Posts Tagged ‘Conscientious Consumers’

The Frozen Free Range Chicken Dilemma

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m moving to Virginia in about a month, and in my visits I discovered a wonderful little farm nearby that sells free-range, organic chickens. But, the only way to buy them is whole and frozen.  Generally, that’s wonderful!  I love cooking with whole chicken.  But, there are only going to be…

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Freezer How To

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’m completely lost when it comes to freezing food. I know this is a great way to have meals on hand, but once it’s in the freezer I don’t know what to do with it. Just last night I made too much enchilada filling. So I made an extra pan, covered it in foil…

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Audio Book Rentals Through the Library

Heather says: I may be the last to know about online audio book rentals through the library. It’s a parenting sin to admit this, but I hate, loathe, despise, and dread taking my children to the library. Well, not my stepdaughter, but in this scenario she doesn’t count, being above the age of reason and…

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5 Reasons to Have Renters Insurance

I’m still on the road, hanging out in Minnesota. The lovely Louise Baker offered to guest post and I gratefully accepted. Enjoy! It’s important to know when you’re moving into a new rental home or apartment, your landlord carries insurance only on his building. It’s up to you to insure anything inside by purchasing renters…

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Beet Sugar v. Cane Sugar August 2010

Hi Home Ec 101, Today as I was taking some Great Value sugar off the shelf at Walmart I was practically assaulted by a woman intent on convincing me that beet sugar is an evil, chemically-processed, imported product and the more expensive cane sugar is so much better, natural, healthy, and made in the USA.…

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Lunch Without Feeling Like a Loser

Brian says: Let’s face it: we all love any chance to leave our places of work to catch some fresh air and go out for lunch. But in this topsy-turvy economy, people are being more compelled to make and take their own lunches. When it comes to this, there are some rules to follow to…

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Xtrema Ceramic Cookware: A Review

Heather says: Frequently I’m asked, “Heather, what cookware do you recommend?” I find it a difficult question to answer. I have my set I’ve used for years to which I’ve slowly been adding a few enameled cast-iron pieces, and of course I have experience with restaurant grade equipment. At this time I don’t have a large…

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Stocking the Emergency Pantry

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m a big proponent of buying local, is there a way to do this and still create a pantry? Signed, Sunny Days, Sweeping the Clouds Away Heather says: Let’s look at it this way. Prioritize food in this manner, according to budget and time. Fresh and local is optimal1, organic, frozen,…

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Product Recall Alert: Marie Callender & Campbell’s

Heather says: Ok ladies and gents it’s time to check your freezers and cupboards again. The first is for potential salmonella contamination and the second for potentially being under processed. Check your freezers for: 13-ounce packages of “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice: White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce.”…

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Watch the Price: A Frugal Reminder

Heather says: Most of us are creatures of habit, we develop our routines based on expectations and that’s fine.  I have had a system in place for a while: seasonal produce from the stand or Farmers Market; staples from the local grocery store; milk from the drug store*; bread from Big Lots. It sounds complicated,…

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Dishing on High Fructose Corn Syrup

Heather says: I live under a rock. Well, that’s not true at all let me rephrase it. When we moved from Minnesota to my home state of South Carolina, we decided to not pay for cable or satellite TV to save a little money after the expense of moving and buying a home. We live…

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Bissell Pro Lite Review and Giveaway

Heather says: Let’s get the legal jargon out of the way, in accordance with FTC guidelines I am noting that I received two Bissell 17G5 PROlite Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. One vacuum was given for review purposes and the second is a product to be given away in the contest on this page. The…

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Giveaway: Rich Products & Novelty Cookbook

Heather says: I mentioned on Monday that I have received a few items to pass along in a giveaway. Today we have a few coupons for free Rich’s products and a novelty cookbook 101 Things to Do With Meatballs. Offhand I could think of four, so Ms. Stephanie Ashcraft took her meatballs seriously. Perhaps it’s…

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