Classic Dishes You Should Master

Here’s my personal list of classic dishes—popular in the U.S.—that I think you  need to know how to cook. With time, it’s fairly easy to tweak traditional recipes to your tastes and dietary needs.

BREAKFAST 

Blueberry Muffins
Buttermilk Pancakes
Crispy Waffles
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Soft-Scrambled Eggs & Oven-Baked Bacon

QUICK BREADS

Buttermilk Biscuits Two Ways
Skillet Cornbread (Southern-Style)Read more

Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthier Substitutions

Here are some ideas to reduce calories and fat in recipes. I’ve also added healthy substitutions for general food categories, as well as restaurant food substitutions.

But remember—if you try to avoid fat by opting for highly processed foods that are labeled as low-fat or fat-free, you will likely find that the sugar content increases. This can cause inflammation, weight … Read more

Brain Food

I recently read Brain Food, the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power, by Lisa Mosconi, PhD. Here are my notes. If you want to know the ‘why’ for any of these items, I highly recommend reading the book. In it, Dr. Mosconi lays out the scientific basis for each of these items.

Excerpt: “A new diet known as Read more

All About Alternative Grains

I’m on a small mission to try alternative grains. I mean, enough already with the white rice, corn, and rolled oats. I want VARIETY!

AMARANTH (Gluten-free)

Flavor: Slightly sweet, malty, nutty
Texture: Porridge-like, or airy-crunchy if popped
Uses: Breakfast cereal, popped, soup/stew addition
Nutrition: Complete protein; high in fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, squalene

PORRIDGE—Ratio 3:1
Rinse in a sieve and … Read more

Lactose Sensitivity Notes

I recently found that people with my genetic profile have a genetic variant that is associated with the inability to break down lactose, and that in my case I have a high lactose sensitivity. (Want to find out more? Go to GenoPalate.com)

As a result, I’ve switched to lactose-free milk for my morning tea and I also use it—or … Read more

Instant Pot Recipe Roundup

My sweetie and I like to make low-carb stews, pot roasts, braises, chili, curries, soups—and desserts—especially since cool weather in the Pacific Northwest favors those kinds of foods for most of the year.

So to simplify our lives, we just bought a six-quart Instant Pot. An hour or so before dinner, we’ll prep a pot full of something tasty,

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