The GDC: Chicken, Green Beans & Cherries in Tomato Sauce

While looking for interesting ways to cope with dad’s diet limitations (our Gout Diet Challenge, GDC) as he works to reduce the visible uric crystal deposits (called tophi) on his hands and knees, the flavors of the Mediterranean still resound most strongly. We took a cruise through the Greek Islands many years ago with my …

The Gout Diet Challenge: Greens & Cheese Pie

UPDATE: Visit the new GDC Round-up for other gout-friendly recipes While my dad is still here recuperating comfortably from his cataract surgery, I’m challenged with cooking with the limitations of his chronic gout condition, which includes bans on red meats, turkey, cured meats, black tea, preserved meats, shellfish, yeast breads, cauliflower, coffee, chocolate, refined sugars, …

As wild as I can get: Warabi (Fiddlehead ferns)

Thanks to Caleb for bringing up a point of concern and confusion… Outside of Hawaii, the term “Warabi” is applied to the unfurled fronds of theFernbracken (Pteridium aquilinum), also called simply Bracken (seen at left, with thanks to Crizzles). In the last 30 years or so, medical and chemical studies have linked chronic or excessive …

Table-top Cooking: Sukiyaki

 As promised, the second part of the Table-top Cooking series features the ever-popular Sukiyaki. Like teppan-yaki style grilling (BBQ pork and bun post), there’s no reason this entertaining communal style of dining has to be regulated to exotic evenings out at a Japanese restaurant. With the small investment of a single burner butane stove ($15-30, …