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  • The Low Fat Chick 1:02 pm on June 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: foodie, recipe   

    Until the Next Recipe… 

    I am a passionate food and recipe blogger who thrives on sharing my recipes and learning from others. For 3 1/2 years I have been diligent about sharing my passion, but in April I learned I had a large tumor in my body (and many smaller ones) causing me to be ill.  After multiple medical tests, I was blessed to learn it was not cancerous but, this, of course changed my life. Instantly I had to begin resting and preparing for surgery.  My love for cooking and blogging had to be placed on hold and nothing upset me more, but my health was first.  This week I finally had surgery and a tumor the size of a liter bottle was removed from my body. WOW! I came out of surgery feeling more like my prior, energetic self (other than being sore and groggy). I am so thankful now, as I sit here in bed with my meds, that I cannot stop thinking about all the foods I am going to cook after I rest over the next month.  So, if you have any suggestions, please post them here! I cannot wait to cook! And I am about to buy a second home since I moved from Atlanta, GA last year to CT.  My new home will require a kitchen remodeling so I am excited to share this with you in the future as well. I see so many great things coming my way as I take life one day and recipe at a time. I hope all is going well with you and your families and keep on cooking, blogging, sharing, and living life. Until the next recipe…

    • Lori 3:30 am on June 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So happy to hear that you are feeling well after your surgery. Sounds like great things are in your future and I look forward to more great recipes. Take care a I wish you a speedy recovery. Cheers! From Canada

      • The Low Fat Chick 9:06 am on June 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Lori. Thank you so much for the kind words. I cannot wait to share more recipes with you. I hope you are having a great weekend in Canada! 🙂

    • foodiebitch 10:46 pm on June 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wishing you a quick and comfortable recovery!

    • Shashi 3:15 pm on July 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I just stumbled on your blog and love your recipes – specially the almond waffles! I wish you a speedy return to more health and happiness than before.

      • The Low Fat Chick 1:43 pm on July 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Shashi. Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad you like the website. I cannot wait to share more recipes. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  • The Low Fat Chick 10:35 pm on October 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: new york, oktoberfest, pretzels, sausages, waffles   

    Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain in New York 

    Normally I have a low key life, but recently things have been crazy for me, as you never know what life has in store for you.  While I am now settled moving from Atlanta, GA to Stamford, CT, and working everyday in fantastic downtown NYC, I was derailed for a moment.  All within one week my mom was rushed to the hospital and my cat of 17 years passed away. While I have managed to overcome these obstacles, as I flew home immediately to Atlanta and my mom has recovered, I still felt quite down.  My best friend, who is just awesome, said I needed to get out of the house. She was right and so off we went to Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain. We had the best time ever! I gorged on pierogies, sausages, pretzels, potato pancakes, and Belgian waffles.  The gorgeous fall weather coupled with a wonderful view was just what I needed. So, if you are in New York and want to take an easy 45 minute to an hour trip, then this is the place for you. I just love food festivals! Oh, and we did a little hiking to walk off the food. Stay healthy!

    Bear Mountain Oktoberfest
    Bear Mountain, NY
    October 20, 2012

    • Karen 7:20 pm on October 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry that life hasn’t been easy lately but I’m sure you enjoyed a little fun with your friend. It sounds like it was the perfect way to lift your spirits.

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  • The Low Fat Chick 9:03 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AFWF, , festival, food, , midtown,   

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Tasting Tent 

    The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is here! I volunteered to help out at the festival and tomorrow I will spend a crisp, Sunday morning happily working with fellow foodies.  As a way of saying thank you for volunteering, I received a complimentary ticket to the tasting tent, and today, on a perfect 80 degree day, off I went to midtown Atlanta venturing down Ponce de Leon in my lime green Volkswagen beetle with the sun roof open, windows down, and all of nature’s best flowing in the wind. Only 15 minutes from my home, the drive is always pleasant because I pass through one of the most beautiful historic areas of Atlanta.

    When I arrived at the tasting tent, I first went to the Delta Airlines booth, which had a variety of light, crisp wines. I sampled a few but, in my mind all I wanted was food. I surveyed the area and took note of the different types of food conveniently placed in sectioned areas. So, of course, my first stop was the mecca of pork. Pork is my favorite meat and the ultimate food, just like Anthony Bourdain believes. After I finished inhaling anything pork related, I ventured off to the areas of desserts, fresh farm food, and all of the above. The variety was great, but there was a lot of wine and spirits. Having to drive home and it being the afternoon, I passed on the additional alcohol.

    But, I gotta tell you, there were some memorable moments of true yumminess. My top favorite and most memorable tastings go to Taqueria del Sol for their soft taco with crispy nacho pieces in the middle, Cookie Underground for their amazing veggie cookies, and Parish for their beef bacon sandwich with a tomato relish.  I will definitely be visiting these restaurants and stores to try more of their amazing dishes. All in all, it was a lovely, spring time experience attending the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Next year I will try attending their cooking classes and other events, because if the tasting tent is a lot of fun, I can only imagine what the additional events have in store.

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    May 10 – 13, 2012

  • The Low Fat Chick 8:22 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cavatelli, cooking, italian, , , ravioli, rome   

    Cooking Class in Rome, Italy 

    We all have dreams and I merrily share that I achieved one of my dreams of cooking in Rome, Italy. Rome is a metropolis with astounding architecture and history, and while I joyfully absorbed these components, cooking at the restaurant, That’s Amore, was one of the highlights of my visit. Showing up an eager, bright-eyed American, I sensed the chefs were skeptical about my dedication to learning. I deem this due to the ill-fated, but factual ways of Americans, which are less home cooking, highly preserved foods, and habitual dining out. I could not deny these stereotypes I examined in their eyes, but I could demonstrate I am a passionate cook.  As I put on an oversized apron, the anticipation welled up inside me and all stereotypes were elapsed. I was set to dive head first into the world of Italian cuisine and make two pasta dishes.  I was fortunate to be privy to secrets of making pasta and sauces, along with recipes to take home.

    The first dish I prepared was Artichoke Stuffed Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce.  This dish is made with egg pasta and filled with steamed artichoke, egg yolk, freshly made ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese.  We began with me incorporating the flour with the egg and kneading the dough, which required much strength, but I felt this was much better than using a food processor, per the books I have at home.  There was something special about feeling the dough and determining how much flour to add based off consistency, instead of specific measurements. Once I finished kneading the dough, I rolled out the pasta for placement in the pasta maker. As each setting on the pasta maker was changed, the dough magically became thinner and longer, until the dough was transparent and I could see my hand through it.  I stuffed and cut the ravioli into scalloped pillows, which were ready for boiling and being topped with a sage butter sauce.

    Setting aside the ravioli for cooking later, I moved onto my favorite class moment of making Tomato Bacon Cavatelli. This is not egg pasta, but simply made from flour and water. What makes this pasta special is the preparation of shaping the pasta by hand.  As I curled each piece using my fingers, I was like a kid in a candy store, because I could not believe my own personal touch could create such gorgeous pasta. I felt like I was molding tiny pieces of art out of dough.  I was informed everyone’s cavatelli has its own personality based off the chef creating the dish, which made me feel at one with my food. Pasta without egg requires a heavier sauce with bolder flavors, so I chose a tomato bacon sauce for the cavatelli, as my enthrallment with pork will never cease. After completing the pastas, the chefs finished off the sauces, while disclosing some tips.  I returned home this week and I feel privileged to have been a recipient of Italian hospitality.  I will work hard to recreate the magic bestowed upon me, in my own kitchen, from That’s Amore.

    That’s Amore
    115, Via in Arcione – 00187 Roma

    • paninigirl 5:38 pm on April 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been checking your blog to see when you’d be back from your trip. Glad to hear it went to well.Your class sounded wonderful. Brava!

      • The Low Fat Chick 6:40 pm on April 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much!! Yes, the class and trip was so awesome. I only wish I could have stayed longer. 🙂

  • The Low Fat Chick 1:12 pm on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chocolate, , vineyards,   

    Traminette and Dolce Bello Wines 

    As an Atlantan, two weeks ago, amongst the constant rains, I had an itch to explore the local culture. Discovering wineries in North Georgia and making a quick reservation, I patiently waited for two weeks to pass. Yesterday, the time came for me to venture a short hour and a half to Yonah Mountain Vineyards in North Georgia. Seeing the vineyards and countryside is what I craved to rejuvenate my mind and spirit.

    Driving up to the vineyards under perfectly blue sky was peaceful, but as my sleek mustang approached the stoned, hilled driveway to the vineyards, I was rather glad I purchased four new tires the day before. Once up over the hill, a drove of green countryside preceded me. In January with 55 degree weather, it was exhilarating to see vast greenery. The wine cellar entry was not much, as it mimiced a basic barn, but once I entered this small establishment, seeing the barrels of wine was exciting.

    After getting a tour introducing us to three upcoming wines, I ventured up the street, just escaping getting lost on a long country road, to the tasting room. Very pleasantly decorated, I dove into the first of 10 wines. My top choices were the Serenity Cellars 2010 Traminette and the Serenity Cellars Dolce Bello. The Traminette was a full bodied white wine with a citrus aroma layered with flavors of grapefruit, papaya and Granny Smith apples. The grapefruit flavor was most distinct on my tongue, and so I purchased a bottle of this to take home at only $18.  The Dolce Bello was the grand finale, which was much agreed after tasting. All tasters gasped as the fanciful flavors of dark chocolate and fruit awoken our senses. Highlighted with blackberries, blueberries, and rich chocolate, I was instantly captivated by this rich dessert wine. I did not purchase a bottle to take home because at $45 a bottle, this was clearly a fantastic gift and not for my shear enjoyment alone in my home. The Dolce Bello is meant to entertain a crowd, and with this, I look forward to purchasing during the holidays. This was truly an unforgettable wine and such an elaborate local experience. It feels magnificent to not have to travel far for such foodie pleasure.

    • david clark 7:18 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear LFC, Just tried the Dolce Bello (compliments of my dear sister) and completely agree with your assessment, as the blackberry & chocolate tones were most pronounced. I’m not evaluating your self-esteem, but feel you definitely should treat yourself first. The membership at the winery is free and yeilds substantial savings. Thanks for the interesting and well-written article.

      • The Low Fat Chick 2:39 pm on December 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi David! Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you liked the article. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • The Low Fat Chick 10:09 pm on January 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Deen, Ladies and Sons, Paula, Paula Deen   

    We Still Love Paula Deen, Y’all 

    As I pulled out of the garage this morning, I heeded Atlanta’s Q100 radio chastise Paula Deen’s improper approach to announcing she has type two diabetes. Just because she announced her clandestinely known ailment (three years she has known), does not mean she should be criticized for being a ruthless influence.  Paula should not be held responsible for the way America eats. As a person who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, which is only 4 hours from Paula’s home town, I know how the locals really eat. Heck, they were eating gravely before Paula ever arrived on television. All Paula did was express her affection for southern food and promote gorgeous Savannah, Georgia, which I lived in for a summer in my 20s. Such a picturesque city, and while I had to get over the lengthy line at Paula’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, which kept me from eating there, I say long live the queen of southern cooking.

    One woman should not have to take on the irresponsibility of America’s lethargic folks. Heck, I watch everything I eat and have given some of Paula’s dishes a makeover (the pot pie was a beast), so I know her food is off da chain fattening. But my point is a grown person should know the servings her recipes list is too large and adding extra sticks of butter is criminal. Come on folks, stop blaming one lovely older lady for your lack of restraint, and take some ownership of overeating and making wicked food choices. Blaming Paula is almost as criminal as the mortgage crisis solely blamed on the banks. Yes, I am a Financial Analyst, so my views are quite particular, but getting a home loan payment for only $600 a month, when the home costs $300,000 total is almost as dreamlike as expecting to eat Paula’s macaroni and cheese and live to talk about it. Wake up people! We are adults and it is your responsibility to learn about what you are eating. It is not Paula’s responsibility to teach you. It is only her responsibility to entertain you, which she has magnificently done…y’all!

    Picture Source: Madamenoire

  • The Low Fat Chick 9:54 pm on January 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , PF Chang's, wraps   

    Making Lettuce Wraps Again 

    Having made Thai lettuce wraps not too long ago, which were fantastic, I decided to take a look at my recipe archives and make PF Chang’s lettuce wraps again. I had not made these since August 2010. The results? Still just as  srumptaculous! OK, I made that word up, but what a better way to express food than making up a word?

    By reducing the amount of oil, substituting peanut oil for greater flavor, and using reduced sodium soy sauce, a lovely dish resulted.

    Check out the recipe here.

  • The Low Fat Chick 10:19 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cashews, , , stir fry, Vietnamese   

    Is Pineapple a Terror? 

    Christmas day I was the recipient of a stunning Breville electric wok.  Prior to this, pure defeat was continually bestowed upon me by the villainous, standard wok. Countless times the standard wok refused to unite with my ceramic range in stir fry battle. Behold, the electric wok swings in and saves the day.  High off the thoughts of seeing my new wok in a red cape fighting off the mediocre, amusing thoughts of stir fry danced in my head.  Thumbing through books, I located Stir Fry: Tasty Recipes for Every Day. Over 200 stir fry recipes encompass this book, and when I flipped to Vietnamese Chicken with Pineapple and Cashews I salivated.  Another adventure of making a Vietnamese dish would be the ultimate challenge for the Breville wok.  Complete innocence I possessed, not knowing the aftermath would result in utter chaos.

    High off the dish execution and the first bite being tasty, the aftermath was in slow motion. The next day, with my stomach grumbling for more, I approached the refrigerator door, pulled the handle, grabbed the bowl, and placed it on the counter. As I lifted the bowl lid, I froze with confusion. I struggled to comprehend where my dish had gone and what was right before me. Denial set in as I spooned the stir fry onto a plate of udon noodles, placed the dish in the microwave, and hit the one minute button. It was as if I expected the microwave to work magic, but this was wishful thinking. As I took the first leftover bite, a rancid taste filled my mouth. I immediately became sick and knew, after years of cooking, for the first time a dish went bad within 24 hours.

    As I racked my brain to understand how crispy bell peppers, onion, cashews, and chicken could turn to a pile of mush so quickly, I could not help but instinctively know it was the pineapple that terrorized the other ingredients. Pineapple and I have always had a copacetic relationship, as we go back to when growing up in California, my mom would purchase a fresh pineapple and leave it on the windowsill to ripen. Up until this moment, pineapple meant happy memories. As my mind continued to race, only the thoughts of pineapple’s hidden arsenal of acid on a tirade filled my mind. Like a Sylvester Stallone movie, he loaded his gun chamber and let it rip. The poor, helpless ingredients did not stand a chance with this secret arsenal.  The cooked pineapple’s acid impressively withstood the high heat of a wok.  And so I ask, is pineapple a terror?

  • The Low Fat Chick 7:22 am on January 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , rice noodles, , udon noodles, Vietnamese soup   

    Pho Masterpiece 

    Wholly elated I developed newfangled flavor combinations, which I believe will rouse fellow foodies; I developed a common case of over indulgence.  Over indulging on test recipes and tasting vast foods in a short period often cloud my mind.  A continual symptom of writing a book, I cure this cloudiness by painting a Pho masterpiece.

    Pho is a Vietnamese soup encompassing herbs, vegetables, meat, rice noodles and flavor pastes which can transform into whatever a foodie’s heart desires. In its infant stage, it is a blank canvas of broth.  The endless choices of fresh ingredients allow anyone to paint a vibrant picture of soup.  Making Pho can be an innovative and creative process, as I use different vegetables, meat, and noodles reflective of my state of mind each time. Yesterday’s constituents were pork tenderloin, udon noodles, napa cabbage, mung bean sprouts, and fresh basil.  As the ingredients increase, the blank canvas of broth morphs into various stages from light, spicy, hearty and even rich, as some add egg.  My favored stages are light and spicy, since I revel in food without a disclaimer to unbutton my jeans, and opt for releases of endorphins, naturally elevating my mood. Pho can be whatever a foodie’s heart desires so grab a canvas, queue up your brush, and start painting a masterpiece.

    Don’t want to paint your own masterpiece? Visit Pho Bac off of Buford Highway in the Atlanta area, which has a variety of fresh Pho.

    Check out our recipe.

    • Responsibility199 9:42 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t Pho without five-spice; well I can’t anyhow. And I have some very large soup bowls for when it is time to Pho, seems silly to work up a delicious pho and put it in a typical soup cup. Silly!

    • The Low Fat Chick 3:09 pm on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love five spice powder! I think I never put it in my pho cause I use star anise which is one of the 5 spices. But, I will definitely give it a try next time. Great suggestion! I love five spice when I roast a chicken. Saw it on the foodnetwork and now that is the only way I usually roast my chicken. Such flavorful spices.

  • The Low Fat Chick 9:06 pm on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , love, Paris   

    Italian Bread, My Love 

    The toughness on the outside, the softness on the inside. How can Italian Bread have such a flawless balance of texture?  As I opened my refrigerator perusing for leftovers, I glanced at the fresh loaf of Italian Bread purchased from the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. No preservatives or additives distract this bread from its splendor. Just pure, all natural ingredients compose this specimen. While I could attempt to make Italian Bread at home, the quality and impeccable balance of toughness versus softness seems to only be mastered by an authentic bakery. I retrogress to when I was in France and the early morning air was engulfed in freshly baked goods. My visit to the French countryside was a prime choice, as my sister would have preferred we stay in the center of Paris. Very glad my instinctive thoughts were not to be compromised by her influence, as the initial early morning aroma of baked bread thirteen years ago was a distinct moment.

    Living in metro Atlanta, I rifled for morning bakeries producing perfect Italian Bread. Now you may say, bread in France is not bread in Italy, and I wholly agree with you. But, as I count down the days till I visit Italy in March, the fresh smell of bread in Parisian air is all I know. The thought of being able to inhale fresh bread in Italy has made me more than eager and ever so accommodating to anyone who stands in my way. And with that, I say, Italian Bread is my love. It is a striking figure that will never be interchanged in my sandwiches, pasta, soups, croutons or crostini. Manufactured bread is a blunder never to replace you, and I will always hold you close to my kitchen…and heart.

    • Responsibility199 4:54 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You write wonderfully. I’ve never thought about bread, let alone reading about bread, but I am glad I read about bread here today. Add to your writing skill the fact of your words. Now that I have thought about bread a bit here I can share my brushes with bliss which whisps by when I dip fresh Italian Bread into high quality olive oil kissed with a touch of pesto. Now, do the same thing with store bought white bread… yeah, soggy handful of something that isn’t going in my mouth.

    • The Low Fat Chick 4:57 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much!! You just made my day. I just started food writing this year because I am ready to stop only posting recipes and want to start sharing all my food experiences. Looking for a new camera to start posting great photos. So, if you have any camera suggestions, let me know. 🙂

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