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Italian Lemon Chicken

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Super Bowl is right around the corner, and if you’re like the majority of red-blooded Americans, I didn’t need to tell you that.

This is the 50th year of the Super Bowl. I can remember the first one pretty clearly. The Packers were playing in it, so it was required TV watching in my family. And no potty breaks until the commercials. I was ...Read more

Mexican Hash

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I’ve heard of star athletes dislocating their knees. Never a cat.

We came home from lunch one day and found our little kitty, Tattoo with her leg held up and she was trembling.

I rushed her to the vet and they took xrays. She had dislocated her knee laterally, so that means it was sticking out on the outside of her leg. Uber painful. We have...Read more

Lime Chicken

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Enjoy this previously published Zola classic...

To Carb or Low Carb That’s the Question

I heard it first from my father. He was sitting at the kitchen table one morning grousing to my mother about his breakfast. My mother had laid out the breakfast my dad’s doctor had recommended. My dad was complaining about what he was ...Read more

Raspberry Ice Cream

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When you’re on a diet, or just living a low carb lifestyle in an effort to maintain your weight, you can’t expect to just sit home. That’s not fair. You have to be able to go out once in a while and not sabotage your progress.

The trick is in what you order.

I’ve researched the menus at some of the more popular chains and have outlined...Read more

Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

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I was reading a little ditty by a fashion blogger the other day. It’s not something I have ever done. I’m not a fashion and style reader. I was trying to expand my horizons a bit.

I was not only entertained by what I read, but she also inspired me. She got me thinking of fresh ways to start off a new year. So many people make resolutions ...Read more

Pink Punch a la Zola

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The Resolution to Exercise

The idea of making New Year’s resolutions dates back over 4,000 years. Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, January seems to be a time when people embark on the effort to change their ways.

For some, that means starting an exercise regimen.

For many, the first inclination is to get out and run...Read more

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

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Christmas at the Movies

Christmas Day is one of the biggest days of the year for movie theaters. And when Christmas lands on a Friday, the movie theatres get a big boost of expanded business. Three day weekends are golden.

I’ll be going to the movies over Christmas weekend and I bet most of you will be too.

So let’s talk about ...Read more

Cinnamon Cupcakes

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When I think of the smell of Christmas I think cinnamon. Others think of the smell of pine and fresh Christmas trees, but for me, it’s cinnamon.

I was having a challenge this year getting into the Christmas spirit. The only snow Chicago has seen so far this season happened when I was out of town and was melted before I returned. I love a good...Read more

Shrimp de Jonghe with Zucchini Noodles

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When I was little, I attended a Catholic grade school. I learned about St. Nicholas Day from the nuns. I brought my new-found knowledge home to my mom and she went right along with it.

I was really into gifts (still am), so when the nuns told me you were supposed to put your shoes by the front door and gifts would appear...Read more

Turkey Fricassee

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Thanksgiving In Paris

I spent one of my favorite Thanksgiving holidays in Paris.

They call it the “City of Lights”, and it’s an apt descriptor. During the day, Paris is beautiful, and you can walk for miles without noticing how tired your feet might be. The city has so much to offer you hardly want to sit and take in a meal; ...Read more

Almond Snickerdoodles

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Gunk Gone

I love learning new things in the kitchen.

I have been cooking since I was six years old, so I have over a half-century of culinary learning under my belt (wow, that makes me feel old).

Most of the time I’m inventing new recipes, so I learn things about the ingredients and the processes related to cooking all the time. I ...Read more

Pork Lion Roast in a Slow Cooker

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Grocery Shopping, 70’s Style

In 1970, the average grocery store carried 8,000 items. Today’s average grocery store stocks 77,000 items. In the 70s when we went grocery shopping we didn’t pull up in front of a mega-building where you can pick up everything from tires to toys; apples to zucchini. Grocery shopping was different.

In ...Read more

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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When I was six years old I walked into our family kitchen on a Saturday morning and asked my mother if she would teach me how to cook. My mother was busy. My mother was always busy. She was raising seven kids. She was always doing laundry, ironing, doing dishes, shopping for food, cooking the next meal or shuttling us around. She ...Read more

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Halloween Treats

I like Halloween more than Christmas. My husband and I used to have huge celebrations on Halloween. We’d throw a costume party and would invite friends over for food and drinks. Although we no longer have parties on Halloween, it is still my favorite holiday.

Apparently we’re not the only adults who get excited ...Read more

Fried Pound Cake with Cream and Fruit

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Satisfying “Baby” Desserts
15 Grams or Less

Snacking has become a mindless activity. No wonder we have an obesity crisis. I never once saw my dad snacking on a bag of chips. My mom, either. They ate their meals at the prescribed time and that was it. On rare occasions I would see them indulge in a small dessert. We might be at ...Read more

Yogurt with Fruit and Nuts

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Say Cheese!

Getting your information from the internet can give you scary results. What do I mean by ‘scary’? I mean false. There are things published on the internet that are patently wrong. Reader beware.

On the other hand, the internet is the biggest source of information on the planet. I remember the days when that shelf that ...Read more

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