Chasing Destiny Almond Flour Pancakes

Chasing Destiny – characters that cook! Characters absorb parts of the author’s personality . . . and often the writer grows through the character. In each ‘Donovan Legacy’ book, one of the characters (could be a secondary character) loves to cook. Why do my characters cook? Kitchen: the heart of the home. That phrase is more than a saying on a tea-towel or wooden plaque. Most — I didn’t say all — have some fond memories from the kitchen. If it involves food, it could be the smell of grandmother’s special cookies or holiday candies and treats. If the memory doesn’t involve food, it could be the early morning scent of coffee. It might be […]

Food Matters – Motivating

I watched Food Matters (listed under Ted Talks) on Netflix this weekend. While I’m a Vegetarian, we do eat most of our veggies cooked – many steamed, baked or sautéed, but cooked nonetheless. Based on information from Food Matters, and the ever-decreasing nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, we’re trying the 51/49% rule for plating purposes. 51% to be RAW – as in not cooked. What’s the purpose of RAW food? To further eliminate junk food, to limit unhealthy carbs (I am a bread-oholic ), and to kick start my morning system with more smoothies. My pledge was to go for a week. I’ve discovered that I can talk myself into anything for a week. […]

Did someone say Dessert?

Oh yeah, it was me. I should be writing, I have been writing, but I wanted to share this easy-to-do and simply delicious low-cal, low-sugar dessert.What’s needed?A package of Phyllo dough (generally found close to the frozen pie doughs). This is a great pastry for those who are watching calories and fat grams.Fresh fruit (cook’s choice)1/4 Cup Fat-free, plain yogurt2 tablespoons Low-fat mayo or miracle whip2 packets Splenda2 teaspoons Cinnamon1 tablespoon Honey2 tablespoons Reduced fat margarine (I now use the Smart Balance Light because it has the Omega-3 oils) I cut off about a three inch section of the Phyllo dough from one end – keep this moist. Melt margarine (microwave), add Splenda and ½ […]

Texas Biscuits

Got a request for another recipe on my site – something else Texan. Baking biscuits can be a fun Saturday morning activity – with or without kids. It takes a little practice, but I couldn’t cook my way out of a basket when I first married and I learned how to do it. So, belly up to the kitchen, gals and guys for a little homemade fun. Okay, I know biscuits aren’t just a Texas ‘thang’ but mine to happen to come from an old ‘Texas’ family . . . so I’m going to say that counts. INGREDIENTS:2 ½ Cups all purposes flour — sift this into a large bowl1 teaspoon salt — I prefer […]