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Preparing green beans in a cast iron skillet

November 17, 2015

The Perfect Green Bean Casserole

By: Leanne Ely   Green beans are a real crowd-pleasing vegetable. With a mild, sweet flavor and a completely portable and edible design, green beans make a great on-the-go snack for kids, and they can also add some real visual interest to a vegetable tray. But there’s more to this slender green veggie than looks… 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

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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

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October 23, 2015


Visit any supermarket, gourmet store, or corner grocery and you’re likely to find an intimidatingly large selection of olive oils. Go online and the options multiply a hundredfold. What’s more, a UC Davis study discovered that up to 69% of olive oil labeled “extra virgin” on supermarket shelves was fraudulent. How can you choose the… Read more

Dark Chocolate

October 16, 2015

4 Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate

By: Leanne Ely   The love of my life made itself known when I was mere child. A little tiny child. Young, vulnerable, happy and yet missing something. What was it? Chocolate. That beautiful, silky, gorgeous experience of a food. Chocolate. OMGosh. Today, I’m talking specifically though, dark chocolate. Once upon a time, I was… Read more


October 6, 2015

The sweet potato . . . how sweet it is!

By: Leanne Ely   Anyone who looks at a sweet potato and sees a funny looking regular old potato has a lot to learn about this nutritional powerhouse that tastes like dessert! Sweet potatoes are amazing tubers that provide us with a tremendous amount of nutrition. And they really are delicious, to boot! Most of… Read more


October 2, 2015

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more


September 15, 2015

Pear with Me!

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

Fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market

August 25, 2015

46 Fresh Market Foods for August

By: Leanne Ely   In August, there are so many types of foods ripening in the fields and on the trees, I am just like a kid in a candy store when I hit up my local Farmers Market. Have you been to the market lately? I truly believe that we need to support our… Read more

Operation Lunchbox Readiness

August 14, 2015

Back to School : Operation Lunchbox!

By: Leanne Ely   I know I’m going to get a dirty look or two from y’all for bringing this up, but its time (or past time for some of you!) to start thinking about getting the kids ready to go back to school. With two children of my own, I am fully aware of… Read more