The Perfect Green Bean Casserole

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 alone! Green beans are […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Smokin’ hot food trend: Smoked Salt

I’ve been reading more and more about smoked salt in food magazines and blogs. A lot of TV chefs and home chefs seem to be talking about gourmet salts more and more these days. USA Today has actually placed lowly old “salt” at the top of its food trend of 2012 list! Salt! It’s not […]

Food For Thought: Saddle up for some great grub!

I had the pleasure of seeing a real-life cattle drive in Fort Worth, Texas not too long ago. Longhorns ambling down the road with a cowboy on his horse whooping at the cows to keep them off the sidewalks (and off the people, LOL) I do think it appropriate to partake of cowboy chow while […]

Dinner Diva: Craving some fabulous Tex-Mex?

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!! That’s a foodie’s code for “I need Tex-Mex, stat!” And who doesn’t adore Tex-Mex anything? It’s a favorite and my house and I’ve got my own secret weapons for making it. Like this casserole for example. It’s simply to die for. I have never had anyone not love it. As a matter […]

Casseroles Do Double Duty

Meal planning doesn’t have to make you wring your hands, stomp your feet and cause you to order pizza in frustration. The solution is simple if you plan a little bit ahead, keep a perpetual grocery list going, utilize easy recipes and keep your pantry stockpiled. One trick that has always helped me in a […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: The Delectable Mushroom

Here’s today’s TRICK: Did you know that mushrooms that look “old” are actually more flavorful? Buy them marked down and with a smile on your face, knowing (smugly) that not only have you purchased yourself a good deal, you’re getting better flavor! And here’s a TIP: Don’t throw out the stems! Chop them up finely […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Herbs

Here’s today’s TRICK: When you’re using fresh herbs, use kitchen scissors to snip them and skip the knife and cutting board which crushes them. Kitchen scissors should be standard issue in any kitchen. I couldn’t live without mine! And here’s a TIP: When storing tender, leafy herbs like basil, cilantro, dill and the like, snip […]

Roasted- 4 Ideas for Leftover Roast

Dinner Diva Roasted- 4 Ideas for Leftover Roast By Leanne Ely, C.N.C So you bought a gigantic, on sale roast beef, did you? Want to know what to do with the leftovers so you can get every scrap out of it? Here then are four recipes that will get your leftover roast “cooking” again! Enjoy! […]

Turnips Recipe

Tips, Tricks, & a Recipe Turnips Recipe By Leanne Ely, C.N.C   Vegetables we don’t often take seriously when grocery shopping are turnips. We always see them sitting in the produce department, purple and white with a plummet of green leaves atop their head. It’s time to stop overlooking turnips and get tuned in to […]