CAN A GREAT VINAIGRETTE SAVE A MARRIAGE?

CAN A GREAT VINAIGRETTE SAVE A MARRIAGE? (CarbWarsCookbooks.com)

Some food writers achieve success beyond recipes and cookbooks. MFK Fisher. (1908-1992) for example, earned a place among the great American authors (How To Cook a Wolf, The Art of Eating, Consider The Oyster…). Nora Ephron (1941-2012), is another (Silkwood, I Feel Bad About My Neck, When Sally Met Harry, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and Julia…). Her semi-autobiographical novel, Heartburn (1986), is the painful-to-read, but hilarious account of the end of her second marriage; the story revolves around a stolen wedding ring and a recipe…

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KOFTA: TURKISH MEATBALL SKEWERS

What can you make with a pound of ground beef? A lot! Here’s a terrific addition to the list. There are endless of versions of meatball kabobs with many different names throughout the Middle East and India. This one, made with walnuts, aromatics, spices, and herbs, is based on a Turkish recipe. Serve them on low-carb flatbread or over a bed of riced cauliflower with yogurt or tahini sauce. Small ones on wooden picks are perfect as appetizers. Lettuce, tomato, and cucumber are traditional accompaniments. KOFTA These fine-textured meatballs…

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HAM AND GOAT CHEESE PIE

ham and goat cheese pie

This savory, hearty pie has an easy-to-make, bread-like crust filled with rich, cheese custard. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and makes enough to feed a family with leftovers. It is definitely one of the best things I ever ate! HAM AND GOAT CHEESE PIE Crust ingredients: 1 cup finely ground almond flour ¼ cup coconut flour 2 tablespoons hemp hearts, sesame seeds, or finely chopped nuts 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 tablespoons coconut oil,…

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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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THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE AND AN IMPORTANT WARNING

If you are on Facebook, you may already know about what happened to my husband. I have put off writing about it because I was not yet ready to relive the worst day of my life, but this very scary story contains an important warning that I feel I need to share as soon as possible. I don’t want what we experienced to happen to anyone else. I thought the life I knew was over early Friday morning on October 28. My husband, Dean, got…

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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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LETTER FROM PARADISE, PART 2, and Hawaiian Coconut Dessert

coconut tapioca pudding - hawaii Allerton Gardens

We got a sample of the kind of Eden that once existed on Kauai when we visited the Allerton Gardens, a breathtaking tropical jungle created by Robert Allerton, a wanna-be artist from Chicago and heir to a family fortune, who purchased the land in 1938.

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