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Monster Mouths

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My husband and I have always enjoyed Halloween. Years ago I declared it my favorite holiday. I like Halloween more than Christmas. Early in our relationship my husband and I decided to celebrate the Trick-or-Treaters. Instead of seeing them as an interruption we decided to make adult fun out of the process.

First thing we do each year is set up...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

Italian Green Bean Salad

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Brain Gunk

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

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

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

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Guest contributor for today's column and recipe, Chris, is married to Zola. They are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this month.

“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 ...Read more

Chocolate Ganache

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We survey Plan Z dieters on occasion and ask them all kinds of questions. In a recent survey, we asked them the biggest reason they decided to go on a diet and chose Plan Z. You know what the most popular answer was?

I, for one, was surprised by the answer.

The most popular answer was, “I could not stand the pain any longer.”

My hips hurt...Read more

Tomato Pie

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When you grow a garden, I 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

Strawberry Smoosh

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Editor's Note: Please enjoy this previously published Zola classic!

When I was a grade-schooler my brother and I would walk home from school each day. He was one grade behind me. It was about a mile from school to the house. If we didn’t get any other exercise at least we got that. I do know that we went out to play after school ...Read more

Sweet Tea (The No Sugar Way)

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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 tea...Read more

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

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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

Caramelized Onion Pie

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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

No Sugar Lemonade

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Summer Sippers

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

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. 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

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


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