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Shrimp Fra Diavolo

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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 wanted crazy, creative Italian food and I thought I was in the mecca of Italian ...Read more

Mushroom Bacon Soup

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What About My Beer?

When people embark on Plan Z we tell them that while they are in the ZReduction phase of Plan Z that it’s a good idea to not drink alcohol. We learned from those who experimented with wine, beer or cocktails that they lost about 60 percent less weight when they drank. Most people would say that’s just not worth ...Read more

Broccoli Cheese Soup

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All My Dead Appliances

If there were such a thing as an Appliance Graveyard, mine would have plenty of headstones. I have gotten rid of quite a few appliances that used to take up lots of space in my cupboards.

Good news is I didn’t bury those appliances in my backyard like some kind of pet cemetery. I gave them away or donated them. ...Read more

Peach Parfait

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat?

I pulled the following from USA Today.

Maybe switching from regular soda to diet doesn’t help as much as we thought.

A new study from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University links artificial sweeteners to obesity and diabetes, claiming sweeteners change how the body processes ...Read more

Egg Muffins

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The Yogurt and the Muffin

This is a short little tale about my experience with a hotel buffet.

The back story…

My husband was honored recently. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the venerable Hilton Hotel in Milwaukee.

The place is beautiful. When I was a little girl the hotel ...Read more

Grilled Italian Veggies with Steak

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Peel or No Peel

There is one major, basic rule of thumb I use to decide if I am going to spend a bit extra and buy organic.

The rule is: Am I going to peel it?

If I am going to peel it, I will likely buy conventional. If I am going to be eating the outer coating (or peel) then I am going to spend, on average, about 15% more and go with...Read more

Zola Pops

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Hallelujah! Spiked Sparkling Waters!

For those who want to have a beverage that contains alcohol but zero carbs (or close to it), the beverage companies are finally listening!

The only drawback I see to this category of beverage is you have to remember you’re not just drinking water! You have to sip it; not guzzle it.

The category is...Read more

Zola's Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

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Dairy and the Best Non-Dairy Alternatives

I was born in Wisconsin. America’s Dairyland. I was proud to be from Wisconsin. Still am.

In June, the “June is Dairy Month” commercial jingles would come on the radio across the Midwest. My favorite that ran for years went like this:

“Dairy foods are great foods. Dairy foods are great....Read more

Raspberry Coulis

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33 Years of Lemon

I got the day off yesterday for the first time in 34 years.

34 years, you say...and no day off? What’s that all about?

Well, I am talking about just one day of the year; my husband’s birthday. Until yesterday, I had a streak of 33 years in which I made my husband a unique lemon dessert for his birthday ...Read more

Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream

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5 Wonderful Sweeteners Better For You Than Sugar

Even if you never touch dessert it’s still easy to have too much sugar in your diet. We all know now that sugar is virtually everywhere in our food system. Plan Z dieters know to stay away from things like bread, pasta, pancakes, baked goods, sodas, fruit drinks, and virtually every ...Read more

Cocoa-Fruit Superfood Smoothie

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My Good Friend

Tick. Tick. Tick.

My best friend, Tom, called the other day.

“Hey, Buddy, I had a heart attack,” he said. Not the opening I expected.

On Monday, March 19, 2018, Tom had quadruple bypass surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He turned 68 on March 7th and two weeks later he was in the emergency room.

It gives one pause.

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Herbal Aromas

I gave up planting fruits and veggies years ago but I have not given up on herbs. Every year I make sure I have plenty of those.

I’ve changed some of what I plant (my garden is much smaller now), but there’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. I love stepping into my garden to pick herbs right when I need to ...Read more

Zucchini and Carrot Noodles

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Is Eating Gluten Free More Healthy

Going gluten-free is all the rage right now with urban and rural hipsters. Many people are jumping on the bandwagon; especially young adults in their 20s and 30s. They do it for good reasons, but they don’t realize how they are being manipulated.

Step back to the 80s and I was in the same boat. I ...Read more

Grilled Asian Salmon

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Our Tutty Buddy

When he opened his mouth to speak what came out was barely audible. It was not a meow by any standard. It would hardly hit the chart as a mew.

A precious, quiet, little mew.

His voice says it all about his personality. This was the most cuddly, demure, quiet, easy and unassuming cat you could ask for. He never caused a ...Read more


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