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November 27, 2014

With Heartfelt Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Today is Thanksgiving. There’s a wonderful turkey in my oven, my table is set, my family is here, and dear friends are on their way. Just before we eat our wonderful Thanksgiving meal, we traditionally gather together in a circle, holding hands and each one of us will say one thing we’re especially… Read more

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November 26, 2014

How to set a proper Thanksgiving table

By: Leanne Ely   Setting a proper dinner table is a simple thing and one that will make you feel like the elegant hostess you are. We’re talking specifically Thanksgiving today, but you can start making dinner an occasion every day. Not just on a holiday. Yes you can even break out the good china… Read more

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November 25, 2014

Cheat Sheet: Top Paleo Swaps for the Holidays

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve recently gone Paleo, you might be worried about navigating the kitchen this holiday season, what with all of the sugar, bread and other non-Paleo staples of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner floating around. But do not fear, Paleoistas! I’ve got your wheat-free little backs! We’ve put together this Paleo swap… Read more

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November 24, 2014

Saving Thanksgiving Dinner with 5 simple tips

By: Leanne Ely   When it comes to one of the biggest meals of the year, do you have one dish that you always seem to mess up? The dressing’s too dry or the gravy’s too lumpy? You know what I’m talking about! Today, I’m going to save you from making some of the most… Read more

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November 18, 2014

Which fruit can be savory and sweet?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: PLANTAINS The next time you pass by the plantains in the grocery store, you should pick up… Read more

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November 7, 2014

By: Leanne Ely   Apples aren’t the only fruits ripening on the trees right now. It’s a great time of year for pears! If the best of pear season has ended where you live, there should still be plenty of fresh pears around, so poke around the farmers’ market next time you’re there. Or even… Read more

Slow Cooker

November 6, 2014

Don’t let your slow cooker make you sick

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

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November 3, 2014

7 fall foods to forage for

By: Leanne Ely   Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles. I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to… Read more

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October 30, 2014

5 ways to enjoy squash for 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

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October 28, 2014

Which ancient fruit makes the perfect salad topping?

By: Leanne Ely   I’ve been seeing figs popping up around the farmers’ markets so I thought we’d focus on this seasonal fruit today. You’re about to learn a tip, a trick and a great new recipe featuring the fig! Figs have been harvested since the 9th century BC where they were a staple in… Read more