"I enjoy all kinds of food, but particularly dishes that are low in calories, fat and carbs. I'm a retired RN and run a foot clinic at a local homeless shelter for men. I have also participated in medical missions to Jamaica and Romania.

"I love to travel with my husband, Steve, and enjoy long walks, working out, arranging flowers and cooking. I like to write about a wide variety of topics, from puppy mills to decreasing hunger. I'm also active in my church.

"I've been reading Taste of Home for a couple of years now; this is the first contest I've ever entered."

Category: Lightened Up
Recipe: Mango Chicken with Plum Sauce
Finalist: Christine Vaught, Salem, OR

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