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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

My mother-in-law was a very organized woman. She had file folders for everything you can imagine including one containing lists of her most valued possessions along with the name of the person who would fall heir to that item upon her passing. Among the items I received are two three-ring binders filled with “magnetic” scrapbook […]

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The Best Way to Store Salad Greens Plus More Tricks to Make Fresh Food Last Longer

Has this ever happened to you? You open the refrigerator to pull out salad greens to get dinner on the table, only to reach in and discover a wilted, slimy mess.

That romaine, iceberg or bag of pre-washed salad mix can’t be more than a few weeks old but there it is—and into the garbage, it goes. And don’t we hate when that happens!

There are ways to make salad greens last at least long enough to be easily consumed, but to be truly useful whatever we have to do to make it happen needs to be practical—that means quick, easy and reliable.

Check out my favorite way to store salad greens … plus lots more. Then be sure to share your favorite way in the comments! See you there … Love, m

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How to Make High Cost of Ground Beef Easier to Swallow

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in 2019 the average price of a pound of lean ground beef climbed to a whopping $5.63 per pound. If you and your family are not ready to turn vegetarian—nor are you prepared to pay that much for a pound of quality hamburger—you do have another option: Get creative. Okay, […]

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Two Recipes on the Menu Every Week at My House

There are two meals I prepare nearly every week—Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs and Honey Garlic Salmon. These are my go-tos because both are so quick and easy—and so delicious they never grow old! Family-friendly, too!

Sam and Eli, our grandsons ages 4 and 10, would dive into either one of these entrees every day of the week if they could. And my husband couldn’t agree more. Both recipes are winners, for sure!

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Secrets to No-Fail Tender Juicy Chicken Breasts

They’re convenient and, we’re told, more healthy. But there are few things quite as boring or more difficult to prepare well than boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Here’s the problem: Chicken skin helps to keep the chicken moist and the bones add flavor. Remove both and what do you have? The potential for dry, tasteless, tough chicken.

But not to worry. Here are two foolproof methods to prepare boneless skinless chicken breasts (BSCB) so they come out and tender and juicy every time—provided that you follow these instructions exactly.

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How to Get Started Roasting Your Own Coffee Beans

It all started about 10 years when I had a conversation with Dax Wilson, who’d recently taken up this hobby of home roasting. The motivation? First, quality and taste, but also to cut the high cost of quality coffee by at least half. That was enough to get my attention and all I needed to […]

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How We Use Meal Kits to Cut Food Costs

Since discovering just how much we love Home Chef meal kits—and writing about it—I’ve received the most interesting feedback. Seems that you love it too! I love your feedback and and letters—especially the creative, innovative and clever ways so many of you are coming up with to enjoy Home Chef while at the same time make the service work to cut overall food costs … !

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3-Day Coconut Cake

What do Pat Benatar, George Foreman, and I, your humble columnist, have in common? We share the same birthday! I only know that because someone gave me a 768-page book titled simply, The Portable Book of Birthdays. Good thing too, or I’d never known that Pat, George, and I have “socially savvy personalities, a keen […]