I came across this recipe a couple of days ago. Now, I'm always trying to find things everyone here will or can eat. Jo is lactose-intolerant and we're all gluten-free (except Lou--she eats it sometimes but not here). We try to limit our grains and sugars, though we're hardly saints. I'm especially trying to find high-energy foods Jo will eat; she's not anorexic--thinks she looks just fine, thanks--but she does have trouble eating sometimes. Long story.

Anyway, when I saw this I knew I had to try it. I love lemon anything, and this is raw, no-bake, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free. (We don't have trouble with eggs, but you might.) The main problem you might have with this recipe is that it's based on almond meal, and some folks have trouble with tree nuts. It has honey in it, so it's not vegan, but you can probably add your own favorite sweetener.

Verdict: Fast! Delicious! Pretty (see picture)! Lou hates coconut, so they don't work for her, but otherwise, we have a hit. The recipe is from the petite kitchen, which is new to me and has lots of goodies to peruse.

Viking bait being, of course, Spam:

One of the few processed products we buy, and one of the few factory farmed items besides Tillamook cheese, is Spam. "What?!" I hear you cry. "That's so not you!" Oh yes it is, when we po'.

Almost all of the meat we buy is ethically farmed (the eggs, too). We know the farmers, we know the conditions under which they grow and harvest their animals. We pay on average $4 a pound for meat. When you eat as much meat as we do--and we eat PILES of it since we don't eat much if any grain--we need to economize somewhere, especially on breakfast meat. Jo needs, I mean really needs, meat at breakfast.

So Spam it is. The Weston A. Price Foundation has Spam on its shopping guide for those folks who can't afford or don't have access to quality meat sources, and that's a lot of folks. It's a good source of both protein and fat. (Remember: Fat Is Good For You, as long as it's not hydrogenated and/or rancid.) Spam has no MSG, it's shelf-stable like forever, and it's tasty. It's also a mainstay of several Asian diets that produce healthy, long-lived people (notably Okinawa).

Spam was on sale at Safeway this week for $1.99 a can. That works out to $2.65/lb. For us, that's cheap. We cleaned them out. The store manager was not happy. We were unsympathetic.

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