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June 16, 2016

Picnic (and general “outdoor”) Season Food Safety Tips

by: Leanne Ely Who says life isn’t a picnic? It can be if you know how to pack it! And there is nothing better than a picnic al fresco on a lovely late summer day, just you, your spouse and maybe a few little ones. Keeping your picnic/outdoor-dining safe is a concern: food poisoning isn’t… Read more

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June 16, 2016

Top Tips for Grilled Veggies and Fruits

By: Leanne Ely   I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling meats but there’s more to summer barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and… Read more

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June 2, 2016

Marinades: Easy Way to Make a Meal Great

by: Leanne Ely   One of my favorite things to use during the grilling months is marinade! Or mare-in-nod, as Martha enunciates it. Marinades are an easy way to a fabulous dinner and require very little work. They do need time to work their magic, however, but it is easy to do when you’ve worked… Read more

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June 2, 2016

You go GRILL!

By: Leanne Ely One of my very favorite parts of hotter weather is the incessant use of the barbecue or grill as we call it in the South. Being able to cook everything over an open flame would be wonderful for all seasons, but for most of us, it’s confined to summer months. The key… Read more

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May 17, 2016

7 Dinner Shortcuts That Will Save You Time!

By: Leanne Ely   Regardless of how you feel about cooking, nobody wants to be a slave to the kitchen. We are all so busy these days that we need as many shortcuts as we can possibly find for getting a good home-cooked meal on the table with the minimum amount of stress! It’s no… Read more

Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

May 16, 2016

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock… Read more

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May 13, 2016

My Top 7 Slow Cooker Safety Tips

By: Leanne Ely   I couldn’t function without my slow cooker. You all know by now how I feel about this wonderful, time-saving appliance. If you’re new to slow cooking, or even if you’re a seasoned pro, there are some safety precautions that I hope you’re taking when it comes to this highly efficient way… Read more

May 12, 2016

5 Simple Suppers for Sweltering Days

By: Leanne Ely   Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to be in front of the stove-am I wrong? On those hot summer nights when you can’t stand the thought of turning on the oven or standing in front of a hot grill, it’s important to have a good arsenal of easy recipes so that… Read more

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May 10, 2016

Dandelion Greens…the nutritional superstar + a recipe!

By: Leanne Ely   Most of us are familiar with the common yellow weed that marks the onset of spring and in many parts of the country. Dandelion greens are the enemy to gardeners everywhere, but these flower bed nuisances are actually real nutritional superstars. Dandelion greens are very high in vitamins A, B, C… Read more

May 9, 2016

Composting Made Easy

by Leanne Ely   You know my motto when it comes to eating fruits and veggies: eat fresh, eat local, eat seasonal. The easiest way to stick to that rule of thumb is to grow your own. Whether you have a big garden out in the yard or a few pots of herbs growing in… Read more