photo of grilled meats and vegetables above the words, 7 tips for grilling success.
  1. A food thermometer is the best way to tell what internal temperature a food has reached. Different foods have different internal temperatures, so be aware.
  • 145°F Beef, pork, lamb, veal (with a 3-minute rest) and fish
  • 160°F Hamburgers and other ground meat
  • 165°F Poultry and ground poultry
  1. Keep foods safe!
peaches next to the words peach recipes and preservation

June is here! This is perhaps my favorite time of the growing season because peaches will be popping up soon at my local farmers’ market. They will be in full swing come July and August. Peaches are a special treat and have always been one of my favorite fruits. I just love everything peach from body care to candles. My mom always tells me how our family started out as peach growers in southern Illinois. The peach orchard is no longer in the family but I sometimes daydream what life would be like if it were…I presume just peachy!

fruit and tofu smoothies

Are you looking for a quick breakfast that packs the protein? Plant-based proteins can help you build muscle and provide heart health benefits to your meals, snacks and even beverages!

These recipes incorporate organic tofu but you can easily add other plant-based proteins that you enjoy. Firm or soft tofu can be added to any of your favorite smoothie recipes. The addition of tofu doesn’t add much of any flavor but it does add protein, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fats. Read more about soy products below.

avocado and tomato salad on top of whole wheat toast

Are you tired of the same old breakfast every morning? It’s time to turn over a new leaf!

If you’re looking for a fresh start to your day with protein, healthy fats, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals then look no further. Breakfast salads are an easy and delicious way to fill up on fiber and 2- 3 servings of fruits or vegetables all before 9:00 a.m.

picture of a green fruit and vegetable smoothiehea

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults consume 1.5–2 cups of fruits and 2–3 cups of vegetables per day. Despite these recommendations, recent data show low consumption. Only 1 in 10 US adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day. This number is even lower among American youth.

Mediterranean Foods
Mediterranean Pyramid

Spring is underway and many of you have probably been doing some spring cleaning in your home, closets and yards but what about your kitchen?

variety of herbs, garlic, tomatoes and cooking utensils

July is perhaps my favorite month. I love the summer heat, the cookouts, festivals, fireworks and all of the fresh food from the garden. It's also my birthday month so...what's not to love?!

My herbs are in full force right now and it's a great time to maximize their use in the kitchen. I like to experiment with new recipes and other food related projects to get the most out of my herbs each year.

variety of herbs hanging

These are my top 7 reasons why you should grow and use fresh herbs more often

  1. They are always available- herbs are easy to grow year round. I am in constant need of herbs whether I'm cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner and it would be a major pain if I had to keep running back to the store every time I needed a little basil or parsley.