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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

Simple Sangria

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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

Roasted Red Potatoes with Onions and Balsamic Vinegar

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I have to admit. I’ve been keeping a secret.

I have had good reason to keep the secret, and that is, there wasn’t much data out, and I didn’t want to send you down a rabbit hole unprepared for the results.

I’ve been harping over the years on how bad for you the “white stuff is.” Bread, pasta, potatoes and more.

There’s good news...Read more

Buttered Mushrooms

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What Margarine Does to Your Body

Pop Quiz: If you put a lump of margarine by an ant hole, the ants will:

A) Ignore it.
B) Bury it.
C) Close up shop and move away.

Answer: B or C.

Ants know the difference between butter and margarine. Do you? Our friends at the Pure Body Institute are here to tell you all about it...

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Chicken Under a Brick

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Coming out of college my first job was working for one of the Big Food companies. I was assigned to the Marketing Department.

Can I just say it? I loved my job! LOVED it.

I loved it so much I enrolled at Northwestern University to take more courses on marketing. I worked all day at marketing and I absorbed more marketing knowledge at night.

I...Read more

Creole Meatloaf

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How Quickly Can You Lose Weight and Stay Healthy

The question is: How fast can you lose weight and stay healthy? I’m not sure anyone knows the answer for sure. In my experience with dieting, I’ve heard everything.

Those who say you can only lose one to two pounds a week and diet safely are using methodologies that generally can only...Read more

Fingerling Potatoes

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When you see the title of this article you might conjure up in your mind a vision of digging the tubers out of the ground.

And that would be incorrect.

Not many of us find ourselves picking potatoes out of the ground.

We choose our potatoes at the grocery store.

I call that picking potatoes.

Historically the “mother of all potatoes” is ...Read more

White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Strawberry Coulis

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Fat Tuesday in the Old French Quarter

Fat Tuesday is here folks. The end of Mardi Gras, and for many, the beginning of periodic fasting or giving up something special for Lent. The party’s over for those who follow these traditions; at least until Easter.

People go all out on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans is the city most famous for their ...Read more

Chicken Breasts with Zola's French Pan Sauce

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The football game is over. The score is in the record books. The bets are paid off.

Interesting fact: over $4.2 billion is bet on the Super Bowl worldwide. Most of that is illegal betting; the kind that happens in the office pool, the corner bar, or even a house party.

I can make a bet too and have pretty good odds. I bet whatever resolution ...Read more

Balsamic Chicken

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Seven Reasons to Diet with a Buddy

When you’re on a diet, having a strong support system can mean the difference between success and failure. We have a major league support team at Plan Z, but if you can add a personal support network to that and buddy up, the benefits are even greater.

A buddy can be a spouse or significant other, or...Read more


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