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Angry Spaghetti! Making Calories Count

Posted on 09/20/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Spaghetti all’Arrabbiata, or Angry Spaghetti. Although the sauce can be served over whole-grain spaghetti, it can …

Eating Done Right: Carrots — Food of the Week

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health I grew up on a small, 100-acre farm in Iowa. To make ends meet for our family of seven, my father sometimes worked in nearby Illinois as a tool and die maker. He’d commute to his job on Sunday night and return the following weekend. In the summertime when school was out, my younger sister and I would sometimes travel with my father to his urban home to escape hot and boring days on the farm. (We could also escape …

Black Bean Brownies and Other Chocolate Delights

Posted on 08/23/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthI don’t remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. Searching through my cupboard, I found a chocolate truffle mix. What’s good for brownies should be good for truffles, oui? That assumption was my logic. …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore—Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …

Eating Done Right: Peaches-Food of the Week

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthWhich enchanted fruit grants eternal life? Chinese legend would have us believe that eating magical peaches bestows health, virility and immortality. Peaches came to the United States from China via Spanish explorers in the 16th century. While commonly enjoyed now, peaches were once a rare delicacy. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria would eat a fresh peach on a decorative napkin with every meal. Today peaches are the second-largest commercial fruit crop grown in the United States. Besides being a …

Eating Done Right: Cabbage—Food of the Week

Posted on 06/28/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAfter an afternoon swim at the local postage-stamp sized pool in Earlville, Iowa, my younger sister (age 7) and I (age 9) would return to our grandmother’s house ravenously hungry. Most of the time, Grandma served us a steaming bowl of cabbage, carrot and potato soup, made with three vegetables abundant in her garden. We devoured the soup, along with warm bread slathered in butter and glasses of cold milk. To this day, I credit my grandmother with teaching me …