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In the Kitchen

  • Looking for food? Let’s go local

    LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    There’s something happening in cities and towns throughout North America right now that’s been a long time coming. More and more consumers are shopping for local food sources and demanding that their local grocery stores stock local options for meat, produce and dairy.

     The local food movement is alive and well, and so it should be!

  • Mushrooms make for fast and easy holiday side dishes

    StatePoint

    Whether you have only a few minutes to put together a meal this holiday season or days to prepare, mushrooms are a great addition for marvelous flavor and minimal fuss.

    Explore new varieties and delight holiday guests. The key is choosing the right mushrooms and herbs to suit your cooking method and available time. Here are some simple tips from the experts at Whole Foods Market, to create memorable combinations in minutes:

  • Seven fall foods to forage for

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles.

    I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to grow. And this time of year, there are many foods to be found in the wild. Foods like the following:

  • Five ways to enjoy squash for dinner

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    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 summer squash.

  • Five hot tips for slow cooker soups

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author of Body Clutter and the Saving Dinner series. Visit www.savingdinner.com today and see what’s cooking.

    I’ve been having so much fun on my book tour and promoting my new book, Part-Time Paleo: How To Go Paleo Without Going Crazy, but I have been insanely busy!

  • 7 kitchen staples you can make yourself

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from!

    I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes.

    The following are seven common kitchen items that I make myself and you can too.

    Applesauce

    Core and slice some organic apples, simmer them down and sprinkle with cinnamon. Ta da . . . applesauce.

  • DINNER DIVA: 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 in order to preserve food, it had to be pickled.

  • Five secret food swaps to keep you from gaining weight this summer

    Summer’s here. It’s hot, it’s sweaty and the food is fabulous! Who doesn’t love the grill for example?
    And while the grill can provide you with a delicious, flavorful meal, there’s plenty of other summer goodies lurking about, promising to throw your healthy intentions to the wind!
    But don’t you worry, together we can avoid the temptations that undermine our health without denying ourselves. Did I hear an amen?

  • Eat like a caveman on the go

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    We live in a society obsessed with food. And those of us opting to make healthy food choices tend to be in the minority. It’s no problem to find a candy bar or a Big Mac when you’re traveling, but if you’re a Paleoista, well, it can be challenging.

  • A romantic dinner at home

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Date night doesn’t always have to mean finding a babysitter and making reservations at an expensive restaurant. That’s nice to do once in a while, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a date night in on a regular basis. Feed the kids early, put them to bed and prepare a romantic, candle-lit meal for just the two of you!

    Set the mood