Warning: Do not read while eating store-bought bread

Food For Thought Warning: Do not read while eating store-bought bread By: Leanne Ely Let me ask you something… Would you purposely put a bowl of wood chips in front of your children in the morning, pour some milk on it, hand them a spoon and tell them to eat it? How about slicing up […]

Shining the light on nightshades

Dinner Diva Shining the light on nightshades By: Leanne Ely Are you familiar with the Solanaceae family? No they aren’t the neighbors of the Sopranos! The Solanaceae family is more commonly known as the nightshade family. Its name has lots of folks assuming that these foods are grown in the dark of night with fairies […]

Confession time, folks. We are all addicts!

Food For Thought Confession time, folks. We are all addicts! By: Leanne Ely My name is Leanne and I am a chocolate addict. My relationship with my drug of choice goes back to when I was a little girl craving more attention from my father. He once brought back a bar of Cadbury chocolate from […]

You can't beat beet greens

Healthy Foods You can’t beat beet greens By: Leanne Ely It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of kale. In fact, I might go so far as to say that kale farmers across the country should send me some kudos for all the folks I’ve helped nudge onto the kale train over the past […]

Something to chew on

Dinner Diva Something to chew on By: Leanne Ely You take much care to choose healthy foods that will do your body good and you carefully prepare those foods into delicious meals. Why negate any of that effort by mindlessly stuffing food into your mouth? One thing many of us are guilty of forgetting is […]

Making it your own

Food For Thought Making it your own By: Leanne Ely Dear Friends, Without going into arduous detail, suffice it to say that buying and moving into my new house (new to me anyway) was a small act of God. The obstacles, delays and endless frustration started in December and finally ended in April with a […]

Here’s how to get more veggies in your diet!

Healthy Foods Here’s how to get more veggies in your diet! By: Leanne Ely Dear Friends, I’ve been enjoying the Dear Dinner Diva emails (got a question or comment, send an email to [email protected]) In addition to the great questions that were asked, a few folks sent in some great ideas for becoming a more […]

Dinner Diva Doles Out Advice

Food For Thought Dinner Diva Doles Out Advice By: Leanne Ely My alter ego, the Dinner Diva, has a gig on the side that I JUST found out about. It seems the Dinner Diva decided she was fit to dole out advice in the same fashion as Dear Abby and has been helping the whiny […]

Dear Dinner Diva-Back Again!

Healthy Foods Dear Dinner Diva-Back Again! By: Leanne Ely Hey y’all! It’s time again for Dear Dinner Diva! Got a question? Read to the end and find out how to get your burning cooking question answered (pardon the play on words, LOL).               Here we go- Leanne; We’ve got […]

5 Tips for Stress-Free Catering

Dinner Diva 5 Tips on Stress-Free Catering by Leanne Ely, CNC   A few weeks back, I threw a bash for my husband’s birthday and had nearly 50 people in our house. The food was enjoyable, fun and beautifully presented. I had people falling over themselves thinking I had cooked it all from scratch–well hardly! […]