I love a good meatball. It’s my comfort food. Here, I combine lean beef with ground turkey and use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Don’t skip adding the milk-soaked bread, which keeps these meatballs moist and tender. Form the meatballs gently so they stay tender even after cooking. These cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil because you get incredible flavor from the seared meat. The flavor also enriches the tomato sauce you make. Eat alone, … continued…

Classic Meatballs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Do you ever feel bored doing the same workout every day? It’s easy to get stuck in a workout rut, causing you to not look forward to your workouts. Back in July, we talked about how progression can help get you out of a rut… check out that post here. One aspect of progression, and another way to get yourself out of an exercise rut, is to add some intervals into your workouts. Some studies have even shown better results … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Winter squash is abundant right now so take advantage of it and stock up! Winter squash includes butternut, acorn, pumpkin, hubbard, turban, and spaghetti squash. Store winter squash at room temperature or cooler and it will last for several months into the winter hence the name “winter” squash. Choose one that feels heavy for it’s size with a firm rind all around.   My personal favorite squash is butternut. I love the creamy texture of it and the mild nutty … continued…

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Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I was in an Amish store over the summer and saw a beautiful sewn garland made out of cloth yo-yos. It really wasn’t long enough to use in my decorating, so I took a picture in case I changed my mind and then continued shopping. After I got home, I just couldn’t get that garland out of my mind and for some reason I remembered an article I had ripped out of a magazine years ago about making cloth yo-yos. … continued…

yo-yo fabric garland
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

I love the flavors of sweet and sour dishes. I reached into my freezer for the blueberries on this one, but fresh blueberries would of course, be awesome. I wouldn’t hesitate to use red grapes or even chopped plums, another seasonal fruit. My point? Be playful with this dish. The flavors are so satisfying. Prep Time: About 10 minutes plus minimum 1 hour to marinate steak Cook Time: About 12 minutes Serves 4   Marinade: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary … continued…

ribeye with blueberry balsamic
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Summer Grilling

It’s early October — a time of year I both love and hate. I love all the fall and Halloween decorations. I love the changing leaves and the serenity that autumn breezes bring. But, I hate losing my annual herbs. I’ve worked all season on my herbs and now there’s no putting off the killing frosts. So, before the frosts fell your garden, think about what you’d like to keep. I know you’re saying I don’t have room to move … continued…

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Gardening Pam Freeman

I was inspired to make this burger by my love of baked brie cheese. That recipe uses a wheel of brie and tops it with a fruit spread (I’ve often had apricot jam on the brie), some toasted almonds, then the whole thing is encased in a sheet of pastry or it can be baked in a small crock without the pastry. That cheese/sweet/nutty combo — I crave it! This is my take using the fall pears that are in … continued…

Brie Burger with Pear Chutney
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

In the last few years, researchers have spent a lot more time focusing on mushrooms. They are the only plant source that naturally contains Vitamin D and they are one of few plants that contain selenium, a nutrient generally found in meats. Despite having these 2 super nutrients, mushrooms contain very few calories and are rich in fiber so they are perfect for helping us get full without promoting weight gain. It’s often recommended to make sure your plate is … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day so I thought it would be a great day to talk about exercise as it relates to pregnancy. While this may not apply specifically to those of you who are not currently pregnant, it is great to be aware of these recommendations so that you can share them with friends and family members. In the past, pregnant women were not encouraged to exercise because the risks were unknown, but times have definitely … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

The farmers markets are filled with an abundance of kale this time of year. Convinced I did not like raw kale (although I’m a fan of cooked kale), I’ve been ignoring the kale salads I’ve seen. After sampling a delicious version at a gourmet grocery, it turns out that I do enjoy eating raw kale. I read up on it and the trick is in kneading the finely cut kale with a tiny bit of olive oil, a bit of … continued…

Flank Steak with Kale Salad
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes