Bacon-Wrapped Dried Apricots

A quick-fix appetizer, whether for hungry party-goers or a quick snack if supper's a little slow to the table. Yes – it's bacon, wrapped just one-layer thick around a plump dried apricot which turns sweet and creamy. Because a single strip of bacon makes three (and often four) appetizers, because the fat is cooked off, Bacon-Wrapped Apricots are surprisingly low in calories. It takes three appetizers to get to 100 calories! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ BEST RECIPES! Bacon-Wrapped Dried Apricots Made the List! Best Recipes of 2012 My Number One Party Tip? Here it is. When people walk in the door, have something small and tasty waiting on the table or island or wherever people gather. It’s finger food for immediate consumption, no forks required, napkins optional. But these bite-size bacon appetizers make up so quickly, I’m also happy to fix a small plate for two using a single slice of bacon, two bites for him, one for me. It’s a good solution to fe

Weight Watchers, Meet Michael Pollan

My friend Ann looks great, just great. For three months, she combined Weight Watchers with Michael Pollan's food axiom, "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants." and lost thirty pounds. This is her story. How I Combined Michael Pollan's Eating Rules with Weight Watchers Tools and Lost Thirty Pounds in Three Months By Ann Getz STUPID PANTS It all started early one October morning. I was at the gym to work out, I had been working out for a year. After showering, I put on the clothes in my bag, a pair of pants purchased months ago in the Junior Department at Kohl’s. (Why I bought them, I have no idea. They didn’t really fit then but my daughter thought I needed a pair of pants.) I could hardly button the stupid things and when I did, I had the biggest and grossest muffin top ever! I sucked in my breath and drove home. As soon as I was out of the car, my neighbor Julia said, “I really need to get back to Weight Watchers. Do you want to join with me?” M

Orange-Kissed Marshmallows

Ever wonder if there's a way to make handmade marshmallows? There is! To prove it, I've made Orange-Kissed Marshmallows and y'know, it was really fun. Get ready, it's Marsh Madness! Welcome to Marsh Madness, the celebration of the sugar confection that is the homemade marshmallow which has what? – alliteration aside – to do with March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Nothing, dear readers, but we’re stickin’ to the story, okay? Once upon a time, I made a big impression on two diehard Canadian sports guys (one is now this bigshot with the CFL) who almost splurted their beers when a certain American banker in short skirts and high heels (didn’t I say "once upon a time"?) was Sweet Sixteen conversant and had at least 60 seconds of intelligent understanding of a certain KU-KState boys basketball matchup. And now I hope to impress the judge of all-things-Marsh-Madness, cookbook author and marshmallow maven Shauna Sever to make my way to