Naughty or nice?

One of the most difficult things about our current food-scape is learning how to navigate basic, familiar foods that have somehow become very complicated. Is dairy good or bad? Is meat good or bad? Nobody questions mayonnaise, though. That’s always bad… or is it? People often ask me what they should be eating. Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer to that question right now. I know that vegans believe that vegetables are the answer, but respectfully, I feel even that gets complicated.

You see, I really can’t simply suggest drinking a glass of milk or not because not all milk is created equal. Encouraging someone to eat or not eat meat gets complicated because I wouldn’t let some factory farmed meat touch my lips, yet my local farmer’s meat gives me life. Same with nearly every other category of food. Eggs? To learn the answer to that question, all you have to do is crack a factory farmed egg next to an egg from a chicken that’s been roaming the fields eating bugs & worms. The factory egg will be pale, light pastel yellow, and the pastured egg will be BRIGHT orange. The yolk’s don’t lie. The added color is nourishment.

And to me, that’s the key – eating whole, nutrient-dense foods. If we’re discussing food within the landscape of whole, nourishing foods, the answers get a bunch easier and heaps more fun! There’s not a whole lot on the naughty list. Sugar? Yes. But, when you’re eating grass-fed butter without guilt, the cravings for sugar pretty much go away. The term indulgence becomes the label for a much smaller category. And, one of the foods removed from the “naughty” list is mayonnaise. Santa will be bringing mayonnaise an iPad this year. When made with quality oils and pastured egg yolks, I find absolutely nothing wrong with feeding mayo to my family on a daily basis, if they so desire.

Bring on the mayonnaise, baby!

Click HERE for the Simply Mayonnaise recipe…

xo – Organic Spark


  • Sandra

    At least, I have permission to indulge in one of my favorite condiments. Thanks, Molly.

    December 12, 2010
  • Sandra

    I meant to say, "At last!" :)

    December 12, 2010
  • The Domestic Diva

    Great recipe — especially the tip about lacto-fermentation! I can't wait to try this.


    December 12, 2010
  • marla

    I am with you Molly, feeding ourselves & our families the highest quality ingredients is essential. Nothing wrong with high quality homemade mayo at all :)

    December 13, 2010
  • Amanda

    Such a lovely recipe!! I cant wait to make this!

    December 13, 2010
  • Molly

    Thanks Ladies!!! xoxo

    December 13, 2010
  • PurpleDancingDahlias

    Made this the other night and added some chipotle seasoning to it, stirred in a little raw honey and it was the perfect dip to go with our roasted sweet potato fries.

    December 18, 2010
  • Molly Chester

    PurpleDancingDahlias – That's awesome! Sounds so delicious. I gotta try that… Thanks for reporting back! :)

    December 18, 2010

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