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Some Recent Research

Truth to tell, I didn't have a brilliant idea for an article this week, so I thought it might be useful to look at some of the recent research on low carbohydrate dieting. As I said last week, I don't care if my Way of Eating is fashionable, but some of you are facing friends and family who are sure that your "fad" diet is terribly bad for your health. Some facts to counter their scare tactics surely wouldn't come amiss.

From Metabolism, the current issue:

Column Reprint: Pork

Let's talk about pork.

Cooking Low Carb: Picadillo

True to my word, I've been trying new recipes. Wouldn't you know it, this is when my Master Cook program decides to hiccup and swallow my new results! I'll reconstruct them; the new meatloaf I tried, in particular, was too good not to pass on. But in the meanwhile, here's one from The Every Calorie Counts Cookbook.

Picadillo

This is my version of a dish that's popular all over Latin America - think of it as South American Sloppy Joes.

1 1/2 pounds ground round
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup green pimiento stuffed olives, sliced

Hey Gang -

It's me! Happy New Year! And, please God, may 2007 be better than 2006.

My personal stuff seems to have settled down for the moment, and I miss talking to y'all. So here I am again, making a New Years resolution to get this sucker out regularly. If everything goes to hell in a handbasket again, I may get thrown off-track. But for the moment, just sitting down and writing "Hey, Gang" again feels really, really good.

Thought of the Week

Put up in a place where it's easy to see
The cryptic admonishment "TTT."
When you feel how depressingly slowly you climb,
It's well to remember that Thing Take Time.

- Piet Hein

How are those New Years Resolutions coming? I'd like to add one to them for you, if you don't mind: Be patient.

Column Reprint: Tuna

I have to make what is, for a food writer, an embarrassing confession: my favorite fish, far and away, is canned tuna.

Yep, canned tuna, stuff of school lunchroom sandwiches and casseroles made with goopy canned mushroom soup. Love the stuff. Love, love, love the stuff. And I'm not alone. Tuna is the third most commonly purchased foodstuff in the country, after sugar and coffee. Canned tuna is served in more than ninety percent of American households, and accounts for fully twenty percent of all fish and seafood consumed in the US. That's a lot of tuna!

Cooking Low Carb: Flax Pancakes

I came up with these pancakes one lazy Sunday morning when pancakes and bacon just seemed like the thing. They worked out perfectly the very first time; my husband rated them a perfect 10. Four grams of non-fiber carb per pancake may seem a little high, but look at that protein count - one pancake has as much protein as three eggs! Between that, the fiber, and the healthy fats, these suckers will fill you up, and keep you full for hours and hours.

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