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    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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“Cooking is About Repetition” Thomas Keller

Last week while driving I happened upon an interview with chef Thomas Keller on the NPR program From Scratch. It was a long interview and covered a lot of territory, but what really struck a chord with me was when Keller said “cooking is about repetition”. That phrase really resonated with me, as it does with […]

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July 28, 2014 - 12:10 pm

jhanis - I’m waiting for the day when i can cook without a cookbook or a recipe opened up in front of me. I read and re-read instructions and measurements while cooking with anxiety! LOL
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Ten Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Here are ten cleaning hacks and tips. OK, maybe they’re not all “hacks” because I’m not exactly sure what qualifies as a hack…           If you cook a lot, you make a lot of messes, and it can be a challenge getting things clean. Before you toss that stained Pyrex, the pot […]

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July 24, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Peggy Gilbey - Nice tips. I make a cleaning ‘potion’ of third each parts of white vinegar, alcohol, and water in a spray bottle. Soaking a paper towel with this mixture easily cleans the collected grease out of my stainless vent above the range and its surrounding area. This mixture is also good for cleaning counters. Thanks for sharing.

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.

July 25, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Shrimp & Grits | Better After 50 - […] Another fabulous dish from Nancy Lowell of Chef’s Last Diet… […]

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

nrlowell@comcast.net - 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

nrlowell@comcast.net - 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!

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