about the ragamuffin

hey!  Thanks for stopping by Ragamuffin Diaries.  I’m Rebekah, and I appreciate the fact that you’ve taken the time to look around here a lil’ bit.  Hopefully you can take inspiration from something you see here!

I’ve always loved cooking; I vaguely remember the first time I tried, at a rather young age, to make something on my own: heart-shaped biscuits to surprise my mom for Valentine’s Day.  My dad thankfully came to the rescue as I, unaware of different measuring utensils, tried to measure a cup of baking powder into the bowl!  I’ve been continuing to explore the kitchen and figure out different recipes ever since.

Ragamuffin Diaries was created on February 25th, 2011.  For months I’d been drooling over various food blogs, and a part of me kept wondering if I’d be able to “pull one of those off”.  I put it off for a while, until, encouraged by my boyfriend, and hoping that, if nothing else, having a food blog would mean I’d actually record the recipes I tried, I started blogging.

I grew up in rural Alaska, and was blessed with a mom who grew a great big garden each summer & cared about making sure her children ate healthy diets of veggies & whole grains, and a dad who went hunting for moose and caribou each fall.  These factors meant I was lucky enough to eat wild game and homegrown veggies almost year round, and instilled in me a love of good, nutritious food.

In the last two years my relationship with food has been continuing to evolve, as I’ve learned more about health and nutrition.  On Ragamuffin Diaries, I try to follow many of the cooking and dietary principles set forth by the Weston A. Price Foundation (I’ve been very inspired by Sally Fallon’s wonderful book Nourishing Traditions).

Recently, I have chosen to not eat factory-farmed meats anymore, because of the awful impacts that system can have on our environment and our health.  I still love to eat wild salmon and wild game, that I’m lucky enough to catch or have shared with me by friends, or meat that has been sustainably raised.  I also love being able to get fresh raw milk, or fresh eggs from local farms.  These are all exceptional foods with many health benefits!  Unfortunately, the supermarket varieties available to most people can’t even be compared.

Many of the recipes here on Ragamuffin Diaries are vegan or vegetarian, because my boyfriend & I are both committed to not eating factory-farmed meats, and also because my boyfriend,  Joe (who is also a wonderful recipe taster & source of encouragement!),  is strongly allergic to dairy products.  He is able to drink raw milk, but since we don’t always have that, I often just make recipes dairy-free.  I also don’t like to use soy products (besides miso!) because I think they are difficult for the body to digest and not usually a healing food, so coconut milk and coconut oil are my favorite non-dairy substitutes.

I want to encourage you, wherever you are in the journey of your relationship with food, that any changes you want to make can be done, but don’t worry about starting too big!  It recently surprised me to see that only a year ago I started trying to reduce the amount of refined sugar in recipes, and now I almost never use any refined sugar!  Big changes happen with small steps, and don’t be overwhelmed.  Any little change is a good one!

That’s a bit about me, and a bit about the recipes that you’ll find here.  Have fun with the recipes, and have fun experimenting with them, playing around with ingredients according to your personal taste; feel free to adjust and make them your own!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading, and that you check back in, as I continue to learn more about healthy, nutritious eating.



12 Responses to about the ragamuffin

  1. eva626 says:

    great stuff you post! i am loving all the foods you make and enjoy..nice to meet you. you have a great tasting blog heehee

  2. Good post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that we have definitely enjoyed reading by way of your website posts. Any way I’ll be registering to your feed and that i hope you post once again soon.

  3. Veronica says:

    So excited to follow you through your blog! I love it! And the recipes look wonderful! Thank you for stopping by Happy By Nature! 🙂

  4. Ferk de Kroon says:

    Beautifal blog! All those recipes! With christmas I am definitely gonna make some!

    I don’t know if you remember me, but my name is Ferk de Kroon (from Holland) and we had two backcountry trips with Betsy and we (me and my family) met you in Kennicot!

    Groetjes (Bye, Bye in Dutch),
    Ferk de Kroon

    • so glad that you stopped by my blog! I do remember you and the wonderful trips you were able to go on with Betsy…. Ah, I’m sure those are wonderful memories! Hope that your winter is going well! 🙂

  5. Robin says:

    Good evening Bek!
    Thought you’d like to know….have my first loaf of sourdough bread in the oven right now, with a bubbly sour starter ALL the way from your kitchen in Fairbanks 🙂
    I’ll let ya know how it turns out!
    and thank you for joinin us for a fabulous hot springs trip! i look forward to more adventures soon!
    love Robin

  6. Shira says:

    Love your balanced, moderate approach to food and eating healthy/responsible! Thanks for your comments and the follow! 🙂

  7. cibusamare says:

    you definitely have been able to “pull off” one of those blog things! 😀
    I’m really excited to try some recipes after reading about your responsible attitude to food!

  8. Rhianna says:

    Hi Rebekah!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for an Illuminating Blogger Award.

    My post nominating your site will appear on my blog tomorrow morning (http://mizrhi.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/illuminating-blogger-award/).

    You can pick up your award graphic and instructions at Food Stories Illuminating Blogger Award page (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/comment-page-25/#comments).


  9. abby says:

    hey girl, really cool blog! I am a recently converted vegan and super interested in how you use chickpeas for so many desserts. Which recipe would you recommend that i try out first? your chocolate peanut butter pretzel cake, or your abc chocolate beet cake? or would you recommend something else?

    thanks so much!!

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