Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, please share the link in the comments section below.   Top New Recipes: 1. Laura’s Lean Beef One Skillet Meal http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-one-skillet-meal/ 2. Slow cooker Italian Beef With Porcini Mushrooms http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-italian-beef/ 3. Oktoberfest Laura’s Lean Beef Beer Stew http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/oktoberfest-lauras-lean-beef-beer-stew/ 4. Hobo “Stew” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/hobo-stew/ 5. Baked Cheeseburgers http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-baked-cheeseburger/ 6. Spaghetti and Meatball “Muffins” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-spaghetti-and-meatball-muffins/ 7. Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Topping http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/cottage-pie-with-sweet-potato-topping/ 8. Triple Decker Meatloaf http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/triple-decker-meatloaf/ 9. Fat Tuesday Jambalaya http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/fat-tuesday-jambalaya/ … continued…

Best Blogs of 2012
Barb Freda Fitness Foodie Crafts Gardening Healthy Habits Healthy, Delicious Recipes Jenny Kramer, RD Judy Eggebeen Memorable Meals Pam Freeman Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

Most of the recipes I develop here are for four people. I do it that way because I typically buy meat by the pound–one pound feeds four. If I buy a roast and it is a two pound roast, then I’m developing a recipe for eight–our nutrition information is based on a portion of four ounces uncooked beef per serving, which translates to about three ounces cooked beef. But I know, from reader inquiries, that many of you are cooking … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

The popular marketing phrase “power of POM” is not just clever and catchy but actually quite true! Pomegranates are a definite super food and a great winter fruit. Pomegranates come from ornamental fruit trees and shrubs. In the US, they are mainly grown in California and Arizona. The easiest way to prepare a pomegranate is to cut it down the middle with a knife and then open it inside a bowl of water. Turn the fruit inside out and the … continued…

Pomegranates
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

With 2013 in full swing, many people are starting off the year with a goal to exercise. Are you looking to join a gym to help you meet this goal? If so, here are some things to consider before joining. 1. Is it convenient? Lack of convenience is the main reason people stop going to the gym. It’s hard enough to fit exercise into our busy lives, and if you add a lot of commute time on top of that, … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

I thought I would write about resolutions, but everyone is writing about resolutions. So instead, I want to tell you how I actually accomplish one of my resolutions. Wasting food is just a terrible thing, and after a move many months ago, when I gave away food to neighbors but STILL had to toss some, I resolved to do better. And I have done MUCH better. Here are the ways I make sure things don’t just rot away in my … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

A healthy holiday can actually be achieved; it just takes some planning ahead. Before the month gets jam packed with too many activities – stop and make a game plan of how to enjoy the holidays without losing your mental or physical health. 1. Pick out several healthy recipes that you can take to any potluck parties. You have to depend on yourself to make sure there is at least one healthy food that can take up most of your … continued…

Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD 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