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Turkey soup-1

November 24, 2015

Scrumptious Roast Turkey Soup

By: Leanne Ely   Hands up  if you plan to have a turkey in the oven at some point over the next couple of days. I know you’re probably not thinking about what to do with that leftover turkey yet, but I want to catch you before you toss out that beautiful turkey carcass in… Read more


November 9, 2015

How to Freeze Thanksgiving

by Leanne Ely   Here is a question I received that I believed warranted answering for everyone— Hi- I LOVE “Saving Dinner”! My husband loves the food even more. Here is my question: how feasible is it to freeze any Thanksgiving side-dishes in advance (ie cranberry sauce, casseroles, even stuffing)? Thanks! I am busy with… Read more

Fresh spinach and strawberry smoothie juice in glass

November 5, 2015

5 Quick Smoothie Ideas

By: Leanne Ely   To say this is a busy time of year would be an understatement. Soon there will be all that shopping and the wrapping, the school concerts and the holiday parties, there’s bound to be an evening or two that, despite your best efforts, it’s just too difficult to put a balanced… Read more

Bones 1

October 29, 2015

Dem Bones!

By: Leanne Ely   Animal bones, including beef knuckles, chicken carcasses and ham hocks, are absolutely worth saving and cooking with. If you’re sticking to a grocery budget, you’ll be glad to know these animal bits are good and cheap (sometimes free if you can sweet talk your butcher). Bones are full of minerals like… Read more

squash for dinner

October 20, 2015

5 ways to squash your dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

Brussels sprouts with bacon, onions and paprika

September 29, 2015

I can’t get enough of these!

By: Leanne Ely   When I was a little girl, there was no way I’d be giving thanks for the little green balls of mush my dear mother would put on my plate. I would have to sit at the table forever, trying to choke down those disgusting blobs of leaves. I love my mother… Read more

Indian condiments consisting of yoghurt and lime, chutney and tomato and onion.

September 28, 2015

Better than store bought: 7 simple sauces

By: Leanne Ely   There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from! I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes! The… Read more

Mindless Meals

September 11, 2015

Mindless Meals (when you’re too tired for anything!)

By: Leanne Ely   The kiddies are all back to school, and after a summer where the routine was willy nilly at best, here you are facing the rush of homework, piano lessons, laundry and everything else that goes along with the onset of the new school year. It’s going to happen plenty of times… Read more


July 20, 2015

16 Summer Salads

By: Leanne Ely I make a meal out of a salad on a regular basis, but especially during the summer. It really is hard not to pile on the fresh vegetables when they’re in season. In case you’re short on salad inspiration, let me share some ideas for you for the summer. There are enough… Read more

Strawberry Banana Smoothie made with fresh Ingredients

July 16, 2015

Poolside snacks for the kids

By: Leanne Ely You get the towels ready, the sunscreen applied, and settle down to enjoy a few minutes of sun while the kids play in the pool only to hear, seconds later, the familiar refrain, “Can I have a snack?” Swimming seems to make children hungrier than anything else, and you can be almost… Read more