April 2015 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Are you ready to start fresh and tackle some spring cleaning projects? I know I am. As warmer days approach and I shake off the cobwebs of winter, there is one room in my house that is begging for a little TLC – the kitchen. With so many cold days resulting in a cupboard full of comfort foods, I honestly can’t remember the last time I cleaned out my pantry.

It’s not that I don’t want to keep my kitchen neat and organized, but sometimes the hustle & bustle of everyday life gets in the way. You know how it goes. After a quick stop at the grocery store, you hurry home and rush to put the groceries away without having time to get rid of items that are expired. And then, when you do, you find that there aren’t many ingredients left to cook with. It’s a dilemma many of us have.

So, to make things a little easier, we gathered an excellent list of ingredients to help you cook a delicious, nutritious meal every night of the week. Chances are, you already keep healthy basics on hand like brown rice and olive oil but wouldn’t it be nice to add some foods that can really amp up the nutrition and flavor of your meals? See page 18 for Cezanne Colvin’s story that gives you some ideas of pantry staples you need to prepare healthy recipes. Plus, it offers a few other ingredients that will make impromptu meals easier.

If your spring cleaning fever spills over into your bedroom, you may find yourself decluttering your closets. Soon you’ll come to the realization that you have a bounty of stuff you don’t wear, have never worn and probably never will. Once you purge your closet, you will, no doubt, be ready for a few new pieces to add to your wardrobe. Check out Hot Ticket, starting on page 42, for some fresh, spring fashions.

Just make sure you don’t spend too much time inside cleaning. Spring is here and after the winter we just experienced, we all deserve a little warm weather and fresh air. Get out and enjoy it!

Happy Spring,
Amy Hines, Editor

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