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Apr. 21, 2010 6:12 am 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2010 5:38 am
Chickpeas 3-ways part 3: Baked Falafel with Spicy Yogurt Sauce According to Wikipedia, falafel "is a fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans. Falafel is usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flat bread known as lafa. The… MORE
Apr. 20, 2010 4:56 am 
Chickpeas 3-ways Part 2: Chickepea Salad Yesterday, I posted a Mediterranean Spiced Chicken with Hummus and Tomato Relish. It was part of a fun little project to serve chickpeas three different ways on the same plate. Today, is part 2, a Chickpea salad. I really liked both the MORE
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Apr. 19, 2010 5:35 am 
Last week I wrote about hummus and how versatile it is. One of the ways I use it is as a bed for a Mediterranean Spiced Chicken. The hummus adds a creamy texture and mild flavor to counter the spice rub on the chicken. I topped it all with a fresh tomato relish to round it out.I like to… MORE
Apr. 16, 2010 6:06 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2010 5:33 am
Lightened Roasted Red Pepper Hummus I can still remember the very first time I had hummus. It was not something an Iowa kid saw growing up in the 60s and 70s. I had taken my first full-time newspaper reporting job with a paper near Chicago. And one of my coworkers invited Nancy… MORE
Apr. 15, 2010 5:32 am 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 8:48 am
Paella Redux as Gumbo For Nancy's Birthday, I made a Mixed Paella with white fish, shrimp, mussels and chorizo sausage. It ended up as a huge batch with a mess of leftovers. Leaving me asking, what am I going to do with this? Recently, Nancy has been asking me to make my gumbo MORE
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Apr. 14, 2010 5:10 am 
Apple-Topped Pancakes I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love breakfasts, and I love them any time of day or night! And pancakes are one of the most perfect of breakfast foods. At their most basic, they are wonderful with some real maple syrup. The real stuff is… MORE
Apr. 13, 2010 5:26 am 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2010 4:57 pm
Lemon Asparagus Linguine Earlier today, Weight Watchers tweeted a recipe for "Lemon Pasta." It looked good and seemed perfect for a "Meatless Monday." Don't know what Meatless Monday is? Let me explain. Meatless Mondays date back to World War I when citizens were encouraged to… MORE
Apr. 12, 2010 4:51 am 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2010 5:23 am
Chili Potato and Fast Food Tips When I started typing the title to this blog, I accidentally transposed the "s" and the "t" in "Fast". That made it "Fats". I couldn't help but think how appropriate that was. If you're looking for fats, salt and unhealthy food, fast food is… MORE
Apr. 9, 2010 8:10 am 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2010 4:49 am
"Epic" Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches with Tomato-Basil Soup One of the things I have come to enjoy most as I have learned to cook is to take a classic comfort food or down-home dish and deconstructing. That is, look at the components individually and ask myself, "Is there a MORE
Apr. 8, 2010 5:40 am 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2010 10:51 am
Lightened Potatoes Au Gratin First, a big thank you to the folks at They offer a ton of useful information for parents and families in East-Central Illinois. Even if you're not from here, check them out, it's not all local. Today, they posted an interview with… 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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