Soup, Stew, Chowder, Bisque, or Chili?

I generally consider winter to be “soup season.” Subsequently, I’ve been looking over a lot of soup recipes as I plan my winter menu. In addition to soups, I’ve seen recipes for stews, chowders, bisques, and chilies. Many of these recipes look similar, so how can we tell these different … [Read more...]

Where to Find Meal Ideas and Recipes When Menu Planning

Sometimes I draw a blank when I sit down to plan a new menu for my family. I’ll want to try something new, but nothing comes to mind. It seems I’m not the only one who experiences this. Becca emailed me with the following question: “I know you plan your menus with an entire month’s meals. … [Read more...]

Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

On Thanksgiving Day around here, no one wonders how many calories are in the sweet potato soufflé or if the rolls were prepared with whole wheat flour. What my family members want to know is what time dinner will be served and what flavors of pie were prepared for dessert. However, just … [Read more...]

22 Uses for Citrus Peels

Many of us toss the peels in the trash after eating an orange or squeezing juice from a lemon. This is a terrible habit because there are actually dozens of uses for these peels! Not only have these uses reduced the amount of trash I throw out, but I’m discovering that they can help me save … [Read more...]

Starter Kitchen Essentials

Have you ever come across a gadget or dish in your kitchen that you’re pretty certain you’ve never used? I recently heard from a reader who would like to avoid this. Elizabeth asked the following: “My fiancé and I both grew up in homes with single parents who cooked using mostly frozen and … [Read more...]

Cobbler, Crisp, Crumble, Buckle, Grunt, Slump, or Brown Betty?

If you’re anything like me, then you are salivating after reading the title of this post. There are few things more delicious than desserts comprised of warm fruit and some sort of pastry or streusel! There are a lot of different ways to combine these. There’s pie, of course, which is pretty … [Read more...]

The Best Freezer Meals

Today we are going to answer another question from a reader. It’s timely for me that we examine her question because I’m trying to prepare freezer meals to use after I give birth later this summer. Sharon asked the following: “Hi, I have some friends that are having some health issues and … [Read more...]

Tips for Preparing Great Burgers

Hamburgers are one of my absolute favorite foods. For the most part, I’ve been content eating a wide variety of burgers prepared at restaurants, barbecues, and here at home. I’ve been paying more attention recently and I’ve noticed that there is great variation in the quality of burgers I … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Open and Serve Hard-to-Cut Fruits

My toddler ate fresh pineapple for the first time a couple of weeks ago and she loved it! I found pineapples on sale this week, so I purchased one and now it is sitting on my kitchen counter waiting for me to work up the initiative to slice it. I have to work up the initiative because I’ve … [Read more...]

Cost of Homemade vs. Prepackaged Breakfast Sandwiches

Homemade foods tend to be healthier and often cost less than their prepackaged counterparts. Thus, whenever possible, I try to make homemade varieties. Sometimes I wonder if it is really more affordable to make homemade versions. This week my husband and I crunched some numbers so we could … [Read more...]