Nothing I like better than to buy a couple flats of strawberries in season, to make my favorite recipes 🍓
Fresh Strawberry Pie
Baked goods, Desserts
Makes 8 servings – source: Cooking Light
50 Reduced calorie vanilla wafers
¼ cup butter or stick margarine melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 cups ripe strawberries
½ cup water
⅔ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 cups small ripe strawberries
½ cup frozen reduced calorie whipped topping thawed and divided
(I used fresh whipped cream 🙂
To prepare crust, place wafers in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and orange rind, and pulse 10 times or just until wafers are moist. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, cool on a wire rack.
To prepare filling, mash 2 cups strawberries with a potato masher. Combine mashed strawberries and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Press the strawberry mixture through a sieve into a bowl, and reserve 1 cup strawberry liquid (add enough water to measure 1 cup, if necessary). Discard pulp.Combine 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch in a pan; add strawberry liquid, stirring well with a whisk.
Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice.
Arrange a layer of small strawberries, stem sides down, in the crust. Spoon about one-third of sauce over the strawberries. Arrange the remaining strawberries on top, spooning the remaining sauce over the strawberries.
Chill for at least 3 hours.
Serve with whipped topping. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge and 1 tablespoon whipped topping).
Calories 285 (27% from fat); Fat 8.5 grams (sat 4.6g, mono 2.5g, poly 0.9g); protein 1.9 g; Carb 52.2g; Fiber 3.5g; chol 16mg; iron 1.2mg; sodium 146mg; Calc 42mg
If garlic bread and crab boil had a baby, this would surely be it! Sweet dungeness crab gets tossed in the classic garlic bread mixture — garlic, butter, and parsley — and served with crusty bread to soak up any extra butter. It is a bit messy, but feel free to use the bread as a tasty napkin!
Spicy Hot Mess Crab Legs with Garlic, Butter, and Parsley
3 to 4 Dungeness crab clusters, thawed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Crusty bread for serving and dipping
Separate the crab legs from the body. Using a sturdy knife cut the bodies in half.
Place the crab into a wok or skillet with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cover and steam just until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well and wipe out the pan.
Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the butter, oil, garlic, and as much red pepper flakes as desired, and sauté just until sizzling. Add the crab, parsley, and a pinch of salt, and stir-fry until coated with the sizzling mixture. Transfer to a deep platter, scraping all of the butter and aromatics on top and add a squeeze of lemon. Serve right away with claw crackers, bread, and lots of napkins. Dip the crab meat and bread into the surrounding butter and enjoy!
By Bari Weiss
I realize the faddish thing to say these days is that we live in the worst, most broken and backward country in the world and maybe in the history of civilization. It’s utter nonsense.
I have a few basic litmus tests in my own life: Can I wear a tank top in public? Can I walk down the street holding the hand of my partner, a (beautiful) woman, in many places in America without getting a second glance? Can I wear a Jewish star without fear?
I do not take those things for granted. I know very well that in many other places, the answers would be different, and my life wouldn’t be possible at all.
America is imperfect. (Does it even need to be said?) There is bigotry toward blacks and gays and Jews and immigrants; there is intense polarization; political violence is becoming more regular; elected representatives believe conspiracy theories. All true here as in many other countries being torn apart by the dislocations of the 21st century.
But there is no gulag in America. There are no laws permitting honor killings. There is no formal social credit system of the kind that exists right now in China. By any measure, we have achieved incredible progress and enjoy extraordinary freedoms. And yet people aren’t acting that way. They are acting, increasingly, like subjects in a totalitarian country.
These people write to me daily. They admit to regularly censoring themselves at work and with friends; succumbing to social pressure to tweet the right hashtag; to parroting slogans they do not believe to protect their livelihoods, like the greengrocer in Václav Havel’s famous essay “The Power of the Powerless.”
These people aren’t crazy. They are scared for good reason.
How much does it cost me to log on to Twitter and accuse you, right now, of an -ism? America is fast developing its own informal social credit system, as the writer Rod Dreher has noted, in which people with the wrong politics or online persona are banned from social media sites and online financial networks.
When everything is recorded for eternity, when making mistakes and taking risks are transformed into capital offenses, when things that were common sense until two seconds ago become unsayable, people make the understandable decision to simply shut up.
Do not nod along when you hear the following: That Abraham Lincoln’s name on a public school or his likeness on a statue is white supremacy. (It is not; he is a hero.) That separating people into racial affinity groups is progressive. (It is a form of segregation.) That looting has no victims (untrue) and that small-business owners can cope anyway because they have insurance (nonsense). That any disparity of outcome is evidence of systemic oppression (false). That America is evil. (It is the last hope on Earth.)
This list could go on for a thousand pages. These may have become conventional wisdom in certain circles, but they are lies.
Yet too many good people are sacrificing the common good, and therefore their long-term security, for the sake of short-term comfort.
It’s time to stand up and fight back. That means you. Social conservatives. Never-Trump Republicans, and anti-anti-Trump Republicans, too. Lukewarm liberals and libertarians. Progressives who have a little curiosity still left. Exhausted parents who want nothing to do with politics. Joe Rogan stans. Reddit revolutionaries and the hedgies getting crushed. Facebookers and email chainers and Etsy-shop owners and Boomers who still use AOL accounts. Start with the following 10 principles:
1. Remind yourself, right now, of the following truth: You are free.
It’s true that we live in an upside-down time in which pressing the “like” button on the wrong thing can bring untold consequences. But giving in to those who seek to confine you only hurts you in the long run. Your loss of self is the most significant thing that could be taken away from you. Don’t give it up for anything.
2. Be honest.
Do not say anything about yourself or others that you know is false. Absolutely refuse to let your mind be colonized. The first crazy thing someone asks you to believe or to profess, refuse. If you can, do so out loud. There is a good chance it will inspire others to speak up, too.
3. Stick to your principles.
If you are a decent person, you know mob justice is never just. So never join a mob. Ever. Even if you agree with the mob. If you are a decent person, you know betraying friends is wrong. So if a friend or a colleague does something you disagree with, write them a private note. Don’t be a snitch. Any mob that comes for them will come for you.
4. Set an example for your kids and your community.
That means being courageous. I understand that it’s hard. Really hard. But in other times and places, including in our own nation, people have made far greater sacrifices. (Think of those “honored dead” who “gave the last full measure of devotion.”) If enough people make the leap, we will achieve something like herd immunity. Jump.
5. If you don’t like it, leave it.
A class in college, a job, anything. Get out and do your own thing. I fully understand the impulse to want to change things from within. And by all means: Try as hard as you can. But if the leopard is currently eating the face of the person at the cubicle next to yours, I promise it’s not going to refrain from eating yours if you post the black square on Instagram.
6. Become more self-reliant.
If you can learn to use a power drill, do it. If you’ve always wanted an outdoor solar hot tub, make one. Learn to poach an egg or shoot a gun. Most importantly: Get it in your head that platforms are not neutral. If you don’t believe me, look at Parler and look at Robinhood. To the extent that you can build your life to be self-reliant and not 100 percent reliant on the Web, it’s a good thing. It will make you feel competent and powerful. Which you are.
7. Worship God more than Yale.
In other words, do not lose sight of what is essential. Professional prestige is not essential. Being popular is not essential. Getting your child into an elite preschool is not essential. Doing the right thing is essential. Telling the truth is essential. Protecting your kids is essential.
8. Make like-minded friends.
Then stand up for them. Two good tests: Are they willing to tell the truth even if it hurts their own side? And do they think that humor should never be a casualty, no matter how bleak the circumstances? These people are increasingly rare. When you find them, hold on tight.
9. Trust your own eyes and ears.
Rely on firsthand information from people you trust rather than on media spin. When you hear someone making generalizations about a group of people, imagine they are talking about you and react accordingly. If people insist on spouting back headlines and talking points, make them prove it, in their own words.
10. Use your capital to build original, interesting and generative things right now. This minute.
Every day I hear from those with means with children at private schools who are being brainwashed; people who run companies where they are scared of their own employees; people who donate to their alma mater even though it betrays their principles. Enough. You have the ability to build new things. If you don’t have the financial capital, you have the social or political capital. Or the ability to sweat. The work of our lifetimes is the Great Build. Let’s go.
Bari Weiss is the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.” Follow her writings at: bariweiss.substack.com.
A creamy cheesy Puff Pastry Tart with poached eggs, bacon and some delish greens on top.
Bacon and Egg Puff Pastry Tart
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1 lemon, juiced and zested (divided)
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 sheet store bought Puff Pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
2-3 tablespoons This Is Everything Seasoning
6 slices cooked bacon
4 eggs, poached
1 cup upland cress or arugula
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chives to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix gruyere cheese and créme fraiche in a small bowl. Season with salt, pepper and lemon zest to taste. Set aside.
Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to make a large rectangle just smaller than a half sheet pan. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Create a border by scoring with a knife, an inch from the edges. Dock the dough by poking holes with a fork in the center area. Brush the border edges with beaten egg and sprinkle with This Is Everything. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.
Spread cheese mixture in the center of the pastry dough. Place the bacon on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden. Remove from the oven.
While the tart is baking, poach the eggs. Toss upland cress with the olive oil, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the tart from the oven, add the poached eggs and break open, garnish with the upland cress salad and chives. Serve immediately
I love fresh fruit from an orchard and had been looking for a source for apples, when I found honeycrisp.com.
The apples in the image above were shipped to me in October. Yes, 4 months ago. I ordered a bushel. I was saving these to take with us on our month of travel in January, but they got left behind. I wasn’t sure what condition they’d be in, but they’ll be pie filling and apple sauce by day’s end.
But FIRST, an Apple Dutch Baby
Apple Dutch Baby
4 Tbsp butter
2-3 Gala apples sliced thinly (I used Honeycrisp)
3/4 C flour
3/4 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 C sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400.
Place butter into a 12″ cast iron frying pan and place in the oven to melt butter.
In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk and eggs.
Place the sliced apples into the bottom of the pan on top of the melted butter. Pour egg mixture over apples.
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the egg mixture evenly.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
This handy device makes quick work of the coring, peeling and slicing. Just love it. It’s made by Cucina Pro.
I made two batches of apple pie filling but decided to freeze them.
And last but not least, the Instapot No Peel Apple sauce.
The story behind the image can be found here: https://youtu.be/1MI4ROiLoj8
Gina does it again. Her new book has the recipe for homemade wontons.
Easy Wonton Soup
Asian, Soups, Quick
6 cups chicken broth low sodium
1– inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
1 clove minced garlic
20 mini frozen wontons, I love the Chicken Cilantro one’s from Trader Joe’s
1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
4 baby bok choy, halved lengthwise and halved
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
scallions, sliced green parts only for garnish
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot.
Smash the sliced ginger with the side of a knife to bring out the flavor and add to the pot with the garlic, cover and cook 5 minutes.
Add the bok choy and partially cook 5 minutes, then add the frozen wontons and mushroom, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until the wontons are heated through and bok choy is tender and wilted.
Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil.
Divide soup in four bowls. Garnish with fresh scallions.
136 Cals 9 Protein 22.5 Carbs 2 Fats
Serving: 11/2 cup (generous), Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 22.5g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 6.5mg, Sodium: 1218mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 5g Blue Smart Points: 2 Green Smart Points: 2 Purple Smart Points: 2
Pizza Sausage Rolls wrapped in bagel dough with Italian chicken sausage, marinara and mozzarella make a fun recipe your whole family will love. Great game day food!
Pizza Sausage Rolls
Baked goods, Breads, Italian, Kid-Friendly
For bagel dough:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting, (5 oz in weight) use cup4cup for GF*
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, (should be thick) I recommend Stonyfield
1 egg white, beaten (whole egg works fine too)
sesame seeds, for topping (optional)
2 raw chicken Italian sausage links, 3 oz total (halved lengthwise) I like Premio
4 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese
8 teaspoons pizza sauce or marinara
marinara sauce, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well.
Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined (it will be sticky and look like small crumbles).
Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away). If it’s too sticky, add a few extra sprinkles of flour.
Divide in 4 equal balls.
Working with 1 ball at a time, lightly dust a rolling pin and a work surface and roll dough into a 5 ½” circle, about ¼” thick.
Spread 2 teaspoons pizza sauce down the middle of the circle, leaving about 1/2” border.
Lay 1 slice of cheese in the middle of the circle then top with 1/2 sausage link.
Carefully bring both sides of the dough up, wrap one side around the sausage then the other.
Press dough together so it’s sealed around the sausage and place it on the prepared sheet pan seam side-down.
Repeat with remaining dough, sauce, cheese and sausage.
Brush each with egg wash, top with sesame seeds, if using, and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes then slice into 6 pieces and serve.
*I have not tested these with GF flour, but I have made the bagels with cup4cup and had great success so I am sure it will work. You may have to add 5 more minutes to the bake time.
302 Cals 22 Protein 30 Carbs 10 Fats
Serving: 1roll, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 957mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 4g Blue Smart Points: 8 Green Smart Points: 9 Purple Smart Points: 8
so I thought I would share the food list for the first 17 days of the 17 Day Diet:
Accelerate Food List
Canned Light Tuna (water packed) Catfish
- Opt for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish, which may have received doses of antibiotics. Avoid the bigger fish such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and albacore tuna. They are the most likely to carry metals like methyl-mercury, which is considered a toxin.
Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)
Egg Whites (4 egg whites =1 serving) Turkey Breast
CLEANSING VEGETABLES (Eat Liberally)
• Artichoke hearts
• Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow
• Brussels sprouts
• Green beans
• Green, leafy vegetables (including beet greens, turnip greens, collard greens)
• Lettuce, all varieties
FIBROUS FRUIT- 2 SERVINGS DAILY
• Berries, all types
• Prickly pear cactus
• Red grapes
PROBIOTIC FOODS- 2 SERVINGS DAILY
Acidophilus milk: (1 cup = 1 serving)
Kefir: similar to a drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving) Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving)
Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon – 1 serving) Sauerkraut: (1/2 cup – 1 serving)
Yakult: (1 cup = 1 serving)
Yogurt, any type, including Greek-style, sugar-free (6 oz. container = 1 serving)
FRIENDLY FATS: 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS DAILY Flaxseed oil
Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation:
• Salsa, low-carb marinara sauce, lite soy sauce, low-carb ketchup, fat-free sour cream, Truvia (a non-caloric sweetener made from natural ingredients), sugar-free jams and jellies, vegetable cooking spray, fat-free cheeses (i.e. Parmesan), fat-free salad dressing, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, herbs, and spices.
Substitutions for vegetarians:
One-half cup of tofu (any type)
One-half cup of beans, lentils, or any legume
1-2 vegetarian or black bean burgers (made from textured vegetable protein)
2-4 ounces any vegetarian cheese, including soy cheese
2 vegetarian “sausage” links (great substitute for eggs!)
2 scoops vegan rice protein powder (great for smoothies, blend with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and a fruit) for a quick 17-Day Diet vegetarian breakfast
Any type of vegetarian meat substitute made from textured vegetable protein (see package for serving size)
For dairy substitutes: 1 serving is 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk
For yogurt substitutes, it is fine to use soy milk yogurt. These subs will work for all cycles as meat-protein substitutions.
- If this appeals to you I recommend the ORIGINAL version of the book (at many libraries) as well as the various groups you’ll find on the WWW.