Real SAD

For me, it’s always been all about the food – and I’ve had the life-long weight problems to prove it.   It wasn’t until recently that I realized it wasn’t so much the fact that I loved food, it was the types of food I loved.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) with it’s preponderance of refined flours and sugars, processed soy and seed oils and dearth of healthy fats and locally grown, fresh produce is the worst thing that has happened to our society in the last 40 years.  Add factory farmed meats, fish and eggs into the equation and you have, well, a recipe for disaster as the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease prove.

But even before I made a permanent change to my diet in June 2010, cutting out wheat and refined grains, refined sugars, non-fermented and genetically modified soy, industrial seed oils and factory farmed meats and eggs, I was not often inclined to use prepackaged convenience “foods” (or what I like to call “the old dump and stir”).  Oh, there was liberal use of all the ingredients I’ve mentioned here so I wouldn’t call it “real food” – not by my definition today, anyway – but it was more “real” than what many Americans (and Canadians and British, too) eat today.

Since my diet has changed irrevocably for the better, I decided it was time to make a change to my blog, as well.  I didn’t want to remove my old “home cooking” recipes – if for no other reason than they still bring quite a bit of traffic to the site – but I didn’t want to leave them in the “recipes” category either, simply because they are no longer representative of how I cook and eat.  After consulting with Beloved on what would be in the best interest of my readers, my blog and myself, I decided to move all of the old but well-loved recipes to this page.  You can find them all listed below, by category and in alphabetical order.

Real SAD (Standard American Diet) Recipes


7 Layer Dip

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Deviled Eggs

Jan’s Pimento Cheese

Strawberry Cheese Ring

Texas Caviar


Almost Instant “Lo Mein”

Asian Chicken Salad

Coconut Curry Fish

Pad Thai

Thai Burgers with Cucumber-Mint Relish

Thai Green Curry


Beloved’s Deadly Margaritas


Bora Bora Martini

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

Chocolate Martini

Creamsicle Martini

Hendrick’s Martini

Hot Toddy

Kitchen Sink Martini



Purple People Eater Martini

Raspberry Cosmopolitan

Red-Headed Stepchild Martini

Very Blueberry Martini


Amish Friendship Bread

Banana Bread

Blueberry Muffins

Bran Muffins

Brown and Serve Rolls

Buttermilk Waffles

Cinnamon Rolls

Coffee Cake


Crispy Cornbread Waffles

Custard-Topped Spoon Bread

Fluffy, Flaky Biscuits

French Toast with Grilled Bananas

Hawaiian Bread

Monkey Bread

Pecan Raisin Bread

Southwestern Spoon Bread

White Sandwich Bread

Zucchini Bread


Baked Cheese Grits

Butter Fried Potatoes

Dutch Baby

Eggs Benedict

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Huevos Rancheros


Quiche Lorraine

Sweet Souffleed Omelet


Zucchini Pancakes


Beef Stew with Dumplings

Braised Chuck Steak in Barbecue Sauce

Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Crazy Cabbage

Creole-Style Steak

Enchilada Casserole

Guinness Braised Beef

Hoppin’ John

Pizza Chicken


Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Scalloped Potatoes

Smothered Steak

Spicy Orange Pork Chops


Apple Crisp

Apple Pie

Apple Upside-Down Cake


Boston Cream Pie


Carrot Cake

Chocolate Pudding

Cloud Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

Coffee Toffee Ice Cream

German Chocolate Cake

Lemon Chess Pie

Macadamia Nut Pie

Oatmeal Cookies

Peach Pie

Peppermint Ice Cream

Pie Crust

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Sponge Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Sugar Cookies

Texas Sheet Cake

Vanilla Ice Cream

Watermelon Sorbet

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream


Beef Stroganoff

Blackened Ahi with Mango Salsa

Candied Chicken

Cauliflower Soup with White Truffle Oil

Chicken with Tarragon and Cream Sauce

Classic Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Fried Chicken

Grilled Honey Rosemary Pork Loin

Pimento Cheese

Roasted Garlic White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Swedish Meatballs


Bourbon Molasses Sweet Potatoes with Buttered Pecans

Cornbread Dressing

Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean Casserole

Peanut Butter Fudge

Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Turkey From Hell






Three Cheese Manicotti with Meatballs

Main Dishes

Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Legs

Roast Pork Loin with Cranberry-Wine Sauce

Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin with Fruit Sauce


Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Red Posole


City Chicken

Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage

Texas Style Chili


Broccoli Salad

Chicken Salad


Macaroni Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Taco Salad

Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Wedge Salad


Barbecue Sauce

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Spicy Honey Barbecue Sauce


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