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Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

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For months I have been dreading turning 60. I hated turning 40 too, so my solution for that was to party in New York City and then head off to Bermuda.

At this juncture, my business needs my attention so no opportunity to fly off and look the other way. I must keep my feet firmly planted right here.

I have to admit that just recently I’m ...Read more

Chicken Verde

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Dateline: January 3rd
Time: Late afternoon

Goal: I’m in my car headed to the grocery store to buy fresh food for dinner. That’s what I do. I buy fresh food. I eat very little processed food so I buy food fairly often to make my meals.

On this particular day it was a madhouse. The grocery store parking lot shares spaces with the ...Read more

The Top 10 Reasons to Resolve to Eat Low Carb

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1.) It lowers your cholesterol. Since 2002 over 20 human studies have been done that prove low carb eaters lose more weight and that it actually leads to improved cholesterol results. Has your doctor been barking at you to get your cholesterol down? This can help – a lot.

2.) You’ll lose weight. Low carb diets are more effective in losing ...Read more

Holiday Pine Cone Cheese Ball

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Last Minute Party Appetizer!
Happy Holiday!

There’s still time to add another creative element to your New Year's eve party.

Loved this guy’s cheeseball idea!

Watch this quick video to learn how to make your own.

If I were to ��...Read more

Pumpkin Chiffon

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Need a quick fix?

I’ve got one for you!

There are days when your schedule just seems to fall apart. I understand. It happens to me, too.

You weren’t planning on having to drive your teenager to volleyball after school. Or you weren’t planning on your boss coming to you with an emergency project when you were just about out the door. You...Read more

Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie

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Gone are the days when I regularly pulled out my big food processor, or my massive mixer, or my mondo blender that could mix up 12 cups of liquid in an instant. Even my bread maker is gone. I’ve kept my food processor and massive mixer but I hardly ever use them anymore. I use a small, powerful hand mixer and my true favorite; my Bullet ...Read more

Deep Chocolate Bars

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

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 ...Read more

Creamy Pasta Bake with Leftover Turkey

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My husband and I attended the most interesting dinner party this past weekend.

It was Friday evening. We were invited to visit with our friends Marc and Allen. They live in a condo closer to the center of the city so it’s always nice to venture down there and spend time with them and their little puff ball of a dog named Oreo.

What made this...Read more

Teriyaki Mushrooms

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Are you thinking yet about what you’re going to wear to the holiday parties? Aren’t we all? That brings to my mind the ubiquitous “little black dress” or even LBD for short.

I decided to see where that idea came from.

If you go back in history, it turns out that prior to the 1920s black was only worn for mourning and it was ...Read more


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November 11th, Veterans Day, is the anniversary of my parents’ first date. My father asked my mother out for a drink after work, and she accepted.

My father was a young Army officer, working to design tank parts as part of the World War II effort. He was assigned to the industrial city of Detroit. Instead of just making cars at the time, they...Read more

Cheesy Cheddar Poofs

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When I was a young girl of 12, I became obsessed with weight. Twiggy was the super model at the time and she was rail thin. I thought I needed to be like that. I wasn’t obese by any means. Turns out I was a normal 12 year old, but I was worried I was too fat to be in my sister’s wedding so I started trying to diet.

The first thing I did was...Read more

Green Bean Casserole

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It seems logical to think that stopping somewhere on the way home and buying a pre-prepared dinner would be more expensive than making it at home. But by how much? And does it save you time?

I got a bug in my ear on this subject and decided to do a little research.

I went to the Boston Market website to make my comparison...

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Editor's Note: Zola is on a Fall leaf tour this week. We hope you enjoy this previously published column and recipe!

Halloween Treats

I like Halloween more than Christmas. My husband and I used to have huge celebrations on Halloween. We’d throw a costume party and would invite friends over for food and drinks. Although we no longer ...Read more

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars

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I’m one of those lucky people who can read a recipe and taste it in my head. I hope you are one too, but if you’re not, with a few guiding steps you can learn how to do it.

When you look on the internet (the world’s largest cookbook) these days, you’ll figure out there are duplications of recipes everywhere. Some of them are exact ...Read more

Low Carb Mojito

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Her name was Gloria. My first and only hurricane experience.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes Hurricane Gloria.

Hurricane Gloria was the first significant system to strike the northeastern United States since Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and the first major storm to affect New York and Long Island directly since Hurricane Donna in 1960. It was a ...Read more

Breakfast Fruit Soufflé

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When I was a young teen in the early 70s, 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.

Now...Read more

Chili Cheese Omelet

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Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Zola's husband Chris Lytle, VP of Anger Management, Plan Z Diet

You may have seen that Donald Trump revealed some of the results of his medical examination(s) to Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz was concerned about Trump’s weight.

Dr. Oz: “You’re 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, as I mentioned. Now in my mind I’m ...Read more

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