About This Blog

IMG_4463 EReal Food Roads is, first and foremost, my blog about what I’m cooking and eating right now, using seasonal, local ingredients, and simple techniques that allow those ingredients to tell their tales. It also celebrates the joy that special foods bring me and my family, including foods that some may not consider “real”.

I believe moving closer to a home-cooked lifestyle should not be another source of stress and denial. To quote “Desiderata”: “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.” Real food has to fit into your real life, or you won’t be able to embrace it and enjoy it. So alongside the bounty of seasonal vegetables and fruits, you will also find a remarkably blue TARDIS cake, and cocktail weenies, canned chili and hot dog bun “cups”. To me, that’s what it means to be on a real food road.

Food is more than what you put in your mouth, on your table, in your shopping cart. Food is culture, food is history, food is political, and food is personal. So this blog is also about all of that, and the intersection of all those roads.

To find out more about why we started down the real food road, read “Beginning at the Beginning”. To get some tips on eating seasonally, click on the tab “Eating Seasonally 101” in the menu bar at the top of the page. Browse the Recipe Index to get some ideas for those new vegetables you’re ready to try. Above all, have fun. If cooking and eating this way didn’t bring us all good health and fill us with joy, we wouldn’t be doing it, and I wouldn’t be telling you about it.

Got a question? Leave a comment below, or drop me a line at mamamarti (at) mac (dot) com.

(Photo Credit: Ann Grummon, 6 Acre Studio)



  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I must say, everything on your blog looks so fresh and delicious- it makes me hungry even this early in the morning. Happy blogging.


  2. Hiya Marti. As you already know, I have nominated you for an Inspiring Blog Award. I hope it sends a few more readers your way, because not only do I love your “do your best but loosen up” philosophy, you’re just good people. Thank you for spending hours and hours of your time creating an inspiring blog for all of us to enjoy. You have nothing to do other than bask in the glow of the freaky-lookin’ dove. http://thefarmerstaft.com/2012/08/06/feel-the-love-inspiring-blog-award-and-15-bloggers-you-should-visit/


  3. Hello, you are nominated by Life in Kansas Blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can see your nomination here: http://lifeinkansasblog.com. If you wish to accept this nomination the rules are to: 1. Thank the blogger who offered the nomination; 2. Post the One Lovely Blog emblem on your blog; 3. List seven random facts about yourself; 4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for the award. Send a message to those nominees informing them of their nomination.
    If this isn’t something you wish to do then please just think of this as a compliment to your blog!


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