I just finished reading Maya Angelou's newest book/cookbook. I am a huge fan of her writing, poetry, and cookbooks. One of my favorites is her book Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.

In this, her newest book, she shares recipes and philosophies related to her eating habits. Her dedication says it simply:

I dedicate the ambitious intent of this book to those who would love to eat and love to lose weight at the same time.

Who doesn't want to do that?

This past week my dear friend and niece posted this quote on her facebook page:

"Scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary diet and don't worry." ~ Sir Robert Hutchison, Newcastle Medical Journal (1932)

This would agree with the intent of the cookbook Great Food All Day Long by Ms. Angelou. It has been the intent of this blog to promote eating in a conscious and moderate way, using ordinary ingredients, and to enjoy the act of eating with the people you love. I have not been able to accomplish the 'don't worry' part, but we do try very hard to eat moderately and in a conservative and healthy way. One of the things Maya wrote in her book was that if a diner ate only a small portion of food, and then waited 20 minutes, they would find that they were satisfied. This is true, she says, if the food is delicious, and full of flavor. She began to eat this way, eating a small amount throughout the day every 3 hours or so, and noticed that he clothes began to get loose. She was losing weight and it was a result of this kind of eating.

I'm not necessarily promoting this but I do agree that eating really 'good' food, that is not only delicious but good for you will satisfy you more than eating some diet guru's idea of a 'diet' meal. We are getting ready to redo our kitchen and when we do, one of my first purchases is going to be new dishware. I'm buying small dishes. It's hard to control portions when the dish is 8-10 inches across.

My intent in writing this blog post was to remind us all to eat an ordinary diet with moderation and not to worry. It is what it is...

Tonight we had a homemade chicken vegetable stew. I threw in a small handfull of noodles to soak up some of the broth and used carrots, celery, onion, and cabbage along with chicken breast and herbs. One mug of soup was highly satisfying along with a whole wheat muffin with a drizzle of honey.  This muffin recipe is easy and delicious if you want to give it a try. I added raisins this time and you can also add chopped nuts. They are delicious plain as well!

 1 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. sour milk (i used buttermilk)
1/2 c. oil (i used applesauce)
This makes 12 muffins. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until edges brown and a tap on the top of a muffin pops back!
Add 1 c. dried fruit or some chopped nuts if you want


  1. Teresa, that sounds a lot like the recipe my family has enjoyed for the last 30 years! A Mennonite friend in Chicago gave it to me in 1980 and I've made them 3 or 4 times a month since then. Here it is:

    1 c. sour milk
    1 1/2c. bran cereal (or wheat bran)
    1/2c. brown sugar
    1 egg
    1/3c. oil
    1 T. baking powder
    1 1/2c. whole wheat flour
    Raisins or diced apples or bananas
    Makes 12 muffins. Bake at 400 for 15 to 17 minutes.


  2. It does sound similar. The ingredients are much the same, too. It reminds me of the raisin bran muffins that keep for 6 weeks in the fridge (the batter keeps that long).