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Italian Egg Drop Soup

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Egg based, Entrees, Grains (non breakfast), Greens, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Rice, Soups, Vegetables | Comments Off on Italian Egg Drop Soup

Italian Egg Drop Soup

1 cup (dry) rice, cooked 8 cups chicken-broth 2 TBSP butter 1 tsp pure salt freshly ground pepper to taste 5 – 6 oz kale, stems removed, roughly chopped, and washed 4 eggs, lightly beaten w/ salt & pepper parmesan reggiano to taste Cook rice according to package directions. Heat the broth. Add butter, salt, pepper, kale, and simmer over medium-low heat, covered, until greens are wilted (about 10 mins). Add cooked rice. Bring soup back up to a boil. Beat eggs and add gradually while stirring with a whisk. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese over each individual bowl to taste....

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Carrot & Raisin Salad

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Non-Leafy Salads, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Salads | Comments Off on Carrot & Raisin Salad

Carrot & Raisin Salad

2 TBSP lemon juice 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 TBSP chopped fresh mint leaves 1 TBSP minced fresh chives pure salt to taste 1 lb carrots (about 4 large), peeled & shredded 1/4 cup raisins (or a 1 oz box) In a salad bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, mint, chives, and salt to taste. Add the carrots & raisins & toss well. __________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  I’m a big fan of carrot salads, and this is a good one!  It’s very easy to throw together, especially if you shoot the carrots through a food...

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Fresh Cranberry Pecan Sauce

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Condiments, etc..., Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Sauces, Gravys | Comments Off on Fresh Cranberry Pecan Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Pecan Sauce

1/2 cup pecan halves (optional) 1/2 cup Madeira (or other sweet dessert wine such as Marsala) 3/4 cup maple syrup (or 1/2 cup if you prefer tart) 1 tsp ground cinnamon 12 oz (3 cups) cranberries, fresh or frozen Pinch of pure salt Preheat oven to 300. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 8 – 10 mins, or until fragrant. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, and roughly chop by hand (see notes). In a medium saucepan, combine the wine, maple syrup, cinnamon, cranberries, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil, watching carefully to make sure it does not boil over....

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Halibut w/ Lemon Herb Butter

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Entrees, Fish, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | 2 comments

Halibut w/ Lemon Herb Butter

2 halibut fillets, about 6 to 8 ounces each 4 TBSP butter 2 large garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced 2 TBSP lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil 1 tsp dried parsley (or 1/2 TBSP fresh) pure salt and freshly ground pepper lemon slices (optional) fresh parsley leaves (optional) Set broiler to high. Place halibut fillets (skin side down if with skin) on buttered, broiler safe pan. In a small saucepan, combine butter, garlic, lemon juice, and herbs. Heat over low heat until butter is melted and garlic is softened, about 2 minutes. Use roughly 1/2 of the butter mixture to spoon over...

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Coconut Curry Lamb Stew

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Entrees, Greens, Lamb, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Root Vegetables, Stews, Chilis, Curries, Vegetables | Comments Off on Coconut Curry Lamb Stew

Coconut Curry Lamb Stew

1 lamb shoulder roast, square-cut or rolled; or 1/2 leg of lamb roast, or 2 lbs lamb stew meat pure salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 TBSP coconut oil 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 tsp turmeric 3 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped 2 large carrots, cut into rounds 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk 1 & 1/2 cups water 4 TBSP red curry paste 4 TBSP tamari 5 TBSP natural sugar or 30 drops liquid stevia 4 oz kale, roughly chopped (optional) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bring the lamb to room temp (let sit out about an hour) and cut into stew chunks. Heat the oil...

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Ice Cream Milkshake

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Breakfast, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Smoothies & Shakes, Snacks and Light Meals, Sweets | Comments Off on Ice Cream Milkshake

Ice Cream Milkshake

1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup high quality ice cream Fill blender up to the 1 cup line with milk. Add 1/2 cup ice cream (scoop it in until the liquid rises to 1 & 1/2 cups). Blend and enjoy! Serves 1. Optional add-ins: 1 or 2 egg yolks or 1 whole egg 1/2 of a banana (and/or other fruit of choice) 1 TBSP coconut oil, melted 1 or 2 TBSP high quality protein powder ________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  This is a nice cool treat for summer — especially the exceptionally hot summer we’ve been having here in Upstate NY! ~  Pictured above with...

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Storing Greens for Ease

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Greens, Kitchen Tips, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Vegetables | Comments Off on Storing Greens for Ease

Storing Greens for Ease

I’m not always in the mood (or don’t always have the time) to wash, stem, and chop greens on the fly.  For busy days, a home cooked dinner can only happen if I have a few things on hand that I can grab and just toss into a pan. When I came home from the farmer’s market last week with 2 beautiful bunches of fresh kale and 2 bunches of beets (w/ greens attached), this is what I did to make life easy for the rest of the week…. ______________________________________________________________________________ I removed the stems (simply lay each leaf down with the stem facing...

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Beef Stir-Fry

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Beef, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Beef Stir-Fry

Beef Stir-Fry

1/4 cup tamari/soy sauce 1 pound grass-fed minute steak or stew meat, sliced into bite sized chunks 1 – 2 TBSP coconut oil 3 – 5 cups assorted, seasonal, vegetables, chopped if necessary (our favorites for this type of dish are carrots, onions, bamboo shoots, zucchini, peppers) 1 – 2 cups beef broth (optional) Marinate the steak in half the tamari (2 TBSP) for 15 mins. Prep the veggies while the steak is marinating. Heat oil in pan, then brown marinated steak on all sides. Remove steak from pan and set aside. Add vegetables to the pan (onions/carrots first, then softer...

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Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Condiments, etc..., Dips, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Salad Dressings, Salads | Comments Off on Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

4 oz organic, crumbled blue cheese 6 TBSP plain yogurt (or buttermilk) 6 TBSP high-quality sour cream 1/4 cup high-quality mayo 4 tsps apple cider vinegar 1/2 tsp natural sugar of choice (or 1 drop liquid stevia) 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste (about 1/8 tsp if measuring) Mix all ingredients together and serve as a dip for fresh vegetables or drizzled over salad. _________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  This amount fills up a 12 oz wide mouth mason jar (you can mix the ingredients right in the jar,...

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Chicken, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Soups | 2 comments

Chicken Noodle Soup

2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, or butter 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 3 medium carrots, roughly diced 3 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and roughly diced 4 fresh thyme sprigs (or about 2 tsps dried) 1 bay leaf 2 quarts (8 cups) chicken broth 8 ounces dried wide egg noodles (optional) 1 & 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken (optional) pure salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped Place a soup pot over medium heat and heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6...

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Italian Wedding Soup

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Soups | Comments Off on Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

24 – 40 cooked meatballs (depending on how many people you’re serving) 2 TBSP butter, ghee, or coconut oil 1 cup onion, diced 1 – 2 large cloves of garlic, minced or crushed 3 – 4 large carrots, diced (2 cups or more) 2 stalks celery, diced (approx 3/4 cup) 10 cups broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable) 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional) 12 oz baby spinach pure salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional) Make meatballs (or use some you’ve defrosted if you made extra last time). Heat butter or oil over medium heat in a...

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Grass-Fed Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Beef, Pasta Side dishes, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Grass-Fed Meatballs

Grass-Fed Meatballs

1 free range egg, lightly beaten 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 1/2 cup high quality breadcrumbs (see below for alternatives) 2 tsps dried minced onion (or 2 TBSP finely chopped fresh onion) 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 tsp pure salt 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 TBSP butter, ghee, or coconut oil METHOD 1 — FRYING: Lightly beat the egg in a bowl large enough to hold the rest of the ingredients. Mix the remaining ingredients except for the butter (or oil) with the egg. Shape into 1 & 1/2 inch balls. Saute meatballs in ghee (or oil of...

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