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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Make a Golden Brown and Perfectly Tender Turkey

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY


When it comes to making a turkey that's thoroughly cooked, golden brown, and perfectly tender, success will ultimately depend on two factors: heat and moisture. Braising creates a moist environment, so the white meat doesn't dry out, as long as you cook it low and slow. The bird comes out fall-apart tender and the leftover cooking liquid makes the most delicious gravy.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quick Chicken Liver Paté with Cranberries and Pistachios

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE



This is my version of chopped chicken livers on toast. I sauté them with onions, garlic, Port and Madeira wine, then purée the mixture into a smooth paté. Unlike other kinds of paté, this one can be eaten right away and doesn't require baking or pressing or curing.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dark Chocolate Cacao Nut Cups

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE



If you're looking for a healthy homemade Valentine's Day treat, these are for you. The dark chocolate cups are filled with a mixture of raw cacao beans, coconut, walnuts, and dates, giving them a soft and chewy texture, and a deep chocolate flavor.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Placentophagy and a Postprtum Smoothie


Placentophagy is the practice of consuming placenta after childbirth. It's common among mammals and gaining popularity with humans too, especially after celebrity moms have endorsed it as a way to ward off postpartum depression, increase milk production, replenish nutrients, and speed recovery after delivery.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

How to Properly Marinate Fish and Seafood


My mother-in-law Méranie is from Martinique, a French island where fish and seafood are a large part of the local diet. This is her technique for marinating whole fish but it can be applied to any kind of seafood. Here I use wild-caught mackerel from my local fish market. The secret is to marinate it long enough for it to be flavorful, but not long enough for the citrus juice to "cook" the fish.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mixed Nuts with Thai Flavors

DAIRY-FREE  |  GLUTEN-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE


These savory mixed nuts are full of Thai flavors: coconut, lime, tamari, and ginger. A Thai cook would add some sugar, but instead I added a touch of honey. I usually recommend eating foods unsweetened, but in this case, a small amount of a natural sugar really helps balance the spicy and salty flavors. You can make this healthy snack ahead or time it right and serve it straight from the oven, just slightly cooled. When the nuts are still warm they have a unique soft and succulent texture.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cocoa-Spiced Walnuts

GLUTEN-FREE | GRAIN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | DETOX-FRIENDLY


These detox-friendly nuts can be an on-the-go snack, a topping for salads and yogurt, or an elegant garnish for dessert. Or they can be dessert itself. This recipe uses cocoa powder as a spice, like cinnamon. Because the nuts are unsweetened, they go well with sweet dishes as well as savory ones. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Grain-Free Granola

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  | VEGAN


This nutty, crumbly topping has a texture similar to granola, but it doesn't contain oats. It's simply a mixture of nuts, coconut, cacao nibs, and dried fruits, so it's naturally gluten-free and grain-free.

You can make this recipe your own using your favorite fruit and nut combinations.  If you eat ground flax seeds regularly, you can add them to this mix.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Zucchini Noodle Bowl with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free Variation | Vegan Variation


This recipe highlights vegetables that are in season right now—zucchini and tomatoes—as well as a popular kitchen tool—a spiralizer—that turns them into noodles. Vegetable noodles are a healthy alternative to pasta made from processed flour. They are full of fiber and free of gluten and the refined carbohydrates that raise blood sugar and insulin levels and promote inflammation throughout the body.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Coconut Chai Chia Seed Pudding

VEGAN  |  GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE


This light and fluffy pudding is rich and satisfying. Because it's made with chia seeds, it has a texture similar to tapioca pudding. Chai spices like cinnamon and ginger add flavor as well as health benefits. They've been found to lower inflammation, improve digestion and blood sugar control, and support the body's natural detoxification mechanisms. This pudding takes only minutes to make, but it has to sit overnight in the fridge before you can eat it, so plan ahead and make it in advance.