This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Basic Kitchen Help and Cooking Skills

One of the most significant barriers that I see people struggle with in order to implement a special diet is lack of general cooking and kitchen skills. Over the last few generations many people haven't learned these skills as they would have in the past. This is especially true for traditional cooking methods, such as fermenting foods and making broth, but is also true for more basic cooking methods as well. Below are links that demonstrate some of this information.


A nice collection of diagrams and graphics to illustrate and teach cooking.

Cooking hints and tips from What's Cooking America

Learning to cook without recipes (teaches technique)

Kitchen Tools

How to care for cast iron pans

The benefits of choosing enameled cast iron

How to sharpen a knife using a whetstone

How to use and season a mortar and pestle

Preparing Fruits and Vegetables

How to cut an onion by Cook's Illustrated

Reference guide for spiralizing vegetables

Easy method for peeling garlic cloves

Roasted peppers

How to make crispy (not soggy) latkes

How to cut a spiral potato

Animal Products for Cooking

How to render fat (making lard and other cooking fats)

How to render tallow

Rendering lard in a crock pot

DIY Bacon

How to Make Cottage Bacon

Salt Pork

Chicken broth and stock

Perpetual stock or broth

Make your own anchovy paste

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

How to make cultured butter

Making Dairy-Free and Vegan Butter Substitute (margarine?)

How to make nut milk

How to Make Clotted Cream

Making Whipped Cream Substitute from Chickpeas (Aquafaba)

Simple Farmer's Cheese

How to make "zucchini cheese" or another method here

Cooking Steak and Other Meats

Four ways to season steak

How to Truss a Chicken in 6 Easy Steps

How to make crunchy crackling on a pork roast

Making an indoor "grill" for cooking Yakitori and Korean barbecue

Cooking Eggs

How to make soft-cooked eggs

How to make perfectly poached eggs

How to make steamed eggs

Perfect fried eggs

Cooking Rice and Grains

Secrets of Making Perfect Steamed Rice

Perfect Persian Rice

How to Make Soba Noodles (can be made from Buckwheat to be GF)


Basic guide to roasting coffee in a popcorn popper

Baking, Candy, and Sweet Treats
(Many of these are not diet-compliant for most special diets, however I am including them because they can often be modified to work for at least some diets.  Also, some of these videos are included because they demonstrate techniques.  Lastly, some are just inspiration that might lead to all sorts of

How to temper chocolate

The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet

Making sorbet or ice cream without an ice cream maker

How to make maple cream (aka maple butter)

How to frost a layer cake

How to make a Cotton Candy Machine at home from a blender

How to make cotton candy by hand (hand-pulling method used to make Chinese noodles)