Believe it or not, today we celebrate being a klutz in the kitchen — June 13 is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day! There seems to be a day for everyone, doesn’t there, though? Nonetheless, this one is near and dear to my heart, because although I am a culinary professional, I have had more than my share of kitchen mishaps, disasters and overall klutziness in the kitchen. In no particular order, here are some of my own disasters: 1. Email, … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

Everyone probably has a different name for this dish, which is not really a stew at all, but a packet full of delicious ingredients. I know we started eating it here when my boys came home from summer camp. Turns out they had made this and loved it. For weeks, we would enjoy this at least once a week. I marveled at how easily it got them eating onions and carrots. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if kids enjoyed … continued…

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Yeah! The kids are out of school for the summer; this is my favorite time of year! It seems like we talked about things we wanted to do over this break forever. But once the last backpack was emptied and the lunch boxes were stowed away, it became evident that we needed a fun way to keep track of all our ideas. I’ve seen summer activity organization ideas in magazines and on Pinterest but never used a method before. So, … continued…

Entertaining Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

So, one of my little pet favorite things is the Slow Food Movement. And no, this is not about slow cookers. The Slow Food Movement was started in Italy by a group of people who worried that the world was moving too fast, taking us–and all our good food ideas, harvests, dinners and everything that means–right along with it, spinning us away from the good earth and out into the cold, outer space zone of convenience foods that mean little … continued…

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This is just a fun way to serve a meal, and because the pasta gets divided among the muffin tins, I found myself eating less pasta without missing it. A minor miracle. The easiest way to have this ready quickly is to use leftover pasta. Prep Time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves 4 6 ounces cooked pasta 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese, divided 8 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground Beef 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 … continued…

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Have you ever wanted to get back to basics?  That is the concept behind the new craze of the Paleo diet.  If you haven’t heard of this diet yet then you likely soon will because it’s becoming a very popular way of eating.  While it may not be perfect, it is a massive improvement from the typical American diet.  So what is it?  Researchers have looked at the diet of our ancestors and those that still live hunter gatherer lifestyles … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits In the News Jenny Kramer, RD

I confess; I love herbs! There’s nothing I like better than to sit in my herb garden and smell all my wonderful plants. For me, herbs provide pleasure and practicality. I can use them in my kitchen, for crafting and to attract wildlife like hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. They’re not fussy and usually you can just plant them and let Mother Nature take care of the rest. It’s best to try … continued…

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With summer approaching and warmer temperatures already here for many of us, it is important to be prepared for exercising in the heat.  Here are some tips to help you do that safely! Stay hydrated.  You should consume water (or a sports beverage depending on the intensity and length of your exercise session) before, during, and after exercise.  Dehydration is already starting by the time you get thirsty, so don’t wait on that to be your gauge! Choose moisture wicking … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe took a few twists and turns. It started out in my head as a tostada for dinner and as I thought about it and discovered Tostitos Baked Scoops, I decided I wanted a summertime appetizer. Four of these chips make a satisfying and surprisingly low-calorie snack. I will be honest with you: I ate eight of them for a healthy lunch when I was done with this recipe. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes heating time … continued…

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Did you know there is a No Dirty Dishes Day? Me either, but in the spirit of avoiding the kitchen as the days grow longer, May 18 is No Dirty Dishes Day. While some people might take that to mean no dishes left in the sink day, I’m going with let’s not dirty anything today so there’s nothing left to wash at the end of the day. I’ve had to make the concession to a dirty knife and a cutting … continued…

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