Real Food Kitchen Tour: Granny’s Vital Vittles

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A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week, we travel to Elgin, Texas to tour the kitchen of Kathy Block of the blog Granny’s Vital Vittles.

What’s a Real Foodie?

A “real foodie” is someone who cooks “traditional” food. We cook stuff from scratch using real ingredients, like raw milk, grass-fed beef, eggs from chickens that run around outdoors, whole grains, sourdough and yogurt starters, mineral-rich sea salt, and natural sweeteners like honey and real maple syrup.

We don’t use modern foods that are either fake, super-refined, or denatured. This includes modern vegetable oils like Crisco and margarine, soy milk, meat from factory farms, pasteurized milk from cows eating corn and soybeans, refined white flour, factory-made sweeteners like HFCS or even refined white sugar, or commercial yeast.

We believe in eating wholesome, nutrient-dense foods that come from nature. So we shop at farmer’s markets or buy direct from the farmer, or we grow food in our own backyards.

This Week’s Real Food Kitchen Tour: Granny’s Vital Vittles

Kathy in the kitchen

My name is Kathy I live just outside of Austin with my husband of 19 years Barry and youngest son Jake. I have another older son in college. We have two cats and about a dozen chickens.

Once upon a time we had a few milk goats and a large garden. We hope re-create that again in the near future.

And I have a confession… I’m a reluctant cook. I wasn’t born with a spoon in my hand. I didn’t cook alongside my Mama when I was growing up. I only really developed an interest in cooking as a young mother trying to find healthier food for my family. It’s been a long circuitous journey to learn both how to cook and what to cook with lots of mistakes and course corrections along the way.

I am still learning a lot about how to cook well. What to cook has become pretty clear in the past few years. And what I’ve learned through trial and error can help you and your family. If you’d like to learn more about my journey, you’ll find more details here about my “Real Food Conversion”.

Blog Name: Granny’s Vital Vittles
Blog Author: Kathy Block
Location: Elgin Texas, a suburban small town near Austin
How Long Blogging: 1 year
House or Apartment: House
Size of Kitchen: 8 x 10 feet
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: My husband and I redid this kitchen ourselves about 5 years ago so I love the color choices and cabinets!  Our home was built in 1950 and hadn’t had much work done to it before we bought it.  We’re renovating the entire house and the kitchen was about 10th on the list of things that had to be taken care of so when the time came we were definately ready.  It was fun and a lot of work to take it back to the bare walls and floor and start over from stratch.  We bought the cabinets from IKEA, filled up our truck and spent about 3 weekends putting together cabinets, handling the plumbing and wiring, and painting.
Things You Would Change: If you look closely at the pictures you’ll notice something very important is missing.  The refrigerator!  It is just a few steps outside the kitchen in the laundry/back entryway.  This was the setup when we moved in and I had really hoped to get the fridge into the kitchen when we redid it.  We planned to take out the pantry wall where the water heater and pantry is and fit it in there.  Then we’d flank it with cabinets for storage. But the space was a bit too shallow requiring a high end shallow depth fridge that wasn’t in the budget.  So moving the fridge is still on the renovation to-do list.
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: I love my Bosch Universal, my handheld blender which I’ve had forever, my Cutco knives, and my cast iron cookware.  And of course my Fido and Le Parfait jars … so handy! I was lucky enough to find a Diamant hand cranked grain mill used about 10 years ago.  This is more ornamental to me than functional, but we used to use it a lot.  I love the antique touch it gives our kitchen.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Arranging time for and remembering to actually do all the little steps leading up to a real food finished dish.  I’ve worked out some habits that help a bunch and I’m adding to it all the time.  And I’m lucky that my husband makes a big breakfast for us everyday!  Affordability is always an issue for everyone our family included.  Sometimes we can afford to do more and we gain ground and sometimes we can afford less but whatever level we’re at we’re still eating real food.  And you might notice the microwave in the kitchen.  That thing leaves our kitchen over my husbands dead body … I think he loves it more than me ;-).v
Current Family Favorite Meal: Soups and stews are a big favorite here!  Easy to make very nutritious.  Egg dishes go over big too during times when we have lots of eggs.  We keep a flock of hens so from time to time we are overrun.
Favorite Cookbooks: I love reading old-timey cookbooks. When I started my blog I was working thru a list of recipes from Mrs Dull’s [easyazon-link asin=”0820328537″ locale=”us”]”Southern Cooking“[/easyazon-link], an old southern favorite.  I also love the [easyazon-link asin=”0743246268″ locale=”us”]”Joy of Cooking“[/easyazon-link] and I have several recipe compilations from old newspapers and magazines where many of the Grannys I knew as a kid got their recipe ideas from.  I buy boxes of old recipes at antique stores for fun!  You can learn so much about how the american diet has changed from these old sources.  So many of the recipes in these books need little or no modification to make them real food recipes.

View of the kitchen

Crockpots and counters




Knife drawer

Dining area looking into the kitchen

Fermenting cupboard

Inside the fridge


My pantry

Close up of the pantry

Pantry wall

Pot rack



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Let Us Tour Your Kitchen

Are you a real foodie? Do you have a kitchen that you’d like to see featured on CHEESESLAVE?

Please email me at annmarie AT cheeseslave dot com. Either send me a link to a Flickr set or email me your photos (minimum of 5, but more is better). Note: Please send me LARGE photos. Minimum 610 width. If they’re too small, I can’t use them.

Oh, and please send the answers to the above questions (at the very top of this post).

As much as I’d love to include all the photos I receive, I can’t guarantee that I will use your photos in the series. I’m looking for creative, good quality photos.

Some ideas for photos:

  • Show us what’s in your fridge or what’s fermenting on your counter
  • Take some snaps of some of your favorite kitchen gadgets, or show us how you organize your spices
  • Got backyard chickens? Send some pics!
  • How about a lovely herb garden?
  • Kids or pets are always cute!
  • Try to include at least one photo of yourself, ideally in your kitchen

And no, you don’t have to have a blog to be included in the tour.

Photo credit: A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10 by Keith Williamson, on Flickr and photos by Memories by Michelle