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Pork Larb & Cabbage

Ground pork and cabbage are combined with flavors inspired by one of our favorite dishes often found on Thai restaurant menus; Larb (pronounced “Lob”). The dish is a meat salad served with cabbage. It has flavors of lime, ginger, lemongrass, Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Instead of serving the cabbage raw with the meat, we shred the […]

Winter Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Spices Fresh Canberries Cinnamon Sticks Clove Star Anise All Spice 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest 1/4 cup Honey Apple Vinegar Diet Ginger Ale Sugar free Sweetener of your choice Cumin Cayenne powder to taste Coco Aminos (Soy Sauce Replacement) Salt Black Pepper Place cranberries, diet soda, Vinager in a pot over medium heat. Put whole […]

Thanksgiving 2018 – Homemade with keto options

 

Green Chef: chicken fajita salad with bell peppers, crimini and Jicama with cilantro dressing

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Garlic Pork Meatballs with Gruyere Creamed Spinach and lemon beurre blanc

Ingredients Butcher Box 1 lb ground pork 1 Shallot 1 large egg 4 cloves garlic Parsley Cayenne Pepper Coconut Flour Chives chopped Creamy Spinach Cream cheese Heavy Cream Gruyere cheese White wine Butter Background: This was our first experience with Butcher Box Ground Pork. The taste of the texture of the pork was clean and […]

Porterhouse Steak and Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Red Onion & Goat Cheese

Porterhouse Steak and Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Red Onion & Goat Chees Recipe for Pork Chop Recipe for Brussels Sprouts: Hubby and I have become huge fans of splitting a big steak and low carb side. On recent dates we have noticed that brussels sprouts have become a popular item at many of the […]

Bacon Wrapped Steak

What to do with leftover steak? Wrap it in bacon, place it on a foil lined baking sheet, and Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your preferred level of doneness.  

Green Chef- Salmon with Piccata sauce, Roasted red beets & bell pepper with walnuts

Recipe Card Click to download recipe card for this meal. Ingredients and Nutritional Information The macros on this meal are very good. The fat is high and can be easily made even higher with the addition of more butter in the piccata sauce. The beats and red peppers provide a sweet flavor balance without too […]

Green Chef- Red Curry with Pork Meataballs with Red bell pepper, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, coconut

Recipe Card Click to download recipe card for this meal. Ingredients and Nutritional Information The macros are quite good considering how hearty this meal is. I love the choice of group pork for its flavor and fat content. Please also note that the recipe card does not include the oil that the meatballs were sauteed […]

Rib Eye with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Original Recipe Source: Daring Gourmet Steak with Creamy Chanterelle Sauce https://www.daringgourmet.com/steak-with-creamy-chanterelle-sauce We love our steak and mushrooms! Today we were inspired by Chanterelles mushrooms while at Whole Foods. We picked up dry aged rib eye steak, and some Rocquefort cheese when the chanterelles mushrooms caught our eye. We found a recipe for Steak with Creamy Chanterelle […]

Tex-Mex Meat with Cauliflower Rice & Avocado

Ingredients: Tex Mex Meat:  1 Lb 85/15 Grass Fed Ground Beef (or other such as Turkey, Pork, Chicken) 1/2 Yellow Onion 2 Roma Tomatoes Tex-Mex/Taco Seasoning (click to see recipe)  Instructions:  Step 1: Heat a pan to medium. Add ground meat to the pan until light brown. Remove the meat from the pan, set aside. Keep […]

90 Second Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

This recipe uses my homemade Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Puree.  Ingredients 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 3 tablespoons  Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Puree 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or butter ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Step 1: Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe coffee mug or medium size ceramic soup bowl/ramekin. Step 2: Microwave for 90 seconds. Allow […]

Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Puree – For Pumpkin Spice Lattes & More

Ingredients 15 oz. Pumpkin Puree (either fresh or store bought) 1 cup water 1/2 cup approved white sugar replacement  (I used Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener – Classic) 1/2 cup approved brown sugar replacement (I used Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener – Golden) 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice Notes: This recipe takes you through the steps of making your own […]

Dash Mini Maker Griddle

We love pancakes but find that flipping keto pancakes can be tricky! I often have trouble gauging the correct heat on the stove and have found induction cooktops to be inconsistent with heat. After success with the dash mini waffle maker, we decided to try the Dash Mini Maker Griddle to make  4″ keto pancakes […]

Keto Mini Waffles with Berries

Dash Mini Waffle Maker I copied this recipe from wholesomeyum.com and adapted it for use with the Dash Mini Waffle Maker. No need to grease the iron since there is so much fat in the recipe, it doesn’t stick. Recipe Source: WholesomeYum.com  Keto/ Paleo Almond Flour Waffles https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/keto-paleo-almond-flour-waffles-recipe/ Ingredient 1 large Egg (separated) 1/2 cup Almond flour 2 tbsp Erythritol (or any sweetener) 1/2 tsp Gluten-free […]

Green Chef – Roasted Paprika Dill Chicken with Creamy Cabbage & Mushroom, Green Beans & Poppy Seeds

Green Chef – Week 1 – Recipe #3 Click the images below to see full recipe card for this meal.   Ingredients and Nutritional Information After reviewing the ingredients I would consider this meal to be keto and definitely low carb but not high enough in fat. One minor issue I have is the use of […]

Green Chef – Ancho Steak with Lime Crema Butternut Squash & Mushroom Hash with Cheese and Pepitas

Green Chef Week 1: Keto Recipe #2 Recipe Details Here is the recipe card that came with the Green Chef meal prep. Click on the images to enlarge.       The Ancho Cumin Seasoning Packet The prep kit came with the seasoning packet. Based on the ingredients and tasting it by itself, here is […]

Green Chef – BLT Salad with Avocado

Week 1: Keto Plan : Recipe #1 Click the images below to see full recipe card for this meal.   Ingredients and Nutritional Information After evaluating the ingredients in this recipe, I would classify this as a less strict keto and definitely a low carb high fat recipe. The reason is that stricter keto followers would […]

Keto Almond Flour Mini Waffles

I copied this recipe from wholesomeyum.com. and adapted it for use with the Dash Mini Waffle Maker. No need to grease the iron since there is so much fat in the recipe, it doesn’t stick. Recipe Source: WholesomeYum.com  Keto/ Paleo Almond Flour Waffles https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/keto-paleo-almond-flour-waffles-recipe/ Ingredient 1 large Egg (separated) 1/2 cup Almond flour 2 tbsp Erythritol (or any sweetener) 1/2 tsp Gluten-free baking powder 1/4 tsp Sea salt […]

Fat Head Pizza Dough – Made with Almond Flour

Ingredients for Crust 1 1/2 cup whole fat shredded mozzarella cheese 2 Tablespoons cream cheese 3/4 cup Almond Flour 1 large egg Pinch of salt White wine vinegar 1 teaapoon Garlic powder 1 teaspoon Oregano Toppings Rao’s Pizza Sauce Uncured meats/pepperoni Whole fat mozzarella cheese   Directions  Preheat oven to 400° Combine the shredded mozzarella […]

Asian Ginger & Garlic Pork Belly with Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients 1/4 cup Coco Aminos 1 Tbsp chopped ginger 1 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 stalk green onions Directions Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the pork belly and vacuum seal preferably over night. Preheat oven to 400 on convectect.. Remove the pork belly carefully from the vacuum sealer bag and reserve as much […]

Pan Fried Chinese Long Squash Fritter

While at the Asian grocery this weekend we came across a beautiful stack of Chinese long squash in the produce department. We decided to experiment to create a pan fried fritter using the squash. We did not research a recipe but just went with our gut and were very pleased with the results. Ingredients for […]

Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Original Recipe Source: Sunset Wine Club Recipe Card 1 Tablespoon minced shallot (1 large shallot) 3 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard 10 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon each finely chopped fresh tarragon and flat lead parsley 1 teaspoon kosher salt Directions: Whisk together shallots, vinegar, and dijon mustard. Add extra-virgin olive oil […]

Hot Dog and Broccoli Au Gratin

INGREDIENTS 6 Grass Fed Hot Dogs 4 cups of broccoli florets 1/2 yellow onion 8 oz bella mushrooms 2 oz butter 1 cup sour cream 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 6 oz shredded cheddar salt and pepper Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (225°C). 2. Slice the hot dog links into 1” pieces. No need to […]

Home Made Taco Meat Seasoning

After posting about Hidden Sugars in Taco Seasoning Packets I have had requests for homemade taco seasonings. I have a a very nice collection of spices and encourage others to also start a collection of their own. Here is a recipe by Bill Echols from AllRecipes.com. It gives a nice basic recipe that you can tweak to […]

Keto Frito Pie – Taco Bowl/Taco Salad

Ingredients 1 lb ground beef or your preferred ground meat/substitute Taco Meat Seasoning Pork Rinds (Pork Cracklings) Lettuce Cheese Pico de gallo / Salsa Other recommended toppings Avocado or Homemade guacamole Sour cream Jalapeno Chives Cilantro Cholula hot sauce Instructions: Heat a skillet to medium and brown the ground meat. If you are using a […]

Keto Pancakes

Ingredients 1 cup almond flour 2 Tablespoons coconut flour 1/8 cup sweetner (erythritol or monkfruit) 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Makes 6 to 8 pancakes 4″ in diameter Directions: 1. In a large bowl combine the almond flour, […]

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients 6 Hard Boiled Eggs 2 Tablespoons Avocado Mayo or other sugar free Mayo 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 Teaspoon hot sauce 4 Pickled Gherkin, finely chopped Fresh ground pepper Directions 1. Prepare hard boiled eggs. Remove shell and cut lengthwise. Remove the yolks gently and place them in a bowl. Keep empty whites aside. […]

Crispy Maple Glazed Pork Belly

      Ingredients 1/2 lb Pork Belly 4 Tablespoons Maple Monkfruit Syrup Kosher Salt Directions Vacuum seal or marinate pork belly, maple monkfruit and salt. Marinate for a minimum of 1 hour,  preferably overnight. Preheat oven to 450°F Roast pork belly for 30 minutes, fat side up. After 30 mins reduce heat to 275°F and […]

Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

Ingredients 3 – 6 strips of uncured thick cut bacon 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 8 oz.  fresh brussel sprouts, halved 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme Salt Pepper Directions Fry bacon on medium-low heat to render out the fat. Once the bacon is cooked to your preferred level, remove the bacon heat and set aside. Fry chopped onions […]

Pork Rind Breaded Pork Chop

These pork chops were fried in crushed pork rinds. So delicious! Served here with Cabbage & Bacon.  

Cabbage & Bacon

Ingredients 1 Medium Head of Cabbage thinly sliced 1 pack Uncured Thick Cut Bacon 1 onion 4 cloves garlic Pepper Salt Red Chilli Powder Directions 1. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry in a large pan on medium low heat to render out the fat. Cook bacon until almost done. Remove bacon and […]

Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad Some days I don’t want a big meal or I just wanta way to get my fix of uncured meats, cheeses and other accompaniments. I should call it “Charcuterie Salad.” – Uncured salami and pepperoni – whole fat mozzarella cheese – sliced grape tomatoes – cornichon / gherkin / mini pickles – pearl […]

Braised Lamb Shank

Ingredients 1/4 cup oil 2 Lamb Shanks 1 Medium Onion – Coarsely Chopped 1 cup Carrots Sticks 1 Cup Celery Sticks  Salt and Pepper to taste 3 Tablespoons of Herbes de Provence 3-4 Cups of Beef Stock Directions Sprinkle crushed pepper on raw lamb shanks. Heat oil in the dutch oven and sear both sides […]

Steak with Spicy Avocado Salad Dressing

Original Recipe Source: https://lowcarbyum.com/southwest-steak-salad-spicy-avocado-dressing/ Although the recipe is with steak, the salad dressing works well with chicken, pork, or even on a plain salad. Go creative! Seen here with a a rib eye steak seasoned simply with salt and pepper.  

Low Carb Cauliflower Mash All The Way!!

Original Recipe Source: https://www.lowcarbmaven.com/loaded-cauliflower-low-carb-keto Mine turned out great! Goes well with steaks, lamb or by itself.        

Bacon wrapped jalepeno poppers – AllRecipes.com

Original source for this recipe: by: Videogator https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/233603/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers/   This recipe is not too hot if you get the right peppers and remove the seeds and membrane. I love these with wings and keto breadsticks or as a side to a taco salad. Wonderful with pizza also!    

Broccoli and cauliflower gratin with sausage – dietdoctor.com

Original Recipe Source: Diet Doctor Ingredients 1 leek 1 yellow onion 15 oz. broccoli, in florets 8 oz. cauliflower, in florets 15 oz. sausages, precooked links 2 oz. butter, for frying 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche 5 oz. shredded cheese 4 tbsp fresh thyme salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 450°F (225°C). Coarsely chop the leek and […]

Low carb broccoli leek soup

  Recipe source: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/creamy-low-carb-broccoli-leek-soup In an effort to improve my side dish game, I found this recipe on dietdoctor.com. These cold winter days seeing the perfect time for a hearty soup. I made mine slightly differently than the recipe. I fried 4 strips of bacon and set them aside. I fried the leaks in the […]

Low Carb Lasagna – Zucchini Noodles

DIRECTIONS: Brown the meat on the stovetop over medium heat. Once browned add sn entire jar of Roa’s tomatoe basil sauce and let it cook. You went the sauce to reduce on low heat while you prepare the rest of the recipe. Slice zucchini into 1/4″ thick pieces or sheets using a sheet cutter or […]

Chocolate Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Recipe Here is the original recipe. Source:  https://www.fatforweightloss.com.au/recipe/keto-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies – Best Low Carb Super Soft Cookies Background on this recipe We adapted ours by using a Lily’s Sugar Free Chocolate Bar. I chopped the bar into tiny bits about the size of mini chocolate chips. I input each of the ingredients into […]

Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Southwestern Eggs Benedict

Southwestern Eggs Benedict – Hubby has been feeling the cooking bug. He went all out with this Southwestern Eggs Benedict. The English muffin is 90 Second keto bread that was toasted. The hollandaise was made using 4 yolks, melted butter, lemon juice. We poached an egg for the first time. Instead of Canadian Bacon we […]

Fat Bombs: Coconut Macaroons

Original Recipe Source: Keto Macaroon Fat Bombs And 4 Perfect Reasons For Eating Them   Coconut Macaroon Fat Bombs- tried this recipe from @thenourishedcaveman and LOVE it! My caveman snarfed 5 in one sitting so I recommend making a double batch. Also, don’t use cupcake papers like I did because they will stick. Thank goodness […]

Low Carb Cheese Nachos Supreme

INGREDIENTS Seasoned Taco Meat Pork Rinds (Pork Cracklings) Lettuce Cheese Pico de gallo / Salsa Other recommended toppings Avocado or Homemade guacamole Sour cream Jalapeno Chives Cilantro Cholula hot sauce DIRECTIONS 1. Instructions: Heat a skillet to medium and brown the ground meat. If you are using a leaner meat such as turkey or chicken, […]

Cumin Baked Tomahawk Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS 2 – tomahawk pork chops 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt 4 teaspoons grainy Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoons crushed cumin seeds or powder 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 Tablespoon  olive oil or coconut oil DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle the pork chops on both sides with the pink Himalayan sea salt, then brush each side with mustard. Rub the cumin and […]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

This recipe is near and dear to my heart. If I had to pick the foods that got to me to my heaviest weight, it would include Pumpkin Spice Lattes from a popular coffee shop. Once I had reached maintenance I decided to treat myself to the sugar free version from a recipe I saw […]

Lime & Cilantro Chicken

INGREDIENTS 2 chicken leg quarters Kosher Salt Black Pepper Juice of 1 lime Olive Oil Cilantro Marinate the leg quarters in enough oil and spices to coat the chicken quarters. DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 Remove the leg quarters from the marination. Place in a aluminum pan. Bake .        

Herb Chicken atop Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Brocolli

Chicken and Mushroom Skillet in a Creamy Asiago Sauce with Cauliflower Rice

Braised Halibut with Leeks and Mustard – America’s Test Kitchen

      Braised Halibut with Leeks and Mustard – Recipe Click here This recipe was so good, we make it twice in one week. As a side dish we made Roasted Potatoes

Easy Roasted Potatoes – Made in Toaster Oven

This recipe is super simple and can be made in a toaster oven. I first made this to accompany the Crispy Cheddar Chicken but loved it so much that it has become my favorite recipe to accompany just about any entree. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/76954/roasted-new-red-potatoes/

Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce – Made in a cast iron Skillet

In search of new receipies to try, I came across this one from Pinterest. This receipe calls for chicken breast but I followed the instructions using bone in chicken thighs. This resulted in undercooked chicken in a delcious cream sauce. http://www.closetcooking.com/2015/02/chicken-and-mushroom-skillet-in-creamy.html I then came across this other recipe which called for a more basic cream […]

One Pot Chicken and Cheddar Broccoli

Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes

A faster way to make meatloaf! While watching an infomercial for an electric pressure cooker, I came across some really cook recipes but was skeptical as to how they would turn out. This recipe for pressure cooker meatloaf may become my new method of cooking. I used a cake pan that fit into the pressure […]

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it out. It was a success in that it was a hit with hubby and mom. However, I would amend the recipe so that egg is used instead of milk, to hold the cheese and crumbs. I followed the receipe to the letter and found […]

Beef Pho

Fish Tacos – Trident Panko Tilapia

Braised Beef with Caramelized Onion and Greens Chiffonade – Clean Eating Magazine Recipe

Hummus & Tuna Salad Sandwiches – Barefoot Contessa

I saw this on food network and it made me actually want to eat Tuna. Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten 2010, Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?, All Rights Reserved Total Time: 3 hr 25 min Prep: 25 min Inactive: 3 hr Yield: 6 sandwiches Level:Easy Ingredients 14 ounces jarred or canned Italian tuna in […]

Tiramisu – Recipe from Janet B

05/30/2015 – Look what I got in the mail! Janet B’s recipe for Tiramisu! Can’t wait to try it!

Villa Solita – The JP Baby Station

April 2015 – Starting phase – After JP was born, we had to make space for his feeding items such as bottles and formula. It sounds like such a short list but in reality is it bottles, nipples, collars, caps something to sterilize the bottles, bottle warmer, formula, electric water kettle (optional), and some sort […]

Lotus Chandelier | Solita Family Heirloom

Home fashion and decor trends come and go. But there are some items which make it through relocations and make their way into our lives and hearts forever. This page is a gallery of our most cherished home items. Many of these have been repurposed or as we like to say it, “reincarnated” into something […]

Christmas Dinner 2014 – Fried Fish and Chips

We decided to break out the Masterbuilt Turkey Fryer for Christmas, this time to make Fish and Chips. We had leftover oil from the fried turkey in Thanksgiving and thought we would try our hand at Fish and Chips. The fish was made fresh by Solomon while the chips and onion rings were from the […]

Thanksgiving 2014 at Solita’s

YouTube Video : Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer – 2014

Solita Makes: Shredded Pork Enchiladas … in BULK!

There is nothing like homemade leftover pork shoulder and the right weekly special at the grocery store to get us in the mood to COOK IN BULK!  But seriously, the grocery store had enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, corn tortillas and aluminum pans on sale, and we had over 3 lbs of leftover shredded pork shoulder […]

Solita Makes: Strawberry Short Cake

Strawberry Short Cake is one of my favorite cakes! This time, I made it for Shane’s little brother Jerry. Watch how I also created an fin “Take Away” jar with some of the tasty dessert! Enjoy! Solita Makes: Strawberry Short Cake

Solita’s Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake – From Scratch All The Way!

When a box cake mix solution won’t do, and you want to make the entire cake from scratch, this is the recipe! After many great attempts with box mix, I wanted to come up with my own recipe from scratch. It was summertime and there were tons of beautiful pineapples on display at the local […]

Solita’s – Strawberry No Bake Jello Pie

This is a fantastic recipe that Sol has had for many years. We have altered the ingredients to all Sugar Free for a diabetic friendly dessert. We have brought this dessert to several pot lucks and it is definitely a hit for our diabetic friends, as well as anyone who enjoys a light, fluffy, and […]

Solita Barbecue in Bulk – Sunday Dinner

We were still in the mood for BBQ and had set plans to make extra good and freeze it for later. The results were so tasty that we just kept eating them over and over again daily without complaint until we literally ran out of food! Here is what we made Indian Style Seekh Kabob Burgers […]

Grilled Kabob Patties

  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/indian-style-sheekh-kabab/detail.aspx

Solita Makes: Home Made Tandoori Grill – PART I

There is nothing quite like the taste of food from a Tandoor oven! Although it is not uncommon to see a tandoor in a kitchen in India, it is a luxury in America. Most tandoor ovens are only found in restaurants and in super luxury homes where they are more for show than for use. […]

Gift from Paul and Janet Sands

Guess what we got! While visiting us, we got a special gift from Paul and Janet. It was actually an item off of our wishlist, a large stand up freezer for our garage. Every time we went into the appliance section of our MANY trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s, we always went past a […]

Palak Paneer – Spinach & Paneer Recipe

Background This is a classic Indian recipe for cooked spinach (Palak) and Paneer. There are several recipes online for making paneer but you can also purchase it from a local Asian market in the refrigerated / freezer section. I like Nanak Brand because it is what is available for me. I will add a recipe […]

Spinach Puff Pastry Recipe – by Paula Deen

I was feeling creative and wanted to use the left over puff pastry in the freezer. This recipe is delicious and is actually pretty easy to prepare. You can replace the Gruyere with Feta for a flavor closer to Spanakopita. Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry by Paula Deen   Ingredients 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed […]

Coconut Topping for German Chocolate Cake – Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

This is the recipe I used for Solly’s Birthday cake in 2013. This recipe is great because I seem to always have Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk on hand at home. The original recipe comes from AllRecipes.com. This recipe yields enough only to cover the top of a cake. If you prefer to have coconut topping […]

Chocolate Cake from Scratch – Using Swans Down Cake Flour

I first made this recipe for Sue’s birthday in 2008.  This was also the first time I prepared Coconut Topping for German Chocolate Cake – AllRecipes.com. I used a pre-made double chocolate frosting from Wilton NANA’S SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE from Reily Foods Cook Time: 25 Minutes   Ingredients 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted 1 stick unsalted […]

Best Coconut Topping for German Chocolate Cake – AllRecipes.com

Coconut Topping for German Chocolate Cake from AllRecipes.com This recipe was used to make the Coconut Topping for Sue’s German Chocolate Cake. This is my favorite recipe for Coconut Topping. I have also tried a recipe from Eagle Brand, but prefer the results in this one. You have to be patient and attentive when preparing […]

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe by Paula Deen

Ever since he read Danish Cinnamon Rolls Too Dang Hot And Spicy For The European Union the Sasquatch has had Cinnamon Rolls on his mind. After returning home from a lovely holiday in Denver, Colorado, Solomon decided to go all out and make these delicious treats for New Year’s. If you  Google “Cinnamon Roll Recipe” there is […]

German Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the Sasquatch’s birthday, I went all out and made one of his favorites, German Chocolate Cake. I used the following Recipe Combination for this Cake * Chocolate Cake Recipe – NANA’S SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE from the Reily Products Recipe Site. * Chocolate Frosting  from  Reily Products Recipe Site * Coconut Topping using Sweetened Condensed Milk I […]

Pinterest Board : 2nd Floor – Our Chocolate Kitchen

The inspiration of our kitchen comes from our love of chocolate. We want a kitchen that has the colors of chocolate. The stainless steel applianceswill help to lighten up the space, while the pendant lights will provide touch of glamour chic BLING BLING! Here are some shots from my Pinterest Board where we have collected […]

Green Bean Casserole – Janet S’s Recipe

Background: We first enjoyed this at Christmas Dinner 2013 in Denver while visiting Kim & Seth. I am always looking for new and wonderful ways to prepare Green Beans, which is one the Sasquatch’s favorite vegetables. What I love is that this version is much lighter than the green bean casserole we all know and […]

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken – Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce

  While at the grocery store one day, I came across a new item on display. It was the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce Collection. Since there was a special deal for two, I grabbed the Moroccan Chicken and the Applewood Pulled Pork. Thanks to the good shelf life, I was able to use the Moroccan […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2011 Laroche Chardonnay de la Chevaliere, Languedoc, with Biscuit-topped chicken potpies

Background The doorbell rang and a signature was required! Hurray! The delivery for June came! We were just discussing how we should each take turns making hot meals when I signed up to make this recipe next! Only, it became more of  Solita thing which is always somehow better 🙂 Shane was close by to […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2009 Baileyana Firepeak Cuvee Chardonnay with Halibut Packets with Coconut Almond Rice

It has been a busy few weeks with all the fun and chaos that make up this wonderful life that we live! It is time to take a breath and enjoy another one of our Sunset Wine Pairings. I consulted Chef Sol, and he agrees that our next pairing should be with one of the […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – Zocker Gruner Veitliner, with Shortcut Chicken Cassoulet

The white wine selections have all been delicious so far. However, we did not prepare the recommended pairing menus because they all called for seafood items which are a cause for food allergy concerns in my household. The Zocker Gruner Vietliner came with a recipe card was for Cassoulet. While Janet was visiting us from New Mexico, […]

Special Dinner: Arnab Returns!

Arnab Returns! Our favorite bachelor Arnab returned after months out of being out of the country for work. He returned last week and wanted to prepare a special dinner for his return. For this special dinner we prepared Prime Rib with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Garlic and Artichoke Fettuccine, Spinach and Arugula salad with Champagne Dressing.  Harris […]

Pork Wellington

We purchased a pork tenderloin from “Babes in the Woods” and explored various options for preparing it for our Sunday night dinner (See post What to do with Pork Tenderloin). My search for different recipes led me back to the Food Network’s “Good Eats!” In Season 13 Episode 4 -“Tender is the Pork,” Alton Brown demonstrates […]

What to do with Pork Tenderloin

Recently we had a drop off from our favorite piggies from Babes in the Woods. This time, we got the Pork Tenderloin. We had NEVER used pork tenderloin but were up to the challenge. We saerdhed the internet for ideas before deciding on Pork Wellington. Here is a list of recipes and video tutorials on […]

The Finer Point of SUGAR!

I grew up with plain white granulated sugar used in twice daily family chai. During high school home economics class, where I learned to bake cookies, I first encountered brown sugar. Since then there have been several options made available at the local supermarket, ranging from artificial sweeteners to “raw sugars” to syrups and liquid […]

Citrus Scented Port Flan

Background This recipe was the recommended dessert pairing for the Ancient Peaks – Merlot wine from the Sunset Wine Club. Although I am not normally a fan of flan, this was exceptional! For those who love flan, this is a richer, more fragrant version of the traditional flan you might have in restaurants. I make […]

Sunset Wine Club – Rhiannon Red Wine Blend – Paired with Red Wine and Onion Braised Brisket

  Background Another delicious Sunset Wine Pairing Dinner! After a successful first attempt with the Ancient Peaks Merlot – Spiced Lamb Chop Meal , we set out for another pairing meal, this time using the Rhiannon Red Wine Blend. The wine came with a recipe card pairing suggestion which included (Click on names for full recipe […]

Growing A Greener World – Polyface Farms – Episode 306

In this video, visit Polyface Farms in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia  where Joel Sallatin gives us a tour of the farm and explains the philosophy behind sustainable and profitable farming practices. As consumers of meat and dairy products, it is important to understand how the animal’s lifestyle and diet impact the final product that we enjoy at the […]

Sunset Wines – Ancient Peaks Merlot – Special Lamb Chop Dinner Pairing

 Background For Christmas 2012, one of our favorite gifts came from parents where we  received two bottles of wine each month from the Sunset Win Club. Every month the UPS man would come with a package requiring a signature. The package contained a featured red and white wine along with a recipe card for a […]

Turkey Meatball Recipe

Background This recipe is a variation of Giada De Laurentiis “Mini Turkey Meatball” recipe. The ingredients and measurements are the same as she suggests.  My version deviates after the pan fry/browning process because I didn’t want my meatballs to be cooked in marinara sauce.  I was concerned that sauteing the meatballs for 5 minutes wasn’t enough […]

The Finer Points of SALTs

Salt is a very important cooking ingredient that is used in just about every recipe, even sweets.  There are a wide variety of salts to choose from. Here are some links to information about different types of salt and a video from “Good Eats” – Alton Brown which goes into the history of salt as […]

What to do with Pork Jowl?

In a recent order from our favorite pork supplier “Babes in the Woods” we decided to get a special cut of piggy. The JOWL! The jowl, also known as the cheek, can be a tender and delicious cut of meat when prepared properly. My first experience with pork jowl was during a culinary adventure at […]

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Best Pork Products – Babes In The Woods

http://www.localharvest.org/babes-in-the-wood-M14316

Tater Tot Casserole

I found this simple recipe in a fall magazine and had to try it! It was so simple, and so delicious! Tater Tot Casserole

Fennel-and-Potato Gratin Recipe | MyRecipes.com

Fennel-and-Potato Gratin Recipe | MyRecipes.com.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetables

Back Story Whole chicken can be a healthy, deliciousl and economical food when prepared correctly. I was exploring healthy options for  whole chicken and came across a recipe for Baked Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe – Allrecipes.com. This recipe inspired a casual yet special Sunday night chicken dinner with friends. The original plan was to follow the recipe, […]

Gita Make – Lightning McQueen Cake Using the Wilton Cake Pan – YouTube

Bread Machine Corn-Jalapeño Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker

Bread Machine Corn-Jalapeño Bread Recipe from Betty Crocker. My wonderful friend LAM recently purchased a bread machine. One day while browsing through the Betty Crocker  site, I found this recipe and had to share! The bread was so tasty! It wasn’t too hot and had delicious sourness to it similar to semolina bread. It was […]

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes Recipe – Allrecipes.com.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe – Allrecipes.com

The Back Story Shane was craving pumpkin spice cupcakes. After researching many options and finding pie pumpkins I knew it was time. This recipe is based off one that I saw on AllRecipes.com. The items highlighted in pink indicate changes I made to the original recipe submitted by Javaru on AllRecipes.com. I also think that the […]

Slow Cooker Latin Chicken – AllRecipes.com

Back Story I found this while searching for different ways to prepare chicken in a slow cooker. WOW! I have to try this! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Tools/Print/Recipe.aspx?recipeID=177078&origin=detail&servings=6&metric=false

Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe – Allrecipes.com.

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe – Allrecipes.com

This is a fantastic recipe for those cold days when you want a hot home cooked meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For a 5 1/2 lb Pot Roast, the recipe suggests 8 hours for the slow cooking time. It is a great “set it and forget it” recipe. […]

Mokomandy – Modern. Korean. Cajun

Mokomandy – Modern. Korean. Cajun. Fantastic find! Tapas menu with a great variety. Fire Cracker Carrots, Kimchi Pancakes, and Jalapeno Hush Puppies were all knockouts. Kobe Carpaccio was delicate and balanced. Foie Gras Dumplings were slightly burnt but rich. Pot-Roast Sliders were OK but were rescued by the wonderful hot sauces. Shrimp and Grits were […]

Good Eats S04E06 The Egg Files III: Let Them Eat Foam (Angel Food Cake) – YouTube

Good Eats S04E06 The Egg Files III: Let Them Eat Foam (Angel Food Cake) – YouTube. I have not yet tired this recipe …. but it looks AMAZING!

    French Breakfast Muffins   Rated: Submitted By: Kelly Photo By: Tricia Jaeger Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Ready In: 35 Minutes Servings: 12 “Tender muffins lightly scented with nutmeg and topped with cinnamon sugar.” Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 […]

Braised Beef with Caramelized Onion and Greens Chiffonade – Clean Eating Magazine Recipe

Inspired by a recipe from Clean Eating Magazine, this was one of our first receipes made in the Cast Iron Dutch Oven. We use this same method for making a pork and turnip braise and also Braised Lamb Shanks.

Party Wing Chicken Biryani – by Gita.me

Recipe Coming Soon!                      

Jalapeno Corn Bread Cast Iron Skillet Style – by Gita.me

This recipe is based on one i found on AllRecipes.com posted by BETHANYWEATHERSBY. I expanded on this recipe and changed some of the technique up. For example, I do not transfer my cornbread batter to a pan. Instead the skillet goes from stove top right into the oven.  It not only cooks faster than BETHANYWEATHERSBY’s suggested 35-40 minutes, […]

Gita’s Super Ground Turkey Chili – by Gita.me

Ingredients 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 1 lb. Ground Turkey Meat 2-3 Links Jalapeno or Spicy Chorizo Sausage (optional) 1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drained and Washed) 1 can Black Beans (Drained and Washed) 1 Onion chopped 2 large tomatoes 4 Jalepeno Peppers 2 cups water 2 McCormick Chili Spices Packs 2 Tablespoons Cumin Powder […]

Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe – by Alton Brown

Background  I have made cheesecakes using many different receipes. This one is definitely a favorite among my family and friends. If you like a light textured cheesecake this recipe if for you! I first wrote down the recipe while watching Season 5- Episode 7 of “Good Eats : The Trouble with Cheesecake” where Alton Brown demonstrated the entire […]

Best Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe – AllRecipes.com

This red velvet cupcake recipe is my go-to favorite! I found it on AllRecipes.com. I have made this recipe twice with consistent results. What makes this recipe so special is the silky, mousse like batter which results in incredi bly soft and flavorful cupcakes. Tip: Make sure that your eggs, butter are at room temperature before preparing. It makes […]

Orange Cake / Cupcake Recipe

For my cousin’s birthday, I wanted to make a special orange cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. I started by checking out AllRecipes.com and was disappointed that most of the recipes called for a box of orange cake mix … isn’t that beside the point? I wanted to make something special for my cousin, something […]

Best Cornbread Recipe!

  I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com posted by BETHANYWEATHERSBY. I absolutely love this recipe and have a saved a screenshot in the gallery at the bottom of this post just in case the recipe link goes missing. At first I was a bit concerned with the temperature of the skillet when adding the eggs but it […]

Chocolate Pudding Made with Almond Milk

Chocolate Mousse Made w/ Almond Milk I tried a little bit of Almond Milk and was pleasently surprised of the flavor and texture. I wanted to give it a try in a cold dessert recipe such as a mousse or pudding.  I found this recipe through Google Search. This is a recipe I found through google search. Original source is from the […]

Solita Makes – 30 Minute Ground Turkey Biryani!

Wikipedia defines Biryani as a “rice-based dish (usually using basmati) made with spices and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables.” This is also a great way to use left over rice from the night before. Having both lived in India, we were no strangers to this classic Indian dish. Although Gita has been making biryani using chicken and lamb/goat, Sol decided to […]

Solita Makes Lamb Shanks – Cast Iron Dutch Oven

While reviewing some old videos, we came across the clips of the time we made Braised Lamb Shanks. This recipe was inspired by a similar one we saw in a Clean Eating magazine. This recipe is simple and requires very few ingredients.  This is a low and slow recipe with a total cooking time of […]

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