Saturday, July 6, 2019

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First printing was in March, 2018. This is the first in a series of two cookbooks with Peggy Hardaway as the principal author with some great recipes from George Stella and I as well. Again there is an introduction and preamble by George Stella as well as a Helpful Hints section.    Pretty golden cookbook with matching coil binding.  These five colorful cookbooks with their equally colorful and substantial pages of recipe photos are fun to own, easy to navigate, fun to read, and I'm sure you will love owning them.  I know even I am happy to have them and refer to them often.   As with all of the cookbooks, each recipe that has a photo will have it indicated in the heading next to the name of the author whose recipe it is and, in addition, each photo has the page number indicated on it.  With all of the cookbooks, I am the one who edits them and lovingly puts the cookbooks together.  I take my job very seriously and always do my best to produce an accurate and quality job!  I was taught initially by publishers who published a couple of my cookbooks - one of them was published by the largest publisher in Canada at the time (now taken over by an American company), MacMillan Canada.  I soon figured out that I wanted to get into self-publishing.  Now, of course, we are competing with thousands of other low-carb cookbooks out there and it is more and more difficult to make a living in this field.  Our trusted brand does set us apart and we are proud to have such creative people on the Low-Carbing Among Friends' team, not the least of which is renowned low-carb chef and TV celebrity, George Stella!

Peggy Hardaway has devoted many years to creating wonderful recipes that the low-carb community has enjoyed.  You can find her recipes at Buttoni's Low-Carb Recipes.  Peggy, also a teacher by profession, has happily retired with various other interests that keep her occupied, but she still keeps her hand in and posts new recipes to her blog as she makes them.  As well, she participates in Low-carb Forums helping newbies and others.  Peggy has her very own style and often makes ethnic foods that we might be afraid to tackle, however, she makes them look easy!  She also has many of her very own homemade spice blends (many of which mimic commercial varieties), some of which you will find in this cookbook, with the recipes for you to make your own, if you so desire.  Peggy knows the art of very flavorful cooking!

When Peggy was actively working on the team for a few years on Facebook, Peggy and I would often reach millions with our recipes.  Peggy and I would have a friendly rivalry going on with our daily posts and those were such fun days.  We were very supportive of each other, however, and stood by each other when others tried their best to topple our team or compromise our success. That happened fairly frequently and it hurt sometimes, but we picked ourselves up and carried on!  It is hard to believe sometimes but it did all happen.  We were top of the low-carb world on Facebook for 5 plus years and thus we didn't make everyone happy as it is such a competitive business.  It was only when we stopped paying Facebook for 2 years that another lady who was paying Facebook a lot caught up to us in time.  Lovely lady and none of us begrudge her that success.  We pay a little bit these days but the majority of our likes which with our two combined pages is over 1.1 million were from the good old days - mostly organic likes - save for about 10,000 likes which were paid likes (well, not entirely - our organic likes finally given to us).  Even although we pay Facebook a bit these days, we still only get a fraction of our organic likes added.  One has to pay lot to get them all.  I miss the good old days, but nothing stays the same forever and one day I will retire and, thus, I put things in perspective.  Life is not all about social media!  However, that said we are still the top low-carb team on Facebook and this weekend when my husband adds up the numbers, it will be very clear that we are as a team still number one on Facebook.

Pictured on the Front Cover: Curried Pumpkin "Puppies", Almond Butter Cookies, Chickpea, Collard and Sausage Soup, Strawberry Chocolate Torte, Grilled Chicken and Spinach Pizza

Barbecue Dogs
Hummus (can't tell the difference from the real thing!)
Tuna Cheesies (her husband's fave snack)
Cheesy Veggie Bacon Dip
Stuffed Eggs Au Gratin

Blueberry Scones, Fluffy Biscuits, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Focccia, Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns, Peggy's Original Pizza Crust, Sliced Bread, Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix 1 and 2, Tortillas

Breakfast Sticks, Scrambled Eggs with Tarragon Cream, Cheesy "Hash Browns", Pumpkin Granola, Rotel Breakfast Stack, Red Radish Cottage "Fries", Fluffy Pancakes, Breakfast Sausage, Shrimply delicious Frittata

Beef and Lamb-  Chicken-Fried Steak, Greek Stuffed Peppers, Indian Kheema Matar, Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy, Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese, Meatballs in Miracle Dough, Stuffed Meatloaf Minis
Fish and Seafood - Creamy Chipotle-Lime Scampi, Fish with Champagne Sauce, Tuna-Cauli Cakes
Pork - Blackened Pork Chops, Grilled Ham Steaks with Peach Chutney, Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce (popular)
Poultry -Chicken Chile Relleno Casserole (uber-famous recipe!), Chicken Florentine, Creamy Chicken Cabbage Casserole, Grilled Chicken and Spinach Pizza, Lebanese Baked Chicken (uber-famous recipe!), Lemon Pepper Turkey Breast, Mexican Chicken Burritos, Teriyaki and Ginger Chicken Thighs
Sausage - Calico Cabbage

Examples: Broccoli Carrot Fritters, Creamy, Cheesy Parsley Cauliflower, Curried Pumpkin "Puppies", Green Bean Casserole, Kashmir Mushrooms, Foolproof Mashed Cauliflower, Okra Fritters, Roasted Shawarma Vegetables, Scalloped Zucchini, Swiss Cheese Broccoli Bake

Substantial Section: Crusts and Dough, Dressings, Frostings, Sauces, Spice Blends, Toppings (savory and sweet)

Examples:  Chicken Shawarma Waldorf Salad, Kale Orange Walnut Salad, Artichoke Salad, Iranian Mint Cucumber Salad, Tabouleh Salad, Asian Chicken Salad. Spinach Salad with Olive Dressing
Examples: Peggy's Texas Chili, Tortilla Soup, Lobster Bisque, Zuppa Toscana (Peggy's famous soup on Facebook!), Chickpea, Collard and Sausage Soup, Montreal Chicken Soup

Examples: Apple Cupcakes, Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Jiffy Peanut Butter Cakes, Meyer Lemon Pound Cake, Orange Pound Cake, Sock-it-to-me Cake and Strawberry Chocolate Torte

Cheesecakes and Pies
Examples:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Sour Cream Cheesecake with Lemon Accents, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Cookies and Squares
Examples: Almond Butter Cookies, Carrot Cake Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting, Cookie Crust Apple Pie Squares, Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting, Thick Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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