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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SOME CHANGES IN THIS BLOG


My apologies for not posting since November, I had some health issues.  On Christmas day I had to go the ER.  It was found that I have a minor and reversible blockage in one of my arties going to my heart.  I spent several days in the hospital doing tests and getting lab work done.  I am happy to report that I am doing better and will soon have a procedure to correct the blockage.  Needless to say my attention has been on getting well and I have neglected this blog.  I am sorry for that and will start regular posts.

When I was in the hospital I found that my cholesterol was very good!  That is the good news.  I have always used olive oil and butter and paid attention to all the “good” fats etc.  The bad news is that I still had a buildup of plaque that lead to the failed stress test.  Since discovering all this I have changed how I cook and I eat.  So there will be some changes in the blog and the recipes.  HOWEVER, I am not the food police and do not think I or anyone else has the right to dictate what you read or eat. 

The Changes

I read the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  It did change how I eat and I have lost over 25 pounds since January.  I will include recipes that follow that book.  In essence those recipes will follow these guidelines with some rare exceptions.

Eat nothing that has a face or mother.  Eat no fish, meat, poultry or dairy.  Eat no fats or oils.  Eat only plant based menus.

I will also post good recipes that do not follow those guidelines.  It is up to you the reader to decide which you want to try.

Here is my first recipe for you to try.

OVEN FRIED POTATOES

 Peel a large Russet potato.  Slice a portion of the bottom off and then use the flat side for the potato to rest on while you cut it.  Slice the potato into planks, and then cut he planks into the fries.  Put all of the pieces into HOT salted water and soak for about 5 minutes.  Preheat a convection oven to 425 or a regular oven to 450.

Drain the potatoes and put on a paper towel and rat dry.  Take a clean and dry baking sheet and spray with a nonstick spray.  Once the potatoes are dry sprinkle with DAVIS DUST or another low sodium spice (You can also skip this step).  Place the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer.  Cook for 10 minutes – then take them out and turn over using a spatula.  Cook for another 8 minutes or until they are brown.

Notes:  Putting the sliced potatoes in the hot water will leach out a lot of the starch and they will not stick.

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