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The Party Is A Dip

  I think America must be on a “dip” overload, after cruising the dairy and deli isles yesterday at the supermarket.  There were dips of every kind: ranch, bean, cheese, avocado, sour creams, hummus, tomato, and vegetable, Mexican, Mediterranean, Somalian, Asian, Thai and every other…

Deep Freeze for the Birds

January of 2014 may go down as one of the most wide-spread coldest sprees ever, and there are very few states that have not felt the chill of winter.   I think this “ice age” is getting way too common, and we are all looking for…

Game Day Frenzy

Having the privilege of being a teacher at Dierberg’s School of Cooking has been great fun for me.  I usually teach about six classes over an 8-week period. Dierbergs is a well-known grocery chain in the St. Louis area and also in Edwardsville, Illinois.  Six…

Chocolate Don’t Count

Chocolate Don’t Count

Well guys, I’m into my four days of eating healthy, except for the fried chicken I was craving last evening.  Of course, I fried it in olive oil, and you  know how good olive oil is for you.   I hope you  read my 12-Step Program…

My 12-Step Program

My 12-Step Program

Here we are 14 days into the New Year and I still cannot get into my weight loss plan.  Not that I had a particular plan picked out, but I did at least have an idea of some things that worked in the past.  Some…

Soup Kitchen in Troy, MO.

Soup Kitchen in Troy, MO.

Waking up this morning to a whole -6 degrees and looking out my kitchen window to a 12-inch snow packed back yard, my mouth started salivating for hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot oatmeal, and oh, yes, hot SOUP!   I am so thankful to be off…

Change the Table Runner

Does anybody out there have the post Christmas Blues?  You know, when the Christmas tree comes down, the angel is boxed away, and all of the candy get’s farmed out to the neighbors.  It’s like weeks and weeks of preparation, and then all of a…

My Mother’s Christmas Cookies

With Christmas just around the corner, I’m already stressing and counting the days, minutes, and seconds in my head trying to figure out how to get all the things done that I think I must get done. When I was a kid, I didn’t recall…

My January Motto:  My Peace is Your Peace!

My January Motto: My Peace is Your Peace!

Because January is the first month of the year, it carries with it the sense of a new beginning, a fresh start, and the first-fruits, if you will, of the rest of the year. It is a time when most people set goals for themselves…

Cooking with Dana…

Cooking with Dana…

The Christmas holidays are always so much fun for me, mainly because my entire family comes to my house.   This includes my three adult children, their spouses, and the eleven children they have between them.  I must include my only great granddaughter, Gia, age…