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How-to videos & tutorials

These how-to tutorials focus on growing and cooking your own food. Included are videos and detailed articles to help you become self-sufficient with all things food and drink.

You will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on your deck, balcony or garden.

You will learn how to cook delicious whole food that is healthy and low sugar. Many of the cooking tutorials are low carb specific, but not all.  All are, however, easy and packed with flavor.

You will learn how to use a range of spices to enhance classic recipes, with a focus on Mexican cuisine.

And you can learn how to make unique craft cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks with shrub syrups.

Click here to see the range of playlists included in the video tutorials.

The cooking tutorials do not involve hard-to-find ingredients, specialized kitchen equipment or a high level of cooking experience.  They are often quick and easy with an emphasis on either low carb, slow carb, or keto recipes.

Collections of videos include the categories of “low carb Mexican”, “how to make and use spices” and “low carb recipes”, “cold weather cooking” and “food boards”.  Food boards includes how to build dessert plates, brunch boards, cheese boards, and many others.

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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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and much easier to make than you would think. We just have to get past the intimidation of the steaming process …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Infused Salts (includes DIY video)

Summer offers an abundance and variety of fresh herbs that are not readily available in the Winter. There are many ways to preserve fresh herbs for year-round cooking, and making herbal salts is one of the easiest preservation methods. A step-by-step video is included in the recipe card. How to Use Herbal Infused Salts It …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Compound Butters

Dried herbs can’t compete with fresh herbs when it comes to cooking with flavor. If you have a garden, a nearby farmers market, or a good grocery store, preserving fresh herbs as herbal compound butters is my favorite way to ensure fresh flavor year-round. It’s very easy, you can create wonderful blends, and they’ll last …

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Heirloom Tomato Crostata or Galette with Herb Cheese

An heirloom tomato crostata (aka glaette) is a beautiful, savory way to enjoy the waning days of Summer. The crust is an easy biscuit dough, but if you want truly quick and easy, pick up some store-bought pastry dough. Just be sure and use the tastiest, freshest tomatoes available, heirloom tomatoes if possible. Crostata vs …

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Low Carb Salmon Kebabs on Indoor Grill or in Oven

These robustly flavored salmon skewers (or kebabs) are ready to eat in 30 minutes and are cooked indoors for year-round enjoyment. If you keep the spicy, lemon-herbal marinade but change up the vegetables, you can have an easy low carb dish for Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. How to Choose the Vegetables for Making Kebabs? …

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Low Carb Brussel Sprouts Caesar Salad

Brussel sprouts are often hailed as one of the most-hated foods.  However, Caesar salad is one of the most popular.  This unique combination of brussel sprouts and Caesar salad brings out the best in both dishes for a spectacular side dish to any meal. Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts Turns out, there is apparently a …

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Growing Herbs in Containers for Cooking & Culinary Use

There are so many different uses for herbs, ranging from cooking style to healing to making craft cocktails. This post (and video) offers ideas for how to successfully combine herbs in containers around six different, fun, year-round themes. Six Great Themes – From Kitchen to Cocktails Often people will plant herbs based on what is …

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Grilled Cheese with Tomato Jam – A Taste Test

This taste test compares two versions of a grilled cheese and tomato jam sandwich – one with Velveeta and refined white bread, and one with gouda and robust seeded bread from the bakery. Processed vs Non-processed Cheese There is an ongoing controversy at our house regarding Velveeta. Is it really a cheese or something else? …

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Low Carb Mexican Street Food – using chile lime salt (Tajin-inspired)

My daughter has ties to the Hispanic/Latinx community in Colorado and she frequently shares Mexican recipes or ideas with me. Using a chile lime salt sprinkled over fruits and vegetables as a snack was one of my favorite authentic Mexican snacks. It’s awesome on so many things, and it can truly enhance low carb vegetables …

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Harissa Baked Wings vs Smoked Wings: a taste test!

Harissa is one of my favorite spice blends and this recipe uses both a harissa spice rub and a harissa paste on wings. Great for game days! Harissa Rub or Harissa Paste? Harissa is a North African blend of spices that typically includes smoked chile peppers, cumin, coriander, caraway, cinnamon and salt & pepper. Frequently …

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