Olive tapenade

Here’s something else that will taste great on those flax crackers or focaccia bread. If you look for olive tapenade at the grocery store, it will be incredibly expensive to buy one little jar. It only take a few minutes to make and tastes great, so DIY! I found this recipe online somewhere, don’t remember where so apologies to the creator. Ingredients: * 20 pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped * 1 Tbsp rinsed, drained, and chopped capers * 1 tsp fresh lemon juice * 2 tsp olive oil * 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (optional) * Fresh cracked black pepper Preparation: Continue Reading →

Focaccia Bread

I love bread. If there’s a Breadaholics Anonymous meeting anywhere, I need to be there. I had to mostly give up bread because of high blood sugar, but I still try to find ways to indulge. I’ve made this focaccia bread with buckwheat flour and it works well. I’m going to try it with cocount flour next since it will be super low-carb. You can flavor it with your favorite spices for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cinnamon with some Truvia for sweetness would be a great breakfast bread. Slice it horizontally for sandwiches. Or just cut up and dip in Continue Reading →

Flax crackers – a great low-carb snack

Yeah, flax and kale are all the rage now…for a good reason! Flax seed crackers are a great alternative to a packaged high-carb cracker that probably also has sugar and bad oils in it. I made up this recipe after spending way too much buying flax crackers at the store. The best brand I’ve found, if you don’t want to make them, is Flackers, which, by the way, I reverse-engineered in my kitchen to come up with something that tastes similar for a fraction of the cost. All it takes is time. I was reading around about flax and found Continue Reading →

Squash lasagne – I’m in heaven!

You may be wondering why the picture accompanying this post is of giant patty pan squash. Well…we had some rain and the garden plants really loved it, and I didn’t go out there for a few days, and…next thing I knew the patty pans had become mutant squash! It gave me an idea I’ve been wanting to try. Since I can’t have pasta I thought I’d try making lasagne using squash strips instead of noodles. I hopped on the internet and found the following recipe on allrecipes.com. It is fabulous! The meat sauce alone is worth making, and you could Continue Reading →

Hot weather calls for frappés

During our continuing hot weather spell here in Western Montana, I’ve revived a summer favorite for late-afternoon relief:  the frappé. You don’t have to go to Starbucks and get an overpriced, bitter coffee version when you can make it right at home. I’ll confess here that I frequently go to Starbucks when I travel, although I now try to find independent coffee places first and give them my business instead (if you’re ever in the Seattle airport, choose Seattle’s Best, right next to Starbucks). But here at home I’ve got it all…organic coffee, fresh cold well water, organic cream and Continue Reading →

I do love my peanut sauce

There’s nothing like a good sauce to keep your meals interesting. This peanut sauce is actually from an Asian Coleslaw recipe that I got from Bon Apetit magazine many years ago. I don’t make the coleslaw as often as I used to but I use the sauce portion of it all the time. I will have to get that coleslaw recipe up here though. I’ve given it to a lot of people and I was astonished to find out years ago that it’s a staple at my family’s parties throughout the year. Since I don’t live near them I had Continue Reading →

Pesto – a taste of summer all year long

I’ve had some challenges growing basil in Montana, I think because it likes to be warm at night and even in high summer we get down to 50 degrees most nights. So this past summer, 2014, I grew 8 basil plants in pots in my greenhouse and it did much better than ever before. I was able to snip enough leaves a few times a week to make a batch of pesto and use it or freeze it in ice cube trays. After the trays are frozen, I put the cubes in a ziploc for freezer storage and pull some Continue Reading →

Hooray for Hummus!

I thought for sure I had posted this recipe already but found I hadn’t. This is a great basic hummus recipe that you can use and adapt with other flavors, like pesto or sun-dried tomatoes. I used to be really good and make this from organic, dried garbanzos that I cooked for hours and then spent half an hour shelling. Okay, I’m used to cooking from scratch, but this was just too much for me! I use organic canned garbanzos, which goes in the “good” food category choice instead of “best”. We do the best we can. This is for Continue Reading →

Sometimes only an omelette will do

Last night my husband and I were exhausted from a day of dealing with technology issues with out wireless network. It’s not like we were hauling wood or moving rocks, but our brains were fried. I had forgotten to take anything out of the freezer for dinner, so my brain had to rev up to think of something for two hungry luddites. I had some veggies and some leftover pesto in the fridge, and the lightbulb went off over my head – an omelette! Breakfast for dinner is common for us when we are busy doing outside stuff around the Continue Reading →

What do I do with kale?

Kale is one of those green, leafy veggies that people have trouble dealing with. Kale chips are now showing up in the health food stores, so someone figured out how to go commercial with it. However, the kale chips I’ve tasted from the store have been awful. I grow a lot of kale because it’s easy to grow and it grows fast. You can start it in cold spring weather and harvest all summer and fall, even after first snowfall. Kale will also overwinter if you cover it properly. I make kale chips and kale slaw, and I use kale Continue Reading →