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Jan. 19, 2010 8:42 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2010 2:17 pm
Fennel-Tomato Linguine Regular readers know that I'm a huge fennel fanatic. I love the anise-like flavor. Did you know that fennel grows as a weed in Sicily? That's one reason you see so much of it in Italian cooking, it's easy to find and use in a country that is still… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 4, 2010 9:06 pm 
We all know that we need to get plenty of  vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle. But, all those veggies can make a huge difference in any weight-loss effort beyond their nutritional value. Whole foods, in addition to being healthier than processed foods, are far more… MORE
 
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Dec. 22, 2009 5:47 am 
You all know I have a thing about red sauce. I swear, I'd eat shoe leather if it were covered with a good marinara! But I'd much prefer a good eggplant Parmesan! You wouldn't know this version is lightened up because it is so loaded with flavors and textures. Eggplant for this dish is… MORE
 
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Dec. 12, 2009 10:23 am 
Updated: Dec. 20, 2009 7:07 am
Since starting this blog, I have developed a routine. At some point during the day, I make my final decision on what I'm going to cook and post it to various places, letting anyone who might be interested know. I get home from work and start cooking. After dinner and clean-up, I write and… MORE
 
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Dec. 9, 2009 8:32 pm 
Fennel is like a dark-haired Sicilian woman in a white sun dress walking a country road, the sun setting into the Mediterranean behind her.  Adding it to this dish helps create a depth that highlights all the other flavors and textures you find as you spoon your way through… MORE
 
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Dec. 8, 2009 8:16 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2009 2:04 pm
There is a strong strain of Sicilian in my heritage. That might be why I am a pasta addict! I could never do one of those carb-free diets, pasta and bread are just too important to me. That said, traditional pastas and many breads are not weight-loss friendly. So, once again, I set out… MORE
 
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Dec. 3, 2009 11:58 am 
Okay boys and girls, this one is a total winner! Quinn found this low-fat Alfredo sauce recipe on BigOven.com. I served it with whole wheat linguine. I bulked it up with some broccoli and added some chopped parsley for flavor. I topped it with some grilled chicken I had rubbed with a… MORE
 
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Nov. 30, 2009 8:24 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2009 2:51 pm
I saw the original Olive Garden recipe and it sounded delicious. Then I started looking a little closer--11/2 cups of flour, a full pound of fettuccine, 5 tbsp of oil, 2 cups of heavy cream, a full cup of cheese. OH MY GOD! As many of you know, Weight Watchers uses a point system to help… MORE
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Fight the Fat Foodie

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West Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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Champaign, Illinois, USA

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Aug. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I love food! But I let that love get the best of me and my weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. My wife and I joined Weight Watchers and, over a three-year period, I lost 100 pounds. However, I refused to give up on the foods I love, from Alfredo to cheeseburgers. I set out to find ways to eat almost anything I wanted, but to prepare it in a healthy way. Now, I'm sharing my love of food and cooking with others interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
 
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