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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

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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

The Secret Slaw

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Recently the NY Times announced that Chattanooga was the second-ranked hot spot city ready to explode with COVID-19. I could not believe it. I’m sort of a data driven person. I looked around my environment and could not relate to that prediction.

We live in a fairly small city. It’s peaceful here. There didn’t seem to be any pressure on ...Read more

Sweet Tea

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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 ...Read more

Low Carb Berry Coffee Cake

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I wrote a little while ago about how our little cross-eyed kitty had suddenly turned blind. She was having a hard time finding her litter. In fact, her world was shrinking fast as she tried to navigate her way anywhere. She had kidney disease and high blood pressure too. The kidney disease is what really took her.

Lots of older cats succumb to ...Read more

Potatoes Brabant -- Air Fryer

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Potatoes Brabant are a New Orleans favorite. They call them New Orleans fries.

I have seen them seasoned several ways. I think each restaurant has their own signature version. The first time I came across them was in reading a Southern cookbook and looking for menu items for a dinner party...

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Marinated Flank Steak

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Well, I went and did it.

I broke down and bought an air fryer.

In the old days I bought every appliance known to man as soon as they hit the retail shelves. I wanted to be the first to break out my new “toys”. I quit that when I downsized from a huge kitchen with tons of cabinets and a massive pantry to a regular-sized apartment kitchen. ...Read more

Low Carb Foldover Quesadilla

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What is it with summer and Mexican food? Seems like every cooking website has several Mexican recipes featured during summer. I checked out a few recently and every one of them featured a grilled taco of some kind. Most folks love tacos so I guess that makes sense.

My real theory is it has more to do with the climate in Mexico...

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