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In the Kitchen

  • 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.

  • Tasty desserts that aren’t so bad for you

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    If you’re trying hard to eat foods that are good for you and to take steps to improve your overall health, chances are you’ve been opting out of dessert. But, all of us know that from time to time, for special occasions, a sweet treat is just the thing after a nice meal.

    Luckily, with some fruit and Greek yogurt in the house, you have many different options for a scrumptious dessert that will please everyone sitting around the table.

    Some you may want to try include:

  • Resolve to get back to the dinner table

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    When I was a child, I knew exactly where I belonged in the world. Even though I was one of the original latch key kids of the 70s with two working parents, the world stopped every evening when we all came together, as a family, at the dinner table.

    Mom had the weekly meal plan stuck to the fridge and with it was a chore chart so we knew who was responsible for setting the table, helping with meal prep, and for doing the clean up.

  • Double-dosing on bone broth

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Bone broth is one of the most nutritious things you can put in your body. Made by simmering animal bones in water over the course of 36-72 hours, bone broth is a delicious, healing elixir.

    All those minerals from the bones are infused into the liquid through the simmering, being leeched out with the help of cider vinegar, leaving you with a healing concoction that provides many nutritional benefits including stronger teeth and bones, better gut health and relief from joint pain.

  • Food safety tips for the holidays

    Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Here are a few simple tips:

    Safe storage

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