Once-a-Month Cooking: What, Why and How?

Once-a-month cooking (OAMC) continues to be a growing trend because it allows families to have home-cooked meals throughout the week without the work of slaving away in the kitchen each night. It involves setting aside one day each month as a cooking day to fill your freezer for the rest of the month. You simply…

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Simple Menu Plans: Considering Your Options

Today we're going to look at three different menu planning systems. Remember, the idea here is not to just pick the prettiest or the simplest or the niftiest – although you should consider all of those things – but to think through which features of each system will work best for your needs so that…

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Simple Menu Plans: Thinking Through Your Needs

I'm so excited about this Weekly Hot Spot, and I can't wait to get input from each of you on the role menu planning plays in your home. This will definitely be a meaty week (no pun intended!), as there are dozens and dozens and dozens of great posts across the blogosphere dealing with menu…

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Getting the Most out of Your Pantry: Making It Last

By far, the most common answer to this week's poll question – "How organized is your pantry?" – was: I usually reorganize my pantry and/or stockpile every few months, but it rarely lasts. So how do get our pantries, freezers and stockpiles organized and keep them that way? Staying On Top Of It Taking a…

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Getting the Most out of Your Pantry: Canisters or Original Packaging?

Do you have canisters and other containers in your pantry or do you keep food in it's original packaging, maybe with clips to hold the bags closed? I've been thinking about this a lot as I get ready to reorganize my pantry (again!). Right now, we keep everything in it's original packaging. I actually open…

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Getting the Most out of Your Pantry: Make a Plan

It's plan time! This week we're looking at putting your pantry to work for you. By decluttering and organizing your pantry, freezer and stockpile, you'll save on your grocery bill – something we could all use these days. Why? Because you will know exactly what you have. You'll know which food is getting ready to…

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