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Feb. 25, 2012 3:59 pm 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2012 7:41 pm
We all know what fat is.  Bacon grease, chicken skin, butter, lard and cream, just to name a few. Fat is a nutrient. It is crucial for normal body function and without it we could not live. Not only does fat supply us with energy, it also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their… MORE
Feb. 1, 2012 5:06 pm 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2012 9:40 am
Eat more garlic and your cholesterol will go away!  Fenugreek will lower blood pressure!  Cinnamon will keep blood sugar levels where they belong! We have all heard these claims that foods will fix problems that genetics, evolution and lifestyle have bestowed upon modern man and woman. Apple… MORE
Jan. 19, 2012 1:27 pm 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2012 12:19 am
Yes Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, and no, she didn't reveal that she had it and kept producing show with  foods high in fat and cholesterol and sugar. It is her disease to deal with and she has repeatedly said in the past that "she is the cook, not the cardiologist". Just because she is… MORE
Oct. 22, 2011 2:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 2:22 pm
Over the last decade we have witnessed portions of food growing increasingly larger in their placement on menus and in advertising.  Cheese-stuffed pizza crust, bigger burgers, more toppings, deals involving more for less, burritos as big as your head, and  huge appetizers served before the… MORE
Jul. 22, 2011 5:36 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2011 5:48 am
It sits on the spice rack behind the garlic, onion powder, basil and curry.  It collects dust while it's more popular cousin-oregano-gets all the glory. Marjoram has been around for centuries, serving  humanity as an herb for seasoning, it's flowers and essential oils providing healing… MORE
Crab Cake with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Marjoram Green Beans
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Jul. 11, 2011 2:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2011 7:01 am
Well after our last discussion about the network jumping the shark with their attempt at reality-type/adventure mania cooking shows, their was a common thread for good old-fashioned cooking and instructional shows.  Alton Brown seemed to be the favorite and the girl from the Bitchin Kitchin… MORE
Mar. 13, 2011 11:27 am 
Updated: May 12, 2011 4:53 pm
Decades ago life was made easier by simplifying the cooking and preparing of meals with new gadgets and the use of preservatives and chemicals in food to make them more convenient for us to buy and consume. Think of all of the places we shop and spend our money, and you will see convenience… MORE
Feb. 22, 2011 4:10 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2011 10:14 pm
Todays topic is food pairings.  Whether it is chicken and biscuits, pizza and beer, or weird combos like sushi and meatloaf or pancakes with coleslaw; tell us your favorite match-ups of foods that you have tried or experienced in your culinary journey.   Thanks and let's have some… MORE
Jan. 26, 2011 5:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2011 5:27 pm
Courtesy of For some people, eating out is an occasional indulgence. For others, it's a way of life. Either way, moderate portions and careful choices can help you make restaurant meals part of your overall plan for diabetes… MORE
Jan. 14, 2011 6:31 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011 1:56 pm
I am eating oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, subway and falafal for lunch; and fish and vegetables and lots of fruit for dinner and snacks.  I have lost four pounds since the first. Please share what you are doing to eat right and lose weight this new year. Thanks MORE
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John Politte

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About Me
I have been a professional restaurant person for 30+ years. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my way up the ladder. No schooling except for hands on experience in locations around the USA. I am now starting my own business as a consultant and food writer.
My favorite things to cook
Everything-except baking and desserts
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gravy, my side of the family is mostly French , so we love the sauces and gravies.
My cooking triumphs
Starting my own public access cooking show-"It's Only Food". Did 33 shows in 3 years as the chef and producer. It certainly opened up a lot of doors and paved the way for changing the way I look at food.
My cooking tragedies
Missing my family growing up and working 80 hour weeks, but I can say that it paid off. No regrets.
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