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And the E Coli Culprit Is...

Have you heard? The source of the killer e coli epidemic in Europe -- epicenter Germany -- has been identified. The culprit? Sprouts.

Yep, sprouts. Cute, nutritious, totally health-foody, utterly vegan sprouts. After all, they're kept damp and warm while they're growing. Get a germ in there with them, and you might as well have invited them to the bacteria version of the Ritz.

Brooklyn Deli UnPotato Salad

Brooklyn Deli UnPotato Salad

This started with a recipe I found in the same book that I consulted for the basics of chopped liver. This started with a potato salad recipe in a chapter about the Jewish deli culture of New York City. I was intrigued, mostly because of those olives. Sounded different from anything I'd tried before, and it is. Good, too. I think it would be particularly good with poultry or fish, but decide for yourself.

1 cauliflower head
3 celery ribs
1/4 red onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

Recipe: Seriously WASPY Girl Chopped Chicken Liver

Seriously WASPy Girl Chopped Chicken Liver

I started with a recipe for chopped liver in a Jewish cookbook, but obviously with butter in it, this ain't kosher. Awfully good, though; I'll be making this often. A great way to work liver into my diet -- and yours, I hope! You can make this kosher easily by substituting chicken fat or coconut oil for the butter, but if you go with coconut oil, I'd go with one that doesn't have much of a coconut flavor or odor.

5 ounces chicken livers
1 cup finely chopped onion fine
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper

Why I've Been Quiet

I've been quiet for most of the week; haven't even posted much to Facebook. I apologize, and feel like I owe you all an explanation.

Those of you who have listened to this week's podcast know that Dr. Andry, the doctor who diagnosed me with PCOS in the late winter, put me on a new blood sugar drug, Victoza, a week ago this past Wednesday. It seems to be doing the job, though the verdict is not yet in. My morning, fasting blood sugar numbers are sporadically looking better; the question is will that become a constant thing?

Review: BK Angry Burger

If you look in a dictionary of English idiom under "fool's errand," you will see a picture of me in my trusty old Camry, driving all over hell-and-gone in the Midwest on a June Sunday. That's how I spent my day yesterday.

Here We Go Again

There it was, in my Google News Alert: Simply Eating Less Fat May Cut Diabetes Risk. "Uh-huh," I thought, "Sure it can. Let's see what this one has to say."

From the "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute" Files

Oh, good Lord. I was just at a local health food store, buying dried mustard and xanthan gum, when I spotted it on the shelf: Organic Light Corn Syrup. Yes, there is now an organic corn syrup on the market. I looked at the label; it's a blend, actually, of corn syrup -- oops, I'm sorry, organic corn syrup and organic glucose syrup, plus some organic vanilla and some salt. Not organic salt, but then, salt is inorganic by definition, not containing carbon.

Sweet and Tangy UnPotato Salad

Sweet-and-Tangy UnPotato Salad

1/2 cauliflower head
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons pickle juice from sugar-free bread and butter pickles
1 teaspoon salt or vege sal
Tabasco sauce to taste -- a few dashes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 small green bell pepper, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1/4 cup chopped sugar-free bread and butter pickles
3 hard-boiled eggs

"Starvation Mode"

We've all heard the arguments against low carb diets: glucose is the most important fuel of the body, all that fat will give you heart disease, you'll have no energy, any diet that requires you to give up a whole category of food is bad, yadda-yadda-yadda. Among the arguments most commonly trotted out is "It forces the body into "starvation mode," so you're making ketones!" As if this were a bad thing.

Lemon Ice with Strawberry Puree Recipe

Inspiration comes in odd places. McDonald's has billboards all over town, advertising frozen lemonade with a strawberry swirl. It sounded tasty, though of course I would never consume such a thing. It also sounded very simple to decarb, so I did. I haven't tried McD's version, but here's mine, and I'm betting it's not only lower carb, but better.

Lemon Ice with Strawberry Puree

Red Meat and Colon Cancer

You may have seen recent headlines warning, in dire tones, that red meat causes colon cancer. I remain unalarmed, because I am all too aware of just how bad previous studies purporting to "prove" this link have been. My thanks to Tom Naughton for posting the link to this article on the subject. I know Tom is busy plowing through the full text of this study, and I look forward to his analysis.

Dreamfield's Again

Update: Sorry, folks. The page was created but not Published. I've corrected that, and you should be able to read the article now. -Eric

I reprinted this recently, but given all the chatter about Dreamfield's pasta since the Low Carb Cruise, it seemed time to mention it again: Reprint: Lowcarbezine! article about Dreamfield's.

Dreamfield's -- Lowcarbezine! Reprint

Dreamfield’s Pasta – Is It Really Low Carb?

Column Reprint: Memorial Day

Boy, you gotta love Memorial Day Weekend! Not only is it the official beginning of summer, not only will Miss Manners grant you permission to wear white shoes after this weekend, not only do most of us have a long weekend off, but it's a holiday that isn't centered around junk food. YIPPEE!!

Impromptu Product Review: Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime

I was at my pharmacy today, and spotted these on the shelf: Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime. I like almonds and I like hot food, so I thought I'd check 'em out.

The stats include 6 grams of carb per serving, with 3 grams of fiber, for a usable carb count of 3 grams; well and good. 6 grams of protein, too, and 15 grams of fat -- something the label actually boasts about, maybe we're making inroads. The ingredient list reads:

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