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  • Welcome to Chef’s Last Diet…

    Nancy Lowell has spent a lifetime loving, eating, cooking, learning and reading about food. She has owned a small restaurant in Delaware County, New York, a catering business in New York City, worked for fifteen years for Whole Foods Market, and served Breakfast at Tiffany’s during her time working in corporate dining.

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Shrimp and Grits

I remember the first time I ever heard of shrimp and grits. I was in Atlanta, it was April 1999. I was working for Whole Foods Market and I was there for three weeks helping to open the Briarcliff store. We worked hard all day preparing the store and the department for the upcoming grand […]

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July 21, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Peggy Gilbey - Looks good, and I think I would rather on a good smoky bacon as well.

Real Creamed Corn

If the last time you had creamed corn was from a can, July is the perfect month to make some real creamed corn, and forget that junk! I have always loved creamed corn, and then while visiting a good friend sat I down with his copy of Thomas Keller’s amazing and wonderful Ad Hoc at Home, […]

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July 17, 2014 - 9:57 am - Peggy, the corn I’ve gotten had been good, but I have only bought it a few times. Putting a little milk in the water when you heat the corn will make it taste sweeter.

July 17, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Peggy Gilbey - Looks good Nancy. Love that cute corn stripper! We have great corn in Pennsylvania too! (last nights from the local farm however, brought on a bit of disappointment and I’m wondering if it is due to the cooler weather we have experienced this summer.) This weekend, onto the Jersey corn. Thanks for sharing!

Is it a Diet if I Don’t Call it One?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have read my ‘about’ page, you know I’ve spent a lifetime failing at dieting. So a little over a year ago I swore off diets forever, and started writing. I guess for me writing has been liberating on so many levels, including allowing me to […]

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July 14, 2014 - 9:44 am

Anna Belle - I have the same mindset as you – I don’t diet (b/c the restrictive rules end up making me rebel!). I’ve also faced the challenge of wanted to slim down a little while still not dieting. I kind of surprised that your plan is so restrictive! I try to just serve myself smaller portions and really decide if I am truly hungry or just bored/sad/etc. I do try to avoid sweets and alcohol, but I suppose those should be occasional treats anyway, not everyday! Good luck with your plan!
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July 14, 2014 - 10:04 am - Anna Belle,
Part of what I have been struggling with is the amount of food I end up making for my blog… My plan doesn’t feel restrictive (yet) it just feels a bit more orderly than my more random style of eating.
Thanks for stopping by!

July 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Peggy Gilbey - Looks like a pretty good technique to me Nancy! Looking forward to hearing about the good food happening from your upcoming trips!

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

  If you’ve never had cold brewed iced coffee, stop what you’re doing right now, and make some, then you can thank me tomorrow because it won’t be ready until then. I am not a daily coffee drinker, especially in this hot weather, but I love cold drinks, like iced coffee and tea. I go […]

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July 10, 2014 - 7:20 am

Jhanis - That’s a long time to wait for coffee! :D I have made iced-coffee at home before but always using instant coffee (sacrilege, I know!) because it’s the only thing we have at home. I don’t have a coffee maker. I have a french press which my husband and I got as a wedding gift but have never used it!
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July 10, 2014 - 7:55 am

Kelly - I always assumed people just made coffee and then put the leftovers in the fridge. :-) This coffee concentrate method is intriguing. On a day when we’re home, this may be fun to try. Thank you for sharing.

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July 10, 2014 - 9:15 am - Jhanis,
You could easily use your French press to do this, you’ll just have a smaller amount of coffee. If you try it, I promise you’ll be hooked!

July 10, 2014 - 9:17 am - Kelly,
Chilling hot brewed coffee is how most people/restaurants do it. Some people even make coffee iced cubes so they don’t dilute their cold coffee. If you try a cold brew you will be amazed at how smooth the flavor is compared to regular iced coffee. I did mine overnight, so it was ready to go in the morning.

July 14, 2014 - 3:02 am

Dawn Yucuis - I am not a coffee drinker, but my kids love coffee. I will have to make this for them the next time they visit.

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

I am not great at goodbyes, and the time has come for me to say goodbye to an old friend. Not an actual friend, but a kitchen friend, a friend that’s been with me for many years, a friend I’ve written about before. It is my old, well used, and well loved Brookstone Theater Popcorn […]

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July 7, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Susan Maccarelli - I am right there with you, only for me it is my Whirley Popper. I feel like I have seasoned it and I would be very sad if anything ever happened to it. Nothing better than stove popcorn – microwave is horrible compared to it. I am sorry for your loss :o) #bloppies
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July 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm - Susan, yes! Whirley Pop is one of the brands I’m considering, but mine definitely has a nice patina. Someone suggested I use it to roast coffee, not sure if I’m up for that project.

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