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Grilled Italian Veggies with Steak

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Gluten Free

Going gluten free is all the rage right now with urban and rural hipsters. So many are jumping on the bandwagon; especially the young. Don’t they realize how they are being manipulated?

Step back to the 80s and I was in the same boat. I fell into a similar food marketing trap. I fell into the fat free craze. Those, ...Read more

Sausage and Summer Fruit Kebabs

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Is Natural Really Natural?

Coming out of college my first job was working for one of the Big Food companies. I was assigned to the Marketing Department.

Can I just say it? I loved my job! LOVED it.

I loved it so much I enrolled at Northwestern University to take more courses on marketing. I worked all day at marketing and I absorbed ...Read more

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Butter Sauce

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Why Do Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women?

It is a fact. Men lose weight faster than women.

I hear about it every day. When a husband and wife go on Plan Z together, the wife will invariably complain at some point that her husband is ahead of her in the weight loss battle.

There’s no one to blame except Mother Nature. Here’s some ...Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares (Think Peanut Butter Cups)

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Let's Have a Snack...or Not!

I can still feel the warmth of the mid-afternoon sun on my face as I sat on the back porch of my childhood home. I had a glass of wonder in my hand and a spoon at my ready. At 9 years old I was given permission to make my own favorite snack of the summer. It was called Jello 1- 2 -3.

Strawberry was my ...Read more

My Mom's Meatloaf

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80 Grams -- A Day in a Low Carb Life

There is no number set in stone that tells you how many grams of carbs you can eat per day before you begin to gain weight. It all depends on your body; your height, weight, activity level and metabolic rate. Everyone wants a number, but you can’t have one. For each of us that number is unique.

I...Read more

Quick Grilled Chicken and Veggies

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Clean Grillin'

I’ve never been that fond of the grill. I think I can trace it back to when I was about 20 years old. I bought a charcoal grill that came in a box. I had to put it together. Even with perfectly clear directions, it still took me five hours to get that thing ready to cook a hotdog. It wasn’t the most expensive grill so ...Read more


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Herbal Aromas

Last month I said I gave up planting fruits and veggies, but I have not given up on herbs. Every year I make sure I have plenty of those.

I’ve changed some of what I plant (my garden is much smaller now), but there’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. I love stepping into my garden to pick herbs right when I need ...Read more

Shrimp Curry

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When I was growing up, the only rice brand I was familiar with was Uncle Ben’s. Maybe we also had some long grain, wild rice from Minnesota on our grocery shelves, but that would have been it.

With the proliferation of products available on the shelves at grocery stores these days, the “rice section” at my local store now takes up half an...Read more

Cheesy Scallop Bake

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In the 30-plus years that I’ve been gardening I’ve learned a lot about what I can handle and what I can’t. For instance, I quit planting vegetables and fruits decades ago. Seems odd for a food writer, doesn’t it?

But here’s the story. Early on I planted strawberries. They surrounded my little pond and looked beautiful. I looked ...Read more

Yogurt with Fruit and Nuts

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Oh, but Wait! You CAN Maintain Your Weight!
Tips for preventing the yo-yo dieting cycle

You’ve lost a nice chunk of weight. Congratulations! Trouble is most folks just gain it back – and then some. There are tasty ways to prevent weight gain. Make a few minor adjustments and you’re on your way to maintaining your weight loss...Read more

Orange Strawberry Dessert

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People are always asking me what the consequences are if they cheat on a diet. I always answer the same way.

It depends.

There are some minor cheats you can make on a diet without putting yourself in the penalty box.

There are other things you can do to cheat on a diet that can have lasting effects and might even sabotage you altogether. The ...Read more

Peachy Orange Slush

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Pass Me an Orange

A full two-thirds of Americans start off their day with a glass of orange juice. They think that’s healthy behavior.

I rarely ate breakfast, so I used to get my orange juice a different way. If I was in a restaurant, I’d order a drink that was half orange juice and half soda water. I was counting my calories so ...Read more

Roasted Turkey Breast with Cajun Gravy

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Everyone wants to know if they should eat early. My first experience with that was back in the early 80s when I used to jump around in front of my TV following Jane Fonda’s exercise tapes. What a waste of time that was. I did that routine just about every day but it never helped me lose weight. Maybe it toned me a bit but I never peeled off ...Read more

Butternut Squash Mash

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A lot of people call me a clean freak. My house is pretty spotless most of the time. I have three cats, but I don’t have any small, human children, so frankly, this is not that hard to do.

Sometimes I can be a little extreme.

This is something I do that drives my husband a bit batty:

My husband is an early bird. Every morning, he gets up ...Read more

Fluffy, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

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My first diet: I called it the Hard Boiled Egg Diet.

I was 12 years old.

My sister’s wedding was coming up and she asked me to be one of her attendants. I jumped at the opportunity but then decided I was too fat and needed to lose weight. My version of a diet was to skip the usual after-dinner cookies. Instead, I ate a hard boiled egg. ...Read more

French Country Creamy-Cheesy Chicken Casserole

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We sat down with Zola and asked her about her kitchen habits. We hope you learn some new, personal things about Zola here. Enjoy!

Favorite Family Recipe:

I cherish my mother’s apple crisp recipe. I crave it in the Fall. Now that Swerve and ZSweet are on the market (new sugar substitutes) as well as coconut flour, I’ve been able to ...Read more


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