Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday's

Hello  ,  my name  is  Nee , as  some of  you know  I am diabetic , I  eat  anything  and  everything  with  moderation ,  that's  the  key .
About  800,00 people  are  diagnosed  with diabetes  every year in this  country . Such a diagnosis  was  devastating  news . Today , while  the  news  is  upsetting , you can feel much more  helpful ,  more  is  known about  diabetes  than ever  before  and  research is  constantly  providing  us  with information  on new  and  better ways  of  managing  it .
In the  past , people  with diabetes  were  told  to monitor  the  amount  of  sugar  in every food  they  ate .  Today , the  focus  has  shifted away from sugar  to focus  on the  total amount  of  "Carbohydrate  Counting." This  system  is  much more  flexible  than the  older  , more  rigid  Exchange  System .
I a linking  this  post  with  Cookbook Wednesday's at  Months of Edible  Celebrations ... Louise  is  the  hostess  hop  over  and   say  hello  and  take  a look at all the  wonderful  cookbooks  and  be  sure  to  click on them and  visit  their  blogs  .  We  always  welcome  old  and  new  friends .

This  cookbook  was  given  to me  in  for  a Christmas  gift 2003  , it  has  been  well used . 
Like  to share  a couple  of  sweet  recipes  with you .
                                   Garlic  with Caramelized Broccoli
3           tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2           heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
1/2        cup water
3           garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2           tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.

Linking  this  post  to  Cookbook Wednesday's 


  1. Good morning Nee!!!
    What a GREAT post this is Nee. It the world of food blogging, it is sometimes easy to forget those who much watch their diets for one reason or another. I didn't know there were changes to the old system. It sounds like it makes it much easier and more flexible too.

    I'm so glad you were able to join us for Cookbook Wednesday Nee. Those Apple Cranberry Cookies have all the right ingredients, Nee. I better save those:) Of course you shared my very best favorite way to eat broccoli too:)

    Thanks for sharing, Nee...You're all linked up and pinned!

    1. Good afternoon Louise ,
      Thank you so very much , I found the world of food blogging most helpful . The main thing to remember is that you are in control of your illness . I also adapt their recipes to my own . What happens is there are no two people alike and each has to find their own way .
      When you have an illness , you learn to eat healthier . Don't forget a small glass of wine with dinner , it's good for the digestive system . ( I was 11 when diagnosed ) I have come a long way baby (giggling).

      I am glad I joined everyone for Cookbook Wednesday's and this is only the beginning . Thank you for linking me up , "WHEW" that saved a few stands of hair .

      Thank you for stopping by :)

  2. It sounds like you have adapted to a diabetic lifestyle quite smoothly, Nee. Good for you. I try not to eat sugar because it causes so many cravings for me. xo Diana

    1. Hi NanaDiana , I have been a diabetic for almost 40 years , eat everything , just watch my blood sugar levels , carbs is the worst . But I eat them also (giggling ) Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Hi Nee, carbs, particularly the simple ones, are basically sugar. At least that's what they turn to in short order once you ingest them! So it makes sense to focus on that -- a lot easier too, I'll bet. And moderation is always a good thing. I gotta remember that. :D Anyway, super post -- thanks.

    1. Hi John , you are so right about the carbs . I found lots of veggies and spicy foods was helpful . ... John , did I say spicy , yes I did , maybe it burns the extra sugar out of me . (giggling , I am so bad ).
      Glad you enjoyed the post , thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Good afternoon Nee,
    I remember when you told me that you were a diabetic and I mentioned that my mom is as well. So I know the deal with the sugars and the carbs. She also eats everything in moderation and tries to stay away from carbs. This cookbook is fabulous and I am sure used very much. I love the recipe "Garlic with Caramelized Broccoli" I am always looking to make veggies a different way. So glad that you are dealing well with your health issue. Thanks for sharing and I am glad that you posted for "Cookbook Wednesday." Have a blessed week....dear friend..
    Dottie :)

    1. Good afternoon Dottie .
      I was diagnosed when I was about 9 years old , almost 40 years ago , so eating healthy comes natural . I think your mom is a lot healthy than a lot of people because of the food she eats .
      I never thought of it as a heath issue ... as I always say , I am diabetic .... it don't me , I am in control . Learn all you can about your illness and always listen to what your body is telling you is my motto . Thanks for stopping by . You also have a blessed eek my friend :) Nee

      PS; I will join cookbook Wednesday's more often . It's fun . :)

  5. I always forget how others need to adapt their diets for different reasons. It seems like I'm always making desserts. I should make some diabetic friendly recipes more often.

    1. Hi Cathleen ,
      Love your recipes , I eat anything and everything in moderation and that includes regular sugar . A lot have been learned over the years about diabetes , thank for stopping by :)

  6. Stopping by from Louise's blog! Our doctor told my dearly beloved about 5 years ago to watch his sugar - and, of course, that meant I should do so. I did find a Joslin's diabetic cookbook a fewf years back at a used book sale, and nearly wore out the pages reading it. He was only pre-diabetic, and I've been able to keep his sugar under control. Your cookbook looks like it would be a great resource - and good for my perpetual battle with the scale!

    1. Hi Marjie,
      How nice it is to see you and yes we all should watch our diets , our dearly beloved is much healthier than most people because he is eating healthy .
      you will notice more energy , just watch the cars . Just remember you are in control .
      I love yard sales and found lots of cookbooks , thrift stores are also . one they say , one man's junk is another man's treasure .
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Yes, the key is moderation...I too always forget that people have different diet restrictions, which can be sugar, gluten or anything that can cause allergic reaction.
    Nice recipes...and thanks for the reminder. Hope you are having a amazing week Nee :)

    1. Hi Juliana ,
      I thought this would be a reminder to everyone , not only people with an illness to eat a healthy diet , everything goes at me house . The key is diet and exercise , people are being diagnosed more now because of their unhealthy diets . to much eating on the go and not burning the bad carbs off. ( couch potatoes ) . Thanks for stopping by :)

  8. Hi Nee,
    Agree with you.. to consume everything in moderation and some exercise to burn off the bad carbs.
    I like the Apple Cranberry Crescent Cookies and the tasty looking Garlic with Caramelized Broccoli. Thanks for the wonderful sharing. Have a good weekend :D


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