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In the Kitchen

  • Crabby? Five ways to boost your mood with food

    If you’re susceptible to mood swings or if you have a lot of those days where you feel like curling up under a blanket and waiting for the gray clouds to clear away, you may want to consider changing up your diet a little bit.

    The foods we eat are responsible for our skin’s glow and our hair’s sheen, for the strength of our bones and the health of our heart. But did you know that the foods we eat also have a great impact on our mood?

    Here are some foods you may want to snack on if you’re feeling sad:

  • Let’s talk about why some fat is good

    Fat isn’t your enemy!

    For years, we’ve been fed a whole string of misleading information telling us to go fat free or low fat and to avoid butter, meat and eggs.

    As old as that (mis)information is, it’s still upheld by the mainstream media and unfortunately, a lot of the medical community.

    The research however, is mighty clear: fat (good fat, the kind that comes from clean sources—more on that later) is not only helpful for satiation and appetite, it’s also your ticket to greater health.

    Let me explain.

  • Use these tips to optimize freezer space

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control.

    When your freezer is not organized into an efficient, usable space, you’re likely to allow the following to happen:

  • DINNER DIVA: How to make a simple skillet sauce (now you’re a chef!)

    Did you know you can make a simple sauce in the skillet?

    Honest, this is easy stuff! Just follow these easy steps.

    Let’s pretend for a moment, you’ve just sautéed some chicken and veggies. The chicken is nicely cooked, as are your veggies. Pull the chicken and veggies from the pan and place them on a warm plate and keep warm.

  • Vegetarian meals even meat eaters will crave

    If you have vegetarians and meat eaters cohabiting, you’re bound to have conflicts when it comes to dinner. But there are plenty of ways you can plan your meals so that everyone is happy. It just takes a bit of forethought.

  • Which leafy green has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk?

    I’ve been one of kale’s biggest cheerleaders since the ’80s, back before this ultimate leafy green was a nutrition trend.

    I personally believe that kale is the most nutritious food you can eat. Period.

    There’s a reason why this queen of greens is being referred to as “the new beef,” but don’t think for one second that this is a new vegetable!

    I will admit that while I am now a kale aficionado, when I was in my 20s, I thought kale was only good for garnishing a plate. Boy was I wrong!

  • DINNER DIVA: Don’t be a ham, try the prosciutto!

    It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe.

    Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

    Today’s Focus is on prosciutto.

    As far back as 100 B.C., Romans were drying pork legs in salt to create the delicacy known as prosciutto. Not familiar with this form of pork?

    Well, if you enjoy bacon, I’m willing to bet you will absolutely fall in love with prosciutto.

    Prosciutto is dry-cured ham that comes from Italy.

  • Tips to make your Memorial Day barbecue successful

    METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. For many, Memorial Day weekend also signifies their first chance to invite friends and family over for a barbecue. While some never put their grills away for the winter, many may need a refresher to ensure their Memorial Day BBQ starts summer off on the right foot.

  • Traveling? Try these diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

    If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived.

    Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper!

    Here are some of my favorite snacks for traveling:

    • Boiled eggs


    • Beef jerky


    • Bananas


    • Apples


    • Oranges (don’t forget to bring some wet wipes)


  • Operating on a tight food budget? Make these dinners on a dime

    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.