Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

Throughout the year, I stumble across kitchen items that I love (and plenty I do NOT love, but I’m not here for that). Usually I find them because I’m wandering the aisles of local kitchen stores or the kitchen tools aisle of a hardware store. Both places are “happy places” for me. I love a good tool. So here, in no particular order, are some things I’ve discovered this year. Gifts for yourselves or your loved ones. 1. Nesting measuring … continued…

Barb Freda Foodie Gift Ideas Tips, Tools & Techniques

I get into ruts in so many areas of my life–and I doubt I’m alone. I take the same route into town every time I drive. I eat the same thing for breakfast too many times to count. I have a lot of clothes but I reach for the same outfits over and over again (obviously time for some closet cleaning). And our dinner menu? Well, in spite of my work developing recipes, even we fall into routine. There are … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

While Fall is the precursor to the wintry months, bringing empty farmers’ markets, long nights and a deep freeze, it also brings welcome relief from the summer’s heat, a chance to break out cozy sweaters, the opportunity to build a fire and, in the food world, a turn to heartier dishes. So let’s welcome Fall and welcome these vegetables, which are now in season:   1. Cabbage. If you think cabbage is only for cole slaw, please think again. Here’s … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

This Sunday, September 16th is working parents day. We are all working parents these days. And in the rush of school work, work work, after school activities, volunteer activities, hobbies and carving out time to spend enjoying life, sometimes putting a quality meal on the table falls to the bottom of the list. Here are some tips for planning ahead to make healthy meals a regular part of everyday life for busy families.   1. Plan the menu. This can … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Tips, Tools & Techniques

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but only if you are making good choices. A pastry and a cup of coffee on the way out the door are not the best choices. Skipping breakfast to save calories is also not a good idea. There are numerous studies which indicate that people who do this, more than make up for those calories by consuming more later in the day. Even if you aren’t hungry in the morning, … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

There are a host of reasons to pack lunches for your children and of course, yourself as they head back to school or as you head out to work every day. You can pack healthier meals, make good use of leftovers (always a goal of mine), and save money. As you gear up to get into the packed lunch mode, here are some new products that make lunches safer and more convenient. 1. I liked Packit the minute I saw … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

If there was a magic pill that helped you live longer and prevent certain chronic diseases would you take it? Most of us would agree to that in a heartbeat! What if longer life and disease prevention came from increasing physical activity? Would you agree to that? I hope you would have the same response. A recent study published in The Lancet looked at four major chronic diseases and analyzed the effect that increased activity would have on the outcomes … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Like most other moms across America, I’ve been out shopping with the kids for school supplies and clothes. I’ve been diligently trying to fit this shopping in between fun activities so the kids don’t get too upset. I’ve been carrying the supply list in my purse, that way I can take advantage if I find a good deal. So all this means is that you can run across me in the store aisles with a list and a pen in … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Many people think that resistance training also known as strength training, is only done to increase strength and tone up muscles, but fortunately it does so much more! As you are probably aware, there are some inevitable physiologic changes that occur as we get older. Exercise can help stop, and even reverse, some of these declines. Consistent resistance training has the potential to: Maintain and/or increase muscle mass. If inactive, our bodies lose muscle mass at a rate of approximately … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

August 9 is Booklovers’ Day, and since I love a good cookbook, I decided to declare it my own personal Cookbook Lovers’ Day, a nice time to introduce you to some great new books I’ve found this year. 1. Top of the list is Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by friend (full disclosure) and fellow food writer, Cheryl Sternman Rule. The book is full of wonderful recipes focusing on the bounty of the season and lovely photos … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques