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My best A1C ever and A1c's Change to Average Mean Blood Glucose

I am so happy: I got word about my most recent A1C test - 6.2! My best A1C ever! :)

I guess based on this article I was reading yesterday that translates into an average of 131.24 mg/dL.

To convert an A1c to the new average mean blood glucose, the article offers this formula:
eAG(mg/dl) = (28.7 X HbA1c) – 46.7

Added by Manny Hernandez on June 11, 2008 at 2:06pm — 13 Comments

Fear of DKA – what we know, what we don’t, and what we NEED to know

Now I had a slight knowledge of what DKA or Diabetic Ketoacidosis is, thanks in part to my being an Administrator of this site, but no REAL knowledge. So I set out to find what I didn’t know. I asked lots of my friends with diabetes, many of whom are T1’s. They either haven’t had a case of DKA or experienced it when they were young, at the time of diagnosis. I wanted to search out the facts, as there is such a fear related to DKA, and I wanted to truly know why.

WHAT WE… Continue

Added by landileigh on June 11, 2008 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Spicy Citrus Tilapia w/ Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I like using hot sauce and peppers to make the flavors of my food really "pop," but this can easily be made mild by leaving the hot sauce out. The most dangerous part of the tilapia recipe is the orange juice & cider glaze. Used just as a marinade, you get the flavor without so much sugar. If you make the glaze, just take it easy.

Also, the Crispy Roasted Potatoes are very crunchy & satisfying. Keep your portions small, and use the leftovers as home fries when you make an… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Cumin-Crusted Sirloin

Wow. I repeat, wow!

Tonight I strutted my stuff bigtime. Publix had top sirloin on sale for $3.99/lb, so I bought a huge 3.5 lb steak -- two inches thick and beautiful! Coated it with kosher salt, cumin, mustard flour, smoked paprika, & cracked black pepper. Rub on a little canola oil, sear ludicrously 4-5 minutes per side, then pop into a 400º oven for 10 minutes. It came out crusty, medium-done inside, and juicy like you wouldn't believe. Let the meat rest 5 minutes, and… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Smoky Annatto Petite Sirloin

4 petite sirloin steaks

6-8 cloves roasted garlic

1 small onion, wedged

1 16oz pkg baby spinach leaves

1/3 cup annatto oil

1/4 cup Luscious Soy paste

2 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp smoked paprika

zest & juice of 1 lemon

kosher salt

black pepper

In a small bowl, I puréed the roasted garlic. (Same technique as in the Honey Mango Chicken, meaning I squished it thoroughly with a fork.) I added the cumin, paprika, soy paste, salt, pepper,… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:38am — No Comments

Smoky Avocado Burgers

I wish I'd thought to take a picture. These burgers were pretty! Pretty good, too. Best I ever made. The only thing missing was bacon.


1.5 lbs ground chuck

1 tbsp Luscious Soy Paste (thicker, richer than soy sauce)

2 tsp annatto oil (made with annatto, garlic, thyme, paprika, and black pepper)

2 tsp garlic oil

1 tsp A1 Sesame Teriyaki sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

kosher salt

black pepper

green onions,… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:37am — No Comments

Sweet & Smoky Omelettes w/ Smoked Kielbasa

When I was working down in the Keys, I got several opportunities to watch the hotel chef make omelettes for their breakfast buffet. I'd forgotten that until mom asked how I made such pretty omelettes this morning. The chef's technique kept flashing through my mind, both today and when I was in Phoenix making an omelette for dinner. (That one was pretty, too. I was very proud.)

6… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:35am — No Comments

Best tilapia yet! Roasted butternut squash! Baba ganoush!

I changed my tilapia recipe a bit tonight, and I love the results. I can't begin to guess at the real ratios, but I'd say the marinade is 1/2 soy sauce, 1/4 rice wine vinegar, 1/8 balsamic vinegar, and 1/8 canola oil. I added garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, fresh-ground black pepper, Chinese five spice powder, a dash of hot sauce, and a dash of lime juice.

This is mostly the same as I've done before, but I usually include turmeric, paprika, and maybe ancho chile powder… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:34am — No Comments

Tangerine & Cider Glazed Chicken

I experimented a bit in the kitchen tonight. I started with the intention of doing my usual pan-seared chicken with various vegetables. Then I thought I'd make some kind of chicken wrap, initially to be made with tortillas. Then I decided to use the butter lettuce in the fridge instead of tortillas, but alas the lettuce is past its prime.

After much deliberation over a period of hours, I settled on pan-seared chicken with various vegetables. I know, I know. I really went out on a… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:33am — No Comments

Ancho-Cumin Chicken with Fried Sweet Potatoes

2 chicken breasts

1 vidalia onion, frenched

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ancho chile powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp five spice powder

2 large sweet potatoes, sliced 1/4" thick

pumpkin pie seasoning (or allspice & cinnamon)

canola oil

kosher salt

First I began by frenching the onion. Get your minds out of the gutter. It's a culinary technique wherein you cut the onion in half and… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:32am — No Comments

Pork Loin Chops with Seared Zucchini Medallions

Dinner was simple tonight. Five half-inch thick pork chops. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and 5 spice powder, set aside while chopping the vegetables. The salt brings the juices to the surface and makes it sear better. Much happiness. I cut 2 onions into large wedges, 4 carrots into fairly thick strips, and 4 zucchini into 1/4-inch medallions. I like "rustic" vegetables with a rough, thick cut. The reason will become apparent shortly.

Set the pan on to preheat… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:31am — No Comments

Mustard-Thyme Crusted Tilapia w/ a side of Back Spasm

I had planned to fry the tilapia, but at the last minute I decided to go in a different direction. I briefly marinated the tilapia with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, & lime zest. I added a heaping spoonful of my favorite mustard - a roasted garlic champagne mustard I got at a specialty spice shop in Tampa. Let it sit for 10 minutes at room temperature, while I chopped veggies and heated the pan. I fried half of the fish and just… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Chicken Romano

I made a very good dinner tonight, and I'm dubbing it Chicken Romano.

I don't like to deep-fry, but I love fried chicken. What I did was cut up some chicken breast tenders into small, manageable pieces. Think 2-3 bites each. They were already marinated with Italian dressing. I coated them with flour (mixed with salt & pepper, of course), dipped them in a milk bath (mixed with hot sauce, of course), and then dredged them in some Italian bread crumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano,… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Fried Tilapia with Zucchini Ribbon Salad

alternate title: Happiness is a clean fridge

We went all out for dinner tonight, but just like all of my recent endeavors the prep and cooking time was less than 30 minutes. It only took that long because mom & I were both in the kitchen at first. Once I got her settled at the table, she was able to prepare the salad and I got started on the fish. Tonight was proof that we'll do much better once I'm able to build her an island with a butcher's block, and I'd really like to… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:28am — No Comments

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Crisper Drawer

Alternate title: We named the dog Indiana.

My normal fare is chicken or pork, but having recently partaken of dead cow I've reawakened my appetite for red meat. We had a large, somewhat frostbitten slab o' beef in the freezer, and I felt that it was my duty to rescue and consume it.

I didn't have anything particular in mind, so I went on a fact-finding mission in the refrigerator. I discovered half of an onion, about 2/3 of a large tomato, 3 strips of leftover… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:26am — No Comments

3-Cheese Turkey Quesadillas

I'm not a big fan of turkey with anything other than mashed potatoes and stuffing. Chicken is a very versatile meat, whereas turkey has a distinctive flavor that I associate with Thanksgiving. It's just not something I cook often. However, the 6 pounds of frozen turkey in my freezer are beckoning and calling my name. "You have to use us. Uuuuuse usss!"

I'm glad I did. Hot damn if I didn't hit a perfect recipe. Most things I make come together slowly. I've got a few standard recipes… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:25am — No Comments

Baba Black Hummus

My mother and I recently reinvented our hummus recipe. Some of you might remember my 50/50 eggplant & chickpea jokingly called Baba Hummoush. Well, this time we used roasted eggplant, chickpeas, and black beans. I'd have to say it's the best version so far!

Baba Black Hummus

1 roasted eggplant (400º for an hour)

1 roasted red pepper (same)

1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed

1/2 can black beans, rinsed

6-8 cloves roasted… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:23am — No Comments

Honey Mango Chicken Wrap w/ Smoked Gouda

See my previous post for the Honey Mango Chicken. We still had leftovers, so tonight I sautéed onions with some of our roasted garlic, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper. When the onions were done, I set them aside and used the same pan (wiped out) to toast 8" flour tortillas. On a plate, I piled each tortilla with baby spinach leaves, the chicken-garlic-onion mixture, and slices of smoked gouda. Wrap 'em up, toss 'em back in the pan to… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:22am — No Comments

Honey Mango Chicken with Baby Spinach

Tonight's dinner was a collaborative effort between my mother and myself. I just finished eating, and boy am I happy! I'm not much of a fruit eater, though I love the flavor of mango in salsas and glazes. I'll never forget going to town on the mango chutney BBQ sauce at Voodoo BBQ in New Orleans, and I wanted to create something along those lines. We had a honey mango that we bought on impulse last week, and it was just at the point of going bad. We decided to purée that mango and use it as a… Continue

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:21am — No Comments

Salmon a l'Orange

Just a quick post, since it's an ungodly hour and I can't sleep. Steff and I cooked a good dinner tonight. We wrapped a salmon fillet in foil with orange slices, carrots, strips of red pepper, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and thyme. 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Steff also steamed some fresh broccoli that she bought at the Sanford farmer's market on Saturday. You should all be jealous. It was very tasty.

Added by Walker on June 11, 2008 at 2:20am — No Comments

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