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Creamy Pasta Bake with Leftover Turkey

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My husband and I attended the most interesting dinner party this past weekend.

It was Friday evening. We were invited to visit with our friends Marc and Allen. They live in a condo closer to the center of the city so it’s always nice to venture down there and spend time with them and their little puff ball of a dog named Oreo.

What made this...Read more

Teriyaki Mushrooms

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Are you thinking yet about what you’re going to wear to the holiday parties? Aren’t we all? That brings to my mind the ubiquitous “little black dress” or even LBD for short.

I decided to see where that idea came from.

If you go back in history, it turns out that prior to the 1920s black was only worn for mourning and it was ...Read more


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November 11th, Veterans Day, is the anniversary of my parents’ first date. My father asked my mother out for a drink after work, and she accepted.

My father was a young Army officer, working to design tank parts as part of the World War II effort. He was assigned to the industrial city of Detroit. Instead of just making cars at the time, they...Read more

Cheesy Cheddar Poofs

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When I was a young girl of 12, I became obsessed with weight. Twiggy was the super model at the time and she was rail thin. I thought I needed to be like that. I wasn’t obese by any means. Turns out I was a normal 12 year old, but I was worried I was too fat to be in my sister’s wedding so I started trying to diet.

The first thing I did was...Read more

Green Bean Casserole

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It seems logical to think that stopping somewhere on the way home and buying a pre-prepared dinner would be more expensive than making it at home. But by how much? And does it save you time?

I got a bug in my ear on this subject and decided to do a little research.

I went to the Boston Market website to make my comparison...

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Editor's Note: Zola is on a Fall leaf tour this week. We hope you enjoy this previously published column and recipe!

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 ...Read more

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars

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I’m one of those lucky people who can read a recipe and taste it in my head. I hope you are one too, but if you’re not, with a few guiding steps you can learn how to do it.

When you look on the internet (the world’s largest cookbook) these days, you’ll figure out there are duplications of recipes everywhere. Some of them are exact ...Read more

Low Carb Mojito

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Her name was Gloria. My first and only hurricane experience.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes Hurricane Gloria.

Hurricane Gloria was the first significant system to strike the northeastern United States since Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and the first major storm to affect New York and Long Island directly since Hurricane Donna in 1960. It was a ...Read more

Breakfast Fruit Soufflé

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When I was a young teen in the early 70s, I can remember coming to breakfast one morning and my father was sitting at the end of the table crabbing about his breakfast.

My father had eaten the same thing for breakfast for decades. Two poached eggs, 2 pieces of toast slathered with butter, and on many occasions, a couple of pieces of bacon.

Now...Read more

Chili Cheese Omelet

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Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Zola's husband Chris Lytle, VP of Anger Management, Plan Z Diet

You may have seen that Donald Trump revealed some of the results of his medical examination(s) to Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz was concerned about Trump’s weight.

Dr. Oz: “You’re 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, as I mentioned. Now in my mind I’m ...Read more

Parmesan Crackers

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Kitchen Hacks

“Hack” is a new slang word for trick.

So what we are going to talk about today is kitchen hacks that make your life easier, and maybe more creative or efficient in the kitchen.

Let me give you one example from my home.

My husband likes to hard-boiled eggs for his breakfast. He often makes a half-dozen at a time. That...Read more

Banana Peanut Butter Bars

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How to Get Your Diet Covered by Your Insurance

Over a third of the American population is either overweight or even obese. That’s over 100 million people who would benefit from a diet. Take a look around. The problem is rampant.

The silver lining in all this is The American Medical Association is recognizing obesity as a disease. That...Read more

Macadamia Nut Crusted Fish

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I’m sort of the magazine and internet reader in the family. My husband, on the other hand, devours books.

He told me about a book. I investigated. I was immensely impressed, so today is “Book Report Day.”

I am so excited about this book, (I am not even finished reading it) yet, I am recommending it to you. This is amazing stuff.

From ...Read more

Seafood Crepes

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Julia Child was an August baby. She would have turned 104 years old this year. I miss Julia. That woman was a class act, a huge talent, and an early mentor for me.

Most kids came home from school in the 60s and watched cartoons. I used to come home from school, grab my after-school snack, pull up a chair at the kitchen table, and watch Julia...Read more

Brown Butter-Sage Cream Sauce

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The other evening, my husband opened a bottle of red wine.

He decanted it and then poured himself a glass.

Then he promptly announced that he was going to pour it down the drain.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“It smells bad. Like rotten.”

So down it went. Glug. Glug.

I have been ordering wine for about 4 decades now. It’s ...Read more

Chicken with Citrus Gremolata

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When it comes to diabetes, I think it’s important to be part of the conversation; to be well-informed.

Have you been to the doctor lately and been told you’re prediabetic? I’m lucky. I have not. I’ve been to the doctor but my blood sugar remains in the normal range. I took control of my carbohydrate intake when I designed Plan Z, and ...Read more

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