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Creamy Pea Salad

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There are so many vegetable options offered up by Mother Nature that I thought I could go my whole life skipping the ones I didn’t like.

It started when I was a kid. My family believed in the “Clean Plate Club.” You didn’t leave the table without eating everything on your plate, whether you wanted to or not. Compared to my brothers and ...Read more

Grilled Mexican Chicken "Boats"

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My mother used to carry a big purse with her in the car. She had all that stuff in that bag that moms with small children do. The interesting thing was when she went into a store she usually just grabbed her wallet and ran in. She’d leave us kids in the car (when it was deemed okay to do that sort of thing). As a child, I thought that purse ...Read more

Celery Apple Salad

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We were all taught the same thing. Calories in. Calories out. It’s all about the calories.

When I was a young teenager, I bought one of those pocket-sized calorie counting books they sold at the grocery store. They were prominently displayed by the check out. I took it home and it didn’t take me long to memorize it. I was obsessed with ...Read more


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Herbal Aromas

I gave up planting fruits and veggies years ago 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 because my garden is much smaller now. But there’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. I love stepping into my garden to pick herbs when I need to ...Read more

Raspberry Ice Cream

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Enjoy this previously published Zola classic...

From the IDF Diabetes Atlas:

“Today, there are over 380 million people living with diabetes. A further 300+ million with impaired glucose tolerance are at high risk from the disease – an alarming number that is set to reach 471 million by 2035. Diabetes has caused over 5 million deaths...Read more

Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Cheese Brunch Casserole

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It was Sunday morning. We were in the mood for brunch, so we went to a restaurant called 1885.

1885 has indoor and outdoor seating. One section of the outdoor seating runs along one side of the bar. We sat there so we could chat with our favorite bartender, Daniel.

We were not there long when a couple of folks sat down beside us. Turns out ...Read more

Cauliflower Pancakes

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I have discovered a new way to stay regular. It’s not fiber. It’s a mineral. Magnesium.

Lots of people have a challenge staying regular. Overweight or skinny. Constipation can be an issue; and one that can interrupt your life in a most uncomfortable way.

When dieting, lots of people get constipated. As you reduce the amount of fats you...Read more

Zola's Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

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Dairy and the Best No-Dairy Alternatives

I was born in Wisconsin. America’s Dairyland. I was proud to be from Wisconsin. Still am.

In June, the “June is Dairy Month” commercial jingles would come on the radio across the Midwest. My favorite that ran for years went like this:

“Dairy foods are great foods. Dairy foods are great. ...Read more

Lemon Curd

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Enjoy this previously published Memorial Day edition....

Memorial Day was always a fun holiday at my house. As a kid, I 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 remember about Memorial Day is kittens...Read more

Three Ingredients Peanut Butter Cookies

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When I was a young girl of 12, I became obsessed with weight. Twiggy was the super model at the time and she was rail thin. I thought I needed to be like that. I wasn’t obese by any means. Turns out I was a normal 12-year-old, but I was worried I was too fat to be in...Read more

Balsamic Roasted Exotic Mushrooms with a White Truffle Olive Oil Glaze

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“Little Plate” restaurants are all the rage. In our “hip and happening” neighborhood no fewer than a half dozen of these popular eating places have debuted in the last 6 months –all located within a mile of our place. There are more spread throughout the city. ...Read more

Hillary Burgers

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Memorial Day was always a fun holiday at my house. As a kid, I 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 brought a fresh batch of furry babies into our ...Read more

The Perfect Tenderloin Steak

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For years I had a love-hate relationship with cast iron cookware. Now that I have more cooking experience, I adore cast iron.

I have to tell you my cast iron story.

Not long after I moved into my first apartment, my mother gave me two of her Lodge heavy-duty cast iron fry pans. She was getting new cookware and there was no room for them in her...Read more

Chive Butter Biscuits

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My chives were the first thing to come up in my herb garden every year. As soon as the snow melted I could see their little heads popping up through the soil. By the time it was warm enough to actually get out in my garden and clean with a rake, the chives would be high enough that I had to work around them. They’d be three ...Read more

Dauphinoise Potatoes

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The Glycemic Index is all the rage right now. I am a big fan, but I have a few hints that might vary from what you read in most places.

The Glycemic Index is a measure of a food’s ability to spike your blood sugar. The index goes from 0 to 100-plus. (Yes, a food can actually score higher than 100. And white sugar is 100 so you know that’s ...Read more

Crustless Quiche

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I planted an asparagus patch once. While doing my research I learned you should not harvest it the first year. I followed those directions and let it mature through the year. I looked forward to the day when I’d be able to pick and eat my own asparagus. Unfortunately, the next spring weeds began encroaching from the cornfield behind my house. ...Read more

Mushroom Steak Sauce

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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 it didn’t last more ...Read more

Pork Chops with Thyme and Mustard

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Intermittent Fasting

In the last few years, there’s a buzz phrase in the dieting community that is getting lots of coverage. It’s called intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is the concept of going 12 to 18 hours without food.

Some research...Read more



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