It may not be too late to start a family garden- the 4 X 4 way. it’s easy to put together, care for, and makes for a great family project. Read more about how to build the garden plus two links to helpful growers’ websites:
by donR May 18th, 2016
The Family Meals Project originally shared ideas with health-conscious families to plan, prepare and share budget-friendly meals. The goal was to assemble family meals for less than $10 using whole foods in the menu plan. That was four years ago and it’s now time to revisit the idea of preparing a $10 meal*. Yes, it’s still very possible to keep healthy meal costs under $10. To prove it, we spent $50 at WinCo and assembled 5 family meals using these ingredients plus a few planned-overs and pantry staples.
Holiday gifts made by children are always fun to receive, especially when we see how proud they are about their creation.
In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, I am posting 5 days of gifts children can make for the kitchen. The good news is they keep on giving because they will be used again and again. Our first gift is the 8-page mini- cookbook: Continue reading
by donR November 23, 2015
Two years ago we wrote a series of articles about choosing, preparing, and serving a turkey for budge-friendly holiday meals. We went on to suggest safe ways to use turkey and side dishes for several planned-over meals. Since that time we’ve picked up 5 more tips and tricks we want to share with you as well as review the 5-part series Continue reading
by donR November 17, 2015
If you search for winter squash recipes you can find plenty of suggestions on the web. In our last post we interviewed a master gardener to get few tricks for preparing nutritious squash. I was satisfied with that until I met Richard and Nancy while picking apples for a Cook-In. It was there that I heard another way to prepare winter squash. They own Apple Creek Orchards in Ferndale, Washington, recognized by redtri.com as one of the best apple orchards for families near Seattle. Continue reading
by donR October 27, 2015
Small appliances, whether you love them or hate them, are often given as gifts or purchased on impulse. Then they often end up in thrift stores for various reasons, which we will explain later.
But they do have a place in the home kitchen as well as in restaurants. Are there any homes that are without a Microwave oven, coffee maker or toaster? These are so popular that we will not discuss them here, However there are at least five small appliances that deserve mention Read more about these time and energy-savers: Continue reading
by donR October 16, 2015
Final Thoughts? There is nothing final when it comes to cooking. So let me explain why that’s #1 on my “Final thoughts List…. Huh? …..Another list? Yep…but there are only 4 more things to ponder. Hang in there. Read more to find out what I think is important for emerging cooks to keep in mind. If you have other ideas, it’s okay to make your own list.
by donR October 6, 2015
Should you include green salads every day in your meal plan? It depends on what you and your needs for optimal body function. Dark green leafy green salads are rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which can be toxic or interfere with medicines if you eat too much. It also depends on whether the dressing contains oil or water needed for digestion. EEEK!, it’s complicated. But, here are some general guidelines for you and your family to consider: Continue reading
By donR October 5, 2015
Home-made dressing for green salad is simple to prepare. Kids can do it as their contribution to the family dinner. When each family member makes their own, they may be more apt to ask for green salad at dinnertime. The following 5 X 5 ingredient chart shows how to create over 3,000 different dressings. Read More… Continue reading
by donR September 21, 2015
How is a green salad like a green smoothie? Each can have the same ingredients except salad dressings are usually replaced by fruit juice, fruit or dairy for smoothies. They both are packed with micro-nutrients which act to fight disease, aid body processes and keep us well. Fiber, which is needed for good intestinal health , is lower in smoothies made with juice because the fiber is removed in the process. But when whole fruit is processed in a blender, fiber stays in the drink. But before you look for recipes read more about the pros & cons of substituting smoothies for green salad: