Kohlrabi French Fries

Yes, you read that right. Keto french fries, and no, they're not potatoes. Everyone who has ever switched to a keto lifestyle has kryptonite foods that you miss periodically despite conquering general carb cravings. Like a lot of people, mine was McDonald's french fries. In the past, I've been known to make multiple stops to assemble the perfect fast food meal. Fries from McDonald's, burgers from In-N-Out, milkshakes and deep fried cheddar cheese curds from Culver's. You can't say I ...

Keto Heinz-Style Ketchup

Making your own ketchup has always been the third rail of home cooking. It is one of those things that seemed out of reach, made by a big complicated piece of industrial machinery. Even I've found myself guilty of admonishing fellow cooks for even bothering to try. "Don't bother, it won't turn out right." "People just expect Heinz and it will be different." "It's not worth the time, just buy it." Oh, but we try anyhow. Surely enough, it is a disaster in every way a recipe can be. ...

Espresso BBQ Pork Ribs

Do we all get to the point in our lives where we look ourselves in the mirror and see that we've done all the things we've sworn we wouldn't? I'm pretty sure that I am there. I'll never buy a truck. (Did it.) I'll never listen to country music. (Did it and liked some of it.) I'll never, ever, ever get an electric smoker. I mean, those things are basically cheating. Right? BBQ is ultimately about heat control. It was one thing to spend time fiddling with a charcoal or gas fired ...

Pumpkin God Salad Dressing

Tell me this isn't your favorite time of the year. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks. Football has returned. Autumn is right around the corner, and everyone's thoughts have turned to the holiday season. Or perhaps that is because Christmas items are already on sale at Costco? It's never too early to stock up on enough ribbon to last seven lifetimes. It's not all bad, though. Just breathe in that crisp, fresh fall air. That crisp, fresh 105+ degree Southern Arizona fall air. Yep, ...

Pumpkin Pie Blender Pops

Well, I held out as long as I could against the march of food blog posts toward complete Pumpkin Spice saturation. By my calculations, we are on a trajectory to arrive at "Peak Pumpkin Spice" sometime shortly before Thanksgiving. I too feel the pull of fall, but I've been reluctant to hop on the pumpkin dessert bandwagon. I don't feel like summer is finished with us just yet. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that I live in Southern Arizona and it is still in the mid ...

Dark Chocolate Fudgsicles

Aren't summer colds the worst? I'm not entirely sure if it is that they're objectively more severe than the winter variety or it is just the injustice of being stuck inside during warm weather. They do seem to be more contagious than they are in the winter. I often can escape during the winter when someone else around me gets sick, but we are guaranteed a house full a sick people during the summer once one person contracts it. This year's version comes packed with a scratchy sore throat that ...

Restaurant-Style Margaritas

When I started to piece together my recipe for Keto Restaurant-Style Margaritas, I started by asking myself, "What is the lime all about?" I have a basic philosophical difference on this question with virtually every margarita recipe I see online. If you spent a lot of time reading margarita recipes, you'd think it was face puckering acidity and not its flavor and scent essence. We have lime flavored candy and baked goodies of all kinds, both keto and not. Are they inedibly acidic or do they ...

Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea is a great example of a drink that so perfectly reflects its origins that it is hard to imagine it coming from anywhere else. In a lot of ways, it is a bit of a kissing cousin to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee I posted a couple of weeks ago. The formula of strongly flavored caffeinated beverage + sweetener + tropical climate friendly shelf-stable dairy is hard to go wrong with. It's also similar to Vietnamese Iced Coffee in that it is a little surprising to me that it hasn't caught ...

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

For as coffee obsessed as we all are, it's astonishing that Vietnamese iced coffee has not caught on in a more substantial way. All of the key components are there for it to be a smash hit in the western hemisphere, and yet it hasn't. I love it enough that I created my Keto Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk with it in mind in order to be able to enjoy it on my keto diet. To their credit, keto and low carb dieters do seem to be more open to trying food that is outside the mainstream. I think ...

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

Have you ever had sheer laziness paralyze you in a task only to find out later how easy it actually was? Felt a little silly, right? I've been considering the idea of an artificially sweetened condensed coconut milk for some time, but dismissed it out-of-hand each time as likely not feasible. I don't really have a good explanation for why I thought that. Perhaps it was because I felt that perhaps sugar was key in the dense consistency of it and I'd need an emusifying agent like xanthan gum to ...