Supermarket Saturday: Trader Joe’s Frozen Rice and Quinoa

Trader Joe's (frozen) Organic Brown Rice, Rice Medley and Organic Quinoa are rice, I mean life, savers.  I ALWAYS have a box of one or all of the above varieties in my freezer.  I love them because they are all 100% whole grain (fiber√, antioxidants√, vitamins/minerals√), they come in a convenient little microwaveable pouch AND …

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Supermarket Saturday: Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste

One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is how much the quality of ingredients affect a finished dish. High quality ingredients create tastier food and elevate dishes from good to great with no extra effort. Nielsen Massey’s Vanilla Bean Paste is like vanilla extract with a touch of magic.  It has …

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Supermarket Saturday: Tubular Tomato Paste

If you make chili, soup, or stew, braised meat, marinara or other tomato based dishes, you'll have noticed that most recipes call for the tiniest amount of tomato paste. And because it's not safe to store the open can in the fridge, you have to transfer the leftover to a teeny tiny Tupperware container which …

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Sundays with Samantha: How to choose the best kids snacks

Kids. Never. Stop. Eating. Rightfully so. They are constantly growing, physically and mentally, and it's our job to provide them with the right foods to help them thrive. But, it's definitely hard to keep up!  My kids will eat breakfast, a snack or 2 between breakfast and lunch.  Eat all their lunch. Then like 5 …

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