In the Kitchen

  • 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.

  • 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


    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

    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.