Getting the Best Out of Beef This Summer

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Today Executive Chef Dave Zino will share ideas and tips on how to get the best value out of beef. It can be an affordable and lean protein option! By Chef Dave Zino, Executive Chef, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association It’s no secret that summer is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it: warm weather, fresh Farmer’s Markets, the opportunity to entertain at home and of course, it’s a prime time to fire up the grill and enjoy succulent lean steaks. Bet you didn’t know … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: The works Tuscan Calzones

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! The cool thing about calzones is the kids can pick them up. We love making calzones together. I call them pockets of fun. It gives my children a chance to pick what they want to eat and hide it in pizza … [Read more...]

Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe

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I love asparagus and I am always looking for a new way to make it. Pasta salad is a staple in our house during the summer months. It is easy to make and there are so many variations. Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! The warm summer calls for cookouts, picnics, and the gathering of family and friends. Most of the time, it’s a time to share covered dishes and enjoy the fresh bounty of summer vegetables. Pasta salads are the perfect … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Frittata Nests

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I can't figure out what it is but our house is crazy at 5:00 PM. I was wondering if anyone wants a job from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM? This is when I think staying at home is for other people. I have found a … [Read more...]

Chicken Parmesan Sub Sandwich Recipe

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Summer is a busy time which results on eating out or on the go. Connie has some wonderful ideas for portable meals that I honestly would have never thought of! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! This time of year lots of folks are looking for portable meals. You know what I mean…quick, healthy meals you can take with you to the ballpark, swimming pool, and in our case, the hay field. Beyond ham & cheese sandwiches, what should you pack? … [Read more...]

Strawberry Butter & Cherry Jam Update

I have meant to update you on my Strawberry Butter and Cherry Jam canning all week. It went very well! I LOVE the strawberry butter! In fact, there was a little leftover after canning and I ate it all. Yes, I was selfish and did not let anyone else have it! When strawberries are on sale, I am going to pick up some more to make another batch. The Cherry Jam came out great as well. It looks really pretty in the jar and it will make a wonderful gift! Find the Cherry Jam recipe I used HERE. One … [Read more...]

Make the Most of Your Meals

Cooking dinner is sometimes stressful from a time and money standpoint. Below are a few tips to make your meals go further. This is a post that I wrote for Ideas That Spark. Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Stretch Your Family Meals By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Cooking at home is the most economical way to feed your family. Here’s how to make the most of your time and money. Cook once, eat twice. That doesn’t mean you have to serve the same meal each night! Cook extra servings of the … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray's Lasagna Burgers are What's for Dinner this Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I am attempting to stretch my efforts with this recipe. Our son finally came home after 13 days in the NICU. I made homemade spaghetti sauce last night to celebrate. I soon learned I would never do that … [Read more...]

Grilled T-bone Steaks With Sweet & Savory Sauce

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Get the grill out! This recipe looks really good with fresh vegetables and a grilled steak. This recipe will be a hit all summer as we will soon have zucchini and carrots fresh from our garden. Thanks to Beef It's Whats for Dinner for this recipe. Check out their site for more Summer of Sizzle recipes and tips on grilling. Total Recipe Time: 45 to 50 minutes 2 beef T-bone steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 16 ounces each) 1/2 pound small carrots with tops, trimmed 2 tablespoons water 2 medium … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Well Rachael and I are on a trial separation. It is a fact that I do love her but my life is suddenly out of control. I just had a baby boy. He is wonderful but since he was premature he is still in the … [Read more...]