VITAMIN D MUSHROOMS

Why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D, which is really more like a hormone than a vitamin, is essential for healthy bones and strong muscles. It helps put calcium into the bones rather than into the arteries, where it causes hardening of the arteries. It plays an important role in metabolism, prevents infections, enhances mood, and reduces the risk…

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THE PERFECT STEAK WITH FRIED LEEKS

You may like these fried leeks better than french fries. Pair them with a perfectly cooked, uniformly rare steak for a meal that rivals any at your favorite steak house! FRIED LEEKS Leeks naturally separate into thin layers that are uniform in thickness so they make fries that crisp up quickly without a coating of flour or batter. They have…

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SANDWICHES ARE BACK!

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SANDWICH WITH DELI MEAT AND CHEESE AND MICRO-GREENS, (c) 2015, JUDY BARNES BAKER I’ve eaten more real, honest-to-goodness sandwiches in the last month than I have in the last 15 years! My last post featured the recipe for the low-carb, gluten-free, flax-free buns that brought back the good ole days of quick, convenient lunches without cheating! The obvious thing to…

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TENDER JUICY PORK CHOPS EVERY TIME

Modern pork is another casualty of fat phobia. Breeding pigs to be as lean as possible has made the meat pale, bland, and dry and to make matters worse, the layer of fat on the outside is trimmed to a meager quarter of an inch or less before it ever reaches the store. (When I complained to a rep from…

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EPITAPH FOR AN EGG

How do you like your eggs? The best way to prepare eggs, except for raw, which brings a different set of issues to the table, is poached. Lightly cooked whites and lovely, liquid yolks retain all their nutrients, including their precious, undamaged cholesterol. British chef, Heston Blumenthal, demonstrates his method for Perfect Poached Eggs in the YouTube video below. His secret is to use very fresh eggs. My daughter’s family has backyard…

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RETHINKING BACON AND THE BEST WAY TO COOK IT

Cooking bacon in oven   Ready to eat It seems we just can’t resist bacon. Sales for bacon have held steady in spite of the fact that most people believe it is the most dangerous of all foods. It is a guilty pleasure that borders on addiction and the Kryptonite that has weakened the resolve of many a vegetarian. The…

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BULLETPROOF® CHOCOLATE BARS

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (one not shared by a Paleo cave dweller) you have probably heard about Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Executive, and his magic coffee. Dave is the computer genius and entrepreneur who hacked his own biology, upgraded his brain by more than 20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 pounds without exercise…

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DO ONIONS MAKE YOU CRY?

I’ve tried a lot of things to keep from crying when I chop onions, like holding (unlit) matches in my teeth, putting the cutting board near an open flame, or chopping the onions under running water. I’ve even considered wearing a snorkel, a trick I learned from an artist friend to keep from inhaling the toxic chemicals we used for cleaning the ink from our silk-printing screens. The only thing that ever really kept my eyes dry was getting someone…

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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…

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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…

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GREEN TOMATOES

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If you’ve ever tasted ripe tomatoes fresh from the vine, still warm from the sun and sweet enough to eat out of hand, you will understand why my husband keeps trying to grow them—not an easy thing to do where we live. This year, he found a variety bred specifically for Oregon and Washington. He started the seeds inside on…

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