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March 3, 2014

Hot tips to avoid freezer burn

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to… Read more

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September 24, 2012

Sprouting healthy thoughts

Food For Thought Sprouting healthy thoughts By: Leanne Ely There’s a reason why sprouts are the symbol for life! What? You never noticed how we refer to new babies as little sprouts? Many of the foods that we eat started their lives as plant sprouts. Sprouts have long been recognized as healthy little buggers to… Read more

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August 6, 2012

Up to Here with Food Waste!

Up to Here with Food Waste! by Leanne Ely Hands up if you ever questioned your parents when they told you not to waste your food because there are people starving in Africa. As a child this really doesn’t make a lick of sense. How can the food I don’t eat help a starving person?… Read more

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February 27, 2012

Don’t Be Intimidated!

Food For Thought Don’t Be Intimidated! By: Leanne Ely C.N.C Dear Friends, There is a true intimidation factor in cooking for some people—I get the emails from them so I know this is true. For me, having grown up in a home with parents who cooked, rarely eating out, I learned how to navigate my… Read more

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January 19, 2012

10 Tips to Help You Successfully Navigate the Grocery Store

Dinner Diva 10 Tips to Help You Successfully Navigate the Grocery Store by Leanne Ely, CNC Dear Friends, A lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise kills about 400,000 Americans every year—that’s as many who have died from smoking, can you imagine?? And that’s only Americans—this number does not count the rest of the… Read more

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January 2, 2012

Are You Drinking Your Retirement Away?

Food For Thought Are You Drinking Your Retirement Away? by Leanne Ely, CNC Dear Friends, Did you know you could be drinking your retirement away with a fancy coffee habit? Let’s take a look at the dollars and cents (sense) of it all, shall we? My favorite coffee drink is a tall, non-fat, extra shot… Read more

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December 22, 2011

What a Waste

Dinner Diva What a Waste by Leanne Ely, CNC I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “waste not, want not.” We’ve all grown up with that saying. In our parents and grandparents time, the very idea of wasting food was unthinkable. Today, it’s the norm with nearly 40% of food purchased wasted every day. When… Read more

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December 1, 2011

Easy Tricks to Shortcut Your Cooking

Dinner Diva Easy Tricks to Shortcut Your Cooking By Leanne Ely, CNC I get asked all the time for ways to make dinner faster. I get that; we’re a microwave society. We want it quick, dirty and hassle-free. This is why convenience foods are so popular (and expensive and 99% of the time, full of… Read more

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November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Freezing Tips

Healthy Foods Thanksgiving Freezing Tips by Leanne Ely, CNC 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)?… Read more

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October 24, 2011

How Clean is Your Fridge?

Food For Thought How Clean is Your Fridge? by Leanne Ely, CNC Why is it the last thing to get cleaned in a kitchen is the inside of the refrigerator? I know that’s true for a lot of people; it certainly was for me! The fridge was the last frontier for me in the kitchen.… Read more