Real Food Kitchen Tour: McKenzie McCarty

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A warm welcome Project365(3) Day 10

Welcome to another edition of the Real Food Kitchen Tour. This week we’re featuring the kitchen of McKenzie McCarty.

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: McKenzie McCarty

This week we travel to Seattle, Washington to tour the kitchen of McKenzie McCarty.

Kenzie is married to Josh, and mama to two cute kitties!

Blog Name: I don’t have a blog.
Blog Author: McKenzie
Location: Seattle, Washington
House or Apartment: Renting a house
Size of Kitchen: 9ft x 21ft
Things You Love About Your Kitchen: I thought I would hate a galley style kitchen, but I love it! I love that there is lots of counter space, and we have tons of storage. I love our convection oven and I really enjoy our gas stove, I feel quite spoiled with my appliances.
Things You Would Change: We need a bigger freezer (or just space for a second freezer). I absolutely hate our blue tile countertops, crumbs get stuck in the grout. Yuck!
Favorite Tools & Gadgets: Cuisinart food processor (great for making mayo and larabars), cast iron skillets, the master blender-vita mix, glass jars, and my beloved red kitchen aid. Also a dry erase marker to write dates and contents on glass jars.
Biggest Challenges Cooking Real Food: Making healthy snacks and grab and go type foods that we could eat in the car, we love fruit but it gets old.
Current Family Favorite Meal: Simple Summer Succotash from Riddlelove, a forever favorite of ours is marinated skirt steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes with lots of butter, garlic and crème fraiche. Steak Friday is very common for us.
Favorite Cookbooks: [easyazon-link asin=”0967089735″ locale=”us”]Nourishing Traditions[/easyazon-link] (of course!) also lots of recipes from my real foodie Mom. I tend to get most of my basic recepies like mayo, salad dressings and chicken stock from [easyazon-link asin=”0967089735″ locale=”us”]Nourishing Traditions[/easyazon-link]. But for meals I search the blogosphere.

Lovely blue (not so much!)


Our seriously retro convection oven and microwave.


The baking corner, my pinterest inspired measuring cup hooks.


Coffee counter, the habit my husband can’t break (or just won’t)


The baking corner, I’m such a fan of having all the equipment and ingredients all in the same corner makes baking much faster.


Oats soaking the night away (I remembered today, yay!), creme frachie, and water kefir.


Homemade pizza, with yogurt dough crust and raw cheese, my hubs loves this one!


Chicken Stock, I make 1 batch every 2 weeks for our family of 2.


Glass jars to store food from the bulk section at the grocery store.


Inside the fridge, not too crazy. Raw milk, water kefir, whey, homemade mayo, homemade strawberry freezer jam, sprouted bread.


The freezer on the other hand is pure insanity! I freeze the raw milk because we live about an hour and a half away from the creamery where I buy it, so when we make a trip I load up!


Pantry, this is our first house with a pantry so I love the storage it offers.


Menu board, another pinterest inspired idea.


Check Out the Previous Real Food Kitchen Tour Posts

Real Food Kitchen Tour: Dimes2Vines
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Gutsy
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Wannabe Homesteader
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Nourishing Our Children
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Life Is A  Melody
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Too Many Jars in My Kitchen!
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Natural Health at Home
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Promise Land Farm
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Mama and Baby Love
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Healthy Habit Coach
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Life From Scratch
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Our Nourishing Roots
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Jody Brantley
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Eating My Vegetables
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Well Fed Homestead
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Farm Food Blog
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Unmistakably Food
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Health
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Prairie Homestead
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Bubbling Brook Farm
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Taste is Trump
Real Food Kitchen Tour: CHEESESLAVE
Real Food Kitchen Tour: GAPS Diet Kitchen
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Mom
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Radically Natural Living
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Amanda Brown
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Pamela Montazeri
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Cracking an Egg with One Hand
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Yolks, Kefir & Gristle
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Okparaeke Family
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Holistic Kid
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Artistta
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Nourished & Nurtured
Real Food Kitchen Tour: May All Seasons Be Sweet to Thee
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Horting Family
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Hybrid Rasta Mama
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Granola Mom 4 God
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Real Food Devotee
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Real Food Forager
Real Food Kitchen Tour: The Leftover Queen
Real Food Kitchen Tour: Health Home & Happiness

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


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