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Fast Lemon-Parsley Shrimp Pasta

Try adding about a tbsp, tbsp and 1/2 of good honey. It plays off the wine and lemon well.

Jul 23, 2013
Sparks12 in Recipes

Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

Don't get hung up on the Bings. Any good eat out of hand cherry will work just fine. I prefer Lamberts and Vans myself, older varieties that are slowly disappearing. They have more cherry flavor and less koolaid sweetness than Bings. Also, as more farmers yank their Bings and put in later harvesting types in an attempt to dodge the weather damage becoming increasingly prevalent due to climate change extending spring storm season, fewer and fewer Bings will be available. (My sister and I own a commercial cherry orchard that's been in the family for over 100 years.)

Jul 23, 2013
Sparks12 in Recipes

How Many Eggs is Too Many?

I ate like crappola for years, fast food 8-10 times a week (not that I particularly liked it, but it was convenient and I was pressed for time), junk food, bar food after work, you get it. My cholesterol was always good. In the 180 range with low bad and triglycerides and high good. I ended up big as a house and in 9/04 was told I was pre-diabetic (family trait, I was watching for it). Wham. Fear of blindness, neuropathy, losing feet and insulin put me on the straight and narrow. Cut out the junk completely, no simple carbs, no high fat meat or dairy, yadda, yadda, yadda. It worked. I dropped 70 lbs (which I've kept off), my A1c dropped to 5.7. Why am I even talking about this? Because 8-9 months after I quit eating all the bad stuff, my cholesterol jumped to 265. It sucked. But like you said, genetics control cholesterol levels far more than diet does and my family history said even the tiny women (for some reason, not the men so much) who ate like birds, eschewing all fats, had high cholesterol. My mom's was over 300 (eek!) and she weighed 105 lbs and ate little but lean protein and vegetables. I take a very low dose of Simvastatin. My Cholesterol total is now around 165, with great ratios. We eat eggs multiple times a week and not a blip on the uh-oh radar. An omelet with a few 'shrooms and a little ham and cheese is a quick and easy supper with a piece of whole grain toast and a green salad or fruit. Eat your eggs in peace Kat, just have the doc test you occasionally.

Jul 23, 2013
Sparks12 in General Topics