About Bev Laumann

Bev Laumann authored the first formal cookbook for interstitial cystitis: A Taste of the Good Life – A Cookbook for an IC Diet which has helped thousands of patients navigate the complex dietary demands of IC. A former IC support group leader (Orange County, CA), Bev was one of the first to create a formal IC foods list and developed the three column format of “Safe” “Try It” and “Caution” food lists which, over the years, have been expanded greatly. Also the author of the “Fresh Tastes by Bev” feature column, she is one of the most knowledgeable and respected patient advocates in the USA.

Skillet Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Squash

Another delicious taste combo perfect for Indian Summer is a bit unusual:  cool weather brussels sprouts combining in this recipe with warm weather summer squash. It’s a little spicy, so I take an acid reducer (like Prelief) before eating this.  To make a tamer version, eliminate the zesty mustard and smoked paprika and simply season [...]

By | 2017-09-08T03:32:39+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Fall Recipes, Veggies|Comments Off on Skillet Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Squash

Grilled Shrimp – Celebrating Summer’s End

Summer is waning and the days are shorter but sweeter. Even the sunset seems longer and lazier.  It’s still warm enough to fire up the grill for some turkey burgers, but it’s not quite time to bring out the pumpkin spices or the mugs for hot tea.  Leisurely evening walks on the beach or through [...]

By | 2017-09-08T03:32:49+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Fall Recipes, Fish, Flavor Fun|Comments Off on Grilled Shrimp – Celebrating Summer’s End

Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

While everyone’s familiar with tacos and enchiladas, there’s really much more to Mexican cuisine than the blazing hot, spicy fast food we see advertised every day. Many traditional Mexican foods, though not familiar fare in the U.S., are flavorful but not heavily laden with hot spices. Quite a few tasty items are in fact, mild [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:08:01+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Meal Ideas, Mexican|Comments Off on Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Churros – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Churros are in Mexico what doughnuts are in the U.S. But rather than being round, these are like long sticks. They are especially wonderful when freshly made and served warm. (I like dunking them in hot chamomile tea). CHURROS Ingredients 2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup water 1/2 cup margarine 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:08:01+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Breakfast, Desserts, Mexican|Comments Off on Churros – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Orange Chicken Oaxaca – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

In the province of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, chicken and other meats are often cooked with fruit and the spices that complement fruit. This area of Mexico has a little of everything, including mountains, very fertile valleys, and a mild climate. An abundance of produce and its famous chocolate make this area home to one [...]

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Sopa de Albondigas (Meatball Soup) – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Hearty soups with a beef base are also often eaten as family meals, particularly in Mexico's cattle ranching regions. Here is a hearty and inexpensive meatball soup flavored with a combination of mint and onion. The soup is filling, and with a salad or warm corn tortillas, makes a satisfying meal. As is traditional in [...]

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Arroz Mexicano – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Rice and various kinds of beans are staples in Mexico too and are often accompanied by warm fried plantains (a tasty, but not sweet, relative of bananas). Some rice dishes are hot and spicy  while others are a mild but flavorful base for cooked chicken or fish. Here is an easy recipe for Mexican rice [...]

By | 2017-03-21T06:04:59+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Main Dish, Mexican|Comments Off on Arroz Mexicano – Celebrating Mexican Cuisine

Old Fashioned Comfort Food – Bev’s Chicken Casserole

Yep, it’s still winter--cold and rainy or perhaps piled high with snow where you live. No matter where you live, cold weather just makes you want to curl up beside a fireplace in a cozy, warm cottage doesn’t it? Comfort food is certainly on my mind at this time of year and one of the [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:08:02+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Main Dish, Meal Ideas, Pasta, Poultry|Comments Off on Old Fashioned Comfort Food – Bev’s Chicken Casserole

Cooking With Cinnamon

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons—not for crisp air or the dusting of snow on the mountain peaks— but for the warm and spicy aromas flowing out of homes and stores. My favorite bakery is featuring their gingerbread again-- the scent of ginger and cinnamon from their baking permeates the air! ( I bet the [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:08:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Fall Recipes, Flavor Fun, Holidays|Comments Off on Cooking With Cinnamon

Rosemary Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Author Bev Laumann shares a lovely recipe perfect for the fall or winter season for Rosemary roasted carrots and potatoes. Ingredients: 6 scrubbed new red potatoes 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 15 baby carrots, washed 1 tsp. dried rosemary, slightly crushed 1/4 tsp. powdered garlic 1/4 tsp. salt dash of black pepper (optional) 1 [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:08:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Fall Recipes, Veggies|Comments Off on Rosemary Roasted Carrots and Potatoes