We don't sell items on this site, however, we are often asked to recommend products or vendors. We know how difficult it is to find single ingredients for special diets. As a convenience, we have compiled a list of products and vendors that we use.
We should note that based on the latest science - nutritionists are now recommending limiting carbohydrates for those with heart disease and diabetes as well as obesity. That means avoiding foods like bread and pasta and replacing them with non-starchy vegetables. I provide links for baking ingredients as a courtesy, but we no longer use wheat products at all.
This one is our absolute favorite in the NY, NJ area. Less expensive than
Natural meats raised locally in the San Francisco area:
Grass-fed Whole Milk:
Grass Fed Cream that has not been Ultra-Pasteurized.
Ultra-pasteurization destroys the thickening quality of cream, so thickeners like MSG-containing carageenan are added to the ultra-pasteurized cream to make it whip. Cream that hasn't been UP doesn't need added ingredients.
Pastured Eggs: This is one of the best protein sources for anyone on a limited diet. Eat the yolks too, they are rich in vitamins.
Fresh Seafood and exotic fresh meats:
Fresh Vegetables - All kinds - Organic if possible - (SKIP the prepared Ranch dip - it is loaded with MSG)
Fresh Fruits - All Kinds - Organic if possible - (SKIP the prepared Cream Cheese dip too)
Hard-to-find organic products:
We should note that based on the latest science - nutritionists are now recommending limiting carbohydrates for those with heart disease and diabetes as well as obesity. Specialty baking ingredients:
Arrowhead Mills White Flour - Contains gluten
Wheat flour WITHOUT malted barley flour added to it.
King Arthur Flour - 00 Italian Style Flour. -
McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal
Gluten free baking ingredients:
Gluten-free pastas - they stay al dente
Cocoa Powder - If you can't have dairy, but miss hot cocoa, make it with this. Add to hot almond milk or hot rice milk.
If you buy CoQ10 in gelatin capsules - we recommend biting the capsule and squeezing out the contents into your mouth, and then discarding the capsule in the trash. Gel capsules contain glutamate.
Camomile tea - Imported from Italy - Bonomelli- only flower blossoms - no added ingredients.
Coconut water - Zico - NOTHING ADDED Nature's sports drink.
Tomatoes - Pomi - NOTHING ADDED
Kosher salt - NOTHING ADDED
Olive oil - Colavita - NOTHING ADDED
Tools we have in OUR kitchen:
Real wood cutting boards. Wood has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties that plastic cutting boards don't have. A real maple butcherblock counter is also an old fashioned but wonderfully useful item.
Garlic Press - Use real garlic instead of powder, it tastes better. Get the simplest-to-clean one you can find.
Lemon Juicer - The best way to get pit-free fresh lemon juice in a hurry for any recipe. We use this nearly every day.
Environmentally friendly parchment paper,
cheesecloth, coffee filters, baking cups and cooking twine:
Nut Milk and Rice Milk Makers:
Baking, serving and storing cookware - Corning - They look beautiful to cook with as well as to serve and store foods in. Be careful not to scratch them - do not use steel wool on them - ours have lasted for years.
Non-stick cookwear - ScanPan - Uses Ceramic-Titanium instead of fluoride-containing teflon. Won't flake or peel. They can be used with metal utensils too. We recommend buying them new. Carol loves her crepe pan so much, she bought two!
Stainless steel cookware - Calphalon - The metal handles allow for use in the oven - perfect for making rice pilaf the right way. Be careful as the handles stay hot for a while. A little pricey, but worth saving up for. We use it every day.
Pots we learned to cook with - Revere ware- Still the cheapest way to get started if you've never really cooked before and need to outfit a kitchen in a hurry. You can outfit your kitchen for the same price as one expensive pan.
Pasta machine - Atlas - hand crank type.
Stand mixer - Viking - Has optional attachments for a blender, as well as a juicer, meat grinder, pasta maker, food mill. It has a very slow first speed and an 800 watt motor which is great for making gluten-free doughs, although we prefer our bread maker for typical wheat bread kneading. Worth saving up for. It is great for kneading sweet wheat breads.
Ice Cream maker - Cuisineart
English muffin rings - Fox Run - to make gluten-free crumpets using the recipe from Bette Hagman's book. You may want to get a few sets if you bake in bulk and freeze your baked goods.
All purpose sharp knife - Forschner - for boning chicken and cutting meat, or filleting fish. The sheath protects the blade and can be worn on a belt. The steel should be used every time the knife is to keep the edge true.
Chopper - we use this to chop nuts or onions in a hurry. It is great for chopping when you don't want to obliterate the food - you just want it finely chopped - or if you don't have a food processor. We love this thing. It is really sharp but opens completely and you can put the whole thing into the dishwasher.