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How Can Anybody Cook Beans Without Bacon Fat?

New year, new me, new mindset ..I can only hope 
Jan. 2, 2010 7:54 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2010 11:13 am
I have a sedentary job; I work at home, I wear an oversized tee shirt (getting harder to find one "oversized") and slippers as garb of choice while working.  My travel time from bed to desk chair is based on how long it takes me to fish for slippers under the bed in the dark by "foot," perform my morning toilette including brushing my teeth, start a pot of coffee, and greet the cat ~ usually about 12 minutes. Do I need to learn how to cook more healthy? YES! Was I raised on bacon fat as the condiment of choice and the only "must have" tool in the kitchen being a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet?  YES!  Have I learned how to enjoy low-fat salad dressing?  NO!

I'm making a public commitment to not only lose weight, but to learn how to prepare healthier tasty food.  I can cook "southern style" which means that bacon grease and butter are the main ingredients for most of the dishes prepared.  The dinner table typically groans under the weight of large serving dishes full of fattening, tasty treats. 

How do I overcome my traditional southern upbringing?  How can I learn which seasonings and herbs I can use to prepare foods which are not only edible but enjoyable? Is there such a thing as a tasty vanilla cookie or piece of "yellow" cake that doesn't bust the calorie budget?

Wait and see.
Jan. 2, 2010 8:32 am
The good news is a cast iron skillet is a great tool for healthy cooking, too! Best of luck with your resolve to make healthier food that tastes good. I'll be doing the same this year. I've traded my beloved Cooks Illustrated for Cooking Light.
Jan. 2, 2010 8:37 pm
Girl, you live about an hr. south of me. You can do this! Flavor doesn't have to come from fat. Reducing stocks & balsamic vinegar to a syrup adds flavor without fat, slow cooking onions & garlic to a nice dark golden sticky goodness does the same. I can't help ya with the sweet stuff since that isn't my thing. :o)
Jan. 3, 2010 3:43 pm
If you're an hour north of me then you know it's COLD right now; will make some homemade veggie soup ~ I use V8 as the base and tons of fresh and frozen veggies - filling and just the right time of year for it. I'm willing to reduce stock, love onions and garlic ... yes, I can! Thanks for the advice.
Jan. 4, 2010 1:52 am
I'm a southern girl, too. I try to lighten up my southern ways of cooking, too. I sautee a onion in a small amount of margarine, add chicken stock and the green beans. They are really good. Good luck to you.
Jan. 5, 2010 10:02 am
Have you tried smoked turkey in place of the "seasoning meat" we southerners seem to love? I use smoked wings or legs, make a stock and freeze in ice trays, each one is about 1/8 cup, and use those to season veggies and beans with. Now if I can just come up with some healthy fried squash and green tomatoes I would be happy.
Jan. 5, 2010 11:13 am
When you come up with healthy fried anything, including okra and eggplant, share it with me! The seasoning meat sounds intriquing, might just try it. Thanks!
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