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LH 149: Real Food From Scratch with Southern Flair

LH 149: How to Cook Real Food with Real Ingredients

This episode is not just about Southern cooking, its about cooking from scratch using the freshest of produce and herbs. (Just like those we grow in our gardens)

And it’s about preparing real, whole food where you know (and can pronounce) all of the ingredients.

I brought on nutritionist and author Ashley English to share her food journey and why she made her way back to her Southern cooking roots.

We talk about everything from biscuits to fruit desserts.

Oh! And there’s also a Bourbon Bacon Jam recipe that you will LOVE. YUM!

You will learn:

  • Why you should use whole ingredients in your kitchen
  • How regional ingredients sumac and sorghum are used
  • What fats are part of a healthy diet
  • How Southern food can be healthy, flavorful, and fun
  • What the heck is a “zonker”????
  • And so much more

Southern from Scratch - LivingHomegrown.comAshley English:

Ashley English has degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is a member of Slow Food USA, and regularly writes for regional and national publications, both online and print.

She is the author of all four books in the Homemade Living series (Canning and PreservingKeeping ChickensKeeping BeesHome Dairy), as well as A Year of PiesHandmade GatheringsQuench, A Year Of Picnics, The Essential Book of Homesteading, and Southern From Scratch. 

Ashley and her family live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead.


Bacon Jam Recipe:

Ashley mentioned her Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe on the podcast and she has graciously agreed to share it with all of you.

Click the button below to get a printable PDF version so you can make it for yourself!

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Southern from Scratch *- Ashley’s Book
Southern from Scratch -
A Year of Picnics *- Ashley’s Book

A Year of Pies *- Ashley’s Book

Quench *- Ashley’s Book

Handmade Gatherings *- Ashley’s Book

Essential Book of Homesteading *- Ashley’s Book

Keeping Chickens *- Ashley’s Book
Home Dairy

Home Dairy *- Ashley’s Book

Keeping Bees *- Ashley’s Book

Canning & Preserving *- Ashley’s Book

Small Measure – Ashley’s Blog

Making Biscuits From Scratch – Ashley’s favorite recipe

Intentional Swine

Weston Price Foundation


Related Episodes:

The Magic of No Knead Bread 

Sourdough Starter and Heirloom Flour



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.