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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

Exotic Egg Salad

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Our cats have this all figured out.

At first it was pretty clear that by being around all the time we had interrupted our cats’ usual routines. They were accustomed to us checking on their whereabouts, turning off the lights and heading off to work each morning. You never know what your cats do while you’re gone but evidence showed they ...Read more

Mongolian Beef

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The most calming thing I’ve read since the pandemic started is "You are not a teetering contraption." While George Will wrote it, he spends most of the article quoting Bill Bryson’s book, The Body, A Guide for Occupants.

Will writes, “Worrying,” wrote Lewis Thomas, “is the most natural and spontaneous of all human functions.” Thomas...Read more

Lockdown Chili

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I thought we could all use a little levity. A laugh. A smile.

This came across my desk late last week.

The Tennessee Aquarium is located in Chattanooga. It’s such a beautiful building it’s one of the things that drew me to move here. It lights up the skyline day or evening.

And the Aquarium is absolutely amazing.

We can’t go to the ...Read more

Beef Stew In A Dutch Oven

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Up until now I have been hunkering down. For me that means I’m practicing social distancing. I limit my trips to the grocery store and the gas station. I wash my hands like a mad woman.

Now I am in the final stages of locking down. Hunkering down is not easy. Locking down is going to be HARD. But we have to do it.

In my case I am planning ...Read more

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip

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I always knew I was of Irish descent, but I never really knew HOW Irish I was until I got my 23 n Me results back.

Right there in the early results it tells me I’m 92.6 percent Irish.

That’s a lot of Irish if you ask me. I’ve always been proud of being Irish. That report made me extra-proud...

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Chili Con Carne

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It's the Chili Chowdown

Chile is the pepper. Chili is the concoction.

And now that we’ve got that straight, let’s talk chili. It’s chilly outside these days so now’s a perfect time.

The history of chili is long and varied. Even the International Chili Society debates the origins of chili. (Yes, there IS an International Chili ...Read more

Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash

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Hero Mommy

It was late afternoon. I was at the grocery store picking up a few items to make dinner.

I passed two women greeting each other. One of them had a young daughter in tow. The girl was maybe 7 years old. The moms were maybe in their late 30s.

We were all in the dairy section; the area with the big refrigerators full of milk ...Read more

White Chocolate Creme Brulee with Strawberry Coulis

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Fat Tuesday in the Old French Quarter

Fat Tuesday is almost 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...Read more

Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Cheese Brunch Casserole

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Flint Roman Chaney arrived a little early on January 18, 2020. He was scheduled to arrive on January 20. That would have been a cool birth date to have.  Such a clever set of numbers but, alas, he had other things in mind. He wanted to start partying early.

Speaking of parties, we had one in honor of his parents Jen (our Operations Manager), ...Read more

Tarragon Mustard Shrimp

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Let’s just assume for the moment that you’re not the greatest cook. In fact, let’s assume you don’t make any of the meals in your house, but just this once, you want to surprise your honey by making dinner for Valentine’s Day.

Here are my 7 top tips to make that dinner a success....

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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 $6 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 you...Read more


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