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In the Kitchen

  • How to best use your refrigerator

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    Chances are, you have a refrigerator. But, if you’re like many people, you don’t put a lot of thought into the what-goes-where process when you get your groceries home.

    There is a reason why your fridge has all of those drawers and shelves. Certain areas of your fridge have different temperature and humidity controls,  and that’s why different types of food are intended to be stored in specific places.

  • Teach your children to make good food decisions

    As parents, we sometimes forget that part of our job is to give kids the “why” behind the “no.”

  • How to set a dinner table

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    In my humble opinion, too many modern families have no idea how to set a proper dinner table. I guess that’s no surprise when we consider the sheer number of meals that are thrown at children’s mouths before racing to one activity or another, or even worse, eaten in the car.

    Let’s get back to the dinner table, folks!

  • Learn to grow your own lettuce bowl indoors

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of those heads of lettuce can add up!

    So, I recently started looking into some ways to grow my own lettuce indoors and I thought I would share what I’m learning with y’all. 

    You need:

  • Making resolutions you can live with

    It’s that time of year again. The new year. A time to reflect on the year we’re leaving behind and make promises to ourselves about how we may live better for the next 12 months.

    If, when the clock struck12 on Monday night, you made some resolutions that involved living a healthier life in 2013, I want to make sure that you start out nice and slow so that you don’t get all overwhelmed, with your good intentions discarded by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around.

  • What to do with all those turkey leftovers

    If you’re like me, you have worked hard to get every ounce of goodness out of that Christmas turkey. You lovingly brined it, roasted it and carved it. You served it to your loved ones, you picked all of the meat off the carcass and you turned that carcass into stock. You might even be working on a bone broth with what’s left.

  • Making dinner time, family time

    I can’t tell you how passionately I feel about families sitting down and eating together. Nothing is quite as satisfying and fulfilling as preparing a nutritious meal for your loved ones and sitting around the table together to enjoy it as a family unit.

    I don’t care if it’s fruit and yogurt for breakfast or roast chicken for supper, as long as you make an effort to sit down and eat as many meals as you can together. It’s a perfect way to connect with one another, and it provides a feeling of comfort and security for your children.

  • True or false-a: I love salsa?

    True! True! Do you have a jar of America’s most popular condiment in your fridge? I know I do! No, I’m not talking ketchup (can you say high fructose corn syrup?) and I’m not talking mayonnaise. I’m talking about salsa!

    According to some sales surveys, salsa is indeed America’s favorite condiment. I have a question for you, though. What’s in your salsa? Is it tomatoes and onions alone? Because, oh, salsa can be so much more!

  • Harness the power of different kinds of flour

    Now, y’all know I don’t think baked goods are terribly necessary for anyone to be eating (I’ve said it before, that none of us needs another muffin!), but there are times when you do need to use flour. By now, all of us know that white flour isn’t an optimal choice for good health, but with so many options on the shelves, which one do you choose? And when?

    First thing first.

    Let’s talk about a flour of which all of us are familiar — wheat flour.

     

    Wheat flour

  • How to brew the perfect cup of coffee

    StatePoint

     

    It’s not magic. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee can take place in your own kitchen!

    As with any recipe, fresh, high-quality ingredients matter.

    Start with fresh, cold water.

    If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, use filtered water for better flavor.

    Remember, grinding coffee in advance of brewing means loss of flavor.

    So invest in a coffee grinder for a fresher brew.