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Fight Back Fridays July 24th

Welcome to another Fight Back Friday, everyone! Today we’re bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution.

Who are they? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

So, let’s have some fun.

If you want to participate but aren’t sure how, please read these guidelines for how Fight Back Fridays will work.

Please be courteous and use your BEST blog carnival manners! In the very least, that means remember the two most important things you can do:

  1. Share a relevant post from your blog with us using the Mr. Linky Widget below (don’t just link to your blog’s home page).
  2. In your post, be sure to link back to this post (not the Food Renegade home page) so that your readers can have access to all the information and encouragement we’ll be sharing.

Please also feel free to make use of any of the banners below by saving the image to your desktop then uploading it to your own server. (You don’t have to use them, but they’re there for you!)

If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, you can leave your comments below!

Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning. I can’t wait to see what you all share.

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Come on, people. Let’s change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

Fight Back Fridays Participants

1. Small Footprint Family – Much Ado About Superfoods
2. REAL FOOD FOR YOUR BABY-Kelly the Kitchen Kop
3. The Kathleen Show (Choose organic milk)
4. ElizabethG (healthy breakfast)
5. Local Nourishment (Swine Flu Vaccine Update)
6. HOW TO CHOOSE REAL FOOD Campaign for Real Health
7. Hugging the Coast (Gourmet Ice Cream Recipes)
8. Jen(making quick pickles at home)
9. b kinch
10. Ediable Aria – Cocoa Lanka
11. MomsforSafeFood – Food Safety

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44 Responses to Fight Back Fridays July 24th
  1. Alta
    July 23, 2009 | 7:23 am

    Amanda, how big is your chest freezer? I’m considering purchasing either a side or a quarter – my chest freezer is like 7 cu. ft. I’m wondering how much will fit in it! You’re right, this is better for you (and cheaper!)

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  2. Katrina
    July 23, 2009 | 9:03 am

    Wow! Thanks, Amanda. This was very informative and definitely something to think about. We’ll have to check in to this.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  3. Kayte
    July 23, 2009 | 9:13 am

    Being a farm girl, I have known about this and have done this also. It is a savings of money, you know where your meat comes from, you are helping the farmer in your area, and you learn to cook things like oxtail once in awhile! You can also do this with hogs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, etc. if you know a source. ALL of it tastes better off the farm from a reputable farmer. I loved this post! You are so good to have all your facts, etc. right there.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  4. Cheri Sicard
    July 23, 2009 | 11:30 am

    I this was a viable option where I live. I am envious.

    My blog this week talks about using up all those fresh tomatoes in your garden (or from the market).

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  5. kr
    July 23, 2009 | 11:45 am

    Thanks for this post, I am on my second side of beef to purchase from may SIL. The first time I had no idea on what to ask for in the cuts, how did you figure it out? I do like what you have selected, I might have to copy you when I get mine in September.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  6. Ingrid
    July 23, 2009 | 11:54 am

    That is pretty neat! Thanks for the info. Your absolutely right besides being better for you and tasting (I might even change mymind about liking beef) its CHEAPER.

    How do you find out who’s selling steers? Any helpful info when I find a farmer, er rancher?

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  7. Tami
    July 23, 2009 | 12:34 pm

    This is such a great deal. Enjoy!

    We have checked but there is no where particularly close to us where we can do this.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  8. Chef Fresco
    July 23, 2009 | 4:08 pm

    A great post! Buying your meat direct is a great way to gain more control of you food and support your local economy. As soon as I get into our house purchase a larger freezer I can’t wait to start doing this!

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  9. Helene
    July 23, 2009 | 4:30 pm

    My parents always did when we were growing up. What a great way to save money.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  10. Dawn @
    July 23, 2009 | 10:35 pm

    At the risk of perturbing some folks, I posted about the sustainability of the growing imported superfoods industry, and offered 10 eco-friendlier, domestic, affordable, easy-to-find superfoods. “Much Ado About Superfoods”

  11. Jen
    July 23, 2009 | 11:30 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Posting early on Friday (still Thursday till I go to sleep I guess) about a quick pickle recipe I love to keep on hand. Better than corn syrup, preservative loaded condiments. Thanks!
    PS: I haven’t noticed anyone linking back to this page in their posts…if I need to add that, please let me know). Jen

  12. Hugging the Coast
    July 23, 2009 | 11:32 pm

    This week, I’m sharing our post: 40 Gourmet Ice Cream Recipes to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

    The flavors you can create when you make your own homemade ice cream are far more interesting and delicious than the generic, cookie cutter ice cream you find at the supermarket.

    Additionally, making your own ice cream can be an excellent way to help kids get excited about experimenting in the kitchen (with proper supervision, of course).

  13. Charles @ Campaign For Real Health
    July 23, 2009 | 11:33 pm

    My post today is an essay offering fourteen “real food” guidelines based on the findings and teachings of Weston Price. As most of you undoubtedly know, Dr. Price sought to teach the rest of us about the health giving properties of whole, unprocessed real foods as opposed to the processed, sugarized, chemicalized fake foods western diet. Might I be so bold as to suggest it might be a good article to print out and keep handy in the kitchen!

  14. b kinch
    July 23, 2009 | 11:35 pm

    I forgot to add what my post was about…it’s my grocery day list of baby steps toward more local, real food choices for my family. Hope it still works!
    .-= b kinch

  15. Jen
    July 23, 2009 | 11:37 pm

    Oops…ignore that last question. Just edited my post to include the link back. Sorry.
    .-= Jen

  16. SUGAR B
    July 23, 2009 | 11:41 pm

    I totally love reading your Thrifty Thursdays posts. Informative and fun!

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  17. Zachary Cohen
    July 23, 2009 | 11:50 pm

    I may have double added by accident so feel free to delete the End of Food one. I am now hosting other bloggers on my site and this week I have the pleasure of hosting Hungry Garden who wrote a piece called Disrupting McFood about the vulnerabilities in the industrial food system. It;s a great piece and he;s a great piece!
    .-= Zachary Cohen

  18. Ren
    July 23, 2009 | 11:56 pm

    Cocoa Lanka, Hot Cocoa for Grownups

    Raw milk, cacao beans, star anise, Ceylon cinnamon, raw almonds, hemp seed and vanilla bean. Sleep tight, friends..
    .-= Ren

  19. Sheri aka Mom
    July 24, 2009 | 12:13 am

    This weeks post is an article about HR 2749, the ‘food safety’ bill.

    Happy Friday.

  20. Jambutter
    July 24, 2009 | 6:11 am

    Fight Back Fridays are now LIVE…#ProFood #local #sustainable #realfood bloggers share your posts! (via @FoodRenegade)

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  21. Maryann
    July 24, 2009 | 6:21 am

    Love your site! I am a food renegade and I’d love for my neighbors, friends, and family to become food renegades. I am always astounded when the people I meet say “I don’t want to know, don’t tell me, I don’t have the time, I’m too busy”. If we all do just a little everyday or once a week to make better food choices the market will respond!
    .-= Maryann

  22. Cathy Payne
    July 24, 2009 | 6:33 am

    My post is just for fun – adventures of sustainable seasonal cooking with a Julia Child recipe.
    .-= Cathy Payne

  23. Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
    July 24, 2009 | 8:56 am

    Posting this week on the top six reasons to choose organic milk.

    If there is one change families should make while they shop, it’s this one.

    Have a super Friday!

  24. KathleenShow
    July 24, 2009 | 9:34 am

    That last tweet was part of @FoodRenegade’s “Fight Back Fridays” (we’re entry #3 “Choose Organic Milk

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  25. Shelley
    July 24, 2009 | 9:43 am

    Hi! I have a new blog with about primal eating & living. Glad to be participating in Fight Back Fridays for the first time this week. Love this site!
    .-= Shelley

  26. emily
    July 24, 2009 | 10:36 am

    my post is about acking your own lunch- for health and deliciousness. i am sharing pics of my husbands lunch of wild striped bass with locally procurred salad. yum!
    .-= emily

  27. Kitty Krueger
    July 24, 2009 | 11:18 am

    Blogged today about a Geoffrey Canada who lifts kids out of dire circumstances through innovative programs AND real food. He inspires me to learn more and do more.
    .-= Kitty Krueger

  28. Millie
    July 24, 2009 | 11:23 am

    Yesterday my husband came home and shared a conversation that he had with his co-worker. That conversation inspired my post regarding liver.
    .-= Millie

  29. LeilaniWaikiki
    July 24, 2009 | 11:28 am

    Fight Back Fridays July 24th | Food Renegade: Welcome to another Fight Back Friday, everyone! Today we’re br..

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  30. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    July 24, 2009 | 12:42 pm

    Today I’m sharing the yummy pizza I made to use up odds and ends in the fridge. Wasted food is wasted money and whole wheat pizza dough is just too darn easy.
    .-= Michelle @ Find Your Balance

  31. Alana Sheldahl
    July 24, 2009 | 1:42 pm

    I blogged about discovering grass-fed liver at
    .-= Alana Sheldahl

  32. Crystal @ Cafe Cyan
    July 24, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    Grilling zucchini on a grill pan is super easy and makes for an awesome filling in a wrap. Delicious!
    .-= Crystal @ Cafe Cyan

  33. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
    July 24, 2009 | 2:29 pm

    Hi, Kristen! I revisited my homemade herb seasoning salt recipe – to make it better. I added kelp and nutritional yeast and more herbs. It is yummy to shake on anything savory – and it is really, really good for you! A great way to get trace minerals every day. Thanks for another great Friday carnival – the links look awesome!
    .-= Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

  34. Good_Foods
    July 24, 2009 | 2:47 pm

    Fight Back Fridays July 24th | Food Renegade: Welcome to another Fight Back Friday, everyone! Today we’re br..

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  35. Amanda
    July 24, 2009 | 4:11 pm

    Amazing links this week, can’t wait to go through them all!

    I shared my post about the benefits of buying a side of beef from your local farmer. Includes cost comparisons :)
    .-= Amanda

  36. Atiyah
    July 24, 2009 | 7:07 pm

    My family does this with my uncle we buy beef and pork from him and I love that I know what the ingredients are.

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  37. Rebecca
    July 24, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    This is my first Fight Back Fridays post but I’m sure I’ll continue!

    Thanks for all the ideas for a new Real Food follower. Love the site!
    .-= Rebecca

  38. Nancy Dunn
    July 24, 2009 | 11:45 pm

    Hi! I added the food renegade banner to my blog :)
    .-= Nancy Dunn

  39. Lo
    July 25, 2009 | 9:23 am

    OK — you won me over when I saw that you used cream cheese frosting! One of my favorites! And I’ll bet it was the perfect pairing for that sour cream cake!

    Happy Birthday, Joe!

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  40. Lana
    July 28, 2009 | 8:26 am

    I grew up on a farm which supplied our family with fresh beef, pork and chickens. My grandfather was a butcher and we kept 2 chest freezers filled with farm-raised meats all the time. The taste of locally produced beef, pork and poultry is so superior to that available commercially.

    I’m far removed from the farm these days but your post has reminded me of that wonderful, locally grown meat. I’m going to try to find a local supplier here where I am!!

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  41. Kristen
    July 29, 2009 | 4:12 pm

    Amanda – This was so informative. We are lucky that my husbands family are beef farmers so we get our beef straight from the farm for free. Someday I’m sure I’ll need this info though. Can’t imagine going back to store bought beef after we’ve had it this way!

    This comment was originally posted on Amanda’s Cookin’

  42. Palidor
    July 30, 2009 | 6:38 pm

    These look really yummy. Love the cocoa and cream cheese frosting on top. It’s like eating cake and cream cheese at the same time. :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I really like yours, so I’ll be visiting often!

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  43. Earth Friendly Goodies
    July 31, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Oh, I shouldn’t read food blogs on an empty stomach, bad bad me. These cupcakes look delightfully delicious wish Kid #1 a happy birthday for us. :)

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

  44. Earth Friendly Goodies
    August 1, 2009 | 11:28 pm

    Oh, I shouldn’t read food blogs on an empty stomach, bad bad me. These cupcakes look delightfully delicious wish Kid #1 a happy birthday for us. :)

    This comment was originally posted on Daily Diner

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