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Kurt's Bachelor Cooking
#1
My low carb cheese cake crust:



1/2 cup Capn Crunch

1/2 cup coconut flour - I use about 2/3 cup of coconut flakes and blend/grind them into about 1/2 cup.

2 big tablespoons of butter/margarine



Blend together Capn Crunch and coconut until fine.



Then add the butter and stir until combined and press into a pie pan.



17 carb from 1/2 cup of Capn Crunch

17 carbs from 1/2 cup coconut flour

0 carbs butter



34 total carbs in the entire crust.



100 carbs in a cup of graham cracker crumbs.
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#2
Easy carb free coating. Grind some pork rinds in the blender and mix the crumbs with an equal part of grated parmesan cheese. You can leave the grounded rinds a little bigger if you want more texture.

Add any seasonings you want. I sometimes get the BBQ flavored rinds and like them on some things like chicken nuggets. You can also use this for things like cheese sticks or poppers.

Just dip in egg wash, sour cream or even butter first to coat then in the parmesan/rind mixture and cook.

The results are really good.
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#3
Pre-heat Air Fryer on High

Get a a couple of flour tortillas.

Put some burrito/taco stuff in it that you like hot

Roll it up

Spray or brush the outside with butter and seasoning

Cook in air fryer for 2-3 minutes

Turn them over

Cook in air fryer 2-3 more minutes, just long enough to make sure they're charred almost to the point of being inedible. Better make he second time 2 minutes.

Take out of basket making sure to give yourself a couple of third degree burns.

Top with more burrito/taco stuff.

I love how the air fryer makes the tortillas crunchy.
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#4
When I was a bachelor I was the the only "cook" for lack of a better word among my male friends. I was also the only high school jock to take home ec. I understand home ec is no longer a class in high school these days. The guys really gave me "hell" (good-naturedly) for participating in a class meant for girls.

Honestly, I skipped home ec a lot. My coach rearranged my class schedule without my consent to where home ec was my next to last class of the day and physical education was the last class. So the last two hours of a school day were spent in the gym.

One thing I did learn in home ec is the girls were not very pretty to put it nicely, but man were they great cooks and actually some of them became some of my best friends. To this day, in a brawl, I'll favor the odds of a country home ec girl against any high school jock, lol.

Another thing I learned in home ec was how to use a clay pot/oven.

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I learned how to bake wild game and fish when hunting/fishing/camping and even created a spot in my backyard close to my grill. Plus, range fed chicken from a market.

There is nothing like camping and having a hot meal in the evening waiting for you. Especially after a long day of hunting. In the morning I put it all together and that evening it was ready. Slow bake all day.

First, I would put some wild game in the oven with wild carrots and salt/pepper. Then I would dig a hole about two feet deep and line the outside rim with basketball size rocks. Place my oven in the hole and cover it with red hot coals from the camp fire and cover that with an old welders apron and cover that with a few baseball size rocks.

Here to tell you that the meal melts in your mouth. Even wild pig did not require a knife. It fell apart with the touch of a fork. And the taste.. better than KFC. Wink
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#5
You can substitute V8 for tomato sauce in recipes. Smile
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#6
I cannot eat your low carb crust because of the cereal. 
It has sugar in it.  And probably wheat.

I don't eat any of that except when I cheat.  Oh yeah. lol
I guess i do eat it sometimes.

Does it taste just like a graham cracker crust when its done?

I can remember eating cereal though and do miss it.

full disclosure I am on a keto diet.  I eat, salads at lunch, meat and veggies for dinner
and sugar free treats.  I get by with low carb bars for snacks and sugar free candy.
Its a daily thing.  Lost 50 pounds doing that.
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#7
(03-06-2020, 03:17 AM)Claire Koch Wrote: I cannot eat your low carb crust because of the cereal. 
It has sugar in it.  And probably wheat.

I don't eat any of that except when I cheat.  Oh yeah. lol
I guess i do eat it sometimes.

Does it taste just like a graham cracker crust when its done?

I can remember eating cereal though and do miss it.

full disclosure I am on a keto diet.  I eat, salads at lunch, meat and veggies for dinner
and sugar free treats.  I get by with low carb bars for snacks and sugar free candy.
Its a daily thing.  Lost 50 pounds doing that.

I think Crunch is oats? I'd maybe use oats as a substitution, just blend them a little bit.

I actually like this low carb crust better than graham cracker crust, but never been a big fan of graham cracker. Before I'd use a vanilla wafer crust. My crust does taste like coconut, which I like.
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#8
I like to make a loaf of bread using the bread machine about once a month. Today I was getting the ingredients together and grabbed the flour last. My recipe calls for 3 cups of flour but I only had 2.5.

Looking around I found a box of pancake mix, so I added 1/2 cup to the regular flour. I was afraid it would come out "broken" in some way, but it's really good. I'll try to remember next time...
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#9
Here's my favorite bread machine recipe...

First, they lie. Smile

All the bread machine advice says to be careful and put the yeast in last in a little hole on top of the dry stuff so it doesn't touch stuff.

Wrong.

Get a cup of warm water, 2.25 teaspoons yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar and let the yeast react for 10 minutes in your bread maker.

Add:

1/4 cup oil

3 cups flour (or 2.5 cups flour and .5 cups pancake mix)

1.5 teaspoons salt

The key is really letting the yeast work for 10 minutes first and not follow the common advice of putting it on top of the dry stuff.
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#10
I love pinto beans. They're healthy and cheap and I make a pot of them pretty often. Here's something I learned just a little while agao that really helps. When you soak them add a couple of teaspoons of salt and about 1/2 teaspoon of basking soda. The baking soda really softens the skins of the beans a lot and makes them more tender.

There's something called "food fatigue" where people get tired of eating the same thing over and over. I love pizzza but can't eat it every day. For some strange reason I never get food fatigue with pinto beans and could eat them just about every day.
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#11
Pinto beans are my favorite beans as well. How long do you soak your beans? I soak mine for 20 to 24 hours, but not more than 24 hours.

BTW, Pizza Hut is also my favorite pizza. Dominos and Papa Johns aren't even in my top five.

There are some things I will not eat. Okra? Not even on a good day, lol. And those large orange/brown sweet potatoes? Not a chance.

Now, Mexican burritos? Don't get me started, lol, I can't get enough. Pinto beans and black beans are two of my favorite beans. Speckled pinto beans to make refried beans and black beans in soups, salsas, and as a filling in both burritos and enchiladas.
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#12
(03-09-2020, 12:48 AM)Jeffery Wrote: Pinto beans are my favorite beans as well. How long do you soak your beans? I soak mine for 20 to 24 hours, but not more than 24 hours.

BTW, Pizza Hut is also my favorite pizza. Dominos and Papa Johns aren't even in my top five.

There are some things I will not eat. Okra? Not even on a good day, lol. And those large orange/brown sweet potatoes? Not a chance.

Now, Mexican burritos? Don't get me started, lol, I can't get enough. Pinto beans and black beans are two of my favorite beans. Speckled pinto beans to make refried beans and black beans in soups, salsas, and as a filling in both burritos and enchiladas.

I soak them overnight so about 10-12 hours in a salt and baking soda brine. But I live at 8000 ft above sea level and water boils up here at about 190 F so I have to cook them for 3-3/12 hours. I cook up a bunch because they freeze well after being cooked.

Most of the time I mix 2 parts pinto and 1 part black beans and I mostly use them to make refried beans for burritos or nachos or by themselves. I also like putting BBQ chicken in them, it's sort of like pork and beans but better. And just a bowl of beans and corn bread or home made bread is good too. Smile

My least favorite food is asparagus. I don't think I could eat it even if I was starving.
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#13
<quote option="&quot;Kurt&quot; pid='499' dateline='1583553167'"><br />
Here's my favorite bread machine recipe...<br />
<br />
First, they lie. Smile<br />
<br />
All the bread machine advice says to be careful and put the yeast in last in a little hole on top of the dry stuff so it doesn't touch stuff.<br />
<br />
Wrong.<br />
<br />
Get a cup of warm water, 2.25 teaspoons yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar and let the yeast react for 10 minutes in your bread maker.<br />
<br />
Add:<br />
<br />
1/4 cup oil<br />
<br />
3 cups flour (or 2.5 cups flour and .5 cups pancake mix)<br />
<br />
1.5 teaspoons salt<br />
<br />
The key is really letting the yeast work for 10 minutes first and not follow the common advice of putting it on top of the dry stuff.</quote><br />
I'm going to try this. I stopped using my bread maker because it was always hit or miss if my bread came out okay or not.  A lot of wasted flour and yeast and other stuff.  I mainly make it for my mom.  She loves homemade bread.  I haven't been making it lately so she buys the french loaves from Walmart.  Not great but better than the other sliced bread that tastes horrible.  When I first started with the bread maker, she stopped eating that sliced stuff.  I was thinking I probably just needed to make bread without the machine.  Haven't got around to it yet.  Smile  But I will now try your recipe, Kurt.  Thanks!
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#14
A FB friend made this loaf using the recipe I posted above. I'd post a pic of my own loaves but that would mean I have to do housework. Smile
 
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#15
(03-29-2020, 01:16 AM)Kurt Wrote: A FB friend made this loaf using the recipe I posted above. I'd post a pic of my own loaves but that would mean I have to do housework. Smile
 
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That turned out perfect!!
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