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 this easy step into your …

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 is using the grill in …

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 good to find yourself at …

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 of getting a meal on …

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 you don’t resort to either …

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 and D. They are rich …