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    New on the Dining Table

    August 13, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    About midway through summer, I got bored with my summer menu (which is always weak, I think) and so I started changing things up a bit. Now, I have a pretty decent collection of new dishes I’ve tried, and since I haven’t read anything interesting lately (unless you count the Ambleside Year 3 Weekly Reading Schedule, which is permanently etched in my brain), I thought I’d share.

    Or, at least, I thought I’d share what I remember.

    • Meatza! I am not kidding. This is a low-carb pizza variation that I tried in honor of my father’s birthday (he likes his protein), and now we’re totally hooked. Of course, I think I’m adding carbs back in when I drop in that 1 or 2 cups of arrowroot powder, but we like it better that way, and doesn’t adding in eggs cancel it all out? Think of it as a meatloaf flattened out and topped like a pizza.
    • Greek Dressing. I don’t know about you, but we eat a ton of salad in the summers, and I’ve been on the lookout for a standard homemade dressing for a while now. Finally, we have a winner! I leave out the sugar, but if I had stevia on hand, I’d add a pinch–it definitely tastes better with that hint of sweetness.
    • Ceviche. I’ve found a store near our house that discounts their wildcaught fish at 2pm. (Guess where I am at 2:15 every Saturday?) I always considered seafood unafforable before, but we’ve been living it up this summer. I made this recipe using Dover Sole, and it was totally yummy.
    • Zucchini Cakes. These were excellent, only I took out the breadcrumbs and added in arrowroot powder because I never did get back into the habit of buying wheat products after we had our children’s allergies eliminated. The recipe was no worse for the wear!
    • Smokey Ranch Dip. Well, mine wasn’t very smokey because I just used regular paprika, but I topped the zucchini cakes with a gob of this and it was a big hit with children and adults alike! I have some leftover from tonight’s dinner, so I think I’ll serve it up with carrots tomorrow morning for snack.

    I’ve also gotten a bunch of lamb shoulder on sale lately, so I’ve been perfecting my lamb dishes, though I don’t really have a recipe, just advice: if in doubt, add more butter. I feel very Julia Child saying that.

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  • Reply Mystie August 20, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I will have to try the zucchini cakes. It is, after all, zucchini season. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts August 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm


    I am sure that’d be yummy, but I am trying to skip out on fructose altogether, as a general rule, and agave has more fructose than high fructose corn syrup! πŸ™ (The kids’ tummies do better without much sugar in general.) So…stevia is my last resort as it contains none of the normal insulin-spiking sugars–no glucose, no fructose.

    Now if it didn’t have that weird after taste! πŸ™‚

    ps. Thanks for dropping by, lovely lady. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Allison August 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Try agave syrup instead of stevia…from a plant, after all! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Women of Sovereign Grace August 15, 2010 at 3:58 am

    mmmm, great link, friend! Thanks.

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts August 15, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Jen, The zucchini cakes were amazing…I found myself wishing I had made a double-batch. If you make the dip to go on top, cut about 1/2 a tsp. of salt (in my opinion, at least).

    I have another for you. I forgot to put this one on the list. I usually don’t make something this…warm…in summer, but I found broccoli on major clearance, and it ended up being satisfying in a comfort-food mac-n-cheese sort of way: I made it using the grated cauliflower so that it was grain-free…

  • Reply Jennifer August 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    That all sounds delicious..I get bored with salads around right now every summer. I like the sound of the zucchini cakes! πŸ™‚

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