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Spreading The FoodRenegade Love

So, even though I didn’t post yesterday, a lot happened with this site.

First, we were added to All-Top’s Nutrition page.

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14 Responses to Spreading The FoodRenegade Love
  1. Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good?
    February 19, 2009 | 2:50 pm

    Congrats on all of this! Is healthy eating a passion and hobby of yours or is it also something you are making a career out of? Seems like you are doing great, either way. I love your blog!

    Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good?

  2. Laura
    February 19, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    Hooray for you! Hopefully this means that traditional foods are making headway since clearly that All-Top page is not strictly focused on a WAPF perspective. Your blog is terrific enough to expand your audience past the “choir” and that’s good for all of us.

    I’m throughly enjoying Real Food Media, by the way. I found y’all through Kelly the Kitchen Kop, and I’m so glad that I did.

  3. KristenM
    February 19, 2009 | 5:05 pm

    Hi Michelle — Thank you! The answer is BOTH. Most of my income comes from freelance copywriting, but I love teaching about traditional food prep methods. I offer kitchen consultations, periodic classes, and even grocery store walk-throughs. My goal is to use this website and the wonders of technology to do this all online via webinars, etc. That’s still a few months away, though.

    Laura — Thank you for the kudos. And you’re right, I really am trying to target this blog to expand our reach and get the Real Food message out there to a larger audience. Let’s hope it works!

  4. KristenM
    February 19, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    P.S. I was serious about my AllTop badge question. Which one should I post?

  5. Jenny
    February 19, 2009 | 7:37 pm

    Congratulations! That’s awesome news! I dig the first badge.


  6. cheeseslave
    February 19, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    WOWEEEEEEEE! Awesome. I like the kick ass one (of course).


  7. Deb
    February 20, 2009 | 1:28 am

    Hi Kirsten

    I’m an old lady with old fashioned values… I think the second one is offensive. I vote for the first one.

    Congratulations on your success. Your site is fast becoming one of (if not already) my favourite.

  8. Elisabeth
    February 20, 2009 | 1:35 am

    Congratulations Kristen, may your real food message reach far-and-wide!

    I found the first button about kids patronising. I like the ‘kick ass’ one too. Some may find it rude but I think it’s OK.

    I am not crazy about the red and black design – it does not say nutrition to me. But I guess this is about making nutrition ‘cool’? I’d better suspend my about-to-topple over judgements and visit All-Top

  9. Julie
    February 20, 2009 | 6:24 am

    Congratulations to you Food Renegade!! I’m also very happy that your husband mopped the tile floor. This is the way to a woman’s heart, for sure!
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I followed the recipe for making my own kombucha SKOBY. The brew is about 2 days old now. I have some questions but I will post them on a different day from the Kombucha page.

  10. Debbie
    February 20, 2009 | 9:49 am

    Congratulations! I just recently found your blog and have enjoyed it. Personally, I could do without the vulgarity of the 2nd badge. It detracts from credibility IMO.

  11. KristenM
    February 20, 2009 | 10:02 am

    This is the problem with their badges. They’re all trying to be “clever” or funny. They have one that’s just normal, but it’s B-O-R-I-N-G. And it uses the word “stories,” as if I were a news resource. “All the top stories.” While I try to *sometimes* provide news, I mostly provide commentary and resources.

    So, really, these two badges are my only two choices.

    I think the second one is kind of funny, but not the kind of thing I would ever say in polite conversation. I think the first one is kinda funny, but I was never a “cool kid” so I don’t identify with it.

    Perhaps I should create my own? But then no one would take it seriously. Unless I did it so craftily that no one really could tell…. I could combine a couple of their designs to make something that says what I need it to. Hmmmm….

  12. nonegiven
    February 20, 2009 | 11:32 am

    I like the kicking ass one.

  13. Addie Broyles
    February 20, 2009 | 3:44 pm

    So glad to find your blog and tweets! I look forward to reading your posts. Congrats on making the All-Top top 50!

    I read in your bio about kombucha. I’m a newbie at brewing it, but I just wrote a column about some of the myths and benefits as well as a how-to brew guide. But my SCOBY grew a mold spot :(….

    Look forward to meeting you sometime!


    Addie Broyles

  14. KristenM
    February 20, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Hi Addie!

    I’m sorry about the mold on your SCOBY. That’s really rare. Are you sure it’s mold? Is it fuzzy, or just a dark spot? Anyhow, on your next batch try adding more starter. Mold grows when your tea isn’t initially acidic enough, so dumping in a bottle of organic raw kombucha ought to do the trick. Did you check out my posts on growing your own SCOBY and brewing your own kombucha? Those, plus their comments and outgoing links, are pretty information packed.


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