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Thanksgiving Planned-Overs
Thanksgiving Planned-Overs
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
November 24, 2013

You may be thinking, “What is a Planned-Over?” I first heard that term about 10 years ago. Basically, it’s when we intentionally cook an extra quantity of food so we have it for future meals. It’s a creative term used to rid leftovers of their traditional bad image. It’s also a smart way to reduce energy and save cooking time for those “planned-over” meals. I’ve grown to love the concept and the term. When I say it in conversation, I usually get a puzzled look complete with the nose crinkle. Once the term is explained, the response is usually “Oh, that’s smart,” or “Oh, I do that too.”

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Tags: Thanksgiving, Turkey, Soup, Casserole, Leftovers, Ideas
Holiday Food Prep Time Savers
Holiday Food Prep Time Savers
November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here. There will be plenty of food, plenty of dinner guests and plenty of thankfulness. But what’s one thing we need more of during the holiday season? Time! Preparing food is just one of the many tasks to keep in mind when prepping for a big holiday meal. Here are a few timesaving tips to keep you ahead of the curve this Turkey Day.

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Tags: Tips, Thanksgiving, Prep, Holiday, Food, Meal Plan
Fall Inspired Breakfast and Lunch
Fall Inspired Breakfast and Lunch
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
November 14, 2013

Dinner gets a lot of the attention during the holidays, but don’t forget about breakfast and lunch! Here are two delicious autumn recipes that are sure to be a hit this season.

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Tags: Fall, Breakfast, Lunch, Soup, Pumpkin, Muffin, Flaxseed
Food Preservation with Simple Truth
Food Preservation with Simple Truth
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
November 6, 2013

Ever take photos to capture a special moment? Most of us have. That way, when we look to those images, we can reflect on the joy that was preserved. I tend to take photos but not print them out. I know they’re available if I should want them. My husband, on the other hand, also takes photos but prints them almost immediately. He’s great about sharing them with the people featured and keeping them organized by dates. You probably have established a pattern about taking photos, printing them, sharing and organizing them. The basic intent of the whole photo capturing activity is to help us preserve the special moments in our lives.

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Tags: Preserves, Canning, Tips, Pickles, Vegetables