In the Kitchen

  • 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


    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.

  • Try natural ways to fight colds and flu

    Winter is here!

    There may be snow on the ground, there is colder weather, lots of soups and stews, and then of course the stuffed up noses. It all sounds great until you’re blowing your nose every two seconds and your throat could pass for sandpaper.

    And if all that wasn’t enough, your lungs have to fight the losing battle of a cough so aggressive you feel as though the wind is constantly being knocked out of you.

  • Need a nutritious lesson? Teach your kids to make a smoothie

    There are few skills more important for your children to learn than those that will empower them to feed themselves for the rest of their lives.

    Think about it. Over the course of your life, what will you spend more time doing than planning for, shopping for, preparing and eating food? The only thing I can think of is sleeping, and you don’t really need any special skills to sleep.

  • It’s time to get into a pickle


    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.