KETO RASPBERRY DUMPCAKE

Here’s my trick: I replaced some of the berries in this Keto Raspberry Dumpcake with rhubarb to thicken the filling without starch or gums while keeping the carbs low. Thickening recipes without starch is a challenge; I came up with a new way to do it without adding carbs or altering the taste of the fruit in this jammy, crunchy dessert. If you don’t tell anyone what is in it, they will never guess. (Here’s my trick: I replaced some of the berries in this…

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PRESERVED LEMON RECIPES & A SAGA OF 3 LEMON TREES

My kids planned a special gift for me for Mother’s Day. They know how much I like Meyer lemons so they ordered me a Meyer lemon tree and a kit with everything needed to successfully grow it indoors. It almost made it, but just about the time it should have arrived, there were reports of a terrible accident near Fife that backed up traffic for miles. All lanes on northbound Interstate 5 where closed for nine hours in a crash that involved two semi-trucks loaded…

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Cranberry Chutney with Papadam Chips

Cranberry chutney with papadams

If you think a low-A detox means months of pale, bland, boring food, you can think again. Cranberries are still on the menu! With their bright red color and spicy tartness, they have become a staple for low-carb dieters, but they are also very low in vitamin A because their cheery hue comes from cyanidins rather than carotenoids. Cranberry Chutney A perfect appetizer or snack for the holidays. Also tasty just spooned over sliced turkey or ham. Ingredients 1 cup water Sweetener equal to ¾…

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RASPBERRY FROZEN YOGURT

A delicious frozen treat that can be ready in an flash! Sugar-free and low-carb. Three years ago we planted three dwarf, thornless raspberry bushes. They were a new variety called Raspberry Shortcake™. We had a lot of rain this spring and the bushes exploded with big, sweet berries. We have eaten a lot more than we should have, given them away, frozen them, and made pies, but they keep coming. The good news is, we will have enough for many future batches of my new…

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ROAST PORK WITH MOJO SAUCE

Crisp, succulent, roast pork with onions in a spicy, fragrant, citrus sauce. Prepare to fall in love with the flavors of this famous Cuban dish. Low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, Paleo.   I discovered what all the fuss was about the first time I had Mojo Roast Pork in a local place called The Twisted Cafe in Woodenville, WA. The owner based his menu on his mother’s traditional Cuban recipes. After I tasted his mojo pork, I went straight home and starting looking for recipes, partly…

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ETON MESS (STRAWBERRY MERINGUE DESSERT)

“Eton Mess” is one of those silly names the English have for homey dishes, like Toad in a Hole (sausages cooked in popover batter), Bubble and Squeak (fried mashed potatoes with cabbage), Spotted Dick (boiled pudding with raisins), and Wet Nelly (bread pudding). One story says the name originated at Eton college when a dog sat on a picnic basket that contained a strawberry meringue cake. The resulting mess was so delicious, they’ve been squashing them ever since. ETON MESS Try this with cooked rhubarb or a mixture of rhubarb and strawberries…

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KUMQUAT CAKE

Kumquats are usually hard to find and expensive, but I found some on sale at a local Asian market at a very good price. I like to use them in recipes that call for citrus zest because it is so much easier—you just pull out the pulp and use the whole, sweet skin as you would orange or lemon zest. (Most citrus fruits have a thin, outer layer of rind called the zest, a thick, inner layer of bitter, white pith, and sweet, juicy flesh.…

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SOPHISTICATED SORBET

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You may not be familiar with lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), a relative of cranberries, unless you’ve had lunch at an IKEA store. They grow wild in cold climates and are popular for jams and sauces in Scandinavia. I planted some as a groundcover in my front yard and developed a profound respect for anyone who harvests these tiny, tart berries. No wonder we seldom see them in places where there are alternatives like big fat strawberries, raspberries, and cherries! (I picked a sprig to garnish my sorbet in the…

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ALMOST APPLE TORTE

After the hottest summer ever recorded here in the Pacific Northwest, we are suddenly back in the 60s. What can we do with all those tomatoes that don’t have enough summer left to ripen? Did you know that anything you can do with tart apples, you can do with green tomatoes? Surprisingly, green tomatoes are higher in carbs than ripe ones, but still much lower than apples. They make wonderful desserts, like tarts, mincemeat pies, and that old Southern specialty, green tomato cake! ALMOST APPLE…

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RASPBERRY MARSHMALLOW SQUARES

These reminds me of the coating on one of my old junk food favorites, Hostess Snowballs, those marshmallow and coconut-coated chocolate cakes with a “cream” center (actually a trans fat and sugar center).  Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.  Ingredients:  2 ounces frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries or ¼ ounce dried2 packets (7 grams each) powdered gelatin½ cup cold water ½ cup boiling water High-intensity sugar substitute, such as stevia, monk fruit, or sucralose, equal to 1 cup sugar 4 teaspoons…

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