Showing posts from January, 2009

Beef Bourguignon

The classic French beef stew, beef marinated and then slowly braised in wine. Worthy of a special occasion. Just making it may create an occasion! Beef Bourguignon is a luxurious beef stew. (Stew?!) So says me, paraphrasing Julia Child who stripped pâté of all pretension by deconstructing it to ‘luxurious cold meatloaf’. (Meatloaf?!) Made with meat, wine and vegetables, Beef Bourguignon is nothing more than beef stew -- and at the same time, much more. My two favorite beef stew recipes – Beef and Mushroom Stew and Winter Stew – find their way to the table in a couple of hours. At the other end of the time spectrum is Beef Bourguignon, made over three days. It uses all the same ingredients but feels like quite a production, in fact IS quite a production, the stuff of which lore is made. So yes, Beef Bourguignon is beef stew but making it, well, it’s deserving of an occasion. An occasion is just what happened this month when life converged: friends mentioned wanting t

Mashed Cauliflower (Low-Carb Mashed “Potatoes”)

What does it take to create nearly the same mouthfeel and flavor of traditional mashed potatoes, except low-calorie and low-carb? Ditching the potatoes! For anyone looking for a low-cal and low-carb substitute for potatoes, try mashing cooked cauliflower and turnips with the usual butter and milk plus a splash of Tabasco which – do not ask me how or why, it stumps me – makes all the difference in the taste. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Vegetarian. Great for Meal Prep.

Sugar-Free Chai Tea

Say hello to chai made at home, a DIY concoction of milky tea steeped with fresh ginger and Indian-style spices, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and black pepper. So brew a pot, then rewarm this cold-weather comfort drink throughout the week. Especially compared to sugary-sweet coffeehouse chai, my chai is either unsweetened or barely sweetened, it's all about the warm, wondrous spices. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

Oatmeal: How & Why to Cook It Every Day

Oatmeal: Nine reasons WHY to cook it. Four ways HOW to cook it for morning porridge, in the microwave, on the stove, in the oven and in a slow cooker. Quick Links - Ways to Cook Oatmeal Microwave Stovetop Oven Slow Cooker Still More Morning Oatmeal Recipes On This Page Chocolate-Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal Expresso COMPLIMENTS! "I cannot believe how good oatmeal and peanut butter is!!!!!" ~ Sally "Oatmeal + peanut butter = FooDGasm!... wOw" ~ TKelis "... I subbed Almond butter. Yum" ~ Debra "... quite possibly the best thing I've ever tried! Love it!" ~ Judy B "... tried your banana oatmeal ... LOVED IT" ~ Pille "My goodness! ... SO good!" ~ Sue Resolution #1: Eat breakfast. Resolution #2: Eat breakfast every day. Resolution #3: Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Resolution #4: Eat a new healthy breakfast every day. For a good ten years now, I’ve kept a hard lock on three out o