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Want to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain?

November 19, 2016
bathroom scales

When I first started gaining weight in my 40s, I commented to an older, fatter friend, “It’s only five pounds.” “Yes, and if you gain five pounds a year, in seven years it will be 35 pounds. Look at me.” For most of us, the Holidays are to blame for the typical annual five-pound weight gain. How can we enjoy all the parties and special …

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Time Out for Sabbath

October 27, 2016
Sunday morning

I am tightly wound—more so than ever since I became a widow—and occasionally I feel as though my spring has sprung. My body is talking to me. I simply have to stop and shut down. Sunday morning was one of those days. After a restless night, I overslept. If I hurried, I could gulp down one cup of coffee before dressing and dashing off to …

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Obsessing Over Omelets

September 15, 2016
omelet pans

For more than 50 years I’ve cooked omelets–and nothing else–from the original 8-inch French Chef Omelet Pan, designed by the Boston Pot Shop for Julia Child in 1962. My copy of her famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, dated 1963, devotes more than five pages to how to make omelets and what to cook them in. I mastered omelets, and for many years they were our standard Sunday …

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Two Traditional Christmas Pies

December 22, 2015
pecan pie

Lev’s aunt lived in nearby Rockport, and whenever she came to see us, she brought two pecan pies and an old-fashioned date cake. Her pie recipe is the best I’ve ever had, rich and custardy, with more butter and eggs than most. It calls for a full cup of butter, four times the typical recipe. Oddly, my daughter-in-law makes a better pie than I. When …

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Healthy Eating Is A Luxury

November 12, 2015
$93 of healthy groceries

After Lev came home from the hospital with doctor’s orders to go on a low-sodium diet, I stood in the aisle at our town’s largest grocery store and wept. I had been there an hour, and I had three items in my cart. Salt—as a preservative and a flavor enhancer—seemed to be in everything. How do I do this? I cried. I spent the next …

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8 Days of Eggs

October 15, 2015

I have never cooked breakfast regularly. I like cereal, and that is what I fed the children. Lev never ate breakfast. Eggs, with sides of lean meat and vegetables (!!!), are a big challenge. And while I never minded the monotony of cereal, I get bored with eggs in a hurry. Here are eight high-protein, low-carb recipes. I have learned that toast and other breads …

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The Very Easiest Healthy Breakfast

October 11, 2015

After more than four months of eating breakfasts packed with lean protein and vegetables, this lifelong cereal eater can tell the difference. I’m not talking about the 16 pounds I’ve lost. I feel better. I have more energy. Most important, I’m not starving at noon, so I’m satisfied (most of the time) with a salad instead of a Whataburger, fries and Coke. While I have …

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Tips for Weekly Produce Shopping

July 18, 2015

Just the name of her blog is irresistible: chocolateandzucchini.com. And since I am a Francophile trying to eat six servings of vegetables a day, the cookbook title was pretty irresistible too: The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes From My Parisian Kitchen (New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2013). I was prepared to skip all the text and plunge straight into the recipes, but Clotilde Dusoulier is an …

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Simple Salad for 1

May 17, 2015

Once I was an excellent cook, even a successful cookbook editor; but cooking for one is no fun—perhaps because it is the prelude to eating alone. In addition, I waste so much food. None of my old recipes work particularly well for one person. Furthermore, since I always accept last-minute invitations to dinner—“never say no” is my motto—I throw away lots of half-cooked meals and …

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