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A CDC Thanksgiving

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My husband and I have decided we will be following CDC guidelines for our Thanksgiving this year. I’m hoping this will be the only year we have to do this, but we can make the sacrifice. Another year will come.

I have gotten creative. I hope you like some of my ideas. It might be too late to use them this Thanksgiving, but the December ...Read more

Sweet Potatoes with a Butter Pecan Crust

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Traditionally, my menu for Thanksgiving gets set this week. This year, of course, is anything but normal but I am carrying on as though everything IS normal except the size of the guest list. Here’s a little bit of the history of Thanksgiving in my family.

I always tell people it was my mom who taught me not to be intimidated by any holiday ...Read more

Tea Breads

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In my mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook (written in the 1950s) they were generally categorized as Quick Breads and then further categorized as Tea Breads. I still have that cookbook. You can buy a First Edition online for $147. Mine is not a first edition but it’s special to me and I have saved it for decades.

I was raised on banana nut bread...Read more

Grilled Eggplant

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The Art of the Antipasti Tray

The definition of Antipasti:  An appetizer usually consisting of an assortment of foods, such as smoked meats, cheese, fish, and vegetables.

Sounds like a low-carb platter of perfection, doesn’t it?

I'm offering some basic but tasty ideas of what you could include in an antipasti tray:

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Monster Mouths

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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. Obviously, this year we will not be doing that, but Halloween is still my favorite holiday.

Apparently, we’re not the only adults who get excited about Halloween. ...Read more

Butternut Squash Roasted in Coconut Oil

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Talk about a maligned and shunned vegetable! I’ve been walking by this golden beauty in my grocery store for decades. I thought they just looked like massively large peanuts.

We ate acorn squash in my family. We didn’t venture past the big green acorn to try out other options. I’ve totally missed the flavor and health benefits of this ...Read more

Pumpkin Chiffon

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. Hands down. Nothing can beat it. Nothing even comes close. I am loving this year’s fall – immensely.

What do I love about fall?

First off, I love the temperature...


Pumpkin Chiffon

Just in ...Read more

Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream

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I have some important news to share, with mixed feelings.

After serious delays, our new office is finally complete and ready to move in. The timing is incredible/stressful/nutty. Moving into an office building during a pandemic leaves me with all kinds of thoughts, but let me explain how we got here and why this is happening now.

As I ...Read more

Thai Chicken

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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 something...Read more

Tipsy Plums with Sweet Cream

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Remember that jingle?

When the cravings get tough, I think some people DO scream!

The good news is there is a way to have your ice cream, eat it too, and not gain weight.

Food companies are getting a clue that we want to have it all, but we know we can’t eat it all. So, they are making ...Read more

Lemon Bars

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"No one is born a great cook," said Julia Child. "One learns by doing."

One of the “secrets” of losing weight on Plan Z is that you cook your own food. That puts you in control of everything that goes into your mouth. You may have said to yourself, "I don’t have time to cook." The processed food companies are counting on that.

On the ...Read more

Air Fryer Fish Fry

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Introducing Chooey

Chooey and his littermates were found in a culvert on the side of a Tennessee highway. Their kitty momma was nowhere to be found. The Good Samaritan packed the four kittens into a box and transported them to the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. That’s where they began their life out of the wild. They...Read more

What to Do with All Those Tomatoes

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When you grow a garden, you know what it’s like when the tomatoes start coming in heavy and you have to figure out what to do with them. My mother used to can stewed tomatoes. It took her one long weekend, but we had enough for the whole winter.

I had an even worse problem than tomatoes one year with zucchini. When those things ripen, they ...Read more

Peach Blueberry Slab Pie

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The Story of Slab Pie

Slab Pie. It’s a thing. Really!

I have to admit I never heard of it until I moved to the mid-South. Up North, ya hey, where I came from in Wisconsin, the closest thing we might call it would be a tart. They were mostly free-form crusts baked on a cookie sheet and topped with sweet or savory ingredients.

I read ...Read more

Asian Barbecue Salmon

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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. It was corked...

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Baked Kale 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. They were my "vegetable to avoid." 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 ...Read more



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