Why Cooking From Scratch is Better

Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.

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How to Host the Perfect Summer Garden Party

We’ve all been through a rough time the last 15 months.  Now that I’m vaccinated and my family is vaccinated, I’m planning on going north for a visit.  I need a hug.  Don’t you?  If you and your friends are vaccinated, invite them over this summer.  Get outside and enjoy your garden.  Enjoying your outdoor space and entertaining your friends really are two of the best things about the summer. There are a few holidays and special events during the next 3 months for get-togethers whether it is Father’s Day, 4th of July, or a special birthday.  

 

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30+Spring Recipes

Spring has always been my favorite time of year.  Nature seems to wake up after the winter sleep.  Green shoots push through the ground and the snow begins to melt.  I know we’re looking forward to spring,  and I’ve trying some new healthy recipes. What about you?  If eating healthier is on your to-do list this year, I’ve got some easy ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet without sacrificing taste or spending hours in the kitchen.

 

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25+ Fall Appetizers

Life has been different since the pandemic began last March.  Large social gatherings have been dropped and seeing extended family has often been deferred.  We’re in the beginning of the favorite time of year for many people.  Colorful leaves, costumes at Halloween, Thanksgiving turkey, and then the holidays of Christmas and New Year provide a steady stream of fun and diversion.  Perhaps this year is different, but we can still enjoy our favorite celebrations  even if they are small and intimate.  In some ways that may make it even better.

 

 

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Easy Greek Salad

We’re in the hot days of summer, and now is the perfect time for a cold salad full of ripe veggies.  Today’s recipe is easy Greek salad.  Traditionally Greek Salad has English cucumber slices, ripe tomato wedges, thin slices of red onion, Kalamata olives, green pepper, and Feta with a dressing made from extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar or lemon juice and seasoned with a little dried oregano. Simple, easy, and delicious, Greek salad is great for lunch or dinner.  Classic Greek salad does not have lettuce, but it is a vegetable salad with all the flavor of summer.

 

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

I do love strawberry season here in Florida. Strawberries are a cool weather crop, and strawberry season usually runs from December through March depending on the weather and temperature. Right now Florida spring strawberries are still in most markets. By late March and early April the US markets switch back to California strawberries. If you live in an area that doesn’t have good fresh strawberries in the local stores yet, pin this recipe for the summer when you can eat fresh local spinach and strawberries. Read More