About the Ingredients

Flours

Blanched Almond Flour (Flour substitute)- I use Honeyville Foods brand that I either pick up at Naturally Soergels in Wexford, PA or I purchase online at http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/blanchedalmondflour5lb.aspx. It comes in 5lbs or 25lbs.

Arrowroot Flour – Arrowroot flour is what I use in replace of corn starch to thicken recipes. (i.e. gravy). I use Bobs Red Mill brand which can be purchased at Naturally Soergels in Wexford, PA or online www.vitacost.com.

Coconut Flour – Coconut is an amazing fat! I love Wilderness Family Naturals brand which can be purchased at Naturally Soergels or online http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/.

Sweeteners:

Stevia – The brand I like to use is Stevita Brand because they use a cold water method when processing their stevia and there is no fillers. I either pick this up at Naturally Soergels in Wexford, PA or it can be purchased online at www.vitacost.com.

Raw Local Honey – I prefer local raw honey because of the healing properties it offers. Wildflower honey contains the most healing properties but I prefer clover honey in my recipes.

Coconut Sugar – Coconut Sugar is another sugar I use in replace of white sugar. It has a glycemic load but again is more natural and has a lower glycemic than white sugar.

Real Maple Syrup – Best form is local and Grade B. Remember B for better. Grade B maple syrup is less processed and REAL Maple syrup is key.

Sweet Leaf Sugar Leaf – This is part stevia and part cane sugar. Some of my friends & family are sensitive to xylitol so I use sweet leaf sugar leaf instead for them. It has a glycemic load but again is more natural and has a lower glycemic than white sugar.

Xylitol (Sugar Substitute) –  The best form of Xylitol to use is from Birch trees. Xylitol is used in a lot of my recipes for “Sugar Free”. I do not prefer to use Xylitol because there have been studies done stating that this sugar substitute is not the best for you. I try to stick to natural sugars like honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup and even fruit. Xylitol has been used for ear infections and in toothpaste. It is great for your teeth!

Beef & Poultry:

I always buy my beef & poultry from local farmers. If you need assistance in finding a local farmer go to http://www.buylocalpa.org/ or google “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” along with your state. If you live in the Pittsburgh area I can refer local farmers to you that can supply your beef & poultry needs. Email me heatherhosilyk@yahoo.com.

Oils/Fats:

Butter – Butter is a great fat! Homemade butter is so easy to make if you own a Vita-Mix if not my first favorite would be Amish butter. I always prefer to use Unsalted butter or if salted with Sea Salt only.

Grapeseed Oil- A good fat and great for cooking at high heat.

Coconut Oil – A good fat and also great for cooking at hight heat. I use Wilderness Family Naturals brand which can be purchased at Naturally Soergels or online http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/.

Olive Oil – A good fat and I use when I am not cooking my foods on too high heat and mainly use this in salads as my dressing.

TIP: Good fats go rancid and are not good for you when they burn or are smoking when you cook with them.

Miscellaneous:

Whipping Cream – Buying local farm fresh whipping cream makes a huge difference when making homemade whipped cream. My favorite is Snowville Creamery (http://snowvillecreamery.com/) and I purchase this at Whole Foods.

Vegetables – I try to use the vegetables that are in season and I buy local from various farmers or I grow my own.

Herbs & Seasonings – I grow my own or I buy locally. I always use sea salt as well in my recipes because its the most natural form & the best for you