Thank you so much for checking out my blog! My goal here is to share a wide variety of experience ranging from farming to cooking to health and diet. I’ll try to keep it short and focused!

Posing for the camera in Sante Fe

The problem (or benefit) in describing what you will find on this blog is that over the years I have taken so many turns and pivots that it is difficult to blog about just one focused topic. There is one thing all of the pivots have in common however…FOOD.

To better describe these pivots, I’m merging the areas of my expertise into 5 categories. Don’t worry, there is a user-friendly index so that you don’t have to slog through topics that are of no interest to you! The overarching topics that I share on this blog include:

  • Low carb cooking and cooking tutorials
  • Growing and cooking heirloom tomatoes
  • Diet help on a variety of low carb diets
  • Mixology using shrub syrups
  • Easy Seasonal Cooking and novice cooking videos.

It is my hope to help make your life healthier and happier by continuing to share what I have learned around food, drink and health.

Sound good? Click here to navigate to the topic of interest to you.

If you are primarily interested in what kind of cooking and recipes you will find on the blog, click here

For articles and recipes around diet and health, click here.

If you are interested in the products we make on the farm and sell online or at the farmers’ markets, click here.

Now, to get a little more personal, below is a bit more about me personally and my journey to health and fitness.

My Journey

I started my interest in food and drink in my 20’s working as a bartender and a server in some quality restaurants in Portland, Oregon. The road took a few turns after that….

I got married to the love of my life, finished a graduate degree in environmental planning, and moved to Minnesota to a property of 23 acres and started working for a state environmental agency.

I had my first child (a daughter) just after moving to Minnesota. As it turned out my daughter had a serious heart defect that required major surgeries at Boston Children’s Hospital (a Fontan to be specific). It quickly became clear that she was going to need hands-on care from a parent as she developed.

Since we had some acreage, I quit my state job and started growing blueberries and produce on our land. Fast forward 3 years and we had another child and the berry and produce project turned into a small but productive organic farm, specializing in blueberries, heirloom tomatoes and chile peppers.

While my daughter is not “cured” with a normal heart, she is now a beautiful young adult living a good life in Denver Colorado, as is her brother.

My awesome daughter as a young adult
Hiking with my son in CO
Hiking with my son in CO

In the meantime, the farm kept growing, we established a commercial kitchen on the farm and started making preserves out of the fruit we grew. You can see our whole range of award-winning preserves, our spice blends and our shrub syrups at our thriving online store.

The last real pivot was becoming an online diet and health coach. The farm work had definitely kept me healthy, but it wasn’t until my kids were older that I realized (or cared) about how much weight I had gained.

In 2014 I started eating low carb (Tim Ferriss’s plan), lost 30 pounds and became an online diet coach at a wonderful platform called I loved helping people one-to-one and over the past years I have coached over 400 people to health and fitness, primarily through low carb, slow carb or keto types of lifestyles.

The one thing most of my clients had in common however, was the fact that they didn’t cook. They were either too busy, didn’t know how, or didn’t know how to modify their cooking to lower carb options. So…….

My latest addition is to share easy cooking tutorials (video). You can now find a list of easy cooking tutorials on my You Tube channel.

In summary, this blog is an effort to share some of the knowledge accumulated from all of these previous life experiences (and research) in food and health.  More importantly however, I share the delights of small-scale farming, and of turning low carb meals into tasty comfort food!

Whew! Enough about me already!

Cheers from the better half!

Cheers! Ciao! Happy Trails!

Explore the site, comment if you want to start a conversation, and remember…..

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.” ——Julia Child


  1. Judy on April 17, 2020 at 3:36 am

    I love seeing you all, even if it’s remotely from a long distance. What a healthy, happy life together you have created. Vegetarian yes, Keto? Not so sure it’s for me, but it sure looks great on you! Be well, my friends.

    • dorothy stainbrook on April 17, 2020 at 6:20 am

      Hi Judy, Just a note to say it’s totally possible to be vegetarian and keto, it’s called Ketotarian. Personally however I think a strict keto diet is helpful to people with illness around inflammation and joint issues, and it is helpful to those with insulin resistance.

      For the average person, just eating a diet of low sugar and no processed foods is probably the healthiest way to go. For weight loss on top of a healthy diet, it ends up being about the calorie intake.

      So….most of my recipes are designed to be whole foods and low sugar for me. Cutting out processed foods generally gets you to low carb.

      I love hearing from you also btw, and hope to see you again someday after this is all over!

  2. Frank on September 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    where do you post your suggestions on Hardening Off tomato plant seedlings prior to planting in the garden?

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