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September 10, 2013

Pork rinds on my mind

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe Pork rinds on my mind By: Leanne Ely Mmm crunchy fried pork skin! Pork rinds are a snack food made by cooking and smoking pieces of pork skin, and then deep frying them in lard. This frying process makes the pork skin puff up, giving it a crunchy airy texture.… Read more

meatballs, Paleo, easy dinner, easy lunch,

September 5, 2013

Double duty school night suppers for Paleo families

If you’ve adopted the Paleo lifestyle over the summer (maybe you took our Paleo Challenge?), you might be panicking a little, wondering how you’re going to handle those chaotic evening meals that tend to take place when everyone’s back to school. Or maybe you’re considering hopping on that Paleo bandwagon now and thoughts of harried… Read more

Tahini, hummus, tahini paste, sesame, Middle Eastern food

August 20, 2013

Tahini for me!

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe Tahini for me! By: Leanne Ely If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten tahini at least once or twice. An essential ingredient in hummus, tahini is a paste made primarily with ground sesame seeds. In Middle Eastern countries, tahini is a common table… Read more

Organic Food, healthier eating habits, what to buy organic, grass fed meat and dairy

August 19, 2013

How to prioritize your organic grocery budget without going broke

Food For Thought How to prioritize your organic grocery budget without going broke By: Leanne Ely Navigating the grocery store in this day and age feels like tiptoeing around a minefield. With everything we’re hearing about GMOs, hormones and chemicals in our foods, it makes you wonder if it’s safe to eat anything anymore. In… Read more

Freezer meals, stocked freezer, what's for dinner?

July 29, 2013

If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer!

Food For Thought If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer! By Leanne Ely If you’re anything like me, sometimes you are just plain fed up with feeding people. Meal planning, grocery shopping, chopping, peeling, roasting, boiling, eating, coercing the children into eating their vegetables, cleaning up the pots and pans only to do… Read more

The Bamboo dishes on the white background.

July 4, 2013

Not paper or plastic please. I'll take the bamboo!

Dinner Diva Not paper or plastic please. I’ll take the bamboo! By: Leanne Ely There’s a relatively new product on the market that you may or may not be familiar with — bamboo dinnerware. These reusable and/or disposable dishes are made from the sheath of the bamboo plant. Bamboo can grow more than a meter… Read more

Family Dining Al Fresco

June 27, 2013

Tips for dining outdoors

Dinner Diva Tips for dining outdoors By: Leanne Ely Summer is upon us and that means it’s the season for eating outside! Eating in the out of doors is such a romantic notion. But more often than not, the wind comes up and blows your plastic drink ware off the table, a fly lands in… Read more

pots and pans_SM

May 30, 2013

Basic tools for every new cook

Dinner Diva Basic tools for every new cook By: Leanne Ely Cooking is a basic life skill, as far as I’m concerned. Knowing how to cook is as important as knowing how to brush your teeth or how to drive a car. Well, knowing how to cook is probably more important than knowing how to… Read more


April 11, 2013

Stock up on vegetable broth!

Dinner Diva Stock up on vegetable broth! By: Leanne Ely When you start making your own stock, you’re going to have a hard time buying it from the store ever again. Making stock from scratch is about as satisfying as it gets. Being the one who purchased (or even better, grew!) the vegetables that you’re… Read more


March 21, 2013

How to best use your refrigerator

Dinner Diva How to best use your refrigerator By: Leanne Ely Chances are, you have a refrigerator in your home. But, if you’re like many people, you don’t put a lot of thought into the what-goes-where process when you get your groceries home from the market. There is a reason why your fridge has all… Read more