Instant Pot Smoked Pork Bone Broth

This Smoked Pork Bone Broth post involved the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my relatively young career as a low carb food blogger -- convincing my family to cut the meat off their ribs and not devour it like a pack of hyenas. In this case, those bones had a higher calling. Thankfully my family, who is used to humoring my weird food projects, was happy to oblige. It wasn't that hard with my nearly fall-off-the-bone ribs. Eventually we worked our way through three racks of ribs and ...

Keto Apple Pie Margarita

When I posted my Keto Hard Apple Cider recipe a few weeks ago, while it is totally delicious on its own, I always intended for it to also be a building block for other recipes. Apples are typically such a no-no on a keto diet that once I had a way of introducing apple flavor to recipes without also adding sugar, it needed to be put to uses beyond just an apple-flavored substitute for wine. So, I did what we always do here in Southern Arizona -- made margaritas. The Keto Apple Pie Margarita was ...

Keto Hard Apple Cider

One of the questions I see the most regarding keto diets is what you can drink as far as booze. The short answer is that beer is out, hard liquor is in, and wine are sort of provisionally in. I say "provisionally" because it really comes down to the style in which they wine is made. It runs a continuum from keto-busting sweet to totally bone dry. Hard cider is much the same situation, but there are few if any options as far as "keto hard apple cider" in stores. So, why is that? I think there ...

Keto Cranberry Kansas City BBQ Sauce

It pretty much says it all about my philosophy on food that I don't make my cranberry sauce with any cranberries at all and that I put cranberries in places most normal people would think they have no business being, like a BBQ sauce. My Keto Cranberry Kansas City BBQ Sauce spells things out loud and clear that absolutely nothing is sacred in my kitchen, but it often is unexpected and delicious. So, what is a Kansas City BBQ sauce? Well, listen -- blood has been shed over less contentious ...

Keto Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Keto Red Wine Hot Chocolate isĀ epitome of a great spiked winter beverage. Dark, rich, and sweet -- with a little kick in the back of your throat from the alcohol in the wine. It's also a recipe that almost didn't happen. Originally, I judged it as too gimmicky and therefore unlikely to be good despite its considerable social media curb appeal. It's sort of hard to argue with the intrinsic draw of chocolate and wine. I try to keep a clear theme in my recipes. In other words, something has to ...

Keto Cranberry Sauce

The story of how I ended up developing my Keto Cranberry Sauce is not one where I set out to create a keto-fied cranberry sauce. I have an instinctual skepticism of "substitute" foods on low carb diets. It's not really a matter of dogma, I think they can occasionally be good. It's just difficult to do. Copies of iconic originals are generally doomed to failure. You only have to look at the amount of "fathead pizza dough" recipes to see that there is a bit of an obsession in the keto commun...

Book Giveaway: The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen

Do you want to WIN a copy of Carolyn Ketchum's new book "The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen" here BEFORE you can buy it? Well, you can! The Rules: Like Low Carb Papa on Facebook here. Like All Day I Dream About Food here. Leave a comment below in the thread below saying why you want to win! Be creative! That is how I will pick the winner. The Fine Print: Friends/family are not eligible. Sorry, guys. :( If you live outside of the United States or Canada you are not eligibl...

Book Review: The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen

Are any of you big "South Park" fans? There's a classic and now-famous episode called "Simpsons Already Did It" (S6E7) whose theme is basically that no matter what plotline for the show you could think of, the long-running prime time cartoon "The Simpsons" already did it. It's tough stepping into a domain where the greats have been working for a long time. When it comes to the work of Carolyn Ketchum, that motif also runs through the minds of low carb food bloggers. Through her peerless low ...

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. ...