THE ESSENCE OF SPRING: RHUBARB SHORTCAKE

My rhubarb plants start testing the air in mid-winter, sending up ruffled probes through the mulch to ask, “Is it time yet?” Those persistent little sprouts are always a cheerful reminder that Spring will eventually come, no matter how remote it seems on a cold, gloomy day. The strawberries are not yet planted, but the rhubarb was ready to harvest before the daffodils budded. I topped my Yogurt Biscuits with roasted rhubarb in a vanilla-scented syrup and whipped cream to make shortcakes, the perfect dessert to welcome the season! RHUBARB SHORTCAKES Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 lb  rhubarb, trimmed and sliced 1-inch thick (about…

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WHEAT BELLY COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS FLAX THE NEW WHEAT?

Dr. Davis has succeeded in drawing attention to the dangers of wheat and the benefits of a low-carb diet beyond what I thought possible. He builds a convincing case against this new plant that he says shouldn’t even be called “wheat,” and he documents most of his arguments with supportive research. I was already avoiding most grains and decided to eliminate wheat after reading Wheat Belly. I have been following a low-carb lifestyle and writing about it for over 13 years, so it wasn’t a radical change…

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A NEW FRUIT PIE

I was looking for a way to make an “apple” pie with less sugar, less fructose, and a gluten-free crust. I think I succeeded on all counts. I’ll just call it a Three-Fruit Pie for now; you’ll find out what it is when you get to the recipe. Spoiler alert: two of the three fruits are normally considered vegetables. You can tell from the picture that my new pie does not have a standard double crust with steam vents. I solved the soggy-bottom-crust problem by giving up. I made tart-sized pies that can be assembled just before serving so there is less time…

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SUGAR-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, LOW-CARB PUMPKIN PIE

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  This recipe uses my Almond Pie Crust from Nourished. You can find it here  However the pie in the picture is made with a new one that I’m currently working on. I’ll post it when I have it finalized and written up. PUMPKIN PIE The biggest problem with custard-based pies is the soggy bottom crust. Pre-baking the crust and partially cooking the filling before putting it in the shell is the secret to this rich, creamy pumpkin pie. Ingredients: 9-inch Almond Pie Crust 2 large eggs 1 and 1/2 cups half…

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VALIDATION: Peter Reinhart

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   Gluten-free products, recipes, and cookbooks are everywhere these days, but most of them just sub high-carb starches like potato, corn, tapioca, and rice for wheat, rye, and barley. The cookbook above is different. You can’t read the subtitle very well here, but it says, “80 Low-carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss.” It was written by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace. Peter Reinhart is a world-class expert on bread and baking. Mario Batali called him the Leonardo da Vinci of bread. He has written nine books, including The Bread Baker’s Apprentice,…

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FLAX: THE ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD?

Breakfast Bites from Louise’s Foods Little bags of tasty, grain-free cereal and granola from a company called FlaxGold were included in the swag bags everyone received at check-in on the last Low-Carb Cruise. The main ingredient was, as you may have guessed, flax. Flax has become popular in diet foods where it is used to lower the calories and increase the fiber. It is also used as a zero-carb thickener and flour substitute in low-carb recipes and flax oil is sold as an omega-3 supplement. Many low-carbers are eating flax in…

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BREADLESS CRAB CAKES

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When my husband travels on business, he frequently brings back the food section of the newspaper from the place he has been. He was in Washington DC this week so I got part of Wednesday’s (June 9) Washington Post. The subject was crab. We became very fond of Maryland’s famous blue crabs when we lived in the Chesapeake Bay area for a number of years. Sometimes we did the traditional thing: we covered the table with layers of newspapers, put a roll of paper towels…

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CHOCOLATE GRANOLA

CHOCOLATE GRANOLA  I have no idea how many of you have flown off to Paris, found a lover, or been seduced by lemon cakes and baguettes as a result of my reckless suggestion that you visit Molly Wizenberg’s blog, Orangette. I can’t resist an occasional foray into her world, even though it makes me long to be young and perky and witty and full of joie de vivre, but mostly it makes me wish I still had the metabolism to eat like she does. On…

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Lotus Root

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Raw Lotus Root © 2008, Judy Barnes Baker Lotus Root Chips © 2008, Judy Barnes Baker When I first started low-carb cooking, my son-in-law gave me a challenge. He said if I could find a good substitute for french fries, he would consider trying my diet. (He eventually did anyway.) I fried all sorts of things, animal and vegetable, with varying degrees of success. Several of the recipes in my first book, Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat, came from these experiments. One of the things I…

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