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Roasted Granulated Garlic

I got this image fromhere I didn't realize until I allowed myself to run low on my roasted granulated garlic to what extent that I had become dependent on it. Okay I realize the stars will not fall out of the the sky if I ran out. While the world will not come to an apocalyptic end , I feel like Superman getting a gynormous dose of Krptonite . I've lost my culinary superpower.  Just to recap I stopped using salt about 2 years ago when an emergency room visit revealed that I was headed, at top speed, for a life of hypertyension.
Equally worse is having to live in a place I like to called BLANDVILLE,USA.  See in BLANDVILLE  they don't use salt,butter or whatever ingredient you think makes your food pleasant not just edible.  I began to research websites likemy recipes and took advantage of their nutrition search feature. I looked at how to use herbs and spices differently. I have to say the roasted granular garlic was a large part of my transition.  My food started having a…

Kitchen redo or my fascination with Coca cola

I dont know whether I should happy or a little sad that this redo is making me almost giddy with happiness. I need something it's all mine.  At the risk of sounding selfish. I have to be all things for many people. Student, mom, and volunteer. Here in my little corner of earthly paradise I can be just me. So I guess I will embrace this:).

Got coca cola?

I ordered this about a week ago.Thank you Amazon. My kitchen is small but a shot of red is making the difference. Good thing I really like coke. Didn't think I would be one of those women with a themed kitchen. I have learned to never say never.

It's the weekend baby and a new cookbook

I didn't get a chance to finish The Stranger by Albert Camus book because the beginning was slow by today's standard's.  I haven't finished Americanah by Ms.Adichie but I probably will by this weekend. She is a stealth ninja when it comes to descriptions.  I got the  Better Homes and Gardens :the Ultimate soups&stews book about a week ago .I can't make up my mind which recipe to try first.
Easy texas style chili,new England clam chowder,
Butternut and carrot soup or Chicken chili monterey.  Most of these have less than 700mg of sodium. There is nutrional information so u dont have to guess.  I don't cook with salt anyway  so the ones I mentioned will have less if you don't add the salt.   Well I am going to bond with my kids a.k.a referee an argument. Stay gold.

Inspiration corner:quote

Until you value yourself
You won't value your time
Until you value your time,
You wil not do anything  with it.
M.Scott Peck

BIrda Mae's Recipe Corner: Apricot-Lemon Chicken

1   teaspoon curry powder                     got the image from here

1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Click to see savings
Cooking spray Click to see savings
1/3 cup apricot spread (such as Polaner All Fruit)2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons water2 teaspoons grated lemon rind Preparation1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; rub mixture over chicken.2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Cook chicken 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan, and keep warm.3. Add apricot spread, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water to pan, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat 1 minute. Spoon sauce over chicken; sprinkle with lemon rind.the image from here Variations:
I use chicken thighs in lieu of the Breasts because there is much more flavor and they are cheaper in general.

This is one of my favorites from the cookbook as well I …

Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Avocado Salsa(from My recipes cookbook)

poundbeefsteak tomatoes, quartered and seeded2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced1/2 cupthinly sliced green onions$1/2 cupdistilled white vinegar2 1/2 tablespoonspacked light or dark brown sugar1 1/2 teaspoonskosher salt4 teaspoonsminced fresh ginger1 tablespoonminced garlic2 teaspoonsmustard seeds2 teaspoonsfreshly cracked black pepper2 teaspoonsground cumin1 teaspooncayenne1/2 teaspoonturmeric1/2 cupextra-virgin olive oil2 firm-ripe avocados$Chicken$1/4 cupextra-virgin olive oil1/4 cupfresh lime juice$1/2 cupchopped cilantro1 tablespoonground cumin1/2 teaspoonkosher salt1/2 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper4 chicken breast halves with bone and skin (2 1/2 lbs. total) Preparation1. Make salsa: In a bowl, combine tomatoes, chiles, and green onions. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. Add brown sugar and salt and cook, stirring, until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Put ginger, garlic, and dry spices in a bowl. In another medium saucepan, heat olive …

My latest cookbook

I know I have a pretty good assortment of cookbooks but this has been my new favorite.  Since I'm not cooking with salt I 've been on a mission to find good food that didn't make me feel deprived or on some sort of punishment. Almost two years ago after the emergency room visit. I felt like I had nothing but bland, colorless and cardboard food on the horizon. Imagine my surprise that there was nutritional information in the back and the food is so good.  I've made the Grilled cilantro chicken , the Apricot Lemon Chicken , which is not only my new favorite it only has 402 mg sodium if you include the salt. I didn't  use salt but it tasted really good without it. Tomorrow the Easy baked fish. :)


I am hanging with Joshua trying to read This heat index is 102 today so this trip and reading excursion will be brief

Love this thai style chicken curry omitted the soy sauce and added no salt added chicken broth to reduce the amount of sodium. Also I could've used regular curry instead of the curry paste but I was fiending like a crackhead for something Thai! . Sorry no pics kids ate all my proof

Happy Birthday Zaria

This weekend we saw How to train your dragon. Didn't know what to expect since I didnt see the first but I was pleasantly surprised. Saturday we went To Chuck E Cheese in spite of how uncomfortable Zaria looks she did have a good time:). I will have to use this post for a layout in the near future

Gotta stop messing about

Had to resist the
Urge to stay inside.It's not unbearable yet.I am glad that we live close to a park. I  know there will come day they won't care about these things and I will probably miss this

Birda Mae's recipe corner

These are cornmeal waffles they are not to dense or too thin.For the recipe go to myrecipes. Com

Celebrate good times

Last week we went to Niko Nikos to celebrate my winning a scholarship for poetry I'd written for Creative Writing. Life doesn't mean alot if you don't have the people you care about to share it with

The best of Cooking Light:everyday favorites

I can't stop looking in this cookbook!
I'm still on a quest to reduce my sodium intake but I flat out refuse to have bland tasteless food . Honey chile dont you know diets dont work.
I believe in lifestyle changes .  More fruits , whole grains, less saturated fat etc..
      Enter Cooking light the have nutritional information on each recipe for example:
Tomato Crostini jad 2.8 grams of fat 1.4grams of fiber and 373 mg of sodium
.This way you can make informed choices Theres chocolate zucchini bread , citrus herbed shrimp, grilled spiked grilled pineapple. There is a meatless section.Alas no section on pasta but I already have previous cooking light cookbook so not s problem. The only dilemma is where to begin

Mandarin Orange Salad with Avocados&Asian Dressing

I got the recipe from
This doesn't have alot of sodium if you are like me cutting back.  There is an advanced search at the top of the website. I didnt do anything different except added a little honey

Sport's Day@Spence Elem.

Well we survived 2 days of Sport's Day.1st and 2nd grade were yesterday. Fourth and Fifth graders were today. If only they could bottle and sell their energy. (Sigh)

Lomo app

I feel compelled to justify having this app on my phone! I miss having a point and shoot.So until I get another one might as well get the most of these photo editing apps