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Sep. 21, 2010 10:13 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2010 3:05 pm
I was recently approached by folks at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and asked to participate in the SNAP Hunger Challenge. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a government assistance program to help low-income households pay for food. SNAP used to be called the Food Stamp… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2010 8:38 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2010 9:42 am
There are night's when you just feel like grazing. I actually love those evenings.We'll put out small plates of fruit, fresh and pickled veggies, crackers and cheese. We'll throw in a movie and everyone chills, snacks and enjoys the flick. We recently had one of those nights with fresh, MORE
Sep. 16, 2010 9:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2010 6:09 am
A face can say so much without a word being spoken. When we sit down for family dinners, I like to sit back a moment and watch as Nancy and Quinn start in. I'm waiting for "that" face, the one where the eyes close and that deep exhalation of satisfaction can be heard. When I get MORE
Sep. 15, 2010 8:37 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2010 8:59 pm
You know those days when you open the cupboard and see all those ingredients that you bought for a particular dish and either you had more than you needed or you never actually got around to making that particular dish! I don't know why, but there is a certain amount of guilt associated to… MORE
Sep. 12, 2010 9:03 pm 
Traditional eggplant Parmesan was the first dish I can remember making, many years ago, and having one of those "WOW" moments. I absolutely loved the layered flavors of the crispy fried eggplant, creamy cheese and a spicy sauce. That said, and despite being made with eggplant, tr MORE
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Sep. 8, 2010 5:00 am 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2010 11:46 am
Fall is clearly making its way into East-Central Illinois. The corn in the fields have turned brown and the soybeans are moving from green to yellow. There's a chill in the morning air these days. We're harvesting the last of the produce from our garden as well. I always feel the that the MORE
Sep. 2, 2010 8:38 pm 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2010 1:33 pm
I love experimenting with recipes, trying dishes I've never made before or combining cuisines. But sometimes, my son Quinn calls me out and requests, "something simple." This dish, was a response to one of those requests. I have to admit, it wasn't that hard to convince me. I MORE
Aug. 31, 2010 8:12 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2010 12:32 pm
This is a wonderfully cool and refreshing soup that makes a fantastic starter for any summer meal and would be perfect as part of a Labor Day barbecue or even desert! It's also incredibly easy to make. This soup is lightly sweet with just a little bite of heat from some jalapeño. The co MORE
Aug. 29, 2010 9:13 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 5:36 pm
To finish off my healthy homage to Southern cooking I made mashed sweet potatoes and cornbread to go with Oven-Fried Catfish and Southern-Style Green Beans. Traditionally, both these dishes have lots of fats, either butter, cream or oil. For the sweet potatoes, I mixed in almond mil MORE
Aug. 26, 2010 8:22 pm 
Updated: Aug. 27, 2010 6:55 pm
Traditional southern-style green beans are made with bacon, sugar onions, and often potatoes. The ingredients are mixed in water and slow cooked, often for an hour or two, depending on whether the potatoes were used. They come out very tender, mushy really, and with a wonderful bacon flavo MORE
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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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