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Lemon Curd: Whole Egg, Honey-Sweetened

Lemon Curd w/Whole Egg (& Peel of Lemon)

I filed this recipe under “Healthy” AND “desserts”, since it seems to be both. So good on top of yogurt! It’s usually used for fancy teas, with scones and clotted cream, but I’m thinking this version will go well in my smoothie even- ha! I mean, it doesn’t contain sugar, and I used Kerry-gold pastured butter, and a neighbor’s fresh chicken eggs. Of course it’s good for me, right? Oh, plus it uses whole egg. Protein! This lemon curd seems a tad lighter than the traditional- a bit more like custard. Yummm…

Energy Bars, Almond Marzipan Style

Energy Bars- Granola Bar with Almond Paste

My husband’s a good sport. Peanut butter didn’t fit into our cleansing diet (due to the molds and such). Sad face- it’s one of his favorite snack foods… But happy face- he’s not even thinking of peanut butter now! These energy bars satisfy his snack-cravings. Yay! I really had just wanted an excuse to use…

Superfoods for Super Health

Dry Blend of Superfoods for Breakfast Smoothies

Thought I’d share info on superfoods for super health, from my annual Women’s Retreat session on “Abundant Health in Christ”. Most of the notes this year are about our relationship with Jesus, and how we can find abundant health through that. But utilizing a few of the wonderful, natural, healing foods God put here for our own good, also seems worthy of mention!

Induction Stove Top Vs. Gas, Electric

Induction better than Electric, Gas

Most cooks know that gas ranges are awesome. Electric, not so much. But for over 25 years, I put up with my home kitchen’s electric stove top. Until I finally found a most excellent replacement: Induction range!

Ginger Bug: Easy Recipe, Healthy Gingerale

Easy recipe, ginger bug

Most recipes for ginger bug would have us grating some fresh ginger every day, mixing it with a bit more sugar and water, to feed the bug. I don’t have time for that! So I came up with a quicker method: I process the whole bunch of ginger with an equal part of sugar, and store that mix in the freezer. Then it’s easy to scoop a little out for the daily feedings.

Kitchen Sinks: Jen’s Fave & Why

Porcelain on Steel- Horrible!

After over 25 years with our original kitchen, I realized my friend was right: My kitchen needed a renovation. One feature: I had a “shabby chic” sink, but sinks aren’t supposed to be shabby chic! It had chipped within the first year of use, years ago, and more chips continued to pop up, even with light use. Turns out, the enamel-over-steel construction was horrible. I do not recommend such a sink, even if they are cheaper than their cast-iron cousins!

“Pistou” (French Pesto)

Olive oil, basil, garlic, salt, parmesan

Maybe salting the garlic first is why everyone loves The New Deli’s Italian dressing so much. We mix the fresh garlic, herbs, and salt together first, letting the steep awhile. A similar method works well to create this yummy sauce, that’s good on so many things. (Even just to dip bread in, add to some Bruschetta for party food, etc. etc.)

Pesto Pizza, New Deli Style

New Deli Pesto Pizza

Back in the day, The New Deli made one huge sheet of Pesto Pizza on Fridays. A few of us still remember those days. Once in awhile, we make this recipe again, for New Deli parties. Sssh–don’t tell anyone! (It’s just for employees and family, ha…) Now, the secret to a non-soggy crust: A first layer of thinly-sliced mozzarella cheese over the dough. (We also add an egg, plus extra spinach to the pesto). New Deli secrets revealed!

Science Behind “Lose Belly Fat”

Natural Fat Loss

I kept seeing that “Lose Belly Fat” ad last year… I never wanted to click on it- I might start getting a bunch of spam emails for weight loss supplements! Ah, but my husband was just checking his 10-K scores after a run, when he noticed the intriguing headline. He watched the whole video, then filled me in on the details. Perfect! I don’t want to sit through an advertisement that long, but it was cool he could tell me about it. Some of it was interesting. Except for the sales pitch for a product, of course…

Weight Loss, Food Addictions, Bad Habits

Weight Loss Goals

A lot of us may try to reconfigure our habits after the holidays. I know I’m trying to share as much of the Christmas candy we received, before I have a daily habit started up again. Now that it’s the new year, I’m ready to re-commit to healthy habits.