Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SCD Artichoke Dip - Seriously!

My sister-in-law made this dip for a family party. I adapted it to be SCD Legal and added a few other ingredients. I brought the dip to a relative's house on Easter and everyone wanted the recipe.

I enjoy this dip with the Cheddar Crackers from the Healing Foods cookbook. If you have not tried these yet then you are really missing out. They are my new FAVORITE SCD snack. I eat them with guacamole, salsa, cheese, and now this new dip. They are super easy to make once you get the hang of it. Also, I noticed that Raman Prasad has some Chile-Lime crackers in his new fabulous SCD cookbook. I am going to try those next.

SCD Artichoke Dip

- 3/4 cup SCD mayo
- 1 cup Parmesian Cheese
- 14oz Can Artichokes (drained and chopped)
- Dash SCD Garlic Powder
- 2 tbs Parmesian Cheese
- Diced Tomato
- Diced Avocado (do not dice until you are ready to add to the dip or they will brown)

Mix first 4 ingredients together and spread in a baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesian cheese on top. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. Check to see if it is lightly browned.

Remove and let cool a bit. Add chopped tomatoes and avocado to the top and serve with the SCD crackers.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thank You Easter Honey!

The Easter Honey, aka my husband, spent all day yesterday making me Easter Candy. God bless that guy! I may have got the shaft in the digestive department but let me tell ya folks, the universe made up for it in the spousal section of my life.

Here's what he left in my basket:

- Peanut Butter Ice Box Truffles from Grainfree Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

- Peanut Butter Caramel Crisps from Grainfree Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

- Lemon Coconut Macaroons from Eat Well Feel Well

Thank you Easter Honey!
PICTURE- Rolling Peanut Butter Ice Box Truffles in shredded coconut.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chicken Soup Snore to Chicken Soup Star!

Last weekend I came down with a cold. My husband had it the week before so it was no surprise when I woke up Saturday night with a depressingly sore throat. I remembered all of those studies that say chicken soup helps you get over the common cold faster. I will admit that I am not a huge chicken soup fan. When I think about it all I get are images of sick kids and bland crackers.

That being said, I was determined to get over this thing asap because of a busy work week ahead. So I purchased a chicken and made up some basic broth simmering it for about 3 hours. Once that was complete I started on the soup by adding back the chicken, some carrots, celery, onion, a bay leaf, oregano, and parsley. Starring at the pot I knew that it was your every day chicken soup...Yawn.

So in a moment of inspiration (and desperation for a more exciting dinner) I added lots of chopped tomatoes, spinach, and a rind of Parmesan cheese.

Well folks, let me just say that THESE little additions did the trick. The rind of cheese (which you should remove before using or you run the risk of your husband biting into it and looking horrified) added a perfect background of Parmesan flavor. The spinach and the tomatoes brightened things up a bit and added more antioxidant power.

At the very end as I was serving this chicken soup extraordinaire, I added a biscuit from the new Grainfree Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner cook book.

We had chicken and biscuit soup. It was great stuff and the perfect medicine for my cold.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ooh La La Focaccia!!

On Tuesday I had a bad gut day so I implemented contingency plan A (the intro diet of yogurt and chicken broth) and B (an immediate acupuncture appointment). Plan A & B came through again and I have been feeling like my old (hungry, happy) self ever since.

We SCDers are lucky to be on the diet in a time of such creativity. As you probably know, there have been a slew of SCD cookbooks published lately. I am attempting to try out various recipes in each over the next few months.

I have started out with Raman Prasad's Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This book if choke full of exciting international recipes and ideas for great substitutues e.g., SOY SAUCE!

One of my favorite aspects of this book, in addition to the superb recipes and fabulous pictures, is the great writing and humor. Raman's stories have always cracked me up. Even in the hospital they had me laughing out loud. If you have not read the archives of his blog you really should. He introduces each chapter with a short narrative and his pickling experience had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

So I started out with the Focaccia recipe because umm rosemary, bread, hey that sounds like a good place to start to me! We enjoyed it with "spaghetti" bolognese and it was wonderful but I think it was even better the next day after it had time to firm up a bit.

After reading Amy's post about the Beef Vindaloo I decided to try that. I love Indian food and have missed it greatly on the SCD. Well those days are long gone. This dish is truly remarkable. The spices were so fun to mix and looked really beautiful. I wanted to take a picture but I have misplaced my camera. It was super easy to throw together and made the whole house smell delicious. I enjoyed it over a bed of spinach and am taking leftovers to work today.

If you have not seen this gem of a cook book you really should check it out.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Good Gravy!

A few weeks ago we made this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. It was wonderful and had actual real gravy! The recipe calls for canned beef broth (which is NOT SCD legal) so I substituted homemade chicken broth instead. It was delicious.

If you are OK with red meat then you definitely want to try out this gem ...a "must add" to your menu.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Meanwhile, Back on the East Coast

I am back on the East Coast where things are.... dark, cold, and non-California-ish. Even though I was traveling for work (which means I sat in a small office for most of the time I was there), California still persissted on being its pleasant self. I stayed in a cozy hotel in Santa Monica about two streets from the Pacific Ocean. My little hotel room had a small but very useful kitchenette where I prepared almost all of my meals. I was also in walking distance of Whole Foods which I frequented almost daily.

The best part of the trip though was going out to dinner with The Communicatrix who is one of my favorite bloggers and who is also on the SCD. It was oh so cool to get to meet her in real life (where she is just as funny) and to have someone to talk SCD shop with (and she is way more knowledgeable). Also, it was really the only time on SCD that I have ever been able to go out to dinner, let someone else order and then say "I'll have what she's having." All you SCDers know that is wicked cool (opps, there is the east coast slipping back in).

Last weekend I celebrated my mother-in-law's 70th birthday. My father-in-law made a big non-SCD lasagna along with some SCD vegetable soup (well, he tried to at least) and I made two SCD lasagnas. One which was an adaptation of the GrainFree Gourmet recipe and another that was all vegetarian for our friend...the vegetarian.

So far this week we've enjoyed "spaghetti" bolognese (made from zucchini noodles of course), and two delicious stir-fries that my husband whipped up with onions, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, Bok Choy, chicken, etc.

Unfortunately today has been a little shaky so I have been sticking to SCD yogurt, tuna fish, and now some peppermint tea. Hopefully better days (and cuisine) ahead.

PICTURE- Hubby Stir Fry #2