Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
Real Food Digest is about inspiring people to cook more at home from natural unrefined ingredients and the impact this approach has on our health and the sustainability of the environment. Real Food Digest is also about reconnecting to the roots of our Jewish tradition - our holidays are based on an agricultural calendar and many of our customs have a connection to nature.
My husband persuaded me to start blogging a few years ago to share recipes, cooking advice, and green living tips that my friends kept asking for. It's been a great way to connect to others who care about the quality and ethics of our food, teach others what real food is all about, and learn from an amazing online community.
What is your earliest cooking memory?
Watching my mom cook. Her priority to have a home-cooked meal for her children every night even while working full time is so admirable.
What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget?
A sharp chef's knife.
What's your favorite kosher dish to cook?
Chicken soup - I make it almost every week in my slow cooker. It's full of minerals and nutrients plus I get a few meals out of it; soup, chicken salad, and enough stock to freeze for preparing rice and other dishes throughout the week.
Who is your cooking inspiration?
My local farmers. I use to create weekly menus from my favorite cookbooks, but now that I go to the farmer's market every week I get inspired by the amazing fresh produce I bring home each week and plan my menus around what's in season.
Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers:
Don't be afraid of using fats! I love using butter or ghee and coconut oil in my cooking - they add a ton of flavor, keep you satisfied longer (and keep those sugar cravings away), and actually help our bodies absorb the nutrients in our food. Vegetable oils and non-dairy spreads are highly processed. We're taught to fear fat in our diet but many traditional societies using saturated fats from animals and plants (like coconuts) demonstrated robust health until the introduction of industrialized products like vegetable oils and refined flours.
Which recipes are you sharing with us today?
Slow Cooker Ginger Chicken Broth - a nutrient rich and easy dinner.
Apple Macadamia Nut Crisp - a no-fuss recipe that works well for Shabbat entertaining and a great Passover dessert since it can be made without flour.
Lisa's blog Real Food Digestis a compilation of her favorite recipes, kitchen tips, healthy living resources, and nutritional information. She strives for nutrient dense foods that serve as a foundation for optimal health; foods that offer the body a line of defense against our toxic environment and assists in the prevention of chronic diseases. Most importantly, however, it needs to be delicious.
Most of all, Real Food Digest is about connecting to avibrant online community passionate about real food – minimally processed, without artificial ingredients or pesticides, not genetically modified – and properly prepared.