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In the Kitchen

  • 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

  • Quick and tasty lunch ideas to take to work

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    The work week can be busy and stressful, from shuttling the family around to packing everyone’s lunch.

    If you’re constantly taking care of others, ask yourself, are you taking sufficient care of yourself? At mealtime, it’s important to take a minute to re-energize, particularly during a long work day.

    Rather than ordering heavy meals or packing the same old thing day in and day out, find yourself other quick and tasty lunch ideas that are satisfying and have nutritional value.

  • Try these tips to eat right and enjoy it

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    If eating right is a challenge, it may be because you are trying things you don’t like. The key is finding options that satisfy your taste buds, say experts.

    “Taste is a major influential factor driving what you eat and feed your family, so it’s important to strike a balance between foods you like and those that provide the nutrients you need,” says Glenna McCollum, registered dietitian nutritionist and president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive.”

  • Time to get rid of the winter grime

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    The days are getting longer! And you know what that means? It’s about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle spring cleaning.

    I like to keep a clean kitchen, but every few months I love giving the kitchen a good scrub and getting everything freshened up and organized. And now that spring is upon us, it’s time to get to work.

    Kitchen cleaning tips.

  • Stock your refrigerator and pantry to go Paleo

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    When you start looking at Paleo and regular old gluten-free recipes, you may notice that you could stand to do a better job of stocking your cupboards so that you’re not always either running to the market or passing over recipes due to lack of key ingredients.

    Here, I’m going to give you some suggestions on what you should be keeping in your fridge and in your pantry so that you always have the basics you need to put together a killer Paleo meal for the family.

  • Resolve to give your cooking a bold makeover in 2014

    (StatePoint) Bored with your everyday cooking? This New Year, resolve to give your meals an exuberant makeover. You won’t even need to look across an ocean for bold flavor inspiration from other cuisines. You can start at home, say experts.