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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

I live in Texas, in an area that has been hit recently with a massive power-grid failure, freezing temperatures, icy roads, frozen pipes, water pressure woes and "boil water" notice... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

St. Patrick's Day the easy way

My first love is culinary history. Researching, reading and writing about the history of food and recipes is what fuels my passion to share what I've learned in my cookbooks and... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Help for the Common Cold

Like many others, I try different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter months. Despite my best efforts, I often get a little "under the weather" during the... — Updated 1/20/2021

 

Take your eggs beyond breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and eggs are one of my favorite ingredients any time of the day! Eggs are a great way to start your day because they're an almost perfect f... — Updated 1/6/2021

 

Resolve to shake up your breakfast routine

Every year, the most popular resolutions are: "Exercise to get in shape," "Diet to lose weight," "Save money" and "Eat healthier in general." If you've resolved to take charge of... — Updated 12/29/2020

 

Christmas tradition gets a modern twist

It seems like I was just planning and preparing our Thanksgiving dinner and now Christmas is upon us. If you want to change things up a little for your Christmas dinner, try moderni... — Updated 12/23/2020

 

Stress-busting foods

A few years ago, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked me to create a recipe containing foods that help to naturally reduce stress and to do a cooking demo on "The Dr. Oz Show." I found that the... — Updated 12/22/2020

 

A Christmas Gift of Faith and Food

My father, Howard, was in the Air Force and my mother, Angeline, was a homemaker. They didn't have a lot of money to buy Christmas presents for my three siblings or me, but it... — Updated 12/16/2020

 

Aromatic Holiday Gifts From the Kitchen

Gifts from the kitchen are easy and inexpensive to make and are always welcome during the holidays. Sachets and potpourri make beautiful and aromatic Christmas gifts. They can be... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

The feast doesn't have to end on Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving - cleaning, shopping, cooking and entertaining guests for hours! While Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I've embraced the day after the holiday as my... — Updated 11/25/2020

 

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

After 45 years of cooking, I've had my share of Thanksgiving Day disasters! I'll never forget the Thanksgiving when the turkey wasn't done, and my family and friends were starving.... — Updated 11/17/2020

 

Cactus is a prickly treat

I was shopping in an ethnic grocery store when I saw a huge pile of fresh Prickly Pear cactus pads in the produce section. Prickly Pear cactus is thought to be native to Mexico and... — Updated 11/11/2020

 

Toast pumpkin seeds for a nutritious treat

Pumpkins are one of the highpoints of the fall harvest. The fruit originated in Central America. Pumpkins - like cantaloupes, cucumbers and squash - belong to the Cucurbitaceae, or... — Updated 10/28/2020

 

How to Pick a Pumpkin

A large pile of bright orange pumpkins is my visual celebration of the beginning of fall. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

The Kitchen Diva: Eating Right Can Help Fight Breast Cancer

A pink ribbon is the symbol worn in October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. A malignant tumor... — Updated 10/7/2020

 

The Kitchen Diva!

Long before Brussels sprouts became a trendy vegetable, my family, especially, my daughter, Deanna, were huge fans. My mother was raised on a farm and loved to grow all types of... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Green Tomatoes: Fruit of the Vegetable Patch

Every year, my small vegetable garden produces far more tomatoes than I can possibly use. As the season wanes, an abundance of green tomatoes forlornly hang on the vine looking for enough sun to turn them into red jewels. I’ve... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

THE KITCHEN DIVA

I've found during my years of teaching adults how to cook that the thing they fear most (and ruin most often) is fish. My favorite fish recipe for novice cooks is Italian-Style Salm... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

Recipes: THE KITCHEN DIVA

It’s hot, and like many of you, one of my favorite ways to cool off is with a bowl of ice cream. Vanilla ice cream continues to be America’s flavor of choice. Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

These Foods Help Skin Fight Sun

As the temperature continues to climb, and the sun shines hotter, brighter and longer, it’s important to consider all of the ways that you can protect your skin. No matter what race you may be, if exposed for a long enough... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

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