You may have heard the recent national scuttlebutt about an upscale restaurant banning children. As this story unfolded, my local news posed a Facebook question asking if people agreed with this decision. Lots of spirited comments followed with some people saying yes, they should be banned. Others felt we don’t ban rude adults so why be so harsh with the children. This got me thinking about my own kids and our dining out habits. It’s funny because we actually went … continued…

Kids Pam Freeman

I like to use Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round or Ground Sirloin for these different meatball variations I’ve played with over the years. These are basic recipes that can be sauced or changed slightly for different meals. All you need to know is what you’re putting on top.   1. Classic Italian Meatballs — Mix lean ground beef with garlic powder, dried basil and oregano, Parmesan cheese and an egg (one egg per pound of beef). Shape into 4 large … continued…

Classic Meatballs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

One of the best way to get kids involved in eating well is to get them involved in creating well—cooking, I mean. They can see what goes into the dishes. They can develop some of their own preferences and even their own specialties—and the more they cook, the more they learn about good food and the joy of sitting down to a meal with family and friends. Two of my children are great cooks. I still remember my daughter picking … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

This year my egg decorating gives a nod to my girls, who love anything sparkly, and to my garden for the life it brings after a long winter’s sleep. For both of these Easter egg decorating techniques, I used farm fresh chicken eggs in a variety of colors; brown, white and green. If you’ve never tried different colored eggs, it’s something I highly recommend. It’s really cool to see how the different colored eggs take the dyes. I also hard … continued…

floral Easter eggs
DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

To me, asparagus means spring, and every year I look for any number of ways to use it in my recipes. Here, I combine it with lean ground beef and the bright, lemony flavor of dill in a quiche. This is an easy to make dinner (especially if you buy pre-made pie dough) and only needs a simple salad to complete it. You could also make this recipe in quiche crusts made in mini cupcake tins for a party appetizer. … continued…

Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Beef
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

Have you ever been browsing the grocery store and come across some strange produce? I love to go to big grocery stores (think Jungle Jims) and just look at some of the different fruits and vegetables and imagine how they grow and what I could do with them. I try to expose my kids to new foods but the same is true for us as adults, it’s important to try new things! Here’s just a sample of some of the … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This comes together quickly and is a lovely way to serve any steak. The flavors are bright and fresh. Prep Time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves 4   3 tablespoons flour Salt and Pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round cut into 4 slices 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 6 green onions, thinly sliced 1/2 cup beef broth 1 tablespoon capers, drained 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed … continued…

Steak with Lemon, Capers and Onion2
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

What things come to mind when you hear the word stress? Your answer may be different than that of a friend, family member, or coworker, but regardless of what you associate with stress, it has many poor health consequences. April is Stress Awareness Month, so let’s make ourselves aware of some of the health consequences associated with stress and also some exercise-related strategies for combating it.   In addition to having different causes of stress, people have different responses to … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Homemade enchilada sauce is nice and easy—and lets you control the amount of fat and salt added, which makes it a good choice over a canned sauce. If you like, double or triple the amount here and freeze it in batches for future use. The most authentic recipes use dried chiles, which are toasted, then rehydrated and blended with water or stock and garlic. But for today’s purposes, we are using a shortcut—ancho chili powder, which you can find in … continued…

Beef Enchiladas
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Being a fitness professional, many people assume I have always been active and loved anything to do with exercise. Interestingly enough, that is not the case! I was the kid in school who dreaded PE class. I thought it was ridiculous that they could actually make you run a mile. I was always one of the slowest people to finish and felt like I was going to fall over as soon as I got done. I wasn’t overweight, and it … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen