Since I can’t legally call it “Fire Cider” (grumble) I’m gonna call it Pirate Cydaarh(tm)
A few weeks ago, I made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from a cookbook I have. I was less than impressed. (I still ate about half of them.. you know.. just to be sure) So I screwed around with the recipe.. a lot. So much so that you wouldn’t recognize it so I’m going to go ahead and… Read more →
So, hey… It’s been a few weeks… it’s been a few rough weeks, but I’m pretty sure I’m on the upswing… so here I am, carefully making my way back into the world. I’ve been pretty depressed since our ParmaQay passed away. Depression for me looks like this: Hide Think I’m ok and handling things Discover I’m not handling things… Read more →
Evidently Pork Cake is a thing… probably a war time thing when eggs, butter and white sugar were rationed. Proof: My mom handed this to me yesterday. It was my Great-Grandmother’s and evidently she got the recipe from someone else (see the name up in the corner?) I need to make this because… pork.. and cake.. and it’s a real… Read more →
Last night, I made Court’s Mongolian Green Beans and added Shrimp.. quick easy peasy dinner! So delish!!
I’ve said it before… True Brews is a totally fun book. I’m looking forward to exploring more recipes, like the hard lemonade and the hard cider… maybe even some of the beers but for right now, I’m obsessed with soda. Last weekend, I got a pound and a half of rhubarb in my CSA and immediately thought SODA! Rhubarb is… Read more →
We called my maternal grandfather “Poppa”. I don’t remember why.. I think because someone couldn’t say “Grampa” and I’m going to guess that someone was me. I have a lot of memories of Poppa but the two that stick out the most are the time he taught me to “just cut that mold off the cheese.. it’s fine” and watching… Read more →
I am a sucker for jerky. It used to be that I was the only one who understood the allure of jerky but evidently that’s changed. I’m seeing so much love for jerky lately that it just warms my heart. Jerky is the perfect food, in my book. It’s portable, it’s shelf stable, it’s loaded full of protein. Awesome for… Read more →
I have had a bulb of fennel in my fridge since I cut the fronds off to make Gravlax. I have been trying to think of something to do with it for a while. Also, I’ve been really craving soup. It’s all Melicious’s fault because I made her Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon… twice. And now all I can think… Read more →
When I did my short stint in culinary school, I learned how to make chicken stock. You roast the bones and you simmer for-EV-ah and you can’t let it boil. Then strain and strain and strain… I have made it that way at home for ages.. and for a long time I didn’t even make stock because I had nowhere… Read more →
A while back, Ellie Krieger tweeted something about saving butter for a treat and using a nut butter instead. I actually PREFER a nut butter because of the satiety factor. Because I am a total brown noser, I tweeted at her about my home made cinnamon cashew butter and she retweeted me.. which is awesome. It also raised a question… Read more →
It’s apple season here in NYS… it’s not been a great apple season by any stretch because the weather..well has been crap for apples. Srsly dude. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to make a pie. I adore this pie. There is nothing special about it. Except every time I make it, I’m reminded of when I was a… Read more →
My mother, many years ago, planted a lovely rose bush that you would only know is a rose bush because of the way it smells. Most roses you buy from florists smell like.. well..not roses. They look lovely, sure.. but smell like ass.. you know it.. I know it… but no one will admit it. When I moved to Albany,… Read more →
A while back, the Spousal Unit brought home some premade chicken feta burgers from Sam’s Club. They were a processed food so they are generally on the no-no list, but they had minimal ingredients and were kinda tasty (probably all that salt). I thought I could certainly make something similar at home. So I did. Ground chicken is.. um.. gross…. Read more →
I am a fan of quick and easy when it comes to everyday cooking. Let’s face it…. who has time to cook fancy schmancy meals every day when you’ve got things like full time jobs and (furry) kids and a spousal unit you wish to spend actual time with. But some things are worth waiting for. Saturday morning we headed… Read more →
I need a name for these. Seriously, I don’t know what to call them. They are no grain, gluten free, paleo friendly (I think?), calorie dense, snack bars with about 4 grams of protein each (if SparkPeople can be believed: I used their calculator). They are also like crack. Crack snacks? I dunno. Whatever you want to call them, I… Read more →
Over Thanksgiving, I roasted a TON of sweet potatoes, because we love them and of course there only two of us so roasting 5 sweet potatoes made perfect sense. **facepalm** Anywho.. I searched the internet for something amazing to do with them and stumbled across Alton Brown’s Sweet Potato Waffles.. And I immediately screwed around with this recipe.. I replaced… Read more →
When I gave up having bread on a regular basis, I realized that I was giving up one of my greatest pleasures… Dipping toast into a warm salty egg yolk. I almost wept. Then I found Life As a Plate’s recipe for Acorn Squash Breakfast Hash. AndreAnna had the same problem.. she missed the runny egg yolk. I happened to… Read more →
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m on a bit of a pork kick… also, sweet potatoes are in season right now so it’s all about the pig and potatoes. If you follow me on Facebook then you saw all kinds of porky pictures from what I was calling “Pork Sunday”. I made carnitas and sausage and also rendered some fat…… Read more →
A tasty slow cooker recipe for pernil. Garlic, oregano, pepper and adobo seasoning make this super tasty!
Last night I was unenthused about everything remotely related to food. Even have those days where you are hungry but you just don’t feel like anything appeals? The thought of actually consuming something brings on a bout of apathy? You’d think, considering how often this happens to me, that I’d be thinner. However, I suspect what happens is that I… Read more →
LB and I have restarted Phase 1 of South Beach Diet and are in the middle of week one. (We will be doing two weeks) We were both feeling like we needed to get back on track again so Phase 1 should do that. But. I’ve been craving falafel. The falafel mix that I usually use had potato starch in… Read more →
One of the challenges that we’ve faced on the South Beach Diet is finding a way to each a healthy breakfast every day. We like to sleep in as late as possible and we are NOT morning people. At all. The easiest thing for me to do is to do the same thing every day. That way I don’t have… Read more →
I combined my love of Middle Eastern Spices with the traditional pot roast recipe to come up with something mildly spiced but very flavorful. I’ve also substituted white potatoes for sweet potatoes for a little different flavor (and to be more South Beach Diet friendly- sweet potatoes are phase 2 only and are considered a “starch” because of the amount of natural sugar in them)
This South Beach Phase Two smoothie is a great way to start the day or a great boost of protein after training. It tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! (without the bread, obviously)
I love to make this on a cold night. It’s warm and satisfying and disgustingly easy to make. Too substantial to be called a “soup” but not quite a stew.If spice isn’t your thing, use sweet Italian sausage. But make sure whichever sausage you buy, it’s packed with flavor. It’s the main seasoning in the recipe.
This Middle Eastern Shrimp Recipe is South Beach Diet Friendly for All Phases. It includes chick peas, spinach, shrimp and tomatoes with commonly found Middle Eastern Spices to create a flavorful stew.
This recipe for Spicy Green Beans and Shrimp was a great way to use up all those green beans we have been overloaded with from our farm share! I also figured out how to do this in one pan.. mostly.
This recipe for Texas Caviar was shared by Brie in the South Beach Diet group on Ravelry. Since not everyone can get on Ravelry, I posted the recipe here with Brie’s permission. This is Brie’s original recipe. I will confess to making this with two 15 ounce cans of black eyed peas. Ingredients 1 pound dried black eyed peas 6… Read more →
We got tons of chard with our farm share this year. We really didn’t know what to do with it. We came up with this yummy and quick way to use up that chard. You can substitute any braising green but chard is my favorite! For more substance to this for an entree, pump up the protein with some white… Read more →
We have been trying to eat at least one serving of beans a day . Black beans are basically my favorite! They are great because they are a complex carbohydrate and the Doc says they help stabilize blood sugar and do mad good things for your cholesterol levels. Surprisingly, they are high in anti-oxidants, something we usually equate with colorful… Read more →
I adapted this recipe from the Food Network Kitchen to create a healthier “healthy muffin”. Mine has 100% whole wheat flour, no processed sugar and a smidge less fat.
I’m looking forward to training tomorrow. I’ve been trying to eat better so that I have energy and stamina for class! Trying to plan recipes for the week, we found this one. Pasta with ChickPeas and Garlic Sauce But of course, I couldn’t leave it alone and made a few revisions. I had a few slices of prosciutto left over… Read more →
Since I’ve not been able to make class for a week (thanks to my job taking up all my time lately! Must need to figure out how to get out of there on time) I thought I’d post about my breakfast. Oatmeal Pancakes: Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone <– clicky the linky for the book info. Ingredients: 1 1/2… Read more →
Since this really is a wellness blog.. not just about karate, I thought I’d post a recipe I sort of adapted from a fuller fatter version that involved frying and egg yolks. I’d site the source, but I don’t know where the original came from. Anyway, this was very tasty! Makes 4 servings but it heats up nicely the next… Read more →