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Steak Salad

I get so excited when fresh, local asparagus starts showing up in the grocery stores! It means spring is officially here and visiting my favorite local farmers market is just weeks away. I pair asparagus with just about anything, and it’s actually a favorite vegetable of little E. My favorite meal right now is steak salad, and it goes perfect with a side of asparagus! What goes better with greens other than more green?! The ReadyStrainer’s oblong shape is perfect for long vegetables like asparagus. I can thaw my steak in the sink while the fresh vegetables are rinsed safely on my counter. Perfect! Steak salad can be made many different ways. Every time I make it, I have different...

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Baked Ziti

When Fred’s family gathers for a meal, there are usually five siblings and 17 nieces and nephews. There are a lot of people to feed. An easy one for large families is our own version of a typical "baked ziti" dish. I actually prefer rigatoni, so it really isn't baked ziti at all. The larger noodles are closer to a lasagna texture, which I find delicious.   I often use cottage cheese instead of ricotta because Fred dislikes ricotta and we tend to have cottage cheese in our refrigerator anyway. I cook a pound of hamburger in onion and garlic because my mom always did and I'm not sure there is a dish that can't be helped by some onion and garlic. Otherwise it's as...

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Party Ice

In the middle of winter, after the holidays, I get pretty focused on summer. I miss cookouts and BBQs and summertime cocktails. One of the most important and underappreciated ingredients in a cocktail is ice! In order to keep the ice from melting into a messy bowl of water, the ReadyStrainer directs the melted water into the sink. We've used this setup for ice at kid's parties and adult parties alike. The ReadyStrainer makes a beautiful addition to any cocktail party. Check out our setup for whiskey sours below.  Ice in a ReadyStrainer can also keep your canned or bottled beverages cold! Never have warm beer, ciders or sparkling waters again!   We wish you many happy gatherings through winter, spring and...

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Taco Soup

A favorite fall meal of mine is taco soup! It's another quick way to get a hearty and healthy meal on the table for your family. The ReadyStrainer even gets to be used twice for this meal! Bonus! Last year our family signed up to get local grass-fed beef from a friend who raised them himself. This meant we had an entire freezer full of beef all at once. It was immediately obvious we needed a quick, delicious and healthy meal to make using ground beef as easy as possible during those busy weeknights. And everyone in the family needed to love it, as we were going to be eating it often. This is where my love for taco soup blossomed. I...

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Black Beans

The ReadyStrainer made its debut into the world just mere months before our son. He’s such a sweet boy full of smiles and definitely keeps us busy. As the months went on, it came time for our new little man to try solid foods! Therefore, most evenings I found myself making fresh foods for him to try. As I tired of mushing squash and carrots, I figured I’d try my hand at cooking black beans. It’s cheaper than canned beans and I have full control over what is included in them.  The first step to delicious black beans is to rinse and pick through a bag of dried beans. All stones need to be removed, as well as any beans...

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