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Pecan Pie

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I’ll admit it.

I never thought I’d be able to come up with a healthy version of a pecan pie.

The thought of trying to substitute out Karo Syrup danced in my head and made me dizzy.

Did you know that there are 262 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of Karo (corn) syrup. Let’s not pick on Karo. They are just one brand but happen to be the ...Read more

Chocolate Cupcakes

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When I was little, I attended a Catholic grade school. I learned about St. Nicholas Day from the nuns. I brought my new-found knowledge home to my mom and she went right along with it.

I was really into gifts (still am), so when the nuns told me you were supposed to put your shoes by the front door and gifts would appear the next morning, I was...Read more

Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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While traveling in Chattanooga it became apparent that our cat Tattoo needed to see a vet. She was limping and obviously in pain.

I found a holistic vet online and it wasn’t far away. I made an appointment.

The whole thing was such a beautiful experience I thought I’d tell you about it.

From the get-go, this place was different. I was ...Read more

Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingerbread Crust

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Whether you’re on Plan Z (or any other diet), the holidays can be difficult. Even if you have solid discipline, your relatives and friends can try to sabotage you. Most of us don’t have great discipline, so a combination of both can be fatal to dieting success.

I’m going to get right to the list of options that I have found successful in ...Read more

Bistro Chicken with a Port Wine Mushroom Sauce

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We’ve talked about beer.

Today we are going to give wine its day.

People ask, “Does wine make you fat?”

“How can I drink my wine and not gain?”

Those are two big questions, followed regularly by, “Can I drink wine and still lose weight?”

Let’s explore...

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Egg Muffins

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When I was a young teen in the early 70’s, I can remember coming to breakfast one morning and my father was sitting at the end of the table crabbing about his breakfast.

My father had eaten the same thing for breakfast for decades. Two poached eggs, 2 pieces of toast slathered with butter, and on many occasions, a couple of pieces of bacon.

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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 ...Read more

Roasted Garlic

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The first time I tasted roasted, whole garlic was in a restaurant called Bistro 110. This was about 1983. My best friend had ordered it for us to share.

I sat stunned, staring at it, when it arrived at the table.

The waiter set down a plate that had a whole bulb of garlic on it. The top was cut off and there was olive oil drizzled over it. ...Read more

Orange Vanilla Water

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According to, half of your body weight is water. Some other organizations say it’s as much as two thirds water.

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate your joints. ...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 answer was, “I could not stand the pain any longer.”

My hips hurt.
My ...Read more

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

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Guest Contributor Chris is married to Zola. They are celebrating their 34th 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 everything that goes into your mouth. ...Read more

Strawberry Smoosh

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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 but when we got home and dropped our books on the dining room table we had a ...Read more


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