Fourth of July Red, White, and Blue Salad

red white and blue salad

I would love to say that I was feeling especially patriotic while making this salad, but really? I was thinking about Panera. My friend and I ate there a few days ago, following our usual business meetings: TJ Maxx, coffee, Target, Nordstrom Rack…you get the idea. It’s vigorous—not for the faint of blood sugar. By…

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Packed Lunch: Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Wrap

chicken bacon avocado wrap

How ’bout this as a new series? Better yet, how ’bout this for lunch? I figure most of us are not only packing lunch on weekdays, but trying to keep our eats a bit interesting, too. So here’s my contribution to society: filling, super-tasty mid-day meal ideas that are healthy and 400 calories or less….

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Putting My Mom on a Diet: Week 1 Meal Plan and Weigh-In

salad

For new readers, here’s a brief refresher: I’m putting my mom on a diet, here is the plan I designed for her, and here are her weekly updates: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12, week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18, week 19. Welcome! Here for your viewing pleasure is every last drippety…

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Putting My Mom on a Diet: The Plan

ice cream with strawberries

When devising this plan, my main goal was two-fold: to keep it simple and to be realistic. I really believe in playing to your strengths rather than fighting against your weaknesses, and when it comes to dieting, that translates to: it’s better to work within the realm of your taste preferences than to struggle to…

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Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Do you ever make a meal and just know, I mean know—with absolute certainty—that somewhere in the Hamptons, Ina Garten would be, like, super proud of you? That even if she were completely absorbed in splitting vanilla beans for homemade extract, she would totally side-eye your dish and smile? This is that meal. It’s got…

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Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Burgers

blue cheese and bacon stuffed burgers

As far as my summer goes, I may have peaked too soon with these. Beef. Blue cheese. Bacon. All of it, stuffed into a burger. How could things get better? I had always been fiercely loyal to the cheese-on-top positioning, and as much as I love blue cheese, I’d often shied away from adding it to…

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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

baked fish sandwich

Did you grow up eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches? Any kind of fried fish sandwiches? I sure did. Thousands of them, give or take one to two sandwiches. The tally is so startling it convinces me that even if I never get the chance to eat another, I’ll still—on the eve of my [hard rockin’] eighty-fifth…

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