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In the Kitchen

  • It’s time to get into a pickle

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat?

    Once upon a time, homes didn’t have freezers or refrigerators, so to preserve food, it had to be pickled.

  • Summer Grilling Recipe contest winners announced

    First place in The Kentucky Standard summer grilling recipe contest goes to Gary Miles. Miles won for his recipe for grilled ribeye steaks and vegetables.

    Second place in the contest went to Richard Nest, and third place in the contest went to George Marshall.

  • 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 easy recipes so you don’t resort to starving or ordering takeout.

    Today, I’m going to share five of my favorite, easy-peasy, go-to ideas for summer suppers. And none of them involve heating up the house!

  • Cherish them! (They grow up fast)

    Indulge me for a moment, will you? Today’s column is more about food for the soul, then for the tummy.

    Years ago, I was watching TV and I saw a commercial for diapers. I don’t remember the entire context of it, but they showed a little baby in the crib, then later, he’s a toddler learning to use his pull up diapers and go potty like a big boy.

    I almost got teary over that commercial! I don’t know what it was about that ad that landed so hard in my heart. After sleeping on it all night, I realized exactly what it was.

  • How to properly wash fruits and vegetables

    Unless you have grown a fruit or vegetable yourself, in your own organic veggie patch, I would hope that you’re giving your produce a good thorough wash before eating it.

    There are a couple of good reasons why you should be washing your fruits and vegetables — even organic produce.

  • Get kids involved in freezer meal prep

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    As far as I’m concerned, basic kitchen skills are every bit as important to teach our children as are basic hygiene skills. We brush our teeth and wash our hands multiple times every day of our lives, and we also have to eat multiple times a day, every day of our lives. So, why is it that we don’t seem to put an emphasis on teaching our children basic kitchen skills at an early age?

  • Options to fight meal monotony

    Variety is the spice of life. There are more types of delicious nutritious foods and seasonings in the aisles of your local market than you could ever possibly count, so why eat the same thing over and over?

    If your family has indicated that they would prefer to eat something besides meatloaf and potatoes for dinner, you might be in a meal rut.

    Allow me to nudge you out of that rut with the following tips.

  • Seven fun and fast gluten-free breakfasts for you to try

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA
    Over and over again, I hear people say, “But what will I eat for breakfast if I’m going gluten free?” OR “Gluten free fill-in-the-blank is so expensive!”
    My answer to both of these questions is, “Hold on, just wait a minute!” There are answers for you that won’t break the bank or cause you to hyperventilate, LOL.

  • 8 great (and healthy) homemade popsicles

    I am not a fan of stuffing children with sugar; therefore, my kids rarely got to indulge in traditional freezer pops many of us grew up with. (When you really break it down, those ice pops are essentially just frozen sugar water with chemicals on top.) But my kids did not suffer from the heat of summer without a chilling treat!

    Remember those Tupperware popsicle molds? Maybe you still have a set. During the summer, I always had those puppies in the freezer filled with healthy cool food alternatives to the sugar and food-dye laden pops in boxes.

  • Seven tricks to create healthy habits

    By Leanne Ely CNC/The Dinner Diva

    In case you haven’t heard, we have our brand new, absolutely amazing 21 Day Knockout happening right now. One of the best parts of these challenges, in my opinion, is the tremendous amount of support in our private Facebook group.

    One of our 30-day challengers posted about a simple little trick she started using to make her smoothies taste better d— at least in her mind! That little post of hers got me thinking about how easily we can trick ourselves into adopting a healthier habit.