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On a Personal Note

Thirteen years ago today the Webmaster (who was not yet the Webmaster) became That Nice Boy I Married. So I'm trying to come up with something for a romantic candlelit supper. If I devise anything brilliant, I'll let you know.

Last Night's Chicken

Did a great new thing with chicken last night! I'm calling it

Parmesan Deviled Chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
3-4 pounds cut-up chicken, skin on, bone in (I used legs and thighs)
1/4 cup spicy brown or Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dry white wine
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (the cheap stuff in the green shaker)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the garlic and olive oil and let 'em sit while you cut your chicken into serving pieces if it needs it -- I cut the legs off the thighs.

What Am I Serving?

I'm having a meet-the-candidate event for a local candidate for judge this afternoon. This, of course, means I have to have party food. Thought you might be interested in what I'm serving, though not all of it is low carb. I've invited somewhere around 100 people (not expecting anywhere near all of them, of course!,) so I can't hardly expect them all to be low carb. And this being a college town, I can count on there being a bunch of vegetarians in the crowd. So I'm serving:

* Hummus and pita -- cheap, easy, good for any vegans in the crowd, and a lot of people like it.

Column Reprint: Asparagus

?It’s spring! You know what that means – perfect baby stalks of asparagus are in your grocery store, excruciatingly fresh, and for once, reasonably priced!

Asparagus hollers “Springtime!” – while it murmurs “Luxury and elegance.” It’s delicious, quick and easy to prepare, and takes to all sorts of easy variations. And, I’m pleased to tell you, asparagus is also one of the very lowest carb vegetables. A half-pound of asparagus – a fabulously generous serving – contains only 5 grams of carbohydrate, of which 2 grams are fiber,

What Should We Change?

Just recently it seems that I've seen a lot of people opining that it's silly, useless, just plain wrong, or even unhealthy to make major, permanent changes in the way we eat. We need a little junk food, they say. It's unhealthy to deny yourself the occasional donut or Coke. Food is about more than nutrition! It's about family and culture. To eat completely differently than we were brought up to is just wrong, somehow.

Shepherd's Pie Again

No, I haven't made Shepherd's Pie again, because I haven't roasted another leg of lamb yet. But I saw this article today:Row over shepherd's pie ends in court

Geez. What do you think these lunatics would do if they knew I made mine with pureed cauliflower?

The Breathing Exercises

I mentioned my breathing exercises in the "How Have I Been Doing" entry, and got some queries. So here's the lowdown:

Passover is Right Around the Corner

Passover starts the 20th, and the Passover Season has its own dietary rules and food traditions. Many Jewish folks who don't keep a kosher kitchen do observe the Passover laws, and of course we all have holiday food traditions that tug at our hearts. For those of us who also need to keep our carb load very low, finding the intersection of two separate sets of food restrictions can be daunting.

How Have I Been Doing?

Kathy 1032 writes:

Three years ago as I was approaching my 50th birthday I was exercising and thanks to your book, about 20 pounds lighter than any other time in my adult life. I did your "diet" for about a year and then slowly slipped back into old habits. Now I am approaching 53 and want to get back there again. Have you written any new books, not cookbooks, and how has YOUR life been going since you wrote the one in 2003. I don't see any "contact us" spots on any of your web pages so I am trying this. Thanks.

Column Reprint: The Low Carb Garden

?The Low Carb Garden

Hey, look! The days are getting longer! Spring is coming! For many of us, that means it’s time to start thinking about the vegetable garden. Especially if you like to start your own plants from seed, it’s not a moment too soon.

What to plant in a low carb garden? Let’s start with cool-weather crops, the ones that can be planted as soon as the soil is soft.

"Focusizer" My Butt

Have you seen the ads for Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats? They're pushing this highly processed, sugar-sweetened cereal as some near-medical marvel to improve your child's classroom performance. Talking sugar-frosted wheat biscuits insist that they're your child's "miniature focusizer," as they jump companionably into the book pack.

Now they've taken it a step further. Kellogg's ads state that "independent clinical research" shows that Frosted Mini-Wheats improve children's classroom focus by "nearly" 20%. Wow! Frosted with Ritalin, mebbe?


It's spring! It's spring!

Column Reprint: Easter Leftovers

?Yes, I know Easter hasn't happened yet. But I'm heading out of town to visit family, so I thought I'd post this in advance.

First things first: This is the voice of your conscience speaking. Easter is over. You can no longer justify eating leftover jelly beans and chocolate eggs by saying, “But it’s a holiday!” Cut that out!

Good. Glad we got that straight.

Reprint: Making the Most of the Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here's an old article that's timely today -- even the right day of the week!

Here is is, Wednesday, and we're still getting great meals out of Sunday's early St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage. Monday night I made Corned Beef Hash, and boy, was it great! Here's how:

I chopped a medium onion, and started it sauteing in a tablespoon or so of butter, over low-medium heat -- used my big cast iron skillet.

Daily Menu

March 16th, 2008

3 eggs scrambled with sauteed green pepper, onion, and mushrooms

Curried chicken Waldorf salad

Sugar free dark chocolate
1/2 cup yogurt with a tablespoon or so of Fiber One

Corned beef

Dry red wine
Light beer (imperative with the corned beef and cabbage!)

Daily Totals: 1725 Calories; 95g Fat ; 86g Protein; 59g Carbohydrate; 18g Dietary Fiber; 41 grams usable carb

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