“What does your doctor have to say about your cigar smoking?” someone once asked George Burns when he was well into his 90s. “Nothing—he’s dead,” George quipped in reply.

Jokes aside, after years of seeing trans-fat laden, artery-clogging, and diabetes-inducing recipes permeating today’s culture, with the nutritionist in me cringing at every word I read, I felt it was about time for The Sentinel to start offering some healthier culinary choices for our dear readers. But please indulge me as I first provide you with some context, so this isn’t blown off as yet another eye-rolling, health nut’s opinion.