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When Stress and Diet Collide

September 8, 2017
egg muffins

Stress and diet are an impossible combination, at least for me. In the years of Lev’s declining health, I gained 10 pounds. After his death, I gained 10 more. In the 28 months I have been blogging, I have written often about widows’ need for self-care and healthy eating, and I have shared my efforts to get my weight under control. I did well for …

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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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A New Spin on Thanksgiving Dinner

November 20, 2015

Holidays are not easy when there is an empty chair at the table. Families must learn how to “do” Thanksgiving, and sometimes it seems easier to abandon traditions rather than be reminded of what (who) is missing. But in 2014, our family finally got it right. The Dallas clan came to Corpus Christi, and I had many joyful weeks anticipating and planning our time together. …

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Cranberries: For Sauce and for Breakfast

November 19, 2015
CRANBERRIES

Cranberries date back to the Pilgrims. One can imagine that the Indians brought them to that first Thanksgiving meal in 1620. Having now visited Nantucket for three consecutive summers, eating chocolate covered cranberries and imagining autumn, when the island turns red from the cranberry bogs, I appreciate cranberries more than ever. I added French toast casserole with cranberries to my holiday menu last year. This …

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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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Two Very Different Dressings + Gravy

November 8, 2015

Yvonne’s Traditional Cornbread Dressing Yvonne York was my housekeeper for almost 15 years. We watched each other’s children grow up, marry and have babies. We buried our husbands. We shared the same heritage, she from Mobile and I from New Orleans–our Baptist faith, our politics and our cooking. And in the process, we formed a deep and abiding friendship that continues to this day. A …

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Soup’s On!

November 3, 2015
Thanksgiving table

While I love the traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I also try to honor the various traditions and dietary needs and quirks of my expanding family. Last year, preparing my first big family Thanksgiving meal since Lev’s death, I borrowed a leaf from the creative new American chefs and used old ingredients in new ways. Nowhere was that more obvious than in my sweet potato …

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Green Bean Casserole 3 Ways

October 27, 2015

When I decided to kick off my holiday recipes with my mother’s green bean casserole, I was surprised to discover that her recipe has more ingredients than the versions I found online. That may explain why her version is so good. When I was a child, we did not have fresh vegetables year round. I remember when Mama and my aunts started sharing recipes for …

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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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