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Mother and daughter shopping for fresh produce

February 26, 2015

Shopping with your children

By: Leanne Ely   Do you grab your purse and duck out the door the minute you know your kids are looked after so you can shop for groceries alone? While it’s a nice treat to do the food shopping by yourself from time to time, I think that it’s very important to bring the… Read more

Fresh cherries in bowl

February 24, 2015

For a sweet juicy snack pick cherries!

By Leanne Ely   I just love the sweet, tart flavor of a juicy ripe cherry. But really, who doesn’t? Cherries are not only delicious, these delicate little fruits are also very healthy. If you suffer from gout pain, you probably already know that cherries can help prevent flareups but there’s much more to cherries… Read more

Butcher Cutting Meat On Bandsaw

February 23, 2015

How to find a great local butcher

By: Leanne Ely   There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (I don’t recommend buying your meat from Wal-Mart because… Read more

Young girl in kitchen eating chicken and vegetables smiling

February 19, 2015

Teach your children to make their own good food decisions

By: Leanne Ely   As parents, we sometimes forget that part of our job is to give kids the “why” behind the “no.” I am a firm believer in empowering children to make good decisions. If we raise our kids in a “because I told you so” environment, they will grow up without the ability… Read more

sliced prosciutto and capers on a wooden board

February 17, 2015

Don’t be a ham, try the prosciutto!

By: Leanne Ely   As far back as 100 BC, Romans were drying pork legs in salt to create the delicacy known as prosciutto. Not familiar with this form of pork? Well, if you enjoy bacon then I’m willing to bet you will absolutely fall in love with prosciutto. Prosciutto is dry-cured ham that comes… Read more

Chopped Vegetables and Cheese in Freezer Bags

February 12, 2015

How to optimize freezer space

By: Leanne Ely   If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control! When your… Read more

Fresh Vegetables, Fruits and other foodstuffs.

February 5, 2015

Eat your veggies!

By: Leanne Ely   Hands up if you eat the 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies as recommended by the USDA or the 7-10 daily servings recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. I’m not seeing many hands! But the truth is, folks, there’s a reason why the government wants us to get in all those… Read more

Poached Salmon with Asparagus and Sorrel Sauce

February 3, 2015

Perfect Poaching

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: POACHING Poaching is method of cooking that is perfect for bringing out the best in delicate foods… Read more

Grilled bbq steaks with fresh herbs and tomatoes

February 2, 2015

Sizzling tips for searing meat

By: Leanne Ely   Cooking meat well is something that takes practice. There’s a knack to getting that perfect golden color on a chicken breast and to making those dark grill marks appear on a steak. While a nice color on a piece of meat looks nice, more importantly, that color basically translates to flavor.… Read more

Mahi Mahi-cooked

January 30, 2015

Hungry hungry for mahi mahi

By: Leanne Ely   Do you ever enjoy this ocean predator? Because I think that mahi mahi deserves a place in your kitchen on a regular basis. Also known as dolphinfish (but it’s not a dolphin, don’t worry!) this mild, sweet fish has a very firm flesh that makes cooking it an absolute breeze. Whether… Read more