family protesting yet another meatloaf all the...
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What’s more comforting on an easy Sunday morning than a stack of warm pancakes spread with butter and drizzled with maple syrup? Well, nothing – unless your belly isn’t comforted by foods made with wheat flour. That’s why making soaked...
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Authentic homemade sourdough bread begins with a fermented, thick, gloopy substance called a sourdough starter. It might sound (or look) unappealing, but let me tell you, homemade sourdough starter is the first step to a truly delicious loaf of homemade...
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  • Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes are an important part of my family’s real food diet. Did you know that sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse? They contain ample amounts of Vitamins A, B, C and the mineral potassium. And, even though they have...
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Easy Homemade Jell-O Recipe – Bonus! It’s Healthy! Did you know that jello is a healthy treat for kids and adults? Wait! Let me explain: My homemade jell-o recipe is healthy because it’s sugar-free (with no artificial sweeteners!) and made...
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Easy Acorn Squash Recipe – Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash I’ve found a new favorite fall recipe!  This quinoa stuffed roasted acorn squash is so delicious and super easy to make.  Although it takes 40 minutes to roast the squash, the...
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Although I am no longer a vegan or vegetarian, I certainly remember how it felt to participate in meat-centered holiday meals with friends and family when I didn’t eat meat.  When the standard Thanksgiving centerpiece dish is a turkey,...
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Paleo Thanksgiving When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a lovely holiday that meant lots of delicious comforting food.  My father, who was born and raised in the North Eastern US made his homemade turkey stuffing and my mother, who...
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  • Easy Butternut Squash Recipe
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Butternut squash soup is a family favorite here.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s . . . perfect.  And, made with homemade bone broth, it’s incredibly nourishing. I love serving this dish on cool fall evenings...
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  • Easy Pumpkin Curry Recipe
Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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  • Chocolate Fudge Made With Maple Syrup
Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge Raise your hand if you love chocolate! When I’m in the mood for chocolate, my easy maple chocolate fudge is my go-to chocolate treat. It’s simple, it’s silky and it’s more decadent and healthy than the...
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  • The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes
The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes If there’s one food flavor that has the ability to make me feel cozy and comfy, it’s pumpkin.  Pumpkin, combined with the warmth of pumpkin pie spice flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves,...
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  • How to Make Risotto Easy Recipe
It’s everything-pumpkin season again. I’m sharing my easy pumpkin risotto recipe with you today. You can add it to your fall recipe list along with the amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I shared recently. Don’t forget to check out my...
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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Thanks to my pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe my whole house smells like autumn. Yum!   It’s finally fall – even here in the South where fall seems to come a little later each year.  That means, in addition to...
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  • Easy Slow Cooker Roast Recipe
I have to admit that my easy slow cooker roast recipe was inspired by my own mother. When I was a kid, Sundays meant we had a delicious roast for lunch with leftovers for dinner. Before we left for church my...
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  • Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe
  Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe You know what makes me feel all comfy-cozy? The smell of homemade bread baking the oven. There are few things I bake that are more satisfying to prepare and eat than my easy sourdough bread...
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  • Coconut Flour Brownie Recipe
After reading Wheat Belly (which I highly recommend) I finally understood many of the health issues I used to have. Our family tries to limit the amount of wheat in our diet – at least at home.  We are more relaxed about what...
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How to Make Homemade Sprouted Wheat Flour Traditionally, wheat was sprouted, soaked or soured in order to produce healthier and more easily digested baked goods.  Check out my sourdough bread recipe and my post about why I buy sprouted flour for more...
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  • Real Food Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Real Food Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe Chocolate pudding brings back memories of my childhood.  As I said in my post with my Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe, my mom made pudding from a box, but it was always the stove-top method....
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  • Homemade Shredded BBQ chicken
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken When I was a child, my mom was known for her amazing shredded, BBQ venison, so I’m proud to say that this simple, slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe was inspired by her delicious creation.  Just like my...
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  • Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe
Homemade Vanilla Pudding When I was a child, my mother would make chocolate or vanilla pudding as a treat.  I’m pretty sure that it came from a box, but it was rarely ‘instant’.  The chocolate pudding of my childhood was...
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Ginger Chicken Stir Fry Recipe I don’t make a lot of Asian-inspired dishes, but when I do they usually involve cashews, ginger and rice wine vinegar.  And it’s often some variation of a stir fry. I’m just creative that way. ...
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  • Paleo Meatloaf Recipe
Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe The first time I made meatloaf it was a sweet disaster.  You see, I didn’t have a recipe for meatloaf and these were the days before I knew that recipe websites existed. (Omg, how old am...
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  • Easy Beef Stew Recipe
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe Now that soccer season is in full swing again, my slow cooker is getting a workout.  I actually have three slow cookers (my sturdy, old-timer, non-programmable slow cooker, my nifty, new programmable slow cooker...
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  • How to Make Yogurt at Home
Homemade Yogurt Recipe Do your kids love yogurt as much as mine do?  Yogurt is such a great snack, but the stuff you buy at the store is so often fulled with sugar and artificial flavors but missing the oh-so-important-ingredient fat....
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  • Benefits of Kombucha
How to Make Kombucha Tea Kombucha tea is a wonderful, fermented drink that promotes digestive and over all health for those who drink it.  Kombucha has quite an interesting history which can be discovered by searching “kombucha” on Wikipedia. Essentially,...
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  • Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix
Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix One of my favorite cold-weather foods is chili.  It’s so simple, filling and versatile.  Making chili in the slow cooker is a wonderful way to have a quick, healthy dinner on the table in no time...
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  • Elliott Homestead Family Table Cookbook
Goose Egg Custard Recipe from The Elliott Homestead Family Table Cookbook First of all, I know you’re salivating over that lovely goose egg custard picture above.  I know you want to dive straight down to the recipe so you can...
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  • Easy Potato Soup Recipe
Easy Potato Soup Recipe Potato soup is one of those foods that hits the maximum deliciousness mark from texture to umami.  It’s easy to make, filling, and wonderful the next day as leftovers.  I make potato soup all year around, but...
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  • Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Hey, busy parents!  I understand your struggle to get a healthy dinner on the table when you’re just trying to survive day to day in the busy seasons of your life.  When you need real food...
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  • Without Grain Cookbook Review
Without Grain Cookbook Review If you’re making the transition to grain-free eating, I’ve found the first cookbook you should add to your grain-free cookbook library.  If you’re already into the grain-free lifestyle, this book will be an excellent addition to...
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  • Crispy Potatoes Recipe
Crispy Potatoes Recipe Crispy potatoes are a Sunday morning tradition at my house.  No matter the time of year, they provide a delicious and filling start to the day.  Whether we put them into lovely sprouted or soaked tortillas or top them with...
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The Benefits of Bone Broth  If you don’t know about the health benefits of bone broth by now, you haven’t been paying attention.  In fact, drinking bone broth has become down right trendy. Bone broth is delicious, comforting and incredibly...
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Mediterranean Paleo Cooking When my copy of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking arrived yesterday I did a little dance.  When I opened it, I had to sit right down.  I found myself doing something that I have never once done with a...
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When I was a child, I hated steak.  One dry, chewy steak was all it took to turn me off from steak.  Fortunately, when I was in my late teens a group of my friends persuaded me to eat with...
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Remember the days before you knew about real food when you could, completely without guilt, dump a bag of frozen chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and call it dinner? Yeah.  Me, too.  Sometimes knowing too much is so inconvenient....
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First things first– Yes, the kids love it!  Because I know what you’re thinking!   That looks yum, Allison, but spinach and feta?  I have children to feed! I know that it doesn’t seem like a kid-friendly dinner, but my...
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 Craving a thick, juicy steak?  Then, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you! This delicious sirloin steak with balsamic onions, bacon, and brie will take you to flavor heaven. The best part about this recipe is that the steak itself...
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If you want comfort food, you’ve come to the right recipe.  One of my favorite comfort food recipes is my easy shepherd’s pie.  It’s filling and warm and perfect for any weather. Typically, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb or...
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I’ve found a new soup that my family loves!  Why am I so excited about soup?  Well, because soup, if made with the right ingredients, is incredibly nourishing.  I make soups with homemade bone broth.  Bone broth contains many vital...
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 I love chicken thighs.  I love their flavor.  I love their texture.  I love their price.  Especially their price.  Right? Because saturated fat has gotten a bad rap (totally undeserved), dark meat chicken is not as highly sought after as...
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 When I was a child, I hated steak. I had one bad experience with dry, chewy steak and I swore it off forever.  As a young adult, I begrudgingly tagged along to popular steak restaurant when my friends promised me...
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Garlic butter chicken.   Cream Cheese Sauce.   Oh my.  Where do I even begin?  I guess I should tell you first about the tender, moist chicken.  But, you just have to know about the tangy cream cheese sauce.  The...
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Raise your hand if you’ve tried every zucchini recipe on Pinterest.  Yep.  Me, too.  Zucchini is a versatile veggie, for sure.  However, I’ve mostly had zucchini sliced or shredded and, most often, as an addition to a more prominent ingredient...
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Although my family follows a traditional, Weston A. Price diet at home, we often eat grain free.  Properly preparing grains takes a lot of time and none of us feels best when we consume too much grain — even if...
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My family loves tacos and these lettuce tacos are a new family favorite.  As the boys get older, their ability to mass consume tacos gets greater.  A dinner that used to require a pound of ground beef now requires more...
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If you’re tired of the same old lettuce, spinach or kale salad routine, check out this lovely tomato, avocado and goat cheese creation!  I came up with this one when I was craving a salad with avocados and didn’t have...
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Have you tasted summer?  I have.  It tastes like coconut lime shrimp and it is delicious! I found skewered shrimp on sale and couldn’t pass it up, but I didn’t have a skewered shrimp recipe handy.  I did have limes...
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My kiddos love smoothies.  Sunday mornings are smoothie time in my house.  We typically make blueberry, mango/pineapple and strawberry, but this time we all wanted something different.  This cherry vanilla smoothie was perfect for giving us a bit of change...
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We all need a good, but simple homemade pie crust recipe in our recipe box, don’t we?  I don’t know why, but people seem intimidated by the thought of making a pie crust from scratch.  It’s one of the most basic...
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Oh man.  This cake is trouble, you guys.  I want to make it all the time.  I want to eat it all the time.  I want you to try it so you can join me.   Before I post the...
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These chicken quesadillas are an easy week night favorite in my house.  They take no time at all to make and we always have leftovers for the lunch the next day.  The tortillas are perfectly crispy and the filling is...
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We eat a lot of potatoes.  Mostly because we like them and they are filling.  Partly because potatoes — even organic ones — are inexpensive.  And there are so many varieties and colors.  Have you tried purple fingerling potatoes?  They...
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If you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal that’s easy on the grocery budget, put this Sweet Pepper Frittata recipe on your go-to list!  This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and feeds my family of five with...
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First of all, this one was a kid-pleaser.  Does anything else matter? Oh.  Okay. This pineapple shrimp stir fry is a sweet and savory summer supper.  The pineapple gives it both a sweetness and tangy-ness that is unforgettable.  I would...
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  • Quinoa and Pecan Casserole Recipe
Hello, comfort food! It’s nice to eat ya. Quinoa is one of my favorite side dishes, but recently I’ve been looking for more ways to make it a main dish.  We certainly aren’t vegetarian but we don’t want meat for...
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Fluffy.  Sweet. Buttery. Comfort.   Yes, please. I grew up eating pancakes made from a packet mix.  I could make ’em myself by the time I was 10 and did so most Saturday mornings.   I had no idea what...
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  • ork Chops and Fried Apples Recipe
My pork chops and baked apples dish is delish.  It had been a while since I made pork chops regularly because I struggled to find a pork chop recipe that my family enjoyed.  On a whim, I decided to buy...
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  Baby, it’s cold outside! Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, right? If you’re looking a bowl of warm comfort, you’ve come to the right place!  I threw together some veggies, lentils and bone broth in the slow cooker...
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  • Homemade Chocolate Milk Mix
Homemade Chocolate Milk Mix I have a confession.  Before we began our real food journey, my children drank chocolate milk made with vitamin-enriched chocolate powder almost every day.  I was happy that they were getting vitamins and “X% less sugar...
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  • Homemade Whipped Cream
Homemade Maple Whipped Cream What makes coffee and hot chocolate a little more special?  Pies and puddings and a lot more delectable?   Why it’s my homemade maple whipped cream! This creamy taste-of-heaven is super easy to make and contains...
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  • Wheat Free Desserts
Delicious Wheat Free Desserts When I began my real food journey, I vowed that no matter what I did differently to achieve health, I would NEVER cut wheat and sugar from my diet.  Of course, I had no idea that...
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  • Homemade Mango Apricot Kombucha
Mango Apricot Kombucha  Kombucha is a wonderful beverage that helps your liver to cleanse, your gut to heal and your energy level to rise, among other important things.  We drink kombucha daily for its health benefits.   I brew my...
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I’m fortunate to live in a climate where the winters are mild.  Still, we get a cold day here and there that produces quite a chill.  On those days, I want to be inside my warm home cooking up some...
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge  Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination.  Recently I purchased some natural peanut butter that my family didn’t enjoy.  Now, this peanut butter was not made from organic or soaked peanuts, so it wasn’t technically...
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 Since we gave up conventionally prepared grains several months ago, I’ve been experimenting with and tweaking various recipes for our favorite grain products. I’ve learned to make sourdough bread, soaked pancakes and waffles and even soaked tortillas. One of the...
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If you are searching for a grain-free breakfast that will keep you full for hours, look no further!  My favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs with avocado.  This breakfast combines filling and healthy saturated fat and tons of flavor.  Wash it down...
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When I began my real food journey, one of the things that troubled me most was how I would replace conventional, store-bought wheat products such as tortillas.  Sourdough bread and soaked waffles and pancakes were easy to make, but tortillas,...
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    When we received our quarter of grass-fed beef, we got several packages of cube steak.  I wasn’t thrilled, at first, because I had cube steak as a child and vowed to never serve such vile and difficult-to-chew food...
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Peppers, onions and mushrooms, oh my! My absolute favorite vegetable side dish (Oh, heck, I could make this a main dish!) is peppers, onions and mushrooms sauteed together in butter, seasoned with garlic, paprika and turmeric and sprinkled with Himalayan pink salt. It is...
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  How To Make Melon Balls Without a Melon Baller  Melon balls are a great addition to a summer party spread.  They are adorable and easy to eat.  Skewering different types of melons makes a colorful treat for children.  Freezing...
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 I love butter.  It’s true.  But, who doesn’t, right?   A lot of people love butter, but many of us are afraid of butter.  Why on earth do we fear a liberal or even moderate consumption of this nutrient-packed dairy...
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