Cooking From Scratch: New York Cheesecake, No Sugar Added

This cheesecake is made with no added sugar, but you would never know. The recipe works with sugar as well, but as a diabetic friendly treat, this is at the top of my list.

Here is the recipe for the sugar free chocolate sauce.

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Cooking From Scratch: Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce

This chocolate sauce is easy and diabetic friendly. Use it to top any dessert that calls for chocolate syrup, or even pancakes and waffles. You can make it with Splenda or Monk Fruit Sweetener.

Here is the recipe for the cheese cake in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO5dip8JTrI

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Cooking From Scratch: Peanut Butter Pie, No Sugar Added, Diabetic Friendly

This no bake peanut butter pie is great for a quick dessert, even for the diabetic in your family.  It is made with Splenda, or sucralose, but can be made with the new sugar substitute monkfruit.  Other sugar substitutes do not measure the same.

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Cooking From Scratch: Chocolate Cream Pie, Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly

This is a family favorite for us, rich and creamy chocolate pie, without the added sugar.

To find directions for pre-baking a pie shell, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JeOEsQPUNg
The directions for making an easy, flaky pie crust can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zte_77Byao

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Cooking From Scratch: Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Everybody loves chicken and dumplings, right?  This is my mother’s recipe for chicken and dumplings, and was also my grandmother’s.  Now, my great granddaughter loves them as I did.  I hope your family loves them, too.

 

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Goodbye to My Fred

I haven’t posted for a while.  I lost my husband of 50 years to pancreatic cancer last month.  I have not had the heart to make videos for a while.  My last few posts were of videos I had made before his diagnosis.

I am back now and plan to resume my weekly posting schedule.  In the meantime, I made a short video in memory of my beloved Fred.  If you didn’t know him, this will tell you a little about him.  If you did know him, you have been grieving with me.

Thanks for watching.

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Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin With Caramelized Onions and Potatoes

Slow roasting over vegetables at a low temperature gives this roast a great flavor and retains the moisture, even with a cheaper cut of meat.  Beef tenderloin is the best cut of beef, IMHO, but try this with either a sirloin or eye of round for a real treat.

 

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Cajun File’ Gumbo. You’re Gonna Love This Gumbo

This is my favorite gumbo recipe, Cajun style. I borrow heavily from Paul Prudhomme’s style, but this is my personal recipe. I hope your friends and family love it as much as mine do.

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Extreme Cast Iron Clean and Restore: Guest Post by Mark L. Hammond

Extreme (?) cast iron restore.
My father asked me to restore a Griswold griddle & a Lodge pan for him. They had been stored in an exterior building (shed) for many years. This was the most extreme ci restore that I have done.

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This is the “before” pic – I wasn’t sure these pans would make it.

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First, I knocked the loose rust & crud off with a bbq brush

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Next, I placed them in an oven & ran the self-cleaning cycle. The odor was awful…I had to leave the house while they “baked”

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Then I scrubbed them with a coarse, metal scrubber & soap & water. This is the result. Most instructions for c.i. restoration stop here, and go to the seasoning steps. I took the cleaning further.

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I soaked the pans overnight in mild acid wash of about 60% water & 40% white vinegar.

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I’m so glad I did – the pans produced a very unhealthy, rotted meat odor during this soak. I was also able to remove deep, concealed rust & crud. I don’t want any of that cooking into any food.

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Afterwards, I scoured the pans again, this time with soaped, steel wool pads.

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The pans were now stripped to bare cast iron & all impurities removed (note the Lodge pan began to rust immediately, just from atmospheric moisture).

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Close ups of the finish on the Lodge vs. the Griswold. I love Lodge, but there really is no comparison to the craftsmanship of the older Griswold.

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Griswold

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First layer of seasoning. I used flaxseed oil. The pic makes it look a little darker than it actually was.

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Final – after 3 layers of seasoning. Not absolutely perfect, but serviceable. A few years of use will complete the seasoning & even out the finish.

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I want to thank Mark for this comprehensive tutorial on cleaning.  I have included a link below for the actual steps in the seasoning process that I use, applying the oil and baking it in. I did not use flax seed oil that Mark used because I didn’t have it, but it is the superior oil for re-seasoning.

 

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Frying Summer Squash

This is our favorite way of cooking and eating summer squash. When our garden starts to produce more squash than we can handle, this is my go to recipe.

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