Friday, January 24, 2020

Beef Stew - Our New Go-To

Dawn breaks over Almost Heaven South on a cold January Day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cheesy Microwave Cauliflower

In support of my weight loss efforts, for some suppers, I eat only a vegetable such as broccoli or Brussels sprouts and for this meal I chose cauliflower.  I decided to use a recipe from Chef Lea Ann which I got a while back and thought that I’d blogged about but could not find so here it is (again).  Check out Lea Ann’s blog for her original recipe that looks like this.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sous Vide Tuna

For Christmas, our son Rhett wanted to gift us something we would need for the kitchen, which is a major challenge, since we have plenty of stuff and I don’t like most kitchen gadgets but he actually came up with a good one.  One of the popular cooking methods these days is Sous Vide which means “under vacuum” in French and refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes Soupa)

Continuing with my weight-loss, low-carb, Blue Zone, and around-the-world meals, I made up a pot of Greek Lentil Soup using the recipe from Sarah and Tim on their Curious Cuisiniere blog as it seemed to have the right stuff in it.  Since I had 2 cups of lentils, I adjusted their recipe to get the one below with a couple of other revisions.  Check out their blog for the original recipe and more shots like this.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

New Years Day Supper For Good Fortune

In the South, the traditional New Year's meal for good fortune includes black eyed peas, pork, collard greens, and cornbread.  We chose to forego the collards as I’ve never been able to make any that I liked so we just went with the other three.

Hoppin Johns seem to have originated in the South Carolina Low Country when rice was cooked with black eyed peas and for our meal, we used a recipe that we have made before except I used Kentucky Legends Ham rather than andouille to keep the heat level down.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Heading Toward Hip Surgery

I emerged from my doctor visit on Dec. 19 with a surgery date to replace my left hip and a weight that I needed to achieve.  I was pretty disappointed when I left as I was planning to be at the goal weight (47 lb. loss) by Jan 3 with a hoped-for surgery date in mid-January.  As it turned out the doctor was going to be doing medical mission work most of the month (good on him) and he added 10 pounds to the weight loss goal.  Me at my worst last winter in Tombstone, AZ

Monday, January 6, 2020

Around The World To Peru

Christmas week dishes and the need to lose an additional 10 lbs before my hip replacement, following my doctor visit, resulted in my missing the week for my planned around-the world meal.  After looking harder at my list, I decided to go to Peru where ceviche (low-cal and protein rich) is one of the traditional dishes.