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Despite the fact that it’s trendy right now and there are scores of hipsters walking around NYC sipping their overpriced cups of bone broth, there is truth in its goodness. Bone broth is one of those foods that has been nourishing human beings almost as long as we’ve been cooking. And it really couldn’t be simpler.

You’ll need:

  • Bones
  • Water

You might need:

  • Vinegar
  • Aromatics like garlic, onion, peppercorns, or herbs
  • Salt (but only added after)

Layer your bones in a big slow cooker. They can be whatever you prefer – beef, lamb, pork, chicken, or even a mixture. They also can be cooked or raw. Add your aromatics if you like (Leave them out if you’re making broth to supplement a pet’s diet – and absolutely no onion if you’re making bone broth for your cats!) Adding a splash of vinegar will help the bones to release their nutrients, but isn’t necessary. Now pour water over the bones until it covers by about an inch. Put the lid on your slow cooker and turn it on low for at least 24 hours.

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After a day or so, strain the bones from the broth. Try to crumble the bones between your fingers, because that’s kind of fun. Chill the broth to separate out the fat, which you can then skim off the top and discard.

To serve, try it with warmed in a cup with some sea salt for sipping. Or use it to make soup. Or gravy. Or mashed potatoes. Or rice. Etc.

Enjoy!

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Tortilla-ish

tacosLike any food substitute, you cannot expect these to be exactly like the thing you’re replacing. Tofurky is not turkey, carob is not chocolate, aspartame is not sugar. They are “-ish.” For example, margarine is butter-ish. So I’m not going to pretend that these tortillas are just like ones made from wheat flour, but I will say that they are good and tortilla-ish. They are a crispy on the outside, chewy inside flatbread substitute and they’re sturdy enough to withstand my overstuffed tacos.

You’ll need:

1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup masa harina
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup boiling water (extra may be needed)
oil, for cooking

Mix your dry ingredients, and slowly add the boiling water. (Do not mix this with your hands just yet because boiling water is hot. Duh.) Stir as best as you can with a wooden spoon while you wait for the mixture to cool. Now get your hands in there and knead the dough until everything is incorporated and smooth, adding small amounts of warm water if needed.

Cover the ball of dough with a damp paper towel and let it sit for 10 minutes while you heat your skillet and cut two pieces of parchment or a plastic ziploc bag to line your tortilla press. This is very important, because the flours need to fully absorb the water.

Now make balls of dough about the size of ping-pong balls. Press one between the layers of parchment (or plastic bag) in your tortilla press. Immediately and gently place on hot, oiled skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side. I flip my tortillas more than once. On the second flip, they usually start to puff up – a good sign that they’re cooking properly!

Keep your tortillas warm until you’re ready to eat.

Easiest pork ever

You’ll need:
One pork loin roast that will fit in your slow cooker – not a pork tenderloin.

This is a pork loin:

pork loin

This is not:

Pork-Tenderloin

One 16 oz. jar of your favorite salsa

Plop the meat in the slow cooker, dump the entire jar of salsa over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the meat with two forks, mix with the liquid remaining in the slow cooker.

You can serve this over rice, as a filling for tacos, on a sandwich, inside an omelette, whatever! And if you don’t own a slow cooker, get one for heaven’s sake.

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The geniuses at Medicare are floating a proposal to limit prosthetic legs to what amounts to 50+ year old technology.

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“Medicare has proposed a new lower limb prosthetic policy that restricts coverage and would send amputees back to 1970’s standards of care. This will eventually spread to the VA and all private payers, including yours.”

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