Tiramisu Cupcakes (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Tiramisu Blues. There was a time when I wore blinders and surpassed the bakery section of Whole Foods. Why? Because they have a Tiramisu that was my go to dessert for years. I stopped that urge to indulge in its tracks by coming up with an easy Tiramisu mousse recipe. The mousse by itself has all those delicious flavors I was looking to quash that craving for good! The problem though, was that I still missed those espresso/marsala soaked lady fingers that are an integral component of this classic dessert. Continue Reading

Apple Streusel Muffin (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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An Apple, My New Banana. Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way. Continue Reading

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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Its hard to remember when I first fell in love with peanut butter cookies. What I do recall is that peanut butter cookies have always been among those things I would get excited about when I saw them at local bake sales. Back in those days this was a very popular way to raise funds for various school sponsored clubs and organizations. These bake sales were the ones always setup in front of  supermarkets and discount stores like K-mart. Continue Reading

Fiery New Mexico Chile Con Carne (6 Net Grams)

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Here in New Mexico we take our chile seriously. Whether red is your preference or if you like the heat and fire roasted flavor associated with using green. Here chile is not just chili. For one the spelling with an i at the end denotes that it is a Texas style chili and that it will have more sweetness than heat. It typically relies on a variety of spices including red chile powder and sugar to give it it’s flavor. In New Mexico, both red and green, is all about the heat. The very best heat is grown in Hatch, New Mexico. Continue Reading

Mike’s Toll House Style Cookies (1 Net Gram)

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One of my all time favorite recipes to bake has always been Toll House cookies. The thing I remember most about a Toll House cookie is that they are a comfort treat like no other. That melt in your mouth quality invokes the very best memories of a carefree childhood. Here I was once again, taunted by the challenge to recreate a gluten-free version that mimicked that cookie I grew up with as a child.  Continue Reading

Loaded Cornbread Style Muffins (2 Net Grams)

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In addition to my sweet side I also have an affinity for savory. This cornbread style muffin was challenging on two very significant levels. The first was that it had to be gluten-free. The second and more challenging aspect of this recipe is that it could also not contain cornmeal. Even using just a 1/2 cup would have added 3.5 net grams to each muffin. That number was way to high. How in the heck was I gonna come up with something that was even close to mimicking the flavor and texture of this humble classic. Continue Reading

Blueberry Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Blue About Blueberry. I was standing in line at Starbucks to get myself a tall, dark roast red eye. I glanced over at the display case and eyed a fairly large blueberry muffin that was sitting there beckoning to me. Memories of La Brea Bakery came flooding back. La Brea Bakery is that wonderful bakery from my Los Angeles days. This was the home of Nancy Silverton. Her artisan bakery in days past was second to none. My daily sojourn there always ended with me being seduced by one of her daily offerings. Continue Reading

Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas – (4 Net Grams)

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My childhood in New Mexico is filled with memories of waking up to smell of coffee brewing and fresh flour tortillas cooking on the stove top at my grandmothers house. One of my favorite things to eat that she constantly prepared were papitas. This is a very humble dish made by slow cooking finely diced potatoes, bacon and a little yellow onion. It is more commonly known to other folks as a potato hash. Pure down home comfort food. Nothing fancy, or expensive, but oh so filling and absolutely delicious. Continue Reading