Hello there and Welcome to my wee world!

You may wonder who I am and why you’d be interested to hang around my blog. Well, I’m just a girl – a girl that learned how to cook – who had a whole whack of health issues that contributed to making me feel lousy and gain a ton of weight. I realized if I didn’t start taking control of my life I soon wouldn’t have a life to control.

I’ve always wanted to write, but about what? My original idea was to try my hand at writing a cookbook – but then I thought does the world really need another cookbook?

Blogging is a way for me to write, share recipes & ideas and in many ways it’s a cathartic bit of therapy during my wellness journey. What I didn’t expect was the amount of people within my own circle of acquaintances that would come to me to ask what I was doing and if I could help them to change some habits, get healthier and maybe shed a few pounds along the way.

That’s what this blog is about. Some recipes (some really healthy, some…well some you may only get to eat on special occasions) a story about where I started, where I’m at and where I hope to end up. The story of course encompasses everything in between, the dreaded diet & exercise and all the “tweeking” that’s involved to get a very stubborn compromised metabolism to move!

I hope you hang out for a while, check out some of my recipes, read my story – never know you may see glimpses of yourself or someone you know.

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Chef Lorraine



July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve always loved meals that are what I call “One Pot Wonders”.  Although this bakes up all in one nice big pan, you will need a deep skillet to get it all started.  I’ve been making a dish similar to this for years, but the other night while watching Chef Lidia Bastianich on Television make a version of this, it reminded me how much my daughter loves chicken’s dark meat and smoky flavors.

So, thanks to the motivation of Chef Lidia, the next day I redid my old recipe by adding a good wollop of Smoked paprika, using only the dark meat of the chicken and this really yummy recipe was born.


1 large yellow onion, cut into large chunks
1 each of red pepper & yellow pepper, cut into large chunks
Olive oil for cooking about 4 tbsps.
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
4 or 6 chicken legs & thighs, separated. I like to cut off any excess skin & fat if possible.
6 garlic cloves, smashed with skin removed
¼ tsp. hot pepper flakes, if you want it hotter, be careful when adding more. The earlier you add heat the hotter it gets!
2 heaping tbsp. paprika or smoked paprika (if you like smoky flavors this is great!)
1 cup dry white wine (you may want a splash more to deglaze pan, and to have more sauce, so keep the bottle handy)
Chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Preheat oven to 350°f
Prepare a non-stick 9 x 13 baking dish, set aside
Trim chicken & pat dry, season both sides with a little kosher salt and freshly […]