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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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When my back went out, my doctor heavily suggested I needed some stress relief and time off. Good thing I already had a vacation planned.

I have driven parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway before, when I was on a vacation that included visiting Asheville and the Biltmore tour, but I had never hung out in the Smoky Mountains. This was my time to do ...Read more

Cashew Raisin Chicken Salad

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Two ideas about dementia grabbed my husband’s attention recently. I want to bring both of them to you.

As an aging Boomer, the title of Michael Kinsley’s book speaks volumes: Old Age: A Beginners Guide.

Powerful, no?

Here’s a quick excerpt that appeared in Parade magazine:

“I begin with the assumption that, as age cohorts go, boomers...Read more

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


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