Dinner Diva: 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 recently 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 Heaven — if […]

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 […]

Dinner Diva: 5 Simple Suppers for Sweltering Days

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 […]

Dinner Diva: 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 days […]

Dinner Diva: Keep Your Cool with These Summer Meal Ideas

A two-layer grill with steaks and vegetables

No matter where you are in the United States right now—and even Canada—,it is a hot summer. Temperatures are in the hundreds in many areas, and the humidity is reportedly high from friends of mine in parts of the continent where this type of weather is unheard of, even in the thick of summer. We […]

5 ways to squash your dinner

You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but zucchini is considered a […]

Easy Tricks to Shortcut Your Cooking

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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 chemicals and lacking nutrients). Here are a couple of things that I […]

Back to Basics: Teaching Basic Table Manners to Children

You know how I feel about making dinner an event in your home. I’m a firm believer in getting everyone around the table together for dinner to reconnect with each other, discuss the day’s events, and to nourish our bodies with good home-cooked food. A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of learning […]

Frugal Meals: Dinner on a Dime

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Are you looking to stretch those grocery dollars? Let me show you how to spice up and season that lowly beans and rice dish so you can enjoy several different ethnic (styled) dishes. And FYI, these are representations of this type of cooking, not the actual authentic versions, so don’t be hatin’! First off, cook […]