Kicking My Bread Addiction

Remember last week, I was going to change my eating habits.  After revealing my weight frustration to my doctor, he explained cutting out carbohydrates was more beneficial than exercising. Cutting Out Carbs Will Trump Exercise So, I have really been working hard, avoiding potatoes and pasta; which has not been a problem. I have discovered

Carbohydrates in Food Trump Exercise

Visited my internal medicine doctor last week, for my six month check-up.  Because I have high blood pressure, I like to keep it monitored. I was actually looking forward to the visit because it would be the first time I weighed, since staring my new power walking regime. Unfortunately, I GAINED 3 pounds!  I was

Take Steak and Potatoes Up a Notch

Steak de Burgo was created in Des Moines, Iowa around 1939. Just another name for steak and potatoes, this rich  dish is traditionally made with a good cut of beef tenderloin, covered in a creamy mushroom sauce. Because it is so easy and quick to make, I thought it would be a perfect recipe for

Crazy for Crispy Celery

Earlier this year, Chef Curtis Stone developed a 9-course tasting menu centered around celery, for his restaurant Maude in California. He created a celery salad; reduced celery juice for an apple sorbet and braised some stalks for a celeri barigoule. Celeri Barigoule – a traditional Provencal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots

Are Those Bitters In My Drink?

What are “bitters?” Historically, bitters were derived from herbs, roots, fruits, infused with wine and used medicinally during Egyptian times. During the Middle Ages, distilled alcohol was included but bitters were still used as a preventative medicine. In the 19th Century, the British incorporated Canary Wine (white fortified wine imported from mainland Spain or the

Simple Asian Dinner: Pork and Rice

This simple Asian dinner is my substitute for Chinese take out.  Some “fast food” Chinese is loaded in MSG, which I try to avoid. Although easy, this Pork and Rice dish is filling and a great option for a weeknight meal. It can be done in only one pot and one skillet, for less clean

Shucks Oyster Bar Shines Like A Pearl

I don’t have to explain the difficulty in finding a great oyster bar when you do not live anywhere near coastal waters; but, Mr. Pitmaster and I discovered a pearl in the Upstate culinary scene. Shucks Oyster Bar is a husband and wife owned eatery just 30 minutes southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. Not only