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 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. ...
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, ...
Carolina BBQ Sauce
"Your Keto Carolina BBQ sauce is a great salad dressing!"
That's not really what pitmasters want to hear from their wives when they unveil a new BBQ sauce recipe they have spent countless hours perfecting, is it?
One of the really interesting (and humbling) aspects of any sort of creative work is the realization that once you put something out there for the world to consume and hopefully appreciate, it's not really yours anymore.
Now, I don't mean that it's "not mine" in the sense that ...
Reverse-Smoked Oven Beef Brisket
There is a saying that you can't really understand the fundamental assumptions of your own culture until you spend a little time outside of it. I don't think I ever really understood that until I spent a week getting blank stares from supermarket clerks in Edmonton, Alberta when I asked if they carried whole beef brisket. Alberta is famous for its beef, but these friendly Canadians don't know what brisket is? What gives, Canucks?
...and that was only the beginning of my problems. It was my ...