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April 27, 2012

Salad Spin

Healthy-Foods Salad Spin By: Leanne Ely I get a lot of email from readers (feel free to email your questions—I may include it in an upcoming article, Dinner Diva at Saving Dinner dot com) and this one warrants an article. I hate to trouble you with a silly salad question, but I’ve never eaten salad… Read more


April 9, 2012

Time to Get Organized!

Food For Thought Time to Get Organized! By: Leanne Ely As a cookbook writer and full-on foodie, you can imagine what my desk must look like. Yes, it is stacked with cookbooks, food magazines and recipes torn from magazines, printed from the Internet or scribbled furiously on my ever-present legal yellow pad. I have recipes;… Read more

A set of saucepans, stainless steel

March 5, 2012

Are Your Pots Too Big?

Food For Thought Are Your Pots Too Big? By: Leanne Ely Dear Friends, Ever heard of the term “too much”? When it comes to buying food, keeping food in your pantry, fridge and freezer, we have a tendency to become somewhat pack rattish. What we need to do is refocus and look at our need,… Read more


January 23, 2012

Don’t Panic – We Can Fix This!

Food For Thought Don’t Panic – We Can Fix This! By: Leanne Ely C.N.C Dear Friends, The freezer isn’t a cryogenic tank to park your food indefinitely. So many people buy food on sale (buy one, get one) or marked down (hit the grocery store first thing in the morning for great deals), but the… Read more

Grocery cart filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables.

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

Coffee and dollar

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

Shredding Money Closeup

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


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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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


October 10, 2011

Finding Balance as an Empty Nester

Food For Thought Finding Balance as an Empty Nester By Leanne Ely, CNC For all intents and purposes, I am an empty nester—my children aren’t at home full time anymore. Things have changed dramatically at my house and I didn’t fully realize this until after I did my whole Two Week Kitchen Makeover with Rubbermaid… Read more