Spicy Roasted Fennel and Sausage Rigatoni

Roasted fennel and onion adds superb texture and sweetness against the spicy sautéed Italian sausage with an addition of chicken for excellent texture and a healthy spin. I promise you will love this and if you decide you want to share, they will love it, also. Ingredients 2lbs spicy Italian sausage 1lb ground chicken 3…

My favorite Keto Carb Replacements

I have eaten and eaten and eaten so many things to try and transition into a keto or low carb lifestyle.  I have come up with, after many experiments, this running list which I will add to when I come across something that is a 10/10. Hope this helps.  I’d love to hear what your…

Classic Keto Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients Stock 1 whole organic 3-4 Lb chicken or conventional chicken Cold water to 2 inches above chicken 2 large stalks celery 1 large carrot 1 large onion 5 bay leaves 1 Tbs pepper 1 Tbs salt 2 oz ginger root or 1 Tbs ginger powder 3 garlic cloves 2 Tbsp Turmeric 4 cubes chicken…

Keto Stuffed Pepper Soup

It’s hard to believe something so good could be Keto. But, it’s true. Stuffed peppers are hearty and so satisfying and of course I’ll post a recipe for them Keto-style but soup, ah, soup. I like a dutch oven, for so many reasons, but one of the best reasons to use one is the surface…

Gluten Free or Keto Hoisin Fried Pork on Rice Vermicelli

I like to keep all the ingredients for anything Asian on hand as it’s a quick and yummy meal that pleases everyone.  This dish is made easily with anything ground.  Also, this is yummy in lettuce cups or steamed low carb tortilla shells.  Enjoy. Ingredients 2 lbs ground pork 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 diced…

Keto Fathead Pizza

Pizza.  A person needs pizza.  This is the best keto pizza ever and I’ve attempted pizza with every crust known.  Almost. If you’re keto-ing, I promise this will make you happy. As I said, pizza. Pizza.  A person needs pizza.  This is the best keto pizza ever and I’ve attempted pizza with every crust known. …

Keto Pan Seared New York Strip with Mushroom Fettuccine

Ingredients Steak 1 New York Strip for two people 2 Tbsp Butter Salt and Pepper to taste 1 tsp Granulated garlic Sauce 2 cups sliced Cremini and Baby Button Mushrooms 1 cup sliced yellow onion Pepper 2 Tbsp Butter 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 tsp Thyme 1 cup Cream 2 Cubes Chicken Bouillon Directions…

Low Carb Pasta

I think I have eaten every version of what a pasta replacement might be. I could list them all here, but I’ll not because this company, and they don’t know me, they don’t pay me, has cracked the Keto pasta code.  I’ve had and have a stock of their fettuccine, elbow and penne noodles.  The…

Keto Lasagna Three Ways

Lasagna. Sometimes, you just need a hearty dish of warm Italian goodness. So, here I’ve put together 3 guilt-free recipes. The opinions were varied and my taste testers liked them all but no one version was the clear winner. I think it’s because food and the experience of food is so personal. I made one…

Creamy Chicken Liver

This is a old fashionned recipe from my great great grandmother and before. It’s right up there with stew for a down home comfort food. Bonus, It’s also packed with nutrition. Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 20 minutes Ready in 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 containers chicken livers, connective tissue removed 1 green pepper, cleaned and sliced…

Vegetarian Mushroom and Tomato Linguini

Wild mushrooms are a pleasure to cook as they are delicate and lend newness to a mushroom dish. Sometimes I add in Button or Cremini mushrooms as well as Shiitake mushrooms although Shiitake lend a significantly distinct flavor. Here, simply sauté sliced mushrooms in butter and S&P. Add diced onion and soften. Add diced tomato…

Keto Shepherd’s Pie

Because, January is all things Keto. This casserole is three layers. The bottom layer is fresh green beans cut into 1/2″ pieces, sautéed briefly in butter, S&P, finely chopped mushrooms and cream. Simmer this down to thicken and then place this bottom layer into your casserole. The next layer is browned ground beef, finely diced…

Keto Stewed Peppers & Beef

Beef chuck makes a fantastic stewing beef because it’s flavorful and tenders up nicely when stewed. It’s super Keto friendly as its nicely marbled with adequate fat. Yes, fat. Oh, how I love Keto-ing. Cut your chuck roast into your preferred size for stewing. I find if I cut the pieces too small that sometimes…

Keto Easy Garlic Roast Chicken Thighs

This chicken recipe is easy and a good choice for planned-ahead meal preparation. I freeze two pieces in a package so there is some available when hunger hits or just for ease of use. Costco has great bulk amounts of pieces or even whole birds. Here, I’ve use thighs, skin and all. They’re Keto friendly….

Keto Chunky Avocado ‘n Tuna

Avocado and tuna mixed together with the addition of a bit of mayo, finely diced celery, cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lemon and S&P makes for a satisfying lunch. Is it a salad? Is it a spread? I’ve topped this one with a bit of green onion and freshly ground black pepper.

Grain-Free Coconut Bread

This grain free bread is low carb friendly because it’s made with coconut and buckwheat.  Buckwheat is a seed so it’s Paleo, Keto and Candida diet friendly. I’ve blended the ingredients traditionally and also just added and stirred everything at once – because I like shortcuts. The results were the same. This recipe doubles perfectly…

Sweet and Savory Crepes

  I use Julia Child’s recipe for the batter.  When you blend all the ingredients it will thicken so add water to make it runny so you have a crepe and not a pancake.  Crepes should be tender, thin and browned a little. Here, I have made black Forrest ham and Swiss crepes with Hollandaise…

Grilled Curried Chicken and Vegetables with Angel Hair Pasta

I’ve found that I like my results with chicken better if I butterfly each breast.  The chickens cooks more evenly and is easier to keep moist and tender.  With at in mind, butterfly your chicken breasts, and season with olive oil, curry, salt and pepper. Set aside. Wrap an entire bulb of garlic in foil…

Summer Vegetable Soup

Finely and evenly dice your butternut squash, onion, celery, carrot and zucchini, Sauté and soften then add your smashed garlic cloves. Add finely chopped fresh rosemary. Throw in 3 or 4 large bay leaves and deglaze with Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry. And add your fresh strained chicken broth or organic boxed chicken broth. Bring to…

Canadian Cheddar and Chive Farfalle

Begin as usual with your finely diced onion softening in butter on medium high heat. Add your smashed garlic and heat through. Add your flour and heat without browning. Add milk and stirring to blend until it comes to a gentle simmer and thickens. Add your Canadian sharp cheddar and stir to melt. Remove from…

Creamy Basil & Goats Cheese Pasta

Basil and goats cheese are a match made in heaven, simply put. This is a scrumptious dish with just the right amount of freshness and brightness that fresh basil and goats cheese gives a creamy sauce.  It will wow your friends and family. Start with your base of butter and finely diced onion softening on…

Summertime Potato Salad

This is my favorite potato salad because it is smooth but has a dilly crunch to make it extra special. Boil your potatoes – Russet, Yukon, New, Red Skinned (whatever you have or prefer – I used peeled russets here) in salted water. Drain and set aside uncovered to let cool. Finely dice sweet onion,…

Grilled Pineapple and Corn Salsa

Cool, crisp, sweet, tangy with a bit of heat – I should bottle it for sale – good with grilled meat, fish or poultry, on a hotdog or in a taco. I think I’ll serve it with seared steak very soon. Grill your whole green onions and freshly cut 1″ pineapple rounds, (core in tact…

Orange Chicken Fried Rice

Simply Stunning Asian Spaghetti Chicken fried rice isn’t necessarily a simple dish as there are many components. I’ve made many versions but there was something inauthentic about the result for one reason or another. However, this fried rice is out-of-the-park or I-love-chopsticks perfect. Butterfly your skinned and deboned chicken breasts. Pound them out flat (I…

Homemade Dilly Dill Dip

Homemade is better, unless it’s Pho which I have been trying to perfect for over two years now. I won’t give up. But this Dip is fantastic, crunchy, cool, tangy and fresh. Sour cream, finely diced baby dill pickles, pickle juice from the jar (yes and this is the secret), fresh dill finely chopped, dry…

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie Soup – What?

This low-carb Soup is very satisfying and full of hearty flavors. This was born out of a desire to have comfort food without the price of indulging in comfort food.  First sauté your beef , turkey or chicken.  Brown it with finely diced onion.  Add in finely diced red pepper and heat through and soften…

Pork and Ginger Rice Noodle Soup

This is fantastically flavorful and fresh soup.  Ginger, lemongrass and fresh herbs make this eye opening. Brown your pork and add cumin, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, red chili flakes, diced red pepper, salt and pepper. Add your chicken stock and bring to a simmer and add mushrooms, chopped cilantro, soy sauce and fish sauce. When serving,…

Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce

We bought two legs of lamb and had them deboned at our lovely local butcher.  One was 5 lbs and the other 4 lbs.  The night before we rolled them open and coated the inside with fresh rosemary, olive oil and sea salt.  We put the bones back in the middle and tied them up…

Cheese Tortellini Soup

Comfort food made easy.  Sauté  the trifecta of onion, carrot and celery in butter and in this version add slivered mushrooms.  Once your sautéed ingredients are heated through and softened add your chicken broth and thyme bouquet.  Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper then add your “homemade” tortellini and cook until…

Seared Pork Sirloin

Simply put, local meat is the best, if available.  This is a pork sirloin steak brought out about an hour before cooking, seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  I used organic olive oil to wipe the hot clean grill.  Sear!  Turn a few times and keep flames at bay with…

Hunter’s Mushroom Linguini

This version of a Hunter’s sauce is heavy on mushrooms with a bit of bacon to lend a Smokey flavor. I used shiitake, porcini and baby portabella mushrooms. The smallest ones I left whole and slice the others -discarding the shiitake stem as it can be tough. I sautéed them down in a bit of…

Zesty Key Lime Pie

Cool, zesty and creamy this key lime pie is something you put in your recipe box to make when time is short and you want something citrusy to finish your meal. So easy. Preheat your oven to 350F.  Prepare your crust with a mixture of melted butter (5 tbsp,) 2tbsp sugar and 2.5 cups crushed…

Chilli Chicken Macarotini & Cheese

My son picked this recipe from a cookbook he bought for me a few years ago and I’ve modified it to perhaps embellish it a bit.  It’s one of those recipes that you can easily make a family favorite for a weeknight casserole. Debone a roasted chicken and place torn bite size meat into a…

Crusty French Bread

Home made bread is a treasure to have in your repertoire. It’s simple and mostly foolproof. The most important thing to make sure that your yeast is fresh so proof it and if it becomes foamy, it’s active. 5 cups flour (3 regular and 2 bread). But I use all purpose entirely and it’s a…

Baked Creamy Seafood

Creamy seafood.  Yum.  I sauté the scallops and in a bit of butter first to get a bit of brown on them but not to cook them through.  Remove them from the pan and place them to the side. Then sauté shallots and one clove of crushed garlic.  Deglaze with sherry and sprinkle some nutmeg…

Baked Wild Cod

Fresh cod is wonderful many ways but here this is an outstanding dish. Preheat oven to 400F. In your pan place your finely diced onion, shallots and parsley.  Pour your white wine in your pan just covering the bottom to make your lovely sauce.  On top of this place your cod.  Season with salt and…

Creamy Baked Seafood Cicatelli Molisani

Put a pot of water on to boil to cook your pasta – don’t forget to salt your water. Cicatelli Molisani is a boat shaped pasta and holds this rich sauce perfectly. Start by adding butter to your skillet and melt. Add your shrimp and scallops and season with salt and pepper. Brown them a…

Roasted Organic Chicken with Lemon and Garlic Pan Wine Sauce

It’s so flavorful and bright. Bob Appetit featured this perfect chicken recipe online February 2018, and I’ve added a pan sauce – because I need sauce.  The high heat roast makes a crispy skin and chars the garlic and lemon for a complex yet bright flavor. Preheat your oven to 425F. Clean and score your…

Braised Wine Thyme Chicken

  Excellent keeper recipe. Simple ingredients.  Five star flavors. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Begin with a fresh washed whole chicken.  My pot holds two birds and I feed a large family.  But, this will work even with chicken pieces in the quantity you want to cook.       Brown your chicken that…

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Soup.  The art of soup. If you make your own soup you control the ingredients and salt.  It’s a guilt free indulgence if you avoid adding carbs.  For my hungrier crowds I spoon over mashed potato or throw in some precooked noodles – rice or egg. You can season with some hot sauce or soy…

Braised Wild Salmon

This salmon is pan seared and finished cooking crispy side up in white wine.  When done this fish is delicate and the sauce is yummy on your favorite accompaniment.  If you’re going carb free you might want to serve this with a side of mashed celeriac and cauliflower. Here I bought a side of wild…

Old Fashionned Roast of Prime Rib

The aroma when you arrived home to the scent of a roast in the oven is why this simple meal must be written.  Nothing compares. I’ve cooked a four rib roast and an extra large eight rib roast.  In my family, a four rib roast serves 4 adults. Yes, it’s a feast. The principal is…

Roti Bread (yeast and egg free)

1 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt (more or less as you like) Add water enough to turn this into a ball.  Add more flour to stop it from sticking to your hand or surface.  Kneed for a couple minutes using the heel of your hand. Now set aside in your bowl and cover with plastic…

Crispy Roti Mushroom Pizza

Born out of a love for Sautéed mushrooms, this pizza flatbread makes a great appetizer. Please see recipe for Roti bread for the crust. Set oven to 500 degrees Mushroom topping is prepared by slicing a variety of mushrooms-oyster, button, shiitake-any your grocer carries.  Sometimes I can find packages of premixed “exotic” mushrooms and that…

Lulu’s Best Chili…Ever!

I know your chili is fantastic, too, and chili is as personal as a dialect.  But I’m sharing this because people eat this chili and say, “Wow, this is really good.”  And then I smile. Brown, season with salt and pepper your beef and turkey, deglaze with red wine and remove into a stainless bowl….

Rose (Ros-eh) Proscuitto Rigatoni

This creamy sauce has a salty sweet smooth texture and when combined with a ribbed rigatoni, is a match made in Heaven. Start with softening finely diced onion.  Add your smashed clove of garlic, stir.  Add your finely sliced and ribboned prosciutto and heat through on a higher heat and deglaze with red vermouth-reduce just…

Spaghetti & Meatballs

  I’be been making meatballs for years.  I’ve never made ones that were remarkable, despite the claims of the recipes I read. I think I can say that this meatball is a keeper.  The key seems to be to have equal parts “mix” to meat ratio.  I used 93% lean beef because I’m adding my…

Homemade Tomato & Basil Roti Pizza!

Start by making your own crust of flour, a dash of salt and water. Mix to make your dough and set aside to let it relax a little. Roll it out and bake it until done but not brown. Pizza sauce-you can use almost any sauce your imagination will allow. Here pictured is a sauce…

Roasted Tarragon & Sage Chicken

Cut your organic cleaned chicken into pieces. I remove the backbone and the breast meat from the ribs so as no stray tiny bones make it onto anybody’s plate. Lay them in your roasting pan and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss in a slivered onion and drizzle with olive oil. Lay your…

Spicey Vegetarian Cabbage Soup

  1/2 stick butter, Marsala wine, 3 cups whole tomatoes, large bottle vegetable juice (V-8), 5 large slivered onions, 5 cups sliced mushrooms (any type) , 5 finely sliced stalks celery, large whole slivered Napa cabbage, 5 bay leaves, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 10 cups vegetable broth or water,   Cumin, salt, pepper, apple cider…

Homemade Cranberry Catsup

  Cranberry Catsup.  I can’t say how happy I am with the result. If you know the movie “Meet Me in St. Louie,” the opening scene is of the family preparing their annual bottling of catsup. “Too sweet,” says someone tasting the cooking catsup. They adjust the sauce and leave. Then somebody else comes into…

Curried Macaroni and Cheese

In this photo I’ve use the classic elbow noodle but I love using penne or farfalle for a bistro flare. It’s best to set a pot of salted water to boil while you prepare your sauce and cook your noodles after you have prepared your sauce so you can mix freshly cooked noodles with the…

Savory Poached Chicken Stuffed Crepes

Poach your chicken breasts in your base by simmering for 20 minutes in a base of butter sautéed onion, celery, bayleaf, water, salt and pepper.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  To your poaching liquid add your sherry and tarragon and reduce your base by half.  To make your creamy filling add your roux (equal…

Angel Hair with Poached Salmon

Delicate salmon is so nice in the mouth.  Here I poach a filet of farmed antibiotic free salmon.  I vary the kind of salmon I buy and very much prefer wild but antibiotic free or Faroe Island Salmon is good. Preheat your oven to 475F. Rinse your lovely filet of fresh salmon and dry with…

Creamy Mushrooms

This is wonderful as an appetizer with wedges of crunchy buttered toast or tossed in linguini. I use a variety of wild mushrooms and sometimes add button mushrooms.  Here, I’ve used oyster, crimini, baby portobello and shiitake mushrooms.  They are first sliced and browned in butter.  When the moisture has evaporated and the color is…

Keto Raspberry Trifle

I used whipped cream on the top and almond extract in the raspberry cream because, yum. Ingredients 2 cups fresh washed raspberries 2 cups cooked and cooled raspberries 16 oz room temperature cream cheese 2 cups ricotta Your favorite plain keto cookie, or 1 minute mug cake, enough for 3 layers in your dish. Non-…

Fresh Nectarine and Cucumber Salad

Clean and juicy, this sweet and savory salad accompanies any main entree and even serves as a lovely refreshing lunch. Wash the nectarines, cucumber and cilantro in cold water and dry.  Peel totally or partially your cucumber depending on how bitter the skin is, or whatever is your preference.  Medium dice your cucumber and nectarines….

Marsala Glazed Chicken Thighs

These succulent chicken theighs have a crisp skin and juicy tender meat.  Sweet and salty these are sure to please and are wonderful cold the next day. In a small sauce pan saute your shallots in butter.  When they are soft add your Marsala wine, brown sugar, salt, pepper.  Reduce to half.  Set aside for…

Farfalle with Seared New York Steak

This dish is a balance of cold pasta and hot steak, zesty lemon and fresh cilantro, comforting farfalle pasta and herbaceous arugula. Ingredients: 2 New York strip steaks 1 Lb cooked Low-carb pasta or conventional Farfalle Juice of two lemons 2 cups fresh arugula 1 bunch fresh washed de stemmed cilantro Salt and Pepper 4…

Monkfish in Shallots and White Wine

Monkfish is wonderful and very flexible.  I’ve prepared it a few ways because of it’s versatility. Here,  I cut it into medallions.  In a skillet, sauté your finely diced shallots and garlic in butter until soft.  Add your medallions of monk fish around the pan, paying attention not to overcrowd. Do the monkfish in batches…

Creamy Shrimp Linguini Alfredo

Creamy and garlicky, this dish is a family favorite.  It starts with finely diced onion and garlic.  In butter sauté your onion and garlic until soft.  Add your flour and whisk until all is blended.  Now you’ve made a roux.  Before it gets brown, add cream slowly and whisk until you have a smooth creamy…

Beautiful Apple Pie

Everybody has a crust recipe and it’s one of those fussy things but with a few simple rules, it can be prize worthy both for taste and beauty.  This pie is made with vodka instead of water.  This evaporates and leaves a lovely flakey crust.  Also the butter must be cold and blended into pea…

Basil & Brie Burger

Follow the Perfect Basic Burger  recipe and add sliced Brie, whole basil leaves, thinly sliced tomato slices and thinly sliced onion.  Decadent.

Perfect Basic Burger

  The perfect burger has a fantastic beef flavor, a hold-it-all-together fresh bun, is juicy and has whatever toppings you use to create a themed burger like, Tavern, 4th of July, Southwestern, mushroom & swiss, basil & fresh mozzerella or anything you can dream up. I’ve been on the search for the perfect basic burger…

Autumn Harvest Soup

Fall, autumn vegetables, cool days and warm blankets.  Soup summons comfort and happiness not only for our palates and stomachs but also for our soul. Butternut squash is a slippery devil to peel, but go ahead and peel, seed and cube the whole thing.  Peel and chop in similar sizes your carrot, potato, apple and…

Lobster Roll

Firstly, buy too many live lobster and have a lobster dinner.  Put the extra cooked lobster in the fridge overnight. Next day bonus lobster!  Shell your lovely lobster making sure there are no bits of shell.  Clean and slice green onion and wedge your lemons cutting out the vein at the center, which releases the…

House Bolognese

First stitch kitchen gauze into a 4″ x 4″ or so pouch, leaving one side open in which to add your pickling spice.  Sew the open side closed and set aside. In a large dutch oven, brown your beef in olive oil.  Season this with salt and pepper.  Remove your beef and now sauté your…

Sicilian Pork Ribs

Hail the pork rib. Slice the ribs apart.  I use two racks for this recipe, because I shop at Costco.  You can blanch them or not.  I was originally taught to do so, and I recommend doing it even just once to see if you find a significant difference.  In a large pot with enough…

Marinated Chicken Thighs

This is a tray of grilled chicken thighs.  They are tender and delicious.  I’ve done this also with chicken breast but if you want to do this with chicken breast they must be butterflied and pounded to keep the tender quality these thighs possess. In a large Ziploc, place your 12 chicken thighs along with…

Mushroom and Lemon Angel Hair

Now realizing I should have wiped my cleaver and removed my tongs, I will nevertheless  present this dish because who knows,  maybe you need this today, although I may update this photo.  It’s amazing and easy.  If you don’t have a fantastic clever in your drawer you might want to get one and use it…

Beef and Spouts

This is something we could eat everyday.  It’s a soupy, crunchy beefy dish served as is or with rice noodles or even mashed potato.  If rice is your thing it would be excellent with rice.  As follows: Brown your ground beef with slivered onions, chopped celery, chopped ginger, chopped, garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper….

Perfect Lasagna

A perfect lasagna isn’t just one recipe but instead is any recipe that results in a firm standup presentation and probably should have some flavoring of anise or fennel or such.  Of course your sauce preference is personal so if you hate anise or fennel flavors, don’t put them in your lasagna.  But I can…

Simply Stunning Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti Make it and people will make sounds when they eat this divinely simple dish.  Serving with chopsticks as the implement of choice is a must! Start with browning beef in a little peanut oil.   Brown your beef and add nicely diced onion.  Now when this is all hot and the onions are…