Brandied Cream Sauce

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Having some easy sauces in your back pocket is always a good thing when pressed for time and needing some magic. Last night, we had a couple of organic pork chops that needed enlivening, so after poking around inside the refrigerator, I found enough ingredients to make a version of this classic (and delicious) sauce.

Essentially, it’s a quick sauté, Read more

Chicken Molé Rustico

Mexican sources say that the ingredients of molé can be grouped into five distinct classes (I’ve put my choices in parenthesis): chiles (pasilla, ancho, negro, chipotle), sour (tomatoes/basalmic vinegar), sweet (raisins), spices (cumin, coriander, cinnamon, thyme, cloves, anise), and thickeners (almond and sesame butters). However, to my mind, the magic ingredient is chocolate. Molé can be made as spicy, bitter, … Read more

Chunky Salsa Fresca Salad

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I came up with this simple salad as a side dish for low-carb people having a Mexican meal, but it also works as a beautiful foil for rich main dishes that need a bit of fresh color and crunch. Many Mexican main courses lend themselves well to low-carb eating, but the traditional side dishes of beans, rice, and tortillas definitely Read more

Bread-less Sandwiches

caprese sandwich: Mozzarella, asparagus, basil, and tomato, all in one stackable pile                                         Via daydreamkitchen.com

Some of the following examples look somewhat like sandwiches, others look more like the charming “stacks” found in gourmet cafes and restaurants, but all of these ideas look completely delicious…and creative!

BuzzFeed’s visually gorgeous article on 15 No-Bread Sandwiches says that “whether you’re gluten-free or Paleo — or maybe you just really hate bread — these are the Read more

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

2 cups pasture-raised cooked chicken, cut into half-inch cubes
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 green onion, diced
1/3 cup raisins (avoid if trying to lose weight)
1/3 cup almonds, chopped roughly (avoid if trying to lose weight)
2 heaping tablespoons organic mayonnaise (eggless  or not)
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon curry (or to taste)Read more

Chia Blueberry Smoothie

I have several health conscious friends who had been trying to get me to add chia seeds to my diet for months. In an effort to stop their nagging (!), I finally broke down and bought some, then promptly forgot all about them. (Hopeless, I know.)

Finally, there was an evening when I was over-tired from a long, complex business … Read more