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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LETTER FROM PARADISE (with recipes)

Family trip to Kauai, 50th Anniversary, Hawaiian recipes: Chocolate Macadamias and Shave Ice. So much catching up to do! I came back from a family trip to Hawaii with stories to tell and ideas to share. Dean and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in June and our kids treated us to a party while we were all together on Kauai.…

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URGENT: ACTION NEEDED ON DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS!

Nina Teicholz (author of The Big Fat Surprise) testified before congress and fought hard to get them to require the National Academy of Health to review the scientific basis for the Dietary Guidelines for Americas. On September 1st, the committee will meet to review the current processes for each of the following: How the advisory committee selection process can be…

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LOW CARB DIRECT, A NEW, INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE!

I am pleased to announce the birth of a great new resource to help you succeed with your healthful, low-carb lifestyle. Low Carb Direct is the brainchild of Esther Moller, who is part of the low-carb community in South Africa. They call themselves Banters after an English carpenter and undertaker named William Banting, who published a book at his own expense…

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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…

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CADDY GANTY

One of my favorite fish dishes! Simple and easy to make, low in carbs, gluten and grain free. CADDY GANTY The wife of a fish packer in Pelican Alaska is credited with creating this dish in the 1920s. Her name was Caddy Ganty. This version is based on one from the Gustavus Inn where we stopped over on our way…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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