Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a new frozen yogurt store popping up. I must admit I do enjoy the sweet treat but is it really healthier than ice cream? Of course nothing with nutrition is ever black and white and this answer isn’t either. It just depends on the amount you eat, how often you eat it, and the toppings you add.   Here’s how frozen yogurt compares with ice cream. The base of the yogurt is 100 … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

My family is about to embark on a late summer vacation – my husband and I and our two young children. From the minute we pull out of the driveway, I already know my kids will want to know if we have any snacks. It never seems to matter if we just ate before we left, there’s something about a packed car that seems to trigger their appetites. Sound familiar to anyone?   Being stuck in the car for several … continued…

Healthy road trip snacks
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques Travel

You’ve been there, right? Back from a great vacation, open the door to your house, head into the kitchen, and you are hit by a wall of “someone-forgot-to-take-out-the-trash-before-we-left” smell.   I think it’s far better to be organized about your kitchen as well as your packing ahead of time, when it really counts, whether you are heading away for a week or just a weekend. No one wants to come home to work, right? Here’s a checklist that might be … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

Summer is here and with that hopefully will come trips to the park, outdoor concerts, and picnics! Soggy sandwiches and warm coleslaw are not what you want to find in your picnic basket. It’s important to consider food safety as well as healthy foods that travel well when planning your outing.   • Start with a good heavy-duty blanket if you won’t be using a picnic table. Old quilts or comforters work well and can be washed and tossed in … continued…

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Entertaining Ideas Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Flowers add color and curbside appeal to most homes but did you know that many varieties can also be consumed? The tastes can vary from sweet to spicy, similar to honey or horseradish tastes. I can vividly remember eating clover flowers on the playground at my elementary school, they were really sweet and smelled great.   Take caution when eating flowers, make certain that you know what the plant is since many flowers are poisonous (azaleas, honeysuckle berries, hydrangeas – … continued…

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Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

After the long winter many of us had, the farmers’ markets should be back in full swing—of course your own growing/harvesting season varies with where you live, but here are some ideas for a variety of late spring/early summer ingredients.   1. Spinach. This is a spring vegetable (and if you are lucky, late fall, before it gets too cold)—eat plenty of spinach salads, blend some up in a smoothie for a health boost, or try some in a classic … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

These little meatloaves cook as fast as any burger, and I encourage you to use the grill. I rely on my instant-read thermometer for these just to keep it simple—no guesswork involved. These can also easily be baked in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes if you don’t want to grill them; I suggest using a broiler rack if you oven-bake them. The sauce can be made 2 or 3 days in advance—if made in advance, cool, cover … continued…

Mini Meatloaves with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

I am forever looking for ways to make my kitchen more useful. If you have not discovered Pinterest for this kind of searching, head over there, but don’t say I didn’t warn you: you may lose entire evenings coveting cool kitchens you find there.   Here are some cool kitchen ideas that I find very useful: • Flip down space under sink. I lived in my place for two and a half years before I discovered I had this little … continued…

Barb Freda Decorating Tips Tips, Tools & Techniques

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