The Resolution to Exercise

The idea of making New Year’s resolutions dates back over 4000 years. Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, January seems to be a time when people embark on the effort to change their…


Gunk Gone

I love learning new things in the kitchen. I have been cooking since I was six years old, so I have over a half-century of culinary learning under my belt (wow, that makes me feel old). Most of the…


Say Cheese!

Getting your information from the internet can give you scary results. What do I mean by ‘scary’? I mean false. There are things published on the internet that are patently wrong. Reader beware. On…


Porterhouse Primer

As one of 7 children, I didn’t eat a lot of steak as a child. There were just too many mouths to feed and we couldn’t afford it. I do remember when most of the older kids had left home, my parents…


Gobble Gobble

The avian flu outbreak across the country has already taken a toll. The price of eggs has jumped a minimum of 13% but in some places has risen as much as 50%. That’s a lot of yuk to the yoke of your…


The Party Report

I think you all know we had a big party here at Plan Z HQ. It was a Saturday night blow out. For those of you who could not make it, or would just like the live vicariously, I’m going to lay out a…


How Now Brown Cow?

“Sugar — in the form of lactose — contributes about 55 percent of skim milk’s calories, giving it ounce for ounce the same calorie load as soda” — Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee…


School Lunch

President Truman started the National School Lunch Program in 1946. A little over a decade later I was born. I went to a Catholic School as a child. Most every kid stayed at school for lunch. It was…


Party Time

Next week I’ll be preparing food for 80. Most people gasp at the thought and want to know how I do it. So I thought I’d lay out a few of my strategies in today’s column. I also wanted to share the…


Required Reading

I’m definitely not one to read the op-ed page. In fact, I don’t even read the newspaper. Okay, okay. In the interest of full disclosure, I might read my horoscope when I find the paper left on the…


What Happens to the Nutritional Value of Your Food Over Time?

When I was a kid, my mother and I did all of the grocery shopping for the week on Saturday. My mother was cooking for seven kids, so the grocery cart was full to overflowing. During the week, the…


80 Grams - A Day in the Low Carb Life

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Rice. A Four Letter Word

When I was growing up, the only rice brand I was familiar with was Uncle Ben’s. Maybe we also had some long grain, wild rice from Minnesota on our grocery shelves, but that would have been it. With…


Garden Experiences

In the 30-plus years that I’ve been gardening I’ve learned a lot about what I can handle and what I can’t. For instance, I quit planting vegetables and fruits decades ago. Seems odd for a food…


Oh, but Wait! You CAN Maintain Your Weight!

Tips for preventing the yo-yo dieting cycle You’ve lost a nice chunk of weight. Congratulations! Trouble is most folks just gain it back – and then some. There are tasty ways to prevent weight gain.…


Your Cheating Mouth

People are always asking me what the consequences are if they cheat on a diet. I always answer the same way. It depends. There are some minor cheats you can make on a diet without putting yourself in…


My First Super Bowl

The very first Super Bowl took place in 1967. I watched it. I was 10 years old. The Green Bay Packers beat The Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 35 to 10. I was born 26 miles south of Green Bay’s…


Total Carbs Vs. Net Carbs

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My Friend Biggie - A Christmas Story

I haven’t actually met my new friend in person yet.  I’ve only talked to him by phone and corresponded with him by email. I know he’s 31 years old.  He works as a producer on the local morning radio…


Chives

My chives were the first thing to come up in my herb garden every year. As soon as the snow melted I could see their little heads popping up through the soil. By the time it was warm enough to…