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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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Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Everyone wants to know if they should eat early. My first experience with that was back in the early 80s when I used to jump around in front of my TV following Jane Fonda’s exercise tapes. What a waste of time that was. I did that routine just about every day but it never helped me lose weight. Maybe it toned me a bit but I never peeled off ...Read more

Puff Pastry Quiche

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Our kitty Tattoo turned 20 years old a month ago. That’s the equivalent of 96 in human years. Way to GO Tattoo!

About 10 days after she turned 20, she woke up blind. I took her to the emergency room vet. He thinks her blood pressure spiked in the night for some reason. He checked and found one retina totally detached and the other one is ...Read more

Cold Shrimp Salad Sandwiches

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A couple of weeks ago I was watching TV and they mentioned a famous virologist who had contracted COVID-19. They said he is the Director of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Of course, my ears perked up. I emailed my niece and asked if she had heard about this man getting the virus. She said she had, and she attached the ...Read more

Patriotic Cherries

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Coronavirus has brought back carbs

This, straight from Food Network Magazine. I was reading my copy the other day and I came across this little article and was not surprised. Not ONE bit.

The coronavirus outbreak has proven what we’ve suspected for a while. We turn to carbs in a crisis...

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Porcini-Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

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I used to shop like I’m French. So what does that mean?

Well, the French shop daily not weekly like us Americans. That way they get the freshest food. Oftentimes they go to more than one shop, too.  They might go to a meat market, a vegetable shop and then the bakery. My way of shopping like the French used to be like this: I decide by about...Read more

Oven Bacon

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Here’s the list from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). These are what are called underlying conditions. These are things that increase the chance that you might not live through a case of COVID-19.

I was lucky, I lived through my battle with COVID-19. Maybe my case was not all that severe. That might be true. I do know I coughed so hard ...Read more

Curried Shrimp

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They are calling it the Quarantine 15. Remember the Freshman 15? That’s when a new kid goes to college and immediately gains 15 pounds. They eat a lot of junk food and other things Mom didn’t serve. It can catch up with anybody pretty quickly.

So several weeks into our lockdown people are reporting significant weight gain and discomfort. ...Read more

Low Carb Banana Bread

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My symptoms started March 6th. The coughing. I coughed almost constantly for the first three days. First thing I did was check my supply of cold pills and started taking them. I also downed Robitussen DM with great enthusiasm. The cough medicine soothed my throat temporarily, but nothing stopped the coughing. The hacking. My lungs did not burn. ...Read more

Beef Stroganoff

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My problem is I have a little head with a small face. Even my nose is small.

A few weeks ago, we went on an internet hunt for masks. We found a style I thought would work on my small head. Trouble is when we ordered them, we had to order a minimum of 200. I have plenty of masks all the same size. They are the disposable blue ones with elastic ...Read more



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