Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.0.7 (The first glimpse of a floor . . .)

Work is progressing nicely on the house renovations and new addition, and I'm getting excited thinking about how fun it will be to have the new office and photo studio space. Of course, after the big dig was done, and the fittings and foundation were completed, the hole had to be filled in. Truthfully, I have a hard time getting excited about this part of the project, but the little boy across the street has loved coming over and sitting on the "digger." Notice how the pile of dirt is covered with snow, but the work must go on!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Vegan Middle Eastern Bean Salad with Parsley and Lemon (Balela)

This Vegan Middle Eastern Bean Salad with Parsley and Lemon makes a great lunch or side-dish salad any time of year.

Middle Eastern Bean SaladWhen I spotted this middle eastern bean salad called Balela on MeleCotte, I immediately saved it into my bookmarks under a recipe to try. That category always has lots of recipes saved, and I actually only manage to try a small percentage of them, but this time I had all the ingredients and made the salad right away. Simple recipes like this where you can use canned beans and still get a good result are my idea of convenience food, and this recipe was definitely a winner.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat Flour

White Whole Wheat flourRecently I became obsessed with the idea of creating South Beach Diet friendly whole grain bread that could be made in the bread machine. After seven tries and a lot of suggestions I came up with 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed that I'm very proud of. I'm sure I'll be making that bread for years in my Oster Bread Machine, and probably try some more South Beach Diet friendly bread variations. Since that bread recipe wouldn't have been possible without White Whole Wheat flour, I decided this was a product that deserves to be added to Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, the list of ingredients and kitchen items that I recommend.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.0.6 (Fittings and a Foundation!)

House RenovationsWork is still progressing on the house renovations, and after The Big Dig I showed last Friday, the next thing to be added was footings and a foundation. I'm realizing I know nothing about how buildings are constructed, and I was quite amazed at this process. Of course my attempt to photograph what happens is hampered by the fact that most of this takes place when I'm at work, and when I get home it's dark, so there are some missing steps but somehow cement appeared in the trench and pieces of metal were pounded in..

Monday, February 16, 2009

Carb-Conscious and South Beach Diet Friendly Flatbread Pizza to Make at Home

This Carb-Conscious Flatbread Pizza can help satisfy that pizza craving with less carbs!

I've had one of those weekends where nothing turns out in the kitchen and every photo looks like there was vaseline on the lens, and the one good thing that happened was that I figured out how to make this completely delicious Carb-Conscious and South Beach Diet Friendly Flatbread Pizza. I wish the photo was better, but trust me when I say this version of diet-friendly pizza is something I'll be making all the time! (Edit - updated with new photo August 2009. Still not the best, but better!)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Recipe for Eggs Scrambled with Red Pepper, Basil and Cheese (Cheryl's Eggs)

(Updated February 2009) I often get comments saying, "I found your blog through google," so it seems incredible to remember the early days of Kalyn's Kitchen when I didn't realize people would still be finding things years after I posted them! I learned a lot more about how the internet worked, and several years ago I started a project of updating old recipes that didn't originally have photos. Now sometimes I still wish the photos were better, but at least you can get an idea of what the dish is like!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.0.5 (The Big Dig!)

Excavating MachineFirst, let me confess that I'm actually about two weeks behind real time in my documenting of the outside house renovations and constructing the new addition, so there are exciting developments happening right now. The week The Big Dig took place I got home late every night and it was always too dark to get good photos, but use your imagination and remember there was a LOT more dirt than shown in any of these pictures. This is a good phase to be done with!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Hazelnut Flavored Agave Nectar

Hazelnut Agave NectarYou might remember when I first discovered Agave Nectar, a delicious and low-glycemic natural sweetener that's South Beach Diet friendly, and safe for diabetics too. I've been using the light and amber varieties of agave ever since, but recently my friend Georgette introduced me to flavored agave nectar, a new product she discovered at her grocery store. Georgette gave me the Hazelnut Agave above as part of my Christmas present, and I absolutely love it! (Thanks Georgette!) I see by checking the Madhava site that they now make agave in Vanilla, Irish Cream, Amaretto, and Cappuccino flavors as well.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Flourless and (almost) Sugar Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Flourless and almost sugar-free cookies
Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Valentine's Day is next weekend, and I've been experimenting to create a chocolate cookie recipe that was sugar-free. After lots of tries that weren't bad but not quite what I wanted, I decided it was worth using the tiniest bit of brown sugar to take the edge off the chocolate and add crispiness. These cookies only have 2 T brown sugar plus the small amount of sugar that's in the peanut butter, so they really are *almost* sugar free. If your Valentine is someone who wants to avoid sugar, for the South Beach Diet or for health reasons, I guarantee these cookies will do the trick. I even tried them out on the teenage son of my contractor and he pronounced them "really good!"  These would make a great Christmas cookie too, so I'm also adding them to my list of Christmas Recipes.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Friday Night Photos: Superbowl Party Food from a Family of Good Cooks

Superbowl Party FoodAlthough there are still house renovations going on, I thought I'd take a break from showing rocks and construction debris and show some of the food from the annual Superbowl Party hosted by my brother Mark and his wife Lisa. (South Beach Dieters may want to cover their eyes, or check the recipe archives for more diet-friendly choices!) One thing that disappeared quickly were the Spicy Sausage Wraps above, made by my sister-in-law Amy.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

South Beach Diet Phase One Recipes Round-Up for January 2009 (Low-Glycemic Recipes)

Kalyn's favorite phase one recipe for January 2009 was
Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro.

Right now we're all stuffed with Superbowl party food and no one cares about phase one recipes, but all too soon the power-snacking will be over and some of you may be thinking about the South Beach Diet again. This once a month round-up is how I help people find the phase one recipes I've posted on Kalyn's Kitchen each month, as well as the phase one recipes I spot on other blogs. If you want more phase one recipes, there's a collection of Phase One Recipe Roundups in the recipe archives, and you can use the label Low-Glycemic Recipe Round-Ups to see all the posts like this one.

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