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August 17, 2015

5 Tools Every New Cook Needs

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 drive a car because you have to eat… Read more

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

August 11, 2015

A Secret High Protein Source

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 ingredient. The flavor of tahini is similar to… Read more


August 10, 2015

6 Essentials for at Home Smoothies!

By: Leanne Ely   Smoothies? They’re fantastic. I drink one every single day. Smoothies can pack in a lot of nutrition when you don’t have a lot of time to make a full meal. Now, smoothie bars are popping up ALL over the place, but you can set up your very own smoothie bar at… Read more


August 6, 2015

Too Many Tomatoes?

By: Leanne Ely   I’m expecting another bumper crop of tomatoes this year, and I know exactly what I’m going to do with my harvest. How about you? Do you know what to do with all of those excess tomatoes? If not, here are some ideas for what you can do when you find yourself… Read more

Pan fried chicken liver and onions

July 28, 2015

Are you eating this superfood?

By: Leanne Ely   Few things can raise as many “I’m not eating that” and “eew! Disgusting!” reactions from the dinner table as liver, but that’s too bad because the nutrition found in organ meats is unbelievable! The liver is a storage organ for vitamins A, B12, D, E and K, as well as copper,… Read more


July 20, 2015

16 Summer Salads

By: Leanne Ely I make a meal out of a salad on a regular basis, but especially during the summer. It really is hard not to pile on the fresh vegetables when they’re in season. In case you’re short on salad inspiration, let me share some ideas for you for the summer. There are enough… Read more


July 13, 2015

5 Quick Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Budget

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 a perfect world, we would all be able to buy everything fair… Read more


July 9, 2015

Our healthy Costco shopping list

By: Leanne Ely   I’ve been supporting local farmers markets since before it was the trendy thing to do. For years, I’ve been recommending that folks make more of an effort to eat what’s in season, locally. And where you can, it’s always preferred to eat organic. But that being said, it’s unreasonable to think… Read more


July 6, 2015

8 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 the salad or wasps invade… Read more

Dill Herb and Its Healthy Benefits

July 3, 2015

Just for the dill of it

By: Leanne Ely Fresh dill is one of my very favorite herbs. It just tastes like summer to me. Maybe that goes back to the taste of a dill pickle sliced onto a grilled hamburger! I love the look of dill’s wispy green leaves and its sweet soft taste. I chop dill into salads and… Read more