Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Chicken with Asparagus and Three Cheeses

I'm going through my recipe archives and updating recipes that don't have photos. Sometimes I'll make a few slight changes to the recipe, like I did this time for an updated version with a little less sauce and less cheese. It's still rich and creamy enough that this should be a "once in a while" treat for South Beach Dieters.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bengali Red Dal Curry from Jake

I've written on this blog more than once about my feelings of intimidation about making authentic Indian food, and confessed that I use things like Pataks Biryani Paste when I get that Indian food craving. This fear of Indian cooking is still alive somewhere in my cooking psyche, but when my 20-something nephew Jake raved about a dal recipe he'd made, and then showed up at my house with this fantastic dish, I realized I need to get over it.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Arugula Salad Recipe with Marinated Artichokes, Peppers, Goat Cheese and More

By far the most popular category in my recipe archives is Easy South Beach Recipes, where I share recipes for things that are delicious, South Beach Diet friendly, and which have only five main ingredients or less. I loved this recipe so much that I ate it two three days in a row and decided it was fabulous enough to be my offering for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Anna from Anna's Cool Finds this week.

Friday, February 16, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #25:
Fish and Seafood

It's another edition of South Beach Recipes of the Week where I share some of those yummy, low glycemic index recipes I spot all the time on my favorite food blogs. When I'm reading blogs (which I spend *far* too much time doing) I'm always pleased by how many South Beach diet friendly recipes I find. This week it was recipes for fish or seafood dishes that caught my eye. If you're not interested in the South Beach Diet, no worries, this is just simply good tasting food

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Recipe Favorites: Sauteed Scallops with Garlic

I mentioned recently that I'm going to start spotlighting some recipes that are my absolute favorites out of all the yummy things I've made for Kalyn's Kitchen, and this is one that would probably be in the top ten. That's assuming I had a top ten, which I don't because I probably could never narrow it down to just ten recipes.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Chicken Soup with Collard Greens, Carrots, and Brown Rice

I've been in a Soup and Stew mood the last few weeks, and I wanted to make another new soup for Alanna's soup event, which is happening during February. I had a lot of left-over chicken from one of those great Costco rotisserie chickens, so I was looking for an unusual twist on Chicken soup when I saw a recipe in The Gourmet Cookbook for Chicken and Rice soup using brown Rice. Gourmet explained how the same long-cooking qualities that make some people not like brown rice make it perfect for soup, and it made sense to me. Plus, brown rice is great for the South Beach Diet, and I love the nutty flavor.

Monday, February 12, 2007

A South Beach Diet Friendly Dessert for Your Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine's Day is coming, second only to Christmas on the list of days it's hard to be watching your sugar intake. Although I'm not really a big dessert eater, I know that for a lot of you who are making a special dinner, dessert is a must. If your Valentine is a South Beach Dieter, or just someone who needs to watch their sugar intake, here are a few dessert ideas from the recipe archives that might be a hit. Pictured above is Peach and Berry Cobbler. Next time I made this I would use all peaches or all berries, but it was very tasty. If the thought of a cobbler with a whole wheat biscuit crust doesn't do it for you, here are some other desserts I have enjoyed when I needed a little sweetness in my life.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Can You Imagine: People All Over the World Blogging About Herbs for 69 Weeks!

Well, I can hardly believe it, but this Recap is Weekend Herb Blogging #69, and since we skipped Christmas, it's more than 69 weeks we've been blogging about herbs! WHB is at Kalyn's Kitchen this week because Ulrike switched with me when I had a frozen water pipe. Turned out she now has her mother in the hospital, so I'm hoping her mom's recovering as quickly as my water pipes got thawed.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Rand's Crab and Tangerine Nicoise with Lemon Vinaigrette

If you read this blog very much, you've heard me talk about my brother Rand, the talented artist who designs the headers and other graphics on Kalyn's Kitchen. What I don't talk about as much is that Rand is also a fabulous cook. Since he's an artist, he cooks in a completely right-brained way, and sometimes says he's baffled as to how I can keep track of ingredients and procedures for a recipe and write it in a way that others can reproduce the dish. (I'm also pretty much an intuitive cook, but I have a set of notebooks by category where I force myself to constantly jot down notes the entire time I'm cooking something.)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk

You can't imagine how delighted I was when I found a reference to Coconut milk in The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook. It was listed with foods in the front of the book, with a reminder to purchase light, unsweetened coconut milk. I'd been buying Thai Kitchen lite coconut milk for years, and love the interesting flavor it adds to soups and curries. The only thing I don't like about this product is the spelling of the word *lite* which does grate on the teacher side of my personality a bit.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Recipe Favorites: Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce for Pasta

One of the interesting things about writing a food blog is the need to keep creating new recipes all the time. I'm guessing regular cooks are much more likely to have favorite recipes they make over and over. I never post recipes unless I like how they turn out and think others will enjoy them, but still some recipes certainly fall into the category of *favorites* much more than others. I've decided once in a while I'm going to start re-posting my recipe favorites for readers who missed them the first time around.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Cabbage


For the month of February my friend Alanna at a Veggie Venture is focusing on soup, and it sounds like so much fun I'm going to join her a few times, either with new soups or recipes from the archives you might have missed out on.  Here's to lots of great recipes for making delicious soup this month!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Chicken Lasagna with Dreamfields Pasta

One product I've consistently raved about is Dreamfields pasta, the low carb pasta that lets me enjoy pasta dishes and not gain weight. Dreamfields is great for lower glycemic eating because it's lower in digestible carbs. I cheered for joy when Dreamfields started making lasagna noodles. If you've been disappointed in other types of whole grain or low carb pasta, I promise you, Dreamfields tastes exactly like regular pastas. I've had many people tell me how happy they were with it. (And no, Dreamfields has never sent me free pasta or paid me to mention it on the blog!)

Friday, February 02, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #24: Chicken

South Beach Recipes of the Week are those yummy, low glycemic index recipes I spot all the time on my favorite food blogs and share with people who read my blog looking for South Beach diet friendly recipes. This week I'm focusing on chicken, something that offers endless options for inventive cooks. If you're not interested in the South Beach Diet, no worries, this is just simply good tasting food.

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