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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A FAMILY TRADITION ENDURES AND HEALTHFUL EGGNOG

My husband, Dean, has made gingerbread houses for the grandkids to decorate since they were very small (the oldest just turned 20). They were pleased that he was able to continue the tradition this year despite his recent hospital stay. I made hot chocolate for the kids but Dean doesn’t like hot drinks, so I made eggnog for him. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner!  I haven’t been able to persuade him to join me in my morning regimen of Butter…

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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 of cancer and auto-immune and cardiovascular diseases. Rickets, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and fractures are a few of the many problems linked to low vitamin D. How…

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CAN COCONUT KETONES PREVENT AND TREAT ALZHEIMER’S?

CAN COCONUT KETONES PREVENT AND TREAT ALZHEIMER'S? (carbwarscookbooks.com)

A Personal Story: A close relative called me recently to tell me that her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was rapidly getting worse. His doctor told them there was no cure and recommended he take Aricept, a drug that he said would not stop the progression of the disease, but might help him function slightly better than he would without it. The prescription was very expensive and she asked if I knew anything about it and if I thought it was worth…

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LOW CARB “RICE” PILAF

Rice is lower in toxins than most grains but it is very high in carbohydrates, which quickly turn to glucose once ingested. The only way to make it suitable for a low-carb diet is to switch it out altogether. Shirataki is made from konjac root (glucomannan), which is almost all soluble fiber. It has no taste and no odor (when properly prepared) but it is a great carrier of flavors and it helps to keep you full. The downside is its rubbery texture, which gets…

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AFTER POTATOES

AFTER POTATOES  Close your eyes and tell me what you see when I say comfort food. Did you see potatoes? Chances are they were mashed with a pool of butter or gravy on top. Or perhaps the spuds in your mind’s eye were deep-fried, crispy and brown, and cozied up to a little paper cup of ketchup. The USDA reported that potatoes are the most commonly eaten vegetable in America. (http://time.com/2818849/these-are-the-most-popular-foods-in-america/) Tomatoes, another member of the nightshade family, came in a distant second. Our rocky…

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AFTER BREAD

“Your health and likely your lifespan will be determined by the proportion of fat versus sugar you burn over a lifetime.”–Dr. Ron Rosedale When Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt (www.dietdoctor.com) asked his followers what one food they missed the most while following his low-carb/high-fat regimen, bread topped the list by a wide margin! Beer, often called “liquid bread,” came in third, pizza and pasta, which are just bread by other names, took fourth and fifth place and chips were number six. Sweets were the second hardest foods…

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CHEESECAKE

This is a very simple cheesecake with options for making it without regular cream cheese or chicken eggs. I’ve discovered that even though I react badly to everything from a chicken (meat, feathers, and eggs), and to dairy products from A1-type cows, I can eat other kinds of eggs and the cheese, butter, and yogurt from goats and water buffalo. Remaking this recipe took some trail and error, but it was so worth it be able to eat cheesecake again! CHEESECAKE Ingredients 1 recipe of Almond…

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PAKODE (Indian Fritters)

Don’t you love it when you find a traditional recipe that fits into your lifestyle just as it is? This is not a fake, low-carb version of anything, but a tried and true, classic recipe from India. Read below to find out about the special ingredient in these crispy, crunchy fritters and why they are an exception to the standard rules of keotogenic dieting. GOBHI PAKODE (Cauliflower Fritters) I used the old method for making these the first time I tried them. It required rubbing…

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CHOCOLATE COLLAGEN BARS

We are most vulnerable to the lure of junk foods when the munchies strike and we just want a quick snack. These handy, healthful, and portable bars can help you resist the doughnuts in the break room or the pizza, pretzels, and cinnamon buns at the food court. I prefer to make my own bars because it is really easy and I can control what is in them. I use quality ingredients and my bars are not cooked so those ingredients stay fresh and the fats…

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