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
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
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
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
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
People are always asking me what the consequences are if they cheat on a diet. I always answer the same way.
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
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
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
When It's Time to Say GoodbyeMarti Tote
"When It's Time To Say Good-Bye," is a beautiful story of life, love, perseverance and the will to survive even when all seems hopeless. It will grace you with the understanding and significance of each and every breath we take. It will hopefully give you the courage to take chances as you ...
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
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
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
Even if you never touch dessert it’s still easy to get too much sugar. We know sugar is virtually everywhere in our food system. Low carb people know to stay away from things like bread, pasta, pancakes, baked goods, sodas, fruit drinks, and virtually every processed food. When you include HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) it seems like sugar is...Read more
When I was six years old I specialized in baking chocolate chip cookies. I kept up that march to greatness in cookie baking until I was in my 20’s. My more adult friends called me the local Debbie Fields. Everyone loved my chocolate chip cookies.
In my mid-twenties I bought a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine and began reading in earnest. ...Read more
It’s funny how trends change.
In the 1950’s, you could not watch a movie without seeing just about every character in it smoking a cigarette.
In the 1960’s, most sales were done over a 3 martini lunch. Very few now. That’s pretty much frowned upon.
Most trend changes like these are precipitated by a group of adults who decide ...Read more
Let’s just assume for the moment that you’re not the greatest cook. In fact, let’s assume you don’t make any of the meals in your house, but just this once, you want to surprise your honey by making dinner for Valentine’s Day.
Here are my 7 top hints to make that dinner a success.
1. Buy fresh food. Nothing from a box. You’re going...Read more
The very first Super Bowl took place in 1967. I watched it. I was 10 years old.
The Green Bay Packers beat The Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. I was born 26 miles south of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field so I grew up a big Packer fan. I idolized Bart Starr. Bart Starr was the handsome quarterback.
Here’s how that Super Bowl went at my house:
One of my favorite Super Bowl parties was one I called the Chili Championship
Here’s how it works:
You set up a chili buffet with all the fixins. This works really well because people can get up from the TV viewing area and do self-service on the chili. At my previous Super Bowl parties I served appetizers during the first half of the...Read more