We’ve been fans of the SodaStream for a long time. I blogged about how much I loved our old model way back in 2012, and I love this newer model just as much. This is the SodaStream Fizzi machine, which we got at Target. I’ll link you to the cool blue color, which I totally would have bought if they’d had it in stock at our local store. I tend to drink a lot of fizzy water—I don’t care for still water in general, so a little bit of. . . Read More!
We just took our first ever cruise. And it was awesome! I put 84 pictures up on the Flickr, which is a few too many to put in a blog post. But let it be said, I ate a lot of: And we did a lot of: And even partook of some: And it was totally and completely: I stayed gluten-free the entire time, and despite stuffing my face with all sorts of deliciousness (and ice cream after almost every meal), I gained less than half a pound. It was. . . Read More!
That’s right, I’ve made this recipe three times, in three different formats. Each time just tweaking the spice mixture until it was to my satisfaction. Just different cooking times in different cooking vessels. (Here’s the cookie version from today.) 1 15-oz can of pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, please — none of that “pie filling” stuff) 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 1/4 cup sweetener* 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp cinnamon 2 tsp allspice 1 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4. . . Read More!
I have my meatballs totally dialed in. They’re not only delicious, but they’re also super tender. And gluten-free to boot! Start with the non-meat ingredients: 1/2 cup potato flakes 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/3 cup water (or beef stock) 3 Tbsp dry parsley 3 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp thyme 1/4 tsp basil 2 eggs Mix all that together so you get a spicy, gummy paste. Then add 1 pound of ground beef and 1. . . Read More!
Second attempt, with some recipe adjustments. I made the balls a little smaller, and put them up on a wire rack over a foil-lined cookie sheet so they wouldn’t be swimming in their own released fat. I also used less fatty beef, but that’s primarily because it’s what was on sale this week. And I added another egg. 2 lbs. ground beef (93/7) 1/2 cup potato flakes 1/3 cup water 2 eggs 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 3 Tbsp chopped garlic 3 Tbsp parsley 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp. . . Read More!
BBQ sauce is a tougie as far as low-carb goes. There used to be a sugar-free sauce put out by … I’m tempted to say K.C. Masterpiece, but I may be wrong. One of the big names, anyway. It was discontinued probably 2 years ago. It looks like there are a couple of sugar-free BBQ sauces on the market, but I’ve never seen them in any store. Scott’s, Smokin’ Joe, and Nature’s Hollow all come up on a Google search for sugar-free sauce, but I’d have to send away for. . . Read More!
I recorded the Dr. Oz show for the first time ever the other day, because science journalist Gary Taubes was a guest. And despite the tittilating episode title “The Man Who Thinks Everything Dr. Oz Says Is Wrong”, I hoped there would at least be a fair and free exchange of ideas and information. What a fool I was! To be fair, Oz did say a couple of things that weren’t moronic. One was that he respects Taubes’ opinions, even though his own differ. The other was that he approves. . . Read More!
Before we get to the recipe, a couple of things. First off, Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, will be appearing on the Dr. Oz show today. It’s my understanding that Dr. Oz is a big proponent of vegetarian eating and “healthy whole grains”, so it should be a fascinating program. Also, on one of the low-carb blogs I read, today someone posted a recipe without any pictures. I gasped and clutched my pearls. Unbelievable! Onward! The other day, The Gluten-Free Homemaker posted. . . Read More!
We took a wee road trip today. Recently we finished off our ginormous bottle of Red Robin’s seasoned salt, so I proposed a lunch voyage to RR. Not only is it a source of seasoning, but it’s also a chance to have a tastes-like-home meal. Since Red Robin is from Seattle. I also feel homey in Costco. But strangely, I don’t head off to Nordstrom that frequently. Hmm. There are now six Red Robin locations in Florida. But the closest one to Orlando is around 55 miles away, in Port. . . Read More!
In order of importance, I’ll start with the cat. We took Commie to the vet yesterday, where both vets came in to visit us, because they were both completely flabbergasted that his eye is almost back to normal. Shocked, they were! His eye still has a little bit of a cloudy spot on it, which may be permanent damage from the month or so that it was completely hidden by swelling. The vets have no idea what happened. Or why it fixed itself. I believe both of them used the. . . Read More!