Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Chocolate Cheesecake Keto Style

397.  This is a dessert to savor and have a second piece.  Its chocolaty and not too sweet but very rich in flavor.  It is beautiful as well.  Here is my recipe:
 This cheesecake freezes very well and puts on quite a show for your guests.
"If there is a cheesecake in the house, I'll have some!"
~ Kelly Ripa

"When you've been on a low-carb diet for 5 years and you realize it has only been 5 minutes."
~  Hilarious Meme

Monday, June 22, 2020

Plum Sauce

396.  Summer bbq is a favorite for our family and ribs on the grill tops the list.  Last year I ventured into creating a blackberry bbq sauce for ribs and we loved it.  So, last week when plums began to come into harvest in California, I was fortunate to be the receiver of several pounds of fresh picked plums.  Several cups of small wild plums and several pounds of red plums.  Ribs were on the menu for Father's Day and a Plum BBQ Sauce was in the works.  Here is my process and recipe...
The consistency of the sauce will thicken the longer you simmer it.  You want it to be thick enough to stick to the ribs.  
The flavor was tangy, fruity and savory and complemented the ribs very well.  Serving this sauce with goat cheese or blue cheese on a salad or stuffed in a mushroom was perfect.  This experiment payed off so well.  Thanks Teri for the plums!!

"When the old plum tree blooms, the entire world blooms."
~ Ancient Proverb

"The rose is a rose, and was always a rose. But the theory now goes that the apple's a rose, and the pear is, and so's the plum, I suppose.  The dear only knows what will next prove a rose.  You, of course, are a rose - but were always a rose."
~ Robert Frost

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

395.  Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering treat with this strawberry tart.  With strawberries plentiful and picnics around the corner, you will love this recipe!  Feel free to add blueberries or blackberries as well.
"I think baking is rewarding.  If you follow a good recipe, you will get success."
~ Mary Berry

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Vegetable Chicken Bake

394.  This recipe is a Keto friendly version of lasagna, though, without the noodles.
 It is layered with vegetables and meat of your choice.
 I have used chicken, ground beef and Italian sausage crumbled and adapted them to the recipe.
And if pasta is welcome, it pairs perfectly with any type of pasta noodle.

"Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it's not fancy."
~  Wolfgang Puck

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

393.  While cutting back on bread intake, I'm adjusting and adapting recipes.  As the saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention", and it was necessary to find a replacement for pasta.  
So with all the recipes using squash as a replacement, I wanted to spiralize but due to this quarantine  in place, I can't go to the store.  So, how to create noodles from zucchini?  
The idea to use my hand lemon zester came to mind...and it was genius!  Because the zucchini is softer squash, I had to be careful to go slowly with gentle pressure to make long strips.
I sautéd a quarter of a red onion in a pat of butter, then added the zucchini just to heat it up but not to cook it because the noodles would wilt.
I then heated up a bit of pesto recipe here, and pan seared salmon.
I plated the gently warmed zucchini, spooned pesto over the noodles and then place the seared salmon and topped with pesto.  I don't have to say how flavorful and the textures were so very similar to pasta noodles.
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The recipe is so delightful, light and satisfying.  

"Necessity is the mother of invention."

The author of this proverb is unknown. It is commonly misattributed to Plato to Benjamin Jowett's popular idiomatic 1871 translation of Plato's Republic, where in Book II, 369c, his translation reads: "The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention." 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mushroom Barley Soup

392.  Soup.  .  .
Satisfying.  Warming.  Nourishing.  Healthy.  
What comes to mind when you consider soup?
We all have our favorite and our go-to soup that comforts and fulfills our need.

This recipe, Mushroom Barley Soup, is so light, flavorful and delicious.
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The mushrooms were lovely and were perfect and the bay leaves I dried myself.
The steps are straight forward and simplistic.
If you would like to add more barley, carrots or mushrooms, adjust to your preference.
The beauty of this soup is not just the taste but the aroma.  With the combination of bay leaf, tarragon and mushrooms you will experience a beautiful meal.
 "I live on good soup, not on fine words."

"I'm a mushroom freak.  I make a mushroom soup where I use maybe six or seven varieties, not just portobello and shiitake, but dried porcini and morels."
~Itzhak Perlman

Friday, February 7, 2020

Lemon Blueberry Cake

391.  A light lemon flavored slice of cake dotted with blueberries and a lemony glaze is a delight any time.  This recipe does not disappoint.  You can bake this cake as a bundt, loaf or in a baking dish. 
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 I chose to bake in a bundt pan only because I love the shape of a bundt cake.

"My love of baking might have originated with my grandmother. She had a lemon tree growing in her backyard, and one of my favorite memories is of picking lemons together and then baking lemon bars." 
Lisa Graff


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