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After trying every diet and never achieving real weight loss, I developed my own Recipe for a Healthy Weight. I lost over 130 pounds and created this website to share what I discovered. More >

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Tropical Melon Popsicles

I'm not a hot weather person. I'd be happy if the temperature never climbed higher than 89 degrees. So, when it gets miserably hot in the summer, I love to cool down with popsicles. They're such fun, nostalgic treats. Everyone turns into a kid with a popsicle in hand. Right?

Armed with this idea, I went to the grocery store a few nights ago determined to come home with some popsicles for Sunday dinner dessert. It was hot as Hades outside, and I was in a mood to match the weather. I tore through the frozen aisles, assuming that in this age of additive-aware healthy living, finding an all-fruit, no-sugar added frozen treat would be a cinch. Boy, was I wrong.

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Salmon Burgers

I've been on an insane burger kick lately. It's the only thing I seem to want for dinner. And although I wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into a juicy, half-pound beef patty every night, for health reasons I've tried to round out the sandwich menu. I've cooked my share of turkey burgers, veggie burgers, quinoa burgers… But the usual beef substitutions were wearing thin.

It's in such situations that Providence plays a part. Last weekend while grocery shopping, I spied a gorgeous side of salmon—almost 4 pounds—and on sale, too! I couldn't resist. I snatched it up, took it home, and began dividing it into 1-pound portions for freezing. I ended up with three, perfect, coral-hued filets (ideal for this recipe), and one sad, leftover tail portion. Somehow, it didn't feel right storing the tapering tail meat with the other filets. I wondered aloud, "What else can I do with this?"

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Pasta Salad Supreme

These days, to love pasta salad is to be seriously un-cool. You never see it on the menu at trendy eateries, however casual, kitschy or retro. Food snobs turn up their noses at the very idea. Sure, quinoa and couscous salads abound, but pasta salad? Heavens no. It's just not done among the foodie set. I mean, you might as well break out the cheez whiz and cool whip for all the gustatory cred discussion of pasta salads will get you.

That's why today's post is a pasta salad! Oho! I thought I'd be a trendbucker and share one proudly. A good pasta salad is light and refreshing, yet still filling on a hot, hot day (like today). This salad is a variation on one my Maymo used to make when I was a kid. It brings back memories of summer days, cookouts, and bites of cold, crunchy salad, stolen right out of her bright orange serving bowl.

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Happy Mother's Day

Three Generations: My Grandmother, My Mother, and Me

I come from a family of extraordinary women: fighters, trailblazers, independent thinkers. Women in my family defy convention by doing what they want, stating what they believe, and refusing to conform to roles they were not meant to play. And they taught their daughters to do the same.

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Steamed Artichokes with Mustard-Cream Dipping Sauce

I'm back from my blog-cation. Instead of working on a blog post last weekend, I volunteered for an organization near and dear to my heart: Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. On Saturday, April 28, 3,000 volunteers helped rehab 68 homes, 4 community facilities and a large park in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood and the Village of Harvey. It was an amazing day with a remarkable organization!

It felt good to take a break from blogging, but it also feels good to be back at it again. I'm excited to share this week's recipe with you. I know the tagline of this blog is " is more than broiled chicken & steamed vegetables," but this gives short shrift to one of the best methods for preparing artichokes: steaming them.

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