Putting My Mom on a Diet: Week 11 Meal Plan and Weigh-In

Maureen and Mom

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. Welcome!   This week, Mom was completely on her own. Every food choice on this meal plan was hers….

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Checking in from Fire Island

Hi friends, Just a quick note to let you know that Mom’s weekly diet update will be coming to you late Monday night. I spent the past few days on Fire Island with friends, and have been away from the computer until now. Before I left on Friday morning, I gave Mom a pep talk….

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

roasted butternut squash soup

As you read this, I’m in my squash phase. I promise that the next recipe I post won’t be of the gourd persuasion. Click here for the recipe from Chef Michael Chiarello on Food Network. Omit the half and half for a lighter version.  

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Goat Cheese

I have been thinking about the origins of calorie counting, or, my number-centric approach to eating. About why I needed numbers in the first place to lose 135lbs, before even seeking out Weight Watchers. It was because I needed to learn the basics of nutrition. Because losing weight long term, like learning algebra, doesn’t make…

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t claim to be an expert on many things. In fact, only three things come to mind when I think of mastery. The first: peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. The second: The View. The third: cake. I, myself, am not even on that list. And because I’m feeling generous, I’ll spare you the etymology…

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Pulled Pork with Tart Apple Slaw

I have a sneaking suspicion that Paula Deen is the second coming of Christ. Think what you will, but the woman simply can’t be of the human world. Anyone with that much buttery, ooey gooey, just-add-cream- power is certainly divine. Tell me I’m not the only one who has come to this realization. And then…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Flashback: In the past year, I’ve lived in four states. Before moving to Seattle, I was working in the art department of film production for three years. Shuffling from Boston to Philadelphia to Hamden, Connecticut. In the film world, as well as in television, there’s a magical land on set that everyone prizes above all…

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

It’s safe to say that if Daniel and I ever split up, we both know whose fault it is. Alex Trebek. We’re usually quite calm, big laughers, loving, a little like Laverne and Shirley, maybe. Only one of us is the masculine counterpart. So a lot like Laverne and Shirley. Generally, we’re making jokes at…

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Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

I like to stuff stuff. Chicken, turkey, tacos, bras, cookies, potatoes, brownies, bellies… any old thing, really. It’s almost always a fabulous idea (well, not the bra one). Take these skinny red peppers for example. They would have been happy, relieved even, to just sun themselves on the grill and mingle with black beans and…

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Korean Beef Bulgogi with Zesty Ginger Slaw

beef bulgogi 1

Not until I moved into my own apartment did I start to love Asian food. It was then that I browsed cookbooks for new recipes. “Borrowed” a couple from the library (don’t ask about my blacklisting). Spent a cool million at the Asian market, loading my pantry with fish sauce, oyster sauce, and toasted sesame oil….

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