Monday Updates – August 16

Raw Oysters
After trying raw oysters last week at a restaurant, I decided to get some to eat at home. I went to the Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply where I got some oysters, horseradish, an oyster knife and some lessons on how to use it. I managed to shuck 6 oysters at home without hurting myself! They were yummy.

Still Dairy-free
I’m still eating dairy-free. Most days have been nut-free as well. I’m not doing so great coming up with snack ideas other than eating lots of fruit. I might try to get back into making some coconut flour treats this week. The last batch of coconut flour pancakes I made only lasted about 2 days so I think muffins might be a better one to try. I’ll give a full update on the dairy-free situation later today.

Hamburger Press
I keep forgetting to show one of my favorite kitchen tools. I got this from my grandparents and we have used it every time we make homemade burgers. It’s just a simple burger press that can do a thin burger or full thick burger. You push a little disc into the side you want (thin or thick) and then pack it full of ground meat. Pop the disc + patty out by pushing on the backside of it and you get a perfectly shaped burger. I have seen electric burger makers or fancy things that make 8 at once, but I think this is easier to clean and works well.

Online Meat & Seafood e-Course
The cooking e-course I’m taking starts this week! I’m excited and have planned out a bit of time each week to be able to keep up with it. I’ll take pictures of everything I make while the course is going on. If you want to take it, Ann Marie has extended the enrollment until this Saturday, August 21. Click here to sign up!


I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.


  1. @Chrissy I’m not sure what brand it is. I haven’t seen these in stores, but a specialty kitchen store or even a second hand shop would be a good place to look.

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