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New Year's Resolution Tips

New Year’s Resolution Tips

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions once again, and we can help you set smart goals with our New Year’s Resolution Tips.

Be realistic while setting resolutions. If you want to start cooking all your meals at home, your first goal should be to eat at home a few times a week, and slowly ramp it up over time.

Planning for Realistic Goals


Be specific. “Losing weight” doesn’t give you something concrete to work toward. Instead say, “I want to lose 15 pounds over the next 6 months.“

If you choose a big goal, like learning another language, break it down into achievable steps, like signing up for a class, buying a tool, or studying vocab each week. And don’t beat yourself up if you’re not fluent at the end of the year.

Achievable Goals


Make it fun to stick to your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight but love desserts, learn about healthy alternatives and making lighter desserts. If you’re artistic, photograph nature to get moving outdoors.

Making Goals Fun


Set deadlines. Making a plan is the only way you’ll actually get started. Meal plan in advance so you make smart choices at the grocery store or get a planner to schedule gym time.

Setting Smart Deadlines


Make every goal a healthy one. Been wanting to redecorate or remodel? Do things you can yourself, even if that just means painting the walls, and get moving without even noticing.

Make Everything a Healthy Goal


Reward yourself when you reach milestones. If you save money from each paycheck for 3 months, go do a fun activity you’ve maybe been cutting back on, like going to the movies.

Rewarding Yourself for Success

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Are you cooking for a crowd this holiday season? In honor of Food Service Safety Month, we can help you protect your guests with these helpful holiday food safety tips.

Keep hot food hot and cold food cold while serving guests with things like slow cookers and ice trays.

Put leftovers away after eating. Toss perishable foods that are left out for more than 2 hours.

Putting Away Leftovers


Make sure you’re cleaning produce properly before you start cooking.

Cleaning Before Cooking in the Holiday Season

Cleaning Before Eating


Do you know how to cook safely, like avoiding cross-contamination? Brush up for holiday meals.

Safe Holiday Food Prep

Preparing Your Food Safely


Cooking meats to the right internal temperature could be the difference between a happy holiday and a disaster.

Cooking Thoroughly During the Holiday Season

Hot Enough


Fight food waste in your leftovers this holiday season by storing food properly, using your freezer, and more.

Making the Most of Holiday Leftovers

Fight Food Waste


How long are all those leftovers and special ingredients good for? We can help.

When to Eat and When to Toss Holiday Leftovers

Decoding Expiration Dates

Cooking Tips to Get in the Kitchen

Cooking Tips for National Culinary Arts Month

It’s National Culinary Arts Month, and you don’t have to be a chef to appreciate or make good food. It’s the perfect time to take a moment to brush up on your skills or think about teaching your loved ones to cook with these cooking tips.

If you’ve ever looked at a recipe and wondered what it was talking about, this quick guide can help.

Cooking Terms Image via Style Caster


With this infographic, you’ll be ready to prep your next recipe. And check out part 2 for more knife skills.

Knife Skills Part 1 Image via Illustrated Bites


Need a refresher on the basics in the kitchen? Learn to cut an onion, fry an egg, roast a chicken, and more.

Kitchen Basics Image and Recipes via Yhe Kitchn


With this guide, you’ll be ready to build the foundation of good flavor for a variety of meals.

Guide to AromaticsImage via Lifehacker


This guide will help you make the most of fresh herbs, from pairings to storage.

Guide to Flavoring with Fresh Herbs Image via CookSmarts


Fresh herbs can be expensive and don’t last. If they don’t work for you, spices are a great way to add punch.

Guide to Flavoring with Spices Image via CookSmarts


You can get your kids in the kitchen early with this guide for skills and recipes for any age.

National Country Cooking Month

National Country Cooking Month

It’s National Country Cooking Month, and we have recipes to help you make delicious comfort food that’s healthy too.

First up, find Healthier Mac & Cheese recipes that will keep you and your kids happy.

Healthier Mac & Cheese
Image and Recipe via The Greatist


Make this Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf for a lighter version of the classic.

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf

Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe


Satisfy your brunch comfort food craving with Oven-Baked Chicken and Waffles.

Oven-Baked Chicken and Waffles
Image and Recipe via Womanista


Your family won’t believe that this Loaded Cauliflower Mash is healthy.

Loaded Cauliflower (low carb, keto)


Whip up Cheesy Garlic Pork Chops for a healthier version of the hearty dinner.

Cheesy Garlic Pork Chops
Image and Recipe via Womanista


This moist and delicious Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken will be a hit this summer.

Super Moist Oven Baked BBQ Chicken


Don’t skimp on your favorites with lighter Southern Shrimp and Grits.

Southern Shrimp and Grits
Image and Recipe via Womanista

Protection to Prevent Burn

Burn Awareness Week

It’s Burn Awareness Week. Burns continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. and can cause lasting pain and disabilities in survivors.

Don't Get Burned


Avoid burns and scalds while cooking with these tips.


Use the back burners while you cook, and turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.

Back Burners to Avoid Burns


Use oven mitts and pot holders, and make sure you replace old and worn mitts.

Children, elderly people, and the disabled are at the highest risk for burns, and almost 1/3 of all burns happen to kids under 15.

Preventing Burns and Scars


Children under 5 are 2.4 times more likely than the general population to suffer burn injuries that need emergency treatment.

Protecting Kids from Burns


Never carry children while preparing or drinking hot liquids (or foods) and teach them burn safety.

Fighting Food Waste in Your LIfe

Fight Food Waste

Have you ever bought a bunch of groceries, only to have plans change and food go to waste? Fresh fruits and veggies that go bad in your fridge before you make that recipe or snack on them? Leftovers that you got sick of without finishing?

This is a problem millions of Americans run into every day, and it’s called food waste.

Food Waste by the Numbers

Right now, the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone, 17% more per person than it did in the early 1960s. And yet, in 2015, 42.2 million Americans faced hunger and trouble affording food.

An estimated 25 to 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste instead of being eaten. And when food goes into a landfill, it also produces a greenhouse gas that’s bad for the environment. All those lost groceries add up to about $165 billion lost every year.

Reducing your food waste can help you save money, and it’s good for the rest of the world. And the great news is it’s easy.

Shop Smart

  1. Prepare to shop. Have a plan and buy exactly what you need to at the grocery store .
  2. Make smart decisions at the store. Don’t stock up on a sale item if you know you can’t use it before it goes bad.
  3. Know yourself. Pay attention to how much of something your family really eats so you can buy the right amount. If you live alone, don’t buy fruit in bulk (unless you really love apples). If you hate cooking, don’t stock up on things that have to be cooked.
  4. Buy the odd-looking fruits and veggies. Many are thrown away because their size, shape, or color doesn’t look perfect, but they’re actually just as good.

Save at Home

  1. First In, First Out. When you unpack your groceries, make sure you’re putting the newest food in the back so older things get used first.
  2. Store food in the right place. Many foods will last longer if you know how to store them.
  3. Pay attention to what you toss. If you keep throwing away half of the spaghetti sauce you make, try freezing half of it or cutting the recipe in half.
  4. Think about expiration dates. Make sure you know how they work, and try to make meals that let you use up things that are closer to expiring.
  5. Use all of an ingredient. Whenever possible, use all of what you’re cooking with, like leaving the skin on potatoes. Use citrus rinds and zest to add flavor to sauces and desserts. And the skin and stems of most fruits and veggies are safe to eat and have extra nutrients that you need.
  6. Use your freezer. Freeze fruits and veggies you can’t use up before they go bad for easy smoothies. Store extras from recipes.
  7. Eat leftovers. Take them for lunch, skip cooking the next night, or freeze them for an easy dinner later.
  8. Share. Split a huge dish when you’re eating out or take home the leftovers for an easy meal later. If you made too much of a meal, bring a dish of it to family or friends.

A little thought can go a long way toward helping you reduce food waste in your home and save you money.

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Prepare your food safely and make sure you’re cooking your food safely to protect your family and prevent illness.

Camping Meals & Campfire Delights

Healthy Camping Meals

To go along with our National Camping Month safety tips, we also featured some healthy camping meals you can make on the campfire.

First up were easy Breakfast Burritos that you can just throw in the fire.

Breakfast Burritos – Campfire Style


Lumberjack Breakfast combines your favorite breakfast fixings in one packet.

Lumberjack Breakfast In Foil Packet


These Campfire Tex Mex White Bean and Chicken Foil Packets are a breeze to make.

Campfire Tex Mex White Bean Chicken Foil Packets


This BBQ Party Pack is the perfect side dish or vegetarian meal while camping.

BBQ Party Pack


Hobo Dinners are foil packets of meat, potatoes, and veggies perfect for camping.

Hobo Dinners


Foil Wrapped Salmon with Herbs and Lemon is great made with fresh fish.

Foil Wrapped Salmon with Herbs and Lemon
Image via Roadtrippers


Reheat this Whole Wheat Pasta with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes in Foil over the fire.

Whole Wheat Pasta in Foil Recipe with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes…For Camping!