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Tip of the Month, May 2013: Take Them a Meal

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So many times when our friends, neighbors and/or coworkers are faced with a life-altering event, one of our first thoughts is to bring them a covered dish or casserole so the last thing they have to worry about is preparing meals for the rest of their family. I know that I’ve been on the receiving end more than once and was grateful for all of the food people brought me.

Recently, my neighbor Connie underwent back surgery. Right before she was getting out of rehab, another neighbor, Mary (who heads up our neighborhood community watch program), sent out an email asking several of us if we could take Connie meals while she was recovering. But instead of having people sign up via numerous email messages and phone calls, she directed us to this fantastic website: Take Them a Meal (http://www.takethemameal.com/). Take Them a Meal makes meal planning for others a breeze — it’s easy to use and it’s free.

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Tip of the Month, April 2013: Salad in a Jar

These look great!

Several weeks ago, I opened the refrigerator at work and this cute little Mason jar filled with a salad. Curious, I asked around and found out it belonged to my friend and coworker Denise. She had seen this on Pinterest and was giving it a try. I did some research to find out what this Salad in Jar stuff was all about and learned that it’s a great way to keep salad fresh for several days, since the lettuce doesn’t get soggy. But the big thing for me is that by making several salads at once, you save lots of time. One of the reasons I haven’t (until now) taken salads to work very often is because I found it too time consuming to make them, especially when trying to get the kids ready for school, etc. So I was happy to give this a try to see if the salads would stay as fresh as people were claiming.

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Tip of the Month, March 2013: Covet Your Cookbook Collection

More cookbooks

My love of books started shortly after I was born and has been a huge factor in my career choices: librarian, writer and editor. My fascination with cookbooks started in junior high school. My parents had a small collection and my favorite was a Good Housekeeping cookbook with a bright blue cover. From that book I learned to make my own pie and pizza crusts from scratch. I still have several of my parents’ old cookbooks, like this great one by Julia Child, but do not have a clue what happened to the Good Housekeeping cookbook.

A page from Julia Child

I have finally managed to weed my cookbook collection to a mere four shelves worth – not an easy feat. However, with so many recipes on the Internet and the need for more space on my shelves, I did find new homes for many of them over the past several years.

Cookbooks

I love the convenience of finding recipes and meal ideas online as well as on some of the food apps on my cell phone (that’s a whole other post.) It comes in especially handy when I find something on sale at the store and am able to look up recipes on my phone to figure out what other ingredients I need to buy. Or, when I’m at work, I can just print a recipe from the Internet and take it shopping with me. However, browsing recipes online never will be able completely to replace leafing through an actual hard-copy cookbook, taking in the pictures and getting ideas for new dishes to make.

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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