Making Sweet Tea
I’m not a fan of iced tea but a whole lot of people are. It’s especially popular in the South. Sweet tea and unsweet iced tea are on the menu at every restaurant.
Obesity is also a bigger issue in the South than most of the rest of the country. Some of that obesity challenge comes when you consume a lot of sweet tea...Read more
Editor's Note: Please enjoy this previously published Zola classic!
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 ...Read more
Three Months In
I’ve lived in Chattanooga, TN for three months now. I thought I’d chronicle some of my observations.
I always thought Chicago was a friendly town, but it pales in comparison to this place. The best part is it’s not an ooey-gooey fake friendly. The folks here are genuinely happy to talk and share ...Read more
When the sun comes out and the air warms up, people want to get out on their deck. They want to be poolside if they have a pool. And everyone wants something tasty to drink.
Some people call them their summer sippers. Some call it a tasty beverage. Some just pop open a beer. Not all these drinks contain alcohol, but it ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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
It’s funny how trends change.
In the 1950s, you could not watch a movie without seeing just about every character in it smoking a cigarette. In the 1960s, most sales were done over a three-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
Well, maybe that’s what the Wicked Witch of the West said, and she was not happy, but in my case, I like what I’m seeing.
It has taken me decades to get the guts to start a diet company and begin the discussion of losing weight successfully. That’s because until now, I’ve been a diet failure my whole life. I started ...Read more
A Sharp Knife Can Save A Finger
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 ...Read more
As a youngster, I attended a Catholic grade school. In those days we gathered for morning Mass every day. When I was in second grade I was allowed to receive Communion, but that meant I had to fast for three hours in advance. So no breakfast at home for me before I hopped on the bus. Instead I took my breakfast to school ...Read more
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 my sister’s wedding so I started trying to diet.
The first thing I did was...Read more
As a youngster, I attended a Catholic grade school. In those days we gathered for morning Mass every day. When I was in second grade I was allowed to receive Communion, but that meant I had to fast for 3 hours in advance. So no breakfast at home for me before I hopped on the bus. Instead I took my breakfast to school with ...Read more
There’s a new 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 – 18 hours without food. Some research is showing it’s a great idea.
When I first developed Plan Z, I designed it as two full meals, or two meals with up to 4 snacks per ...Read more