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Some things in life are difficult: taxes, air travel over the holidays, mastering the perfect kouign amann. Coleslaw is not one of those things. Classic creamy, crunchy coleslaw is easy. Coleslaw is effortless. Coleslaw asks for nothing beyond a serving bowl and a backyard party that requires its presence.

It follows that dressing your homemade coleslaw should also be easy. Here are three different dressings — mayonnaise, buttermilk, and sour cream — that are so easy, you can make them in under a minute.

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Getting people together can be difficult, so having a plan in place is the most important element in ensuring the success of your group.

Want to start exercising, but aren’t sure how to begin? Starting a new exercise program, especially by yourself, can be daunting, but you can ease this transition by enlisting the aid and support of those around you.

 

No exercise groups in your area, you say? No problem! This article will provide tips that combine the ambition of the do-it-at-home exerciser with the determination of the do-it-yourself exerciser so you can begin a supportive group exercise program in your neighborhood.

 

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Every summer shindig needs a refreshing cocktail. And since summer is a time for kicking back and relaxing, skip the made-to-order drinks — it’s time for pitcher cocktails!

From sangrias to margaritas to mojitos, here are 15 cocktails to stir and shake before your guests arrive.

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At first glance, this may look like rosemary, but this is actually a variety of French thyme, grown in zone four. This particular plant has been producing fragrant thyme for me, for eight years and grows in a bush-like fashion.

Thyme is such a big part of what summer smells like for me. Ornamental versions thrive and spread among the paving stones on my garden path, and the fragrant aroma is present with every step. Culinary versions, like French and lemon thyme, also dot my herb garden and grace my annual dried herb blend.

From classic Italian seasoning to herbs de Provence to a bouquet garni, thyme contributes a subtle, savory note that complements so many of my slow-simmered soups, stews, and roasted dishes.

It’s also another perennial herb that doesn’t need much extra care in order to enjoy year after year.

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Creamy_Cucumber_Noodle_Salad_0This is a guest post from Diana Rodgers, the author of Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go, and The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Delicious, Gluten-Free, Farm-to-Table Recipes, and a Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Healthy Food. Below is a recipe from her book using Primal Kitchen™ Mayo. In her book, you’ll also learn how to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and the herbs needed for this recipe yourself! If you don’t have a green thumb and prefer to buy your produce at a farmer’s market, check out Diana’s tips following the recipe about how you can save money and still eat great on a Primal Blueprint diet. You can learn more about Diana at www.sustainabledish.com.

Creamy Cucumber Noodle Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

Serves: 4

Long strings of cucumbers mixed with a creamy herb dressing and cherry tomatoes are so much fun served as a side with fish or grilled meat in the summer. My favorite cherry tomatoes are the variety Sun Gold, which we grow every year at the farm. They are less acidic than red tomatoes and have the most beautiful yellow/orange color, which has been my favorite hue since I was a little kid. If you’ve never used a spiral vegetable slicer before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make noodles out of all kinds of vegetables. Just please watch out for the very sharp blades.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen Mayo
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup minced fresh dill
  • ¼ cup minced fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

Instructions:

  • Mix the mayo, lemon juice, dill, and mint together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer, spin the cucumbers into noodles.
  • Place the cucumbers and red onion in a large bowl and toss with the dressing.
  • Top with the sliced cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve at once—this dish does not like to wait.

NOTE: This salad is also great with zucchini instead of cucumber.

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How to Save Money and Still Eat

Have a plan

Menu planning is a lost art. If you figure out ahead of time what you’ll be eating when, it’s much easier to economize and save money on your grocery bill.

Cook and buy in bulk

It’s just as easy to roast multiple chickens as one, and with the oven already on, it’s simple to toss in a bunch of sweet potatoes. Is there a sale on your favorite olive oil? Stock up and save! Look for sales on meat at the market and add it to your stash. Not only is buying a whole or half of an animal more economical, it also lets you use more varied cuts than if you just purchase boneless, skinless chicken breasts or specialty steaks—so it’s a great way to explore the different cuts of meat.

Make your own bone broth

It’s the ultimate way to recycle a roast chicken or leg of lamb.

Grow your own food

While having your own chickens might cost more, the quality of the eggs far surpasses what you’ll get at the grocery store, and a veggie patch is a great way to save money. Live in a city? Maybe you can have container vegetables on the rooftop or fire escape, or you could tend a plot at a community garden.

Preserve the harvest

Freeze greens, can tomatoes, and make some sauerkraut. Not only will you save money, you’ll get to enjoy garden-grown produce in the middle of winter.

Dine in

Once you gain some confidence in the kitchen and get used to eating fantastic home-cooked food, you’ll think twice before spending your money on junky takeout or a mediocre steak at the local pub. Stay in and spend half of what you would have at the restaurant on your own home cooking. Don’t have much time? Scrambled eggs take less than five minutes. That’s faster and cheaper than ordering a pizza!

Buy local and in season

Local, seasonal produce is fresher than what you get at a supermarket and will last longer in your fridge. Instead of going to a farmers market and only picking out the most beautiful tomatoes, consider focusing your shopping trip on what is at its peak. Is it June? Strawberries and greens are what’s on the menu in New England. Is it January? Get some local cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and onions for a warm and satisfying stew. It’s much more sustainable and economical to build your weekly menu around what’s local and in season, and not whatever fancy recipe you crave at the moment.

Seek out less-expensive ingredients

Ground meat, organ meats, trash fish—fish that aren’t generally eaten in a particular region, such as carp in America—and unsexy vegetables like cabbage are better bets if you’re on a budget. At the farmers market, ask if they have “seconds”—vegetables that are blemished and not pretty enough for display. You could be canning extra tomatoes with a barrelful of tomato seconds at half price.

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Like most of my work, this Afro-Asian 4th of July menu has the texture of autobiography and draws heavily on the way my family eats at home. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t pull out all the stops every day like we did for this menu. But on weekends, holidays, and celebrations, we invite family and friends over to cook multiple dishes and break bread together, all while talking, laughing, and dancing.

My wife and I are very excited to collaborate with The Kitchn on this menu, and we hope it inspires your 4th of July celebration — as well as other family and community gatherings throughout the summer!

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Have you ever taken all the bones out of a whole chicken? This crazy-good roast chicken recipe calls for a deboned chicken, but I’ve never been brave enough to try this myself. But a reader has a good tip on how to learn — not surprisingly, one of my favorite chefs is involved.

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