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Get Ready For BBQ Season — Low Sugar BBQ Sauce

BBQ season has arrived here in the south where I live and it will be in your area very soon. While you are waiting, you can make homemade BBQ sauce that will keep you in stock for the coming season…. Continue Reading →

Looking For A Little Gluten-Free Breakfast Treat?

What is gluten? Gluten is what gives bread products its elasticity. It gives shape, strength, and texture to bread and other grain products. Avoiding gluten is important for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, as they can experience serious… Continue Reading →

Enjoy A Low Carb Italian Easter Dessert

In Italian-American homes, recipes for Easter desserts are a mixture of tradition, symbolism, light textures and rich tastes. Easter Cookies are usually light, have distinctive flavorings and are easy to make. Ricotta cookies are popular with my family and they… Continue Reading →

Zoodles Crazy

I have been fascinated by the spiralizer vegetable craze. So I bought an inexpensive spiralizer to try my hand at making zucchini noodles, Zoodles, to see what all the fuss was about. I read the tips that came with the… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibilities: Repeal of Whopper Neutrality

Have you heard of “Net Neutrality”?  What about “Whopper Neutrality”? Back in December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn regulations mandating net neutrality.   Net Neutrality was one of those things that too many of us took… Continue Reading →

Trying To Eat More Healthy Foods This Winter?

If you are trying to eat more healthy foods this winter, I have a great recipe for you. Making a stuffing for beef or chicken or fish is a great dinner option because it adds interest and taste to the… Continue Reading →

A Christmas Cookie Tradition of “Wait Until Christmas Eve”

When my children were very little, I began our Christmas cookie tradition. It was simple then – just a few cookies: chocolate chip, peanut butter kisses, and sugar cookies — cut into snowmen, angels and bells. Each year, I added… Continue Reading →

Boost Your Omega 3 Intake With Salmon Saltimbocca

No doubt you have heard of veal saltimbocca and chicken saltimbocca, but what about salmon saltimbocca? In an effort to add more healthy options to my menu, especially omega 3 fish, I try to cook fish at least twice a… Continue Reading →

Have You Discovered Rutabagas?

I have. For years I bought and cooked the same vegetables. Now that I am interested in a healthier diet, I have discovered a whole new world and I am willing to try vegetables I have never eaten before. The… Continue Reading →

Pickled Mixed Vegetables For The Holidays

The holidays will be here soon and pickled veggies will add just the right touch when entertaining. Just about any vegetable — and some fruits — can be pickled. All you need is vinegar, water, sugar, salt and some dry… Continue Reading →

Making Gelato Like A Pro

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. If you have ever visited Italy, you probably ate creamy, delicious gelato and wondered why it tasted better than American made ice cream. What makes Gelato different? Gelato has less fat in… Continue Reading →

The Myth Behind Fried Green Tomatoes

When I first moved to the south about twelve years ago, I saw fried green tomatoes on just about every menu here. While living in the north, I had not been very aware of this dish.  As a home cook… Continue Reading →

What Should You Ask About The Produce You Buy?

Sustainable farms produce crops without relying on toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seeds or practices that degrade the soil and water. By growing a variety of plants and using techniques such as crop rotation and conservation, sustainable farms naturally… Continue Reading →

Garden Nemesis Or Garden Poser?

I didn’t see him arrive, but suddenly he was there. His back to me, he boldly surveyed the garden. As if, all my hard work was his for the taking. As if, I wasn’t mere inches away. As if, he… Continue Reading →

What Does Sustainable Eating Mean?

Sustainable eating means recognizing that what we eat and how we cook affects our health and the health of our planet. Sustainable eating provides numerous personal health benefits, including decreased exposure to harmful substances such as pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and… Continue Reading →

Make Your Own Coffee Cake

This is my all-purpose coffee cake recipe that our family loves. I can vary the filling and shape it to create a different cake each time. The basic procedures are the same for whatever filling you choose. Seasonal fruit filling is… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibility: A Tease of Orange Blossoms

I’m a sucker for trivia questions that ask what a group of a particular type of animal is called?  The fun being when the names are distinctive and not what one would expect.  Yeah, a pride of lions, a parliament of… Continue Reading →

Have You Tried Roasted Beets?

Beets grow well in cool weather, so this is the perfect time of year to purchase sweet tasting beets. Select small to medium beets with firm, smooth skin and no soft spots or punctures. Those with stems and leaves still… Continue Reading →

Book: EAT DIRT by Josh Axe

Reading EAT DIRT : Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It  by Josh Axe was a necessity for me as someone who has struggled with off-the-charts inflammatory markers and… Continue Reading →

Italian Savory Pies — Perfect Anytime

There are a great variety of Italian savory pies and tart recipes for all occasions. You can serve them cold or warm, as a starter or as a one-plate meal accompanied with a green salad. An Italian Torte can have… Continue Reading →

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