Should You Avoid All Sweet Things on a Sugar-Free Diet?

It seems there are two camps when it comes to cutting sugar entirely out of your diet: those who think it’s prudent to satisfy sweet cravings with sugar-free options (such as stevia or xylitol) and those who think you should cut out sweeteners entirely, since they may end up increasing your sugar cravings even more. […]

Is Chocolate Bad for You?

If you know me, you know I LOVE chocolate. So I had to think twice when I answered a recent email from a reader, in which she wrote that she’d just heard an expert mention that “cocoa is high in lead and cadmium and that we should be concerned about this.”

Carob Coconut Bark

This Carob Coconut Bark is rich and creamy, with a texture very much like chocolate. It’s sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and vegan. Suitable for any stage on an anti-candida diet. There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to carob. The first one says it’s a great substitute for chocolate […]

Six Degrees of Iris and Brittany: Breakfast Carrot Cake, Giveaway, and Interview with The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides’ Authors!

[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with cookbook authors, bloggers, women entrepreneurs and home chefs whose work I enjoy and admire. If you’ve got someone in mind you’d like me to approach for an interview, please shoot me an email at dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! […]

Lifestyles of the Rich and Sugar-Laden: Chocolate "Buttercream" Frosting

[Whipped “buttercream” variation. Go ahead. . . lick the beaters.] When we were kids, my sisters and I used to crowd round my mother every time she baked something (coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, or her legendary chiffon cake) just so we could vie for who’d get to lick the beaters, or bowl, or spoon (this […]

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Pudding

Although I consider myself a late bloomer in most areas of my life, there’s one event I experienced long before anyone else in my circle of family and friends:  the mid-life crisis.  In fact, I got mine over with in my early 20s. I can remember many hours of  beer-addled conversation with my beloved mentor in […]

Flash in the Pan: I See Faux Chocolate in Your Future

[Sometimes, you just want to eat something now.  I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so easy to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at right).] I heard […]

ACD Update: A Return to Sweetness

[Recent ACD-friendly dinner:  Gena’s Raw Cream of Zucchini Soup]. It’s now been approximately five months since I began this round of the ACD, and, over this time, I’ve slowly been coming to the realization that, well, it’s not likely to end any time soon. As I may have mentioned before, the last time I pursued this […]

Updates: Diet and Dessert*

*  Or, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad (sorry, Girls) [Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Sweet Freedom] Okay, let’s get to the dessert first (really, we should all eat a meal that way at least once):  I received my cookbook’s (paper) proof in the mail today (the sample that I must approve before […]

Raw Imitation “Fried Rice”*

* Or, “Nothing Like Fried Rice, Really, But Still One Darned Tasty Cauliflower Salad” [Sorry about the blur.  I may need to return to my old point-and-shoot until I finally read that new camera manual!] For those of us fascinated by the topic of food, December is more or less highjacked by baking projects.  Cookies for the cookie […]

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