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How to Make Plantain Flour

I’m a huge fan of plantains, and I want to make sure more AIP/Paleo people know of them. For most of my life, I thought plantains were just those funny little green mini-bananas that were supposed to taste weird and I’d likely never eat unless I wandered into a cafe somewhere in Costa Rica… which is on…

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Homemade Bouillon Cubes

BOUILLON! I love saying that word. It brings me back to my days in High School French class, with our hilarious, Freud-obsessed teacher, Mrs. Adler from Marseilles … but I digress. When you’re out hiking, do you like having a cuppa something hot when you get to camp? I do! When I worked as an…

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Pemmican With Dried Fruit and Greens!

Okay, I’m writing this one in a hurry, because I’m leaving this morning for a six-day backcountry climbing trip. I thank the spunky little bird outside my window who decided that 4:30 a.m. was the perfect time to begin an operatic serenade, complete with call and response from a bird across the street. It gave me…

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Dehydrated Coconut Milk Powder

7/25/15 EDIT: This product has dropped off the radar on Amazon… boo, Amazon! Thankfully, it can be ordered from the maker, Z-Natural Foods. I’m keeping an eye on the Amazon availability and will post here if it changes! NOTE: If you order it from Z-Natural, make SURE you get the version made with tapioca maltodextrin…

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Smoked Salmon Chowder

On my recent trip to the Enchantments, I had this tasty dish for one of my dinners. What a treat! I’m a big fan of smoked salmon, and feel lucky to have a great smokehouse about a mile from my house. This dish delivers the savory and creamy sides of chowder nicely, and while coconut…

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Helicopter Rescue in the Enchantments

This post is linked to from my Enchantments Birthday Trip post. To see how it all began, go there first! To catch you up: I was hiking into the Enchantment Lakes region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth, WA, when I came across a gal in the woods with an injured ankle. note: i…

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Enchantments Birthday Trip

Two weeks ago, a friend and I had plans to hike into the Enchantment Lakes region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth, WA, to climb an easy alpine classic; Prusik Peak has a striking ridgeline, and is one of the most photographed peaks in Washington state. My buddy and I have aspirations to some…

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Beckey Route on Liberty Bell, Washington Pass

My calendar tells me it’s the first day of spring… the weather says differently. Either way, I’m thinking of summertime, warm rock, and blue skies, and as I looked back through my photos, I came across my images from a climb I did on Washington Pass last summer. WA Pass is known for easy access, superb…

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The Dirt on Food Cravings

Who among us doesn’t crave some type of food, some of the time? If you don’t, get back on your unicorn and ride back into the sunset. But for the rest of us mere mortals, food cravings are a fact of life – at least until we get our diet and nutritional status figured out.…

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Key Lifestyle Habits for Adrenal Health

Back in January, I wrote an article over at Autoimmune Paleo, called “Eight Key Lifestyle Habits to Support Adrenal Healing“. What’s so important about the adrenal glands? They are key for our response to stress. Athletes, adventurers, parents, professionals, even bookish nerds, we all experience stress. When a body is under stress, the adrenals pump…

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Fresh Coconut Milk

Although this blog is dedicated to recipes for the trail, sometimes I like to share a little goodie that’s more for in town. In this case, it’s home-made coconut milk. If you’ve only ever had the canned or tetra pack variety, you may not be too thrilled about the idea. But… home-made coconut milk is…

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Sage Maple Beef Jerky

Okay, I admit it. My first two years on AIP, I ate no red meat, or mammal anything. I was on my way to being vegan when I fell really ill, and it was a big challenge mentally and emotionally for me to accept eating animals again. I remember the first time I roasted a whole chicken……

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Dehydrated Cranberries – A Tart or Sweet Treat!

Dried cranberries are one of my favorite dried fruits. The store-bought version is tart, sweet, and slightly chewy, much like a raisin. Just about any dried cranberries you buy in the store will be sweetened with sugar since the plain fruit is SO tart, and they contain a bit of sunflower or vegetable oil to…

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Easy Olive Caper Tapenade for the Trail

Are there times in the backcountry when you wish your meal had more fresh zing? Well, here’s a great option – an olive caper tapenade guaranteed to give your food some new life! I like to eat it on anything with salmon in it, or as a topping for eggs, or spread on plantain crackers. I got the…