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Famous Burger Meatloaf

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Every once in awhile I give you a little personal update on me. Unfortunately, this one is not so great.

I have a slipped disc in my back. L4/L5 is the location.

This happens to be the most frequent disc slippage location for all sufferers of this malady.

I didn’t fall. No accident of any kind.

My back is just defective. Something I ...Read more

Baked Kale or Swiss Chard Chips

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My mom never had trouble getting me to eat my vegetables; except those times when she served lima beans. I hated lima beans. I thought they were so disgusting to chew, that I’d swallow them like pills. I flushed them down with milk. My family believed in the “Clean Plate Club.” You didn’t leave the table without eating everything on your...Read more

Grilled Italian Veggies with Steak

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Enjoy this previously published Zola classic.

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 ...Read more

Marinated Chicken With Chunky, Fresh Tomato Sauce

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On my only trip to Italy I learned an important lesson. When it comes to food, it’s not how creative you can be but how authentic.

While we traveled around, I kept looking for the Italian restaurants that would serve what I referred to as “modern Italian”. I wanted crazy, creative Italian food and I thought I was in the mecca of Italian ...Read more

Cinnamon Pear Infused Water

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When I was 34 years old (25 years ago), I had a very bad day that lead to more than four bad months.

I’m going to tell you a shortened version of the story. I could tell you the long story because even 25 years later I remember it like it was yesterday, but I want to get to some new information I want to share as soon as possible.

This story...Read more

Strawberry Smoosh

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I was one of seven children. I was fifth in line, so I was sort of buried in the middle of the gang.

When I was a little kid, our dental appointments were prompted by our birthday. If you turned a year older, it meant it was time for a dental appointment.

I can vaguely remember that when I was six, the family dentist died about 2 weeks before ...Read more

Cream of Mushroom Soup

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I started dieting at age 12. Some of you may know that already.

I know now that 12 years old is too early to go on a diet. At the time, I was worried because I was going to be in my big sister’s wedding and I was afraid of what I’d look like in the pictures. Even then I knew that ‘wedding pictures are forever.” I look at those pictures ...Read more

Roasted Red Potatoes with Onions and Balsamic Vinegar

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Did You Say...I Can Eat More Carbs!?

I have to admit. I’ve been keeping a secret.

I have had good reason to keep the secret, and that is, there wasn’t much data out, and I didn’t want to send you down a rabbit hole unprepared for the results.

I’ve been harping over the years on how bad for you the “white stuff is.” Bread, ...Read more

Mini Quiches

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If it’s not good to mix religion with politics, how about politics and food?

I rarely buy an issue of Us Magazine but I was attracted to the cover this week. The headline, “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” featuring presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The most interesting thing I learned in the article is that Hillary Clinton ...Read more

Beef Stew In A Dutch Oven

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There are 77 neighborhoods in Chicago. They each have a name. They all have a history. And they all have their own, unique charm. 2.7 million people call these neighborhoods home.

Speaking of home…we have a new one. We also have new offices.

We moved to a Chicago neighborhood called Ravenswood and both our home and office are located on ...Read more

Chicken Breasts with Zola's French Pan Sauce

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Last Saturday was the first time I saw a commercial for a body lotion specifically designed for people with Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t realize Type 2 diabetics need special lotion. I suspect they really don’t; that regular lotion will do, but this gives the lotion company another unique element to draw you to buy their lotion instead of ...Read more

Orange Strawberry Dessert

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Editor's Note: We think you'll enjoy today's previously published Zola classic...

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 ...Read more


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