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dorothy stainbrook

I am a berry farmer and preserve-maker who runs a small organic farm and commercial kitchen in Forest Lake, MN.

Low Carb Stuffed Squash Blossoms without Frying

Stuffed squash blossoms are not hard to make! Here is the “how-to” on cleaning, storing, baking or frying stuffed blossoms. The recipe below is for baked blossoms stuffed with ricotta and Swiss chard. Enjoy! What do the blossoms taste like? Their flavor is light and airy, with a hint of the squash that it originated …

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Low Carb Chicken Burgers (Patties) with Snow Pea Sauté

These low carb chicken burgers paired with a snow pea sauté is as fresh and easy as it gets.  The lemon and parsley give the chicken patties a lot of the high acid zest and the snow peas with peanuts add a wonderful light crunch.   As a bonus, it’s quick, easy and inexpensive! Why …

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How to Grow Blueberries in Pots for your Deck, Patio or Balcony

Growing blueberries in large pots is a perfect way to grow some of your own food at home when you are constrained by not having a large garden area, or if your garden area is shady (blueberries like full sun). This summary will give you the basic requirements for success! A how-to video is included …

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Low Carb Mole Rojo without Rehydrating Peppers

The variety of Mexican moles are all unique and delicious, but the required pepper roasting, peeling and rehydrating can be a bit daunting.  This mole rojo using a powdered blend of smoked chiles, cocoa and spices is the key to making a more achievable, but still full-bodied, mole. What is Mole Rojo? Mole rojo is …

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Low Carb Vegetable Dishes that are Creative but Quick

While the macronutrients of protein and fat hold star status on low carb diets, the vegetable side dishes are often what make the meal more interesting and complete.  In the recipes below I am sharing a few of the vegetable side dishes that are truly creative, but remain quick and easy.   There are many …

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Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales) – made easy

This recipe for pork and nopales (cactus) is a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day or the season, this super easy dinner is a winner in our books! Can You Really Eat Cactus? Yes, you really CAN eat cactus! And it’s actually quite tasty when cooked correctly. The most common …

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Starting Tomato & Peppers Indoors – LED vs Fluorescent Lights

There are very scientific, detailed studies available regarding indoor seed starting with LED lights. This post is a summary of my experience using both LED and fluorescent lights as grow lights for starting tomato and pepper seeds indoors.  5 Tips to Consider when Comparing LED Shoplights to Fluorescent Shoplights  I am going to summarize the …

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Healthy Mexican Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream & Pickled Onions

You can use an indoor grill to get blackened or grilled white fish that are perfect for making healthy fish tacos. Add some avocado cream and pickled onions and you’ll have the best homemade Mexican fish tacos. A bonus is they also happen to be quick and easy! Sides, Sauces & Slaws for Fish Tacos …

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Pistachio Crusted Fish with Sour Cream Dill Sauce

This is an easy, delicious way to bring your favorite fish filets to the table in a hurry! The nutty crunch of the pistachio crust is a low carb option to breading fish. It offers flavor to sometimes-bland white fish and can compliment robust-flavored fish filets like tuna or salmon. What kind of Fish Works …

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Pork Chops in a Fruit Jelly Sauce

A sauce using a sweet tart jelly works wonderfully with pork chops, venison or wild game. A traditional fruity piquant sauce made with current jelly (called Cumberland sauce) is a classic. The recipe below is an easy version with no alcohol and is served up with some coriander-crusted seared pork chops. What is Cumberland Sauce? …

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