QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE-IN-A-CUP

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You could be eating ooey, gooey, chocolatey cake in a matter of minutes! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons almond flour 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt 1 large egg 1 tablespoon Natural Mate,* equal to 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips 2 tablespoons additional sugar-free chocolate chips for topping Whipped cream or ice cream and berries for garnish, optional Directions: Combine almond and coconut…

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ROSES FOR YOUR VALENTINE?

The perfect finale for a romantic dinner with that special someone! Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. ROSE-FLAVORED ICE CREAM One of the most memorable desserts I ever had was a tiny scoop of rose-flavored ice cream nestled in the heart of a perfect, pale pink rose. It was presented simply, with no cookie or cake to steal the limelight. There were hundreds of guests at the event, and yet every petal was perfect and the ice cream was…

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MENU FOR VALENTINES DAY

Here’s what I made for my Valentine: Sliced tomatoes with Fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil Crispy Braised Duck Legs with Vegetables (from my section in Low-Carbing Among Friends Vol.3) Oven Roasted Asparagus (from Nourished) Cranberry Sauce (also from Nourished) Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream Everything was really easy (don’t tell my husband). The pie is a cherry version of my Three Fruit pie from a previous blog post here: http://goo.gl/Ztb0c I prebaked the bottom crust and a separate crust round for the top, cooked the…

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CHOCOLATE FOR YOUR VALENTINE

I got a lovely box of sugar-free chocolates and an extravagant card today, but I’m sad to say that my Valentine got an I-O-U instead of the cherry pie he usually gets on his birthday and for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been working very hard and just forgot what day it was. Luckily, his second favorite treat, after cherry pie, is anything chocolate, and I have a lot of it around since I’ve been experimenting with some new chocolate recipes. His pie will show up eventually,…

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“Risotto”

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to splurge on duck breasts—you only need two servings. I haven’t decided if I will use the Duck Breasts with Raspberry Glaze recipe that I created for the new book or the Pan-seared Duck Breasts with one of the sweet chutneys from Carb Wars. Either way, I will be making my faux Risotto as the side dish. It is super easy, it tastes as good as the labor-intensive ones served in fancy restaurants, and we can enjoy it guilt-free,…

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EATING ROSES

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One of the most beautiful and memorable desserts I ever had was a tiny scoop of rose flavored ice cream nestled in the heart of a perfect, pale pink rose. It was presented simply, with no cookie or cake to steal the limelight. There were hundreds of guests at the event, and yet every petal was perfect and the ice cream was seemingly suspended in that fleeting, meltingly-spoonable-but-still-firm stage. To pull off such an ambitious feat was a staggering achievment for the restaurant staff. I…

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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries on Better TV

  Better TV is showing the demo that I did with Audra Lowe about how to make sugar-free, chocolate-dipped strawberries. Here is the link to the clip: http://www.better.tv/bettertv/?lid=1328166604&tid=1406224178. A more detailed recipe is on my Website at: http://www.carbwarscookbook.com/choc_dipped.html.

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Schedule of Events

Better TV Taping: I just returned from a very exciting trip to New York to tape a video for Better TV. I made chocolate-covered strawberries, sugar-free of course, with show host Audra Lowe. As soon as I find out when and where the show will air, I will let you know. The video will also be featured on the Better TV Website. You can preview my recipe on my Website at http://www.carbwarscookbook.com/choc_dipped.html What’s Cooking Show Rescheduled: I am scheduled (the third time is a charm,…

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TRUE LOVE: AN INTIMATE DINNER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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A sumptuous, sensual, sugar-free menu for Valentine’s Day shows true love…the kind expressed by Robert Browning when he wrote, “Grow old along with me, the best has yet to be…” For love that lasts for a lifetime, keep the romance, but reduce the carbs. Grilled Artichokes with Mustard Dressing*Pan Seared Wild Salmon with Rhubarb Ginger ChutneyMixed Greens with Glazed Pecans and Cranberry DressingHominy “Risotto”*Tiramisu MousseChocolate Dipped Strawberries*Chilled Champagne and Café Mocha Recipes in bold are from Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat

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