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No Grains? No Way! Part 4

Editor’s Note:  This is part 4 of my new, ongoing series entitled Marilyn’s Journey to Really Master the Real Foods Diet and reverse the curse of Type 2 Diabetes.  I have been working with a Certified Nutritionist for about six weeks and my challenge has been to eat grain free and balance each meal with 30% fats, 30% protein, […]

Overcoming Pre-Diabetes – Part 3

With the guidance of my nutritionist, my current goal is to create meals that contain a balance of 30% proteins, 40% low glycemic carbs, and 30% fats. Yes, each plate needs to have enough fats to sustain my energy. […]

Eat Wheat?

Intrigued by the book title, since I haven’t been eating bread for most of the last 20 years, I decided to read this new publication. The clincher for investing in the title is the subtitle, “A Scientifically and Clinically Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet.” […]

Enstrom’s Style Toffee

 

This recipe was given to my daughter many years ago. Enstrom’s toffee is world renowned for being the best in the world. We are honored to have this recipe and share it with you! It will cost you about $7.50 for butter, sugar, chocolate and almonds to make this recipe. The finished […]

Beef Burgundy Simplified

 

Here is a elegant, crowd-pleasing company main dish recipe that I make each December sometime before Christmas. It’s a tradition!

Make a large batch, and store the leftovers (if there is any) in meal sized portions to pull out of the freezer in January or February for those nights when you don’t know […]

Delicious Cheesy Broccoli Dip

Any whole grain or gluten-free cracker will work.

Need something quick, easy, and delicious for a holiday pot-luck or open house.  Here you go:

Ingredients ½ pound broccoli Quarter of an onion 1 16-ounce (1 lb) container sour cream 4 ounces cream cheese 1½ cups grated cheddar cheese Whole-grain crackers or pitas, for […]

Ultra-Nutty Pecan Bars

Pecan bars are usually a variation of thick, custardy  pecan pie, however, this Cook’s Illustrated bar cookie recipe makes nuts the main focus. For the filling of a 9 X 13 sized pan the recipe calls for a full pound of pecans (4 cups) along with a mixture of brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter […]

Introducing Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm, a member of the mint family grows profusely all around my cinder block raised bed garden. It is the only plant that comes back every year more prolific than the last year no matter how much I neglect it and try to rip out unwanted leafy sprouts throughout the garden. […]

Creamed Asparagus with eggs on Toast

Now that Asparagus is in season, try this “old-fashioned” yummy recipe just in time for Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch! […]

Why I love Kale!

Kale, a member of the brassica family, is delicious, nutritious and easily prepared (see cooking ideas below).

Nutritional benefits: Kale has two of the most powerful superstar antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids. These vital nutrients aid in expelling free-radicals and helps fight cancer. Its’ fiber density will help keep your belly feeling full, hence […]

Speedy Salads for Small Garden Spaces

Simple salad ingredients fulfill a number of criteria for home gardeners.  Although I don’t love gardening and I have plenty of gardening space, I thought you would like to know there are lots of options if you are growing greens and salad veggies in small spaces: they’re compact in size, quick to grow, […]

Top Cookie Baking Tips

Gorgeous Cookie Assortment Measure Flour Correctly and Avoid Over mixing the Batter

Don’t over mix cookie dough or brownie batter once the dry ingredients have been added; doing so would overdevelop the gluten, which could hinder tenderness and result in an unpleasant texture.

Sift Nuts and Chocolate

Sift any chopped nuts or chocolate that […]

Step by Step Chocolate Mousse Recipe

For Valentine’s Day we decided we needed a “light” chocolate dessert.  The five ingredients are basic, the steps are simple.  The recipe will serve six or more depending on your appetite for chocolate.  Here’s what you need:

4 large eggs

4-6 Tbsp sugar

2 Cups Heavy Cream

8 ounces […]

Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade Snickers Bars

First – Make Bottom and Top Layers

1 – 10 oz pkg milk chocolate chips (or dark if preferred)

1/2- 10 oz pkg butterscotch chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Lightly grease a 9 X 13 X 2 pan.  Melt together all ingredients and spread 1/2 of mixture onto bottom of […]

Five Minutes to Whole Grain Artisan Bread

Ed Note:  I promised a whole grain version of my five minutes to Artisan Bread Recipe some time ago.  It’s so simple the holidays may be a good time to try it.  Serve with a hot, steaming, fragrant pot of soup!

I couldn’t believe my first attempt at Artisan Bread came out so […]