Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese


CJ's Kitchen



Ingredients  (Serves 6)

  • Sea salt, as needed, plus 1/2 teaspoon.
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets.
  • Vegetable oil spray.
  • 1 cup heavy cream.
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard.
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, plus 1/2 cup for topping the casserole.
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.

*Equipment: 8 by 8-inch baking dish.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt.
  3. Spray the baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  4. Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain well and pat between several layers of paper towels to dry.
  6. Transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside.
  7. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, and whisk in the…

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Turnip Latkes

No carrots daikon, or applesauce; maybe add cauliflower…

This Is So Good...

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Primal” Breakfast Casserole. It’s made with turnips and it was delicious! Although turnips have a slightly sweet flavor, they were a great substitute for potatoes in that dish. A few days later, Mark’s Daily Apple posted a recipe for Vegetable Latkes. The Polish girl in me cannot resist a good potato pancake – preferably slathered in sour cream or applesauce. Not very low-carb, but so good… Anyway, I had a few leftover turnips and decided to try out this recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. Although not exactly like Grandma’s or The Polish Village Cafe’s, these are a very good replacement for low-carbers.

Turnip Latkes


  • 3 cups grated turnip, carrot, zucchini, daikon radish
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper, freshly ground
  • Ghee or raw milk butter for frying

What to do:

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Why you should not do low carb, especially whole foods low carb…


Why anyone would even consider a lifestyle change is beyond me. It’s so much easier to not change anything and sit wallowing in self pity when we feel bad about this or that or that or this or what ever seems to be holding us back from getting a grip on happiness.

Rumor has it that there are Type 2 Diabetics who have totally lost symptoms of their disease while losing weight and having super spectacular blood sugars by just changing their lifestyle, cutting out sugar, starches, and grains.

Don’t try it though, it’s just not worth it, and there are no doughnuts.

Besides, I read on the internet that “low carb weight loss is just losing water weight” and we all know that if it’s on the internet, it is true. Just look at my before and 2 year anniversary pic:

December 2010 April 2013 On the left is December 2010, right is…

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How to Harvest Basil

A Round Rock Garden

I harvested the herb garden again this weekend.  Although I didn’t blog about it at the time, the last harvest was three weeks ago, so the herbs were in need of a good trimming.   While I think i did a good job with placement of the herbs when I planted the garden, the marjoram has a little difficulty between the two towering basil plants after only a couple of weeks.  The basil grows faster than all of the other herbs and it doesn’t take long for it to create a bit of shade for the marjoram, which wants more light.  I know it is time to cut the herbs when the marjoram starts looking really leggy because of the increase in shade.

This and the next few entries will go step-by-step through the harvesting steps to help out anyone brand new to growing, harvesting and drying herbs.

How to Harvest…

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