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In the Kitchen

  • 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:

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  • Some tips for your fall foraging

    Dinner Diva

    Fall Foraging Primer

     

    On the next sunny day, perhaps you’ll consider taking a nice long walk to forage for some wild fall edibles.

    There are plenty of nutritious foods just waiting to be plucked from trees or from the ground in the forest or a nearby meadow.

    Foraging is a very satisfying (and fun) activity. Plus you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended) when you return home.

    The following are some foods you might find in the wild in the fall of the year:

  • Crockpot soup: Basic tips for a great pot

    We are big on crockpot cooking over here. Many of our most popular menu mailer recipes and ebooks are based around this “Queen of Convenience” in the world of kitchen appliances.

    We’re into the fall of the year, which means it is soup season. There really is nothing quite like coming home at the end of a busy day to the smell of soup simmering away on your counter.

    Yes. I said counter! Soup on the stove is great, but soup in the crockpot is a lifesaver during the busy weeks following the kids’ return back to school.

  • Add a new meat to your plate

    There’s a lot more in the way of meat out there than pork, beef and poultry. Venison, bison, rabbit, goat and even alligator are all examples of readily available game meats (in most places).

    With the paleo way of eating running rampant in the country these days, and with one of the pillars of that lifestyle being the consumption of wild meats, game is easier to come by in stores now than it has been in some time.

  • Great cocktails that aren’t bad for you

    What’s better on a hot summer night than a cold drink? Most of our favorite “adult” summertime drinks are, unfortunately, full of sugar and chemicals and nasty artificial ingredients. But don’t worry! I’m not going to tell you that you have to live the rest of your life without cocktails. I’m just going to tell you how to make cocktails that aren’t all that bad for you.

    How to lighten up your cocktails

  • Sawflies strip dogwood foliage

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly.

    We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.

    Daddy charged me with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • Five easy dinners for when it’s too hot to cook

    Sometime’s 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 an arsenal of recipes so that you don’t resort to starving or ordering takeout.

    Today, I’m going to share five of my favorite, easy, go-to ideas for summer suppers.