Festive, tasty, easy, and utterly addictive, gougères also adapt themselves to interpretation: stock can be exchanged for water, and tiny amounts of fresh herbs add a bite of flavor. On the other hand, this pâte à choux can go in a sweet direction with the addition of some coconut sugar or a few drops of liquid stevia glycerite. (Be still … Read more

Cassoulet-Style Soup

This Christmas, we roasted a smallish goose, but even a small one leaves plenty of leftovers when there are only two people at the feast. In a perfect world, I would have made a goose-lamb version of cassoulet from the leftovers, but as (bad) luck would have it, I caught the flu a few days before Yule and my energy … Read more

Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffles

One Christmas, my family decided to give homemade dessert gifts, and so this was my entry into the extravaganza. These chocolate truffles are very easy to make, but look elegant and festive in tiny gold baking cups, holiday bags, or pretty boxes.

Note: Exceptional truffles need exceptional ingredients; with so few ingredients, quality is paramount. Use high quality dark chocolate, … Read more

Cuisses de Poulet Français


Here’s an easy weekday meal that both smells and tastes delicious. It’s based on country French dishes that make use of economical cuts of meat and quick stovetop cooking, and it’s a simple supper solution for busy cooks. 

Cuisses de Poulet Français
Yield: 4 servings of two thighs each // 428 calories, 3 net carbs

8 large chicken thighs, skin Read more

Homemade Nutella (low carb)

Hand-made, creamy, chocolate-hazelnut-y, delicious. Thanks to the “All Day I Dream About Food” website for this perfect recipe!

Homemade Nutella
Yield: about 2-1/2 cups, or 20 two-tablespoon servings at 2g carbs

3/4 cup Trader Joe’s toasted and husked hazelnuts
2 to 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp powdered Swerve Sweetener
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
PinchRead more

New Mexican Chili and Beans

I lived in Taos, New Mexico for many years and developed this recipe from inspiring pots of chili bubbling on the backs of neighbor’s stoves. When I first moved there, I was cooking on a wood stove, and having a big pot of stew or chili keeping warm was not just welcoming, it was practical.

Chili lends itself to improvisation. … Read more