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Recipe: Creamy chocolate tea

December 6, 2013  ·  Category: Health, Paleo, Recipes

I love sipping chocolate tea in the winter. I've been fiddling with this particular recipe for a couple weeks. Yesterday's batch was a winner. I'll no doubt refine it further, but this version is worth sharing and inviting input. The recipe is optimized for the consumption of extremely healthy fats. It is paleo friendly, with no milk products other than grassfed butter. This is in no way a low-calorie beverage. I sip it throughout the day for energy (calories) and warmth, as well as the deliciously creamy and rich flavor. To begin, combine the following in a 40-oz thermos and steep for ...

Tasty paleo snack: Coconut oil rounds

December 25, 2012  ·  Category: Health, Paleo, Recipes

I just made this snack for the first time, and it's surprisingly good, as well as ridiculously easy to make. The trick is to simply cool the coconut oil, which turns it into a creamy dessert-like substance, similar to the texture of chocolate. Coconut oil offers many health benefits: clearing brain fog, promoting weight loss, improving cholesterol levels, even curing Alzheimer's disease. But who cares — it tastes really good! You'll need a micro muffin tin (available from Amazon for $9.89) and the following ingredients, all available from Trader Joe's. Ingredients - 1 jar virgin organic coconut oil (if it's not already liquid, warm ...

Updated Chili Recipe

December 21, 2008  ·  Category: Recipes

I just updated my recipe for black-eyed pea chipotle chili. I had occasion to make fresh batch this morning, for the first time in a year or so, and it was heavenly. The sweet, smoky smell of chipotle and Kahlúa just fills the house. I updated the recipe with an ingredient I forgot to list last time ... the beef bouillon. Just not the same without it.

Delicious Blue Cheese Dressing

April 5, 2007  ·  Category: Recipes

Blue cheese dressing at its best -- which is hard to find in grocery stores -- has a remarkable cleanness about it. It wipes the palate anew with every fork-full of salad. Hungry for this effect, and despondent after buying four different grocery store brands in vain, I searched the net and found this recipe. It was perfect. Delicious Blue Cheese Dressing 12 ounces sour cream 8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup mayonnaise (Hellman's or Dukes) 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon onion salt 2 cloves garlic, minced Mix all ingredients together, except blue cheese. Add bleu cheese and stir just enough to distribute evenly. The mixture will ...

Insider’s Guide to Trader Joe’s

April 15, 2006  ·  Category: Health, Personal, Recipes, Reviews

Kathy and I just got our very own Trader Joe's -- well, other than the 300 other people who are always in the store -- about 20 minutes away, in Albuquerque. Anybody who understands that the only proper way to sell avocados is in bags of 6 at a time, has my money. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I would shop at Albertson's first, and then stop by Trader Joe's for specialty items I couldn't find at Albertson's. At some point, however, I realized that the prices at Trader Joe's prices were almost universally lower than at the chain supermarkets -- ...

Homemade Pizza, Here I Come

April 2, 2006  ·  Category: Recipes, Reviews

Last week, on the recommendation of a particularly glowing review, I purchased Peter Reinhart's American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza. The book includes not only his engaging stories of visiting dozens of the best gourmet pizza parlors around the world, but also the best pizza-making tricks and recipes he discovered along his journey. The author's taste in pizza matches my own: Thin crust, please, and great dough gets you 80% of the way to great pizza. Reinhart also authored the acclaimed bread-baking guide The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, so there is no doubt this man ...

Recipe: Lime Guacamole

July 18, 2004  ·  Category: Recipes

The name "guacamole" is a concatenation of the second syllable of the Spanish word for "avocado" (aguacate) with the word for "sauce" (mole). The secret to terrific guacamole is using lime in lieu of lemon. Guacamole works well as a vegetable dip, or as a dallop on your bowl of black-eyed pea chipotle chili. 3 avocados 2 limes, juiced 4 garlic cloves, pressed 1 medium red onion (use only one quarter), minced 1 ripe, medium tomato (use only one half), minced 2t ground cumin 1t Tapatío pepper sauce 1t salt Cut the avocados in half length-wise, remove the pit, and use a spoon to scoop out the ...

Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Chipotle Chili

July 18, 2004  ·  Category: Recipes

I enjoy making this on a weekend morning, as it fills the air with the sweet, smokey smell of chipotle. Takes about an hour of preparation and at least one hour of simmering. Start by 10 a.m. on Sunday for a delicious lunch and a week's worth of leftovers. Sautee in bottom of a large stock pot, on medium-high heat: 6+ garlic cloves, minced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 T extra virgin olive oil Once the onions and garlic are lightly carmelized from the heat, add in the following, and chop the meat into fine pieces with your spatula as it cooks: 4 ...

Chilaca Bowl Recipe

June 8, 2004  ·  Category: Recipes

We have a new restaurant down the street, named Chilacas — a word that means "chili," in New Mexico slang. They serve a dish I have come to love, called a "Chilaca Bowl." Tired of driving to their restaurant four times weekly, I took a crack at making it myself tonight, and the results were delicious. Here is my version of the Chilaca Bowl. It's basically a taco salad without the taco shells. Quite healthy! INGREDIENTS 1 cup rice (or 1 pkg prepared rice mix) 1 15oz can refried black beans 1 lb extra lean ground beef 15 ounces of green chili (or green-chili-based salsa) 2 ...