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…

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…

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…

Riced Cauliflower

Riced cauliflower is getting to be the darling of the diet industry, especially in the Keto / lo carb arena.  At 1-2 g Net carbs per 8 oz as opposed to 35-40 g per 8 oz for rice or potatoes you can see why the carb counters love it.  Riced cauliflower and mashed cauliflower are…

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for Christmas

I haven’t posted in a while for various reasons… 1) I was getting tired of having meatloaf  on a weekly basis and 2) I was rather disenchanted and uninspired. Last week, despite being overloaded with fudge, brownies, sugar cookies, Italian Christmas Cookies, Pecan bars, and who knows what else, I got a craving for “old…

Picante Salsa

After making my Pork Green Chili I had a quarter of a bushel of green chilies that still needed to be used, so I decided to make salsa.  When I finished the salsa, the question came up as to whether this was “salsa” because it is cooked. For those who wonder: Salsa = sauce Picante =…

Sous Vide Buffalo Chicken Wings

I love Buffalo wings, but always have a few challenges when I fix them at home: They have to be cooked in batches, and at 12 minutes per batch, plus time for the fryer to get back up to temperature, it’s hard to keep up when feeding more than 2 people or you have to…

Stuffed Peppers

In my mind stuffed peppers are like meatloaf in a pepper cup.  The old standby is a meat mixture in a green bell pepper with a tomato sauce.  Alternatively, you can choose another pepper of your liking and even a completely alternative filling, such as jalapeño stuffed with tuna or chorizo stuffed Hatch green chilis….