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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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Caprese Salad

Cherry tomatoes are a fun garden item. We eat them straight off the vine and add them to a variety of salads. Throughout summer our customized version of a caprese salad can often be found on the dinner table. Everyone in the family enjoys this salad and it fits in well with our minimalist-style meals. As fall has quickly come upon us we are eating it just as often, so I am going to share it with you! The ingredients are simple - mozzarella cheese, cucumber, tomato, basil and sometimes a splash of vinegar. I add cucumber to the more traditional caprese salad because it adds a nice crisp texture and stretches the rest of the ingredients for our four-person...

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Spaghetti

Of course I have to post about an oldie but goodie – Spaghetti! It is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of uses for the ReadyStrainer. I grew up during a time when the perfect meal before participating in a high school sporting event was spaghetti. We called it “carbo-loading” and with high school competitions being held several times a week, I ate a large quantity of spaghetti in my youth. To be truthful, I still eat a lot of it. I can't help it! Spaghetti is a family favorite that pleases everyone, including baby E. Spaghetti is one of the quickest and easiest meals around. As I mentioned, we were eating spaghetti so often...

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Garden Blackberries

My favorite part of our back yard is the garden area containing a raspberry and blackberry patch. Raspberries are absolutely my favorite food. I cannot get enough of them and every year I consider turning the entire yard into one giant raspberry patch! However, then I remember the kids need somewhere to play and there probably still wouldn't be enough raspberries. Honestly, when it comes to raspberries I have not used the ReadyStrainer once. They go directly from the patch into my mouth! Blackberries aren't as great as raspberries, but they sure are tasty. And it is hard to beat a blackberry cheesecake pie! It is a family favorite that I will be sure to share another day. This year...

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Apricot Juice

Apricots are a real treat. Their softness and tender nature make them nearly impossible to travel or store. For that reason, they aren't hardly ever found in stores and are a true treasure fresh off the tree.  On a trip to Grandma's house we found her apricot trees were ripening very fast in this year's summer heat. We quickly picked the tree clean, so in order to take advantage of nature's sweet goodness Grandma googled apricot nectar recipes. She's a no-sugar kind of gal so the recipe was simple. Wash, cut, pit and toss the fresh fruit in a large pot, add some water (a cup or two) and stew for about 30 minutes. She then let them cool a...

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