Keto Shamrock Smoothie
Every year I wish that St. Patrick's Day came in June, when our enormous whiskey barrel planter of mint is in full swing. Mint is more than a way of life here, it's job security. My wife *loves* anything mint, with bonus points given to dishes made with our real mint. Since I always strive to feature things here that my family and I actually would want to eat, the idea for my Keto Shamrock Smoothie was born, despite the obvious problem of mint sourcing in the middle of March.
I generally ...
Raspberry Cocoa Nibs Yogurt Parfait
Valentine's Day comes at a really unwelcome time of the year for someone who spends a lot of time thinking about the pursuit of good health. No matter what I do during the holiday season, I always end up fighting a cold, letting my carbs float up, and generally celebrating a little too much with friends and family.
I had it beaten this year, though. I encountered all the typical slowdowns from holiday obstacles and managed to still build up a head of steam by the time 2018 rolled around. I ...
Keto Mexican Coffee Eggnog
I'm not saying that there haven't been keto eggnog recipes around for a while now, because there have been and they're pretty damn good. It just seems like this holiday season, keto dieters everywhere have collectively sat up and realized just how good it is, to say nothing of being a snap to make. In sharing my Keto Mexican Coffee Eggnog, I hope to introduce you to some points of technique that will help you whether you make this recipe or formulate your own.
The type of eggnog that most ...
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 is 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...
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 ...
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, ...