An Announcement

Last night I slipped and fell on the ice on my way home from work.  I thought all I  hurt was my pride and just went to bed.  This morning when I woke up my left wrist was swollen and hurt like hell.  I went to the walk in clinic and discovered I hurt more than my pride.  I have a bone bruise on my wrist. I am going to have limited range of motion in  my left hand and some pain for a while until it heals.  There isn’t much I can do for it except regularly take my pills and use the wrist as little as possible.  So for at least the next week I am going to have to lay off the computer time.  It absolutely sucks but I am not going to be able to do anything on the blog until Monday, February 5th.  However, if I don’t take the time I could do further damage and have to shut the blog down for good so it really is a no brainer.

In the meantime, I’ll try not to feel too sorry for myself and continue cooking and takinng pictures and writing posts out in long hand for typing at a later date.  When I come back I will have lots of good stuff for you.



Ghee ( Whole 30 )

IMG_4447One of people’s biggest complaints about the Whole 30  is that it is expensive.  I agree it can be very expensive to do the Whole 30 but I say it doesn’t have to be.  You can do a Whole 30 on a budget.

First,  the Whole 30 doesn’t insist on organic, grass-fed meat or organic vegetables.   They encourage you do buy the best meat and vegetables you can afford.  If the best you can afford is Aldi’s or Walmart that is perfectly okay.  You are still eating more healthy than you would be if you kept on eating all the processed food you have been.

Second,  watch the reduction bins.  I never did this before my first round. and it makes a huge difference.  The first time I hit the reduction bins I got 3 pork roasts, a couple of nice pieces of steak, pork chops and some chicken. It was bout 15 pounds of food for 35 dollars. I ate off that stash for the whole 30 days of my first round.  In addition to the reduction bins, watch sales.  Also beware of a stores’ unique offerings.  My local Cashwise store offers a meat bundle for 20 dollars.  It has chicken thighs, chicken drum sticks, some kind of pork and some kind of steak.  It is about 7-8 pounds of meat.  For me,  that is 5-6 meals at least.

Third, live by the rule not to buy anything you can make yourself.   The Whole 30 has a ton of great products to help you on your Whole 30 but they are not very budget friendly.  Save them for emergency food when you travel or have an exceptionally busy day.     In the meantime, learn how to make your own ghee, bone broth, salad dressings, even ketchup.   Yeah, it takes time, but with the exception of the bone broth, not much more than 10  minutes to make the recipe, many things take considerably less.

It is not impossible to do a Whole 30 on a budget.  It just takes a little time and effort. Aren’t you worth it?



Adapted From I Dont remember where

1 lb unsalted butter

Cut the butter into cubes.  Heat the butter over medium heat until completely melted.  It should be bubbling and beginning to foam.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 10 -15 minutes.  The ghee will  pass through several stages.  It will foam,  go almost clear and then foam again.  Once it foams for the second time it is done.  Let cool for a few minutes then strain through cheese cloth or a very fine mesh strainer to remove the toasted milk solids.  Don’t skip the straining step as it is what removes the milk and makes ghee  Whole 30 compliant.  Ghee will last a month at room temperature or longer if kept in the fridge. 


Magic Mushroom Powder (Whole 30)


IMG_4446This recipe may be one of the most tasty things I have ever put in my mouth. It, literally, makes everything you put it on a little better. Okay, I haven’t tried on cake yet but everything else, WOW!!! I have used it as a rub for steak and pork chops, I have sprinkled it on vegetables, both raw and cooked, eggs and I am sure I will use it on other things as I think of it.

So far my favorite way to use Magic Mushroom Powder is to cut up some compliant polish sausage and saute in some olive oil. Just before the sausage is done, I toss in a couple handfuls of coleslaw mix and a big pinch of Magic Mushroom Powder and heat it through. So easy and so good.

Magic Mushroom Powder

From Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
2/3 cup kosher salt
1 TBS red pepper flakes
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground black pepper
Place the dried mushrooms in a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Let grinder sit a minute before opening and pouring the powder into a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and gently combine. Store in an airtight container for several months.

Shawarma Spice


Apparently,  I disappoint some people when I post spice blends.  I am going to keep doing it though, because I find it really annoying when blogs post a recipe with a spice blend and assume everyone will have easy access to it. This is just enough of the spice blend to flavor the Ground beef Shawarma and Rice recipe that is coming tomorrow.

Shawarma Spice

adapted from Two Sleevers

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground all spice

¼ tsp ground cayenne

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

½ tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix well. Store mixture in a airtight container in a cool, dry place. 

Thanksgiving Round Up 2017


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Thanksgiving is only 18 days away.  Since I was planning on doing a Whole 30 in November, I planned a Whole 30 Thanksgiving feast.  I still plan on posting those recipes this month even though I am not doing a Whole 30.   For those of you not interested in Whole 30 Thanksgiving recipes, I am posting a round up of all the Thanksgiving recipes I have posted since the beginning of A Solitary Feast so you can plan your holiday meal.  I hope you can find things to enjoy.

Brown Sugar Rubbed Turkey Breast

Wildrice Stuffing With Cranberries And Walnuts

Balsamic Honey Brussels Sprouts

Scoop And Bake Dinner Rolls

Cranberry Pie

Spiced Cornish Game Hens

Homemade Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie