Top Ten Hints for Buying Meat and Poultry

Where’s the beef, was the cry heard ‘round the world over twenty-five years ago, by a little lady named Clara Peller who got a tad upset when there wasn’t enough ground round between the hamburger buns. A lot has changed since 1984. Not only is it hip to beef up the protein in your meals, […]

How to Find a Great Local Butcher

Find a Local Butcher

There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (Please don’t buy your meat from Wal-Mart because it has almost certainly come […]

Back to Basics: Clean Up Your Spices

New month, new season and it’s time to get back to basics! One of the places where we all need a good look-see on the basics is your spices. I am going to bet you that some of those spices in your cabinet have lasted longer than some of your marriages! Those old icky spices […]

School Night Supper Shortcuts

During the summer, meals tend to be a lot more relaxed than they are during the school year. That just tends to be the nature of the beast. With autumn comes routine, as those school days tend to add a lot of activities to the family calendar. Not only do you have to do all […]

7 Tips For Grilling Produce

a variety of grilled veggies on a grill plate

I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling but there’s more to barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and fruits taste like something out of […]

Farmers Market Guide – 52 In Season for September

Have you been to the market lately? There is a bounty of fresh local goodness to be found at the Farmers Market in September, straight from the field! If you’re wondering what’s in season right now, check out our list below. We’ve listed the most popular fruits and veggies you can find right now, depending […]

5 Simple Suppers for Sweltering Days

Bowl of Gazpacho topped with fresh basil

Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to be in front of the stove-am I wrong? On those hot summer nights when you can’t stand the thought of turning on the oven or standing in front of a hot grill, it’s important to have a good arsenal of simple supper recipes so that you don’t resort […]

Why Buy Organic

Why Buy Organic

Not that long ago organic products were hard to find on the shelves of most grocery stores or supermarkets. Small “health food” stores started popping up with a variety of products, mostly supplements, and herbs or natural remedies and were generally viewed as remnants of the hippies and tree-huggers from the 60s and 70s.  Fresh […]

Plan Ahead Tips For Fast Dinners

Woman Cooing over a stock pot

“I need more hours in the day!”  Have you ever found yourself speaking words like that?   Rundown of the Day This fall season brings another cycle of activities and demands on our time.  Whether we are dealing with children and school activities, work responsibilities, or just fewer daylight hours that seem to make the […]

Back To School With Bento Box Basics

two children's bento box lunches on a white background

This is the time of year when we get ready for a new school year and all that it entails. “Graduating” from kindergarten or elementary school, or from eighth grade into high school, each year seems to be significant in the child’s life. Whether returning to the same school and friends or going to a […]