Turning a New Page

The holidays were not kind to our waistlines, so we are going to start eating low carbs and more of a ketogenic diet. The basic premise is that if you cut out carbs your body will move into a state of ketosis and your body will use stored fat and gluconeogenesis to produce the glucose…

Beef Tallow Candles Anyone?

I almost always buy my beef from the local butcher a side at a time.  That way I can get meat that is produced under known conditions (grass fed / grain finished, no additives), it’s less expensive and I have a good selection of cuts on hand at any one time. My freezer is almost…

Allergen free / Carb Free Birthday Cake

My ex-wife, her husband, our son and his family were coming out to Colorado to celebrate her birthday with a ski vacation.  This was to be a very special birthday since she grew up in the area and was always the local driving to the slope each morning and maybe having a new pair of…

Instant Pot

I had heard about the Instant Pot and periodically thought about getting one for a year or so without acting on it.  I have been using the sous vide method for cooking short ribs for the last couple of years with great success, but my sous vide recipe takes 48 hours and there are times…

Fermentation

We have recently started listening to The Dave Change Show podcast while driving to visit my mother-in-law.  In one of his recent shows, he interviewed Rene Redzepi, Chef and Owner of Noma, and talked to him about his new book, “The Noma Guide to Fermentation”.  A few days later, the book showed up on our…

Valentine’s Day Appetizer

Valentine’s Day is a big day for carbs!  Candy, chocolate, sweet drinks…. I had already planned to make a big meat heart for Valentine’s Day and treat it like a burger.  I thought about making smaller individual heart shaped burgers, but I couldn’t find my cookie cutter.  I decided to try the local hobby store…

Lo Carb / Keto Failures!

In the frenzy of trying to make “all things lo carb/Keto”, we’ve have a few setbacks over the last few weeks. JICAMA FRIES For the most part I enjoy eating Keto.  I can go without desserts and I’m not particularly fond of fruit.  I can get my craving for mashed potatoes sated with mashed cauliflower,…

Riced Cauliflower Hash Browns

I do miss fried potatoes while on the Keto Diet.  French fries, cottage fries, waffle fries, hash browns:  we all love the crunchy exterior and the soft interior.  While researching cauliflower hash browns, I ran into the same issue as with cauliflower tots… they contained additional flower or potato to help as a binder.  …

Lo Carb Scalloped Summer Squash

Winter is a great time for scalloped potatoes, but scalloped vegetables from the squash family can be just as good, and they can be lo carb. INGREDIENTS 2 Summer squash (zucchini also works well, just make sure it is a lo carb veggie) sliced 1/2 small onion sliced thin 1/2 Cup heavy cream 1 Tablespoon…

Chicken and Riced Caulflower Soup

Snowy winter weather makes me think about soups and chili.  Most commercial soups have a significant level of carbohydrate in every serving (even plain tomato soup).  Not to mention those with rice or noodles.  These are great for quick energy on a winter day, but are not Keto / lo carb friendly at all. My…

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Since wheat and corn are off the diet and I was hungry for tacos, I got to thinking about something other than taco salad.  I was driving by PF Chang’s and came up with repurposing Asian lettuce wraps into taco wraps.  I usually use commercial taco seasoning to flavor my taco meat, but it has…