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Dinner's in the Freezer!

Dinner's in the Freezer!

Preparing freezer meals can help you stretch your budget and your time. You can make your own convenience foods with your favorite ingredients that are on sale at the grocery store. If you are on a special diet, you can adjust the recipes to fit your needs. Later, all you do is thaw and cook.

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Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

Cooking takes a lot of time for me, even when I make simple meals. I admit I'm kind of a messy cook! Do you have any tips?

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Canned, Fresh or Frozen: What Kinds of Fruits and Vegetables Do You Choose?

Canned, Fresh or Frozen: What Kinds of Fruits and Vegetables Do You Choose?

During the summer months, we can enjoy delicious, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables from a garden, farmers market or grocery store. When fruits and vegetables are “in season,” they are at their best quality and flavor. On average, kids and adults need 2½ to 3 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.

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Colors and Health Benefits

Colors and Health Benefits

I have heard that fruits and vegetables have different health benefits depending on the color. Is that true?

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Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

As the weather warms, many people enjoy cooking outside on a grill or packing a picnic to eat on a nature hike. Problem is, if we don't pay attention to safe food handling, we could put our family and friends at risk of foodborne illness or "food poisoning." Foodborne illness increases during the summer because the temperatures are warmer, and the bacteria present around us can "hop on" food and grow quickly in the warm temperatures. Summer also tends to be humid, and moist environments increase the chances for bacteria to grow.

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Saving Money When Eating Out

Saving Money When Eating Out

My family of five enjoys eating at restaurants now and then, but it really stretches our food budget. Do you have any tips?

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Coupons = Savings for Busy Moms

Coupons = Savings for Busy Moms

Imagine saving hundreds of dollars at the grocery store every year simply by using coupons. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money.

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Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Meat needs to reach a safe internal temperature to prevent you and your family from getting sick. Although checking the color of the meat is a good start, it does not guarantee it is safe to eat.

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June "in Season" Fruits and Veggies

June "in Season" Fruits and Veggies

Save money by purchasing fruits and veggies that are in season during June.

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Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Many households have a microwave oven. These small appliances are energy-efficient, take up little space in your kitchen and speed up food preparation. However, food safety experts have found that not everyone follows safe food-handling rules when using the microwave.

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