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Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip

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I have to tell you I am reluctant to have this discussion. In the years I’ve worked to develop Plan Z, I didn't really bring up the subject of bread and baked goods. I felt like if I ignored the subject it would not come up. Instead, I spent a lot of time laying down the framework for the fact that you don’t need bread, donuts or cupcakes in...Read more

Caramel Sauce

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Can you run the grocery store gauntlet? Zola and I do it several times a week.

First a little background: British fighting men had a form of corporal punishment in which the accused had to run between two rows of soldiers who whipped and beat him as he passed by. The beatings were severe, and the victims often died as a result. That was called ...Read more

Cinnamon Pear Infused Water

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Soda OUT. Water In.

When you are dieting on Plan Z, one of the things we recommend is that you increase your water consumption. People on Plan Z who drink 100 to 125 ounces of water per day lose 30 percent more than those who drink less than 70 ounces. Studies show that when your body unlocks the stingy fat, that it needs a ready vehicle...Read more

Fluffy, No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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Small Town 4th of July

Flashback, if you can, to 1965.

John Glenn had circled the Earth in Friendship 7 but we had not yet made it to the moon. The Beatles were in full swing and had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the year before. Vietnam was being mentioned in the newspaper but we were not yet subjected to a daily listing of the ...Read more

Chicken Verde

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5 Ugly Things I’ve Learned About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Right off the top, I have to admit I have no personal experience with gastric bypass surgery and I am not a medical professional. What you are going to read here are things I’ve learned in talking to people who have had weight loss surgery. They wanted to share with me some of ...Read more

Chicken Piccata

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The Critical Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful Dieters

I have two jobs.

You know me as VP of Anger Management for the Plan Z Diet.

And at the same time, I’m also a professional speaker and author. My book, The Accidental Salesperson: How to Take Control of Your Sales Career and Earn the Respect and Income You Deserve, is...Read more

Patriotic Cherries

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Memories of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was always a fun holiday at my house. As a kid, I always remember the day to be sunny and not too cold. I’m sure that was not the case every year, but my memory holds that weather report on record anyway.

One of the other things I will always remember about Memorial Day is kittens. Spring always ...Read more

Beef Stew in a Dutch Oven

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Everyone’s family has a story. And an Irish family might even throw in a little blarney just to keep it interesting.

In my family there are a couple of stories I’ve heard over-and-over again that I thought were true. Here are two...

Read the full article at ...Read more

Mexican Chicken Stew

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My father was an engineer; a smart and precise man who had his weekend rituals. About once a month, I’d find my father at the kitchen table on a weekend afternoon sharpening the kitchen knives.

He’d have a sharpening stone in front of him set on a spread of newspaper print. He had a little can of oil that looked like a miniature version of ...Read more

Caribbean Chicken Chili

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It's the Chili Chowdown

Chile is the pepper. Chili is the concoction.

And now that we’ve got that straight, let’s talk chili. It’s chilly outside these days so now’s a perfect time.

The history of chili is long and varied. Even the International Chili Society debates the origins of chili. (Yes, there IS an International Chili ...Read more

Today's Menu

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Enjoy this archival menu that serves 6 to 8.

Tales from the ArcaMax Chef

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I finally got the boat back for the second time. The boat dude assured me it ran perfectly. When I asked him whether he had taken the boat out for a test ride, he said it wasn’t necessary because the boat ran so well.

I was happy just to have the boat back so I didn’t confront him about not taking the boat out himself. He seemed pretty ...Read more

Grocery List

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2 pounds boneless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup fresh orange juice
5 Tbsp. soy sauce
9 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
1 and one quarter cup extra virgin olive oil
One half tsp. ground ginger
One third cup smooth peanut butter
1 Tbsp. green onions, finely chopped
One third cup coconut...Read more

Dessert -- Apple Apricot Pie

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1 9-inch pie crust
4 fresh apricots, cored and sliced
3 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
Three quarters cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
One half tsp. nutmeg

Crumb topping

Two thirds cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
One quarter cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. ...Read more

Main Course -- Shrimp Stir-Fry

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One quarter cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
Juice from 1 orange
1 Tbsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
3 pounds shrimp, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
One third cup cilantro, finely chopped

Heat oil in a skillet, add garlic and stir-fry until garlic begins ...Read more

Salad -- Watercress and Endive Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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3 cups watercress, washed with large stems removed
3 cups Endive, washed and sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 red onion, sliced
One quarter cup white wine vinegar
One third cup fresh orange juice
Two thirds cup olive oil
One half tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. dried tarragon
Salt ...Read more

Appetizer -- Chicken Sate

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2 pounds boneless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
One third cup orange juice
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
One half tsp. ground ginger

Combine all ingredients and allow chicken to marinate for several hours or overnight. Place chicken on skewers ...Read more

Today's Menu

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Enjoy this archival menu which serves 6 to 8.

Tales from the ArcaMax Chef

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I will try to speed up this very long story about my boat. After weeks and weeks of promises, I became very frustrated. Every time I called I got the same story…he was working on the boat and wanted to take it out in the water himself to make sure it ran correctly. That was all well and good but he never really got around to fixing it or ...Read more

Grocery List

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1 large loaf Italian Bread
1 clove garlic
8 ripe plum tomatoes
One third cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
One quarter cup fresh parsley, chopped
One quarter cup olive oil
2 tsp. ground oregano
One half cup chicken broth
One quarter cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. vegetable oil...Read more


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