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Thought I’d share a recipe from my book Fabulous Foods,  Enjoying Healthy Comfort Foods under the name, Cynthia Mahoney FNP (if you type in my name instead of the title, you’ll go straight to the book)

Cindy’s Favorite Fettuccine Alfredo

This was one of my serendipitous findings. I spent years trying to emulate a local chef’s high fat Alfredo, sans fat, and tried some changes. When I finally hit on this recipe, it was mid-summer and my husband was in the mood for a cool salad. So because I am the saint that I am, I ate his portion of Fettuccine Alfredo, I mean someone had to do it. I sat down, wrote the recipe and fired it off to the local newspaper’s Healthy Living section. I have had more compliments on this than I can stand, well almost.


Prep time: 15 minutes


6 ounces of whole wheat linguini or Fettuccine noodles

6 ounces of fat free half and half

1 tablespoon light margarine such as I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Light

½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 clove fresh pressed garlic, sautéed

Salt, about 1 or 2 teaspoons

1 tablespoon grated Asiago cheese, optional


In a medium pot, boil noodles per package instructions but don’t add oil or salt. Stir frequently.

While the noodles are boiling, in a medium bowl mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the fat free half and half. When thoroughly mixed with a fork, add in the rest of the fat free half and half.


When noodles are sufficiently cooked, drain and put directly back into the pot, add the light margarine and mix until melted. Turn heat back on medium and add the cornstarch/half and half mix and heat to almost boiling, but do not boil, for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the ½ cup parmesan cheese, garlic and salt and mix. The sauce will thicken.


Serve immediately with the grated Asiago.

3 servings:

Calories: 397

Fat: 5

Fiber: 6

Protein: 21

Father’s Day


One of the most cherished holidays of the season. When I was young, I often missed Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.

I didn’t appreciate the importance of thanking my parents for all the love they’d given me, for every decision I made. For the material/immaterial things that kids sometimes don’t get.

Now, they’re gone. Passed a long time ago, but now … I wish I could tell them how much I appreciate them.

Anyone else feel like a heel?

I don’t know how it happened, ’cause I hadn’t put any weight on these holidays, but my son, once he was old enough to understand and every year since, has given me a card, chocolate, or taken me to brunch. Today, he and his girlfriend treated my husband to brunch and I got to tag along.

If I had a time machine …

Thank you Mom and Dad for all your love. And today, Dad, I wish I could smell that really stinky cigar, just one more time.



“Today is the day the Lord has made..

..let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

I stopped the English Patient book after the first 10 … no 5 pages. I kept falling asleep. As a movie, it seemed well-done, years ago. I read a few Christian novels and moved back into the edit/slash/gnashing of teeth stage, the raw pain of slicing my favorite scenes, and trying to cut the word count down.

OK, you ready to hear what the count was? 104,000. I now have the MS at 96,000 (and change). The easiest and most difficult part is rewording, ridding unnecessary words. Today, I tossed “that.” I cut 318 “thats” to 37.

My goal is simple. Spread the Gospel in a fun, exciting, romantic and in a realistic way. Wow, if you read the Bible daily (which BTW you should), there are scenes of every evil under the sun. . . it’s a wondrous honest look at humanity including the many sighs of God. Then repentance. And backsliding.

I am praying for an agent or PH accepting Christian manuscripts for the genre. I am finding through others, the genre is stricter than the Bible. If the Word of God were to be sent to any of the Christian publishing houses now, I am certain it would be turned down for graphic violence, debauchery, incest, seduction, pride, breaking the law consistently, rape, prostitution, the downfall of kings, murder, and the lewdness of Ephraim, Benjamin, Sodom (the cities) etc. And that’s just the Old Testament. Wait ’til you get to the New Testament.

We are all the same. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. YET GOD intervened. I am blessed every day because of Him.

While fiddling with How to Steal a Romance, I am now intermittently fiddling with Forget Me Not: Non Compos Mentis. This, too, is a Christian romance, but with much more police procedure. A few bullets. No explosions in this one. Did you like the lack of segway, there?

Well, I believe I will post something on my wix site for good measure. You are welcome there, and I’d be happy to hear from ya.

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Hope to catch up to you and network 🙂

Have a happy Wednesday.