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Comfort Foods Chase Away Chills

With the help of some simple, readily-available products, preparing wholesome meals can become a nightly routine.

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Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter and – Umami?

The four basic tastes – salty, sweet, sour and bitter – are familiar to us, but so is umami, the Japanese name for “the fifth taste” that doesn’t have a name in the West. Includes recipe for Mushroom, Green Pepper and Onion Omelet.

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Grilling Pork Tenderloin: A Breeze on the Barbecue

From sophisticated mini-roasts to playful kabobs, more and more Americans are choosing the many personalities of pork tenderloin on the grill. In fact, nearly one-quarter of respondents to a nationwide survey named tenderloin as their favorite pork choice for grilling.

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Grilling Your Garden: Thirteen Tips For Perfect Grilled Fruits and Vegetables

Grilling fresh fruits and vegetables alongside your favorite lean meats, poultry and fish is an easy way to add some color and excitIent to your grill meals.

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The Benefits of Getting All Steamed Up

If your only experience with Chinese food has been from the neighborhood carry-out, you may be surprised that the traditional Asian diet is known for its balance of health and flavor. Includes recipe for Steamed Chicken with Red and Yellow Bell Pepper.

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New Tricks for an Old Problem: Brown-bag School Lunches

The kids are going back to school. Once again, you are back in the kitchen packing lunches, racking your brain for something different that they will eat. Sound familiar?

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Share Good Food With Dear Old Dad On Father’s Day

Whether your dad is a traditional ‘meat and potatoes’ man, or someone who has taken nutritious eating to heart in recent years, Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care about him and his health. Plan a special meal that uses some of his favorite foods in a healthy way that is downright delicious.

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Memorial Day Means Grilling Season

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the start of summer and the beginning of grilling season. Most people use the barbecue to grill hot dogs, burgers and chicken. But why not expand your grilling vista by including vegetables? Perfect candidates include eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and corn.

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Clams Charm Cooks And Children

The sweet, distinct flavor of clams provides fast and unparalled seafood meals sure to delight the cook, the kids and just about anyone else. Includes recipe for Mushrooms Stuffed with Fresh Clams.

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Barbecue Season? Then Do It Right

Warm weather is the ideal time to cook out: more people cook outdoors in summer than any other time of the year. But warm temperatures are also ideal for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply and cause foodborne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

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Cooking Tricks Reduce Health Risks and Retain Flavor in Thanksgiving Favorites

To prepare a festive Thanksgiving meal that bolsters health and weight goals instead of undermining them, try more plant-based food than animal-based food at both the cooking and serving stages. In the pot and on the plate, a healthy, holiday proportion is two-thirds or more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans to one-third or less animal protein.

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Culinary Coaches’ Corner: 1st-and-10 Tips to Make the Party Fun for You

Super Bowl Sunday can send the host or hostess into a fumble. Here are 10 tips for throwing a party with simple suggestions on strategies, timing and – of course – the game.

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Stuffing a Turkey a No-No?

Based on recent research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline now strongly advises against stuffing turkey’s. This is a departure from earlier advice about stuffing the bird. Find out why and what you should do to prepare a healthy bird.

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Make the Dinner Table a Cultural Classroom

Experimenting with ethnic cuisines is a proven way to teach kids about new cultures, but don’t stop at the stove top. Parents can take the family one step closer to foreign lands by adding traditional ethnic touches like music, table settings and decorations to meals for real foreign flair.

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Baking With Yogurt

Yogurt, particularly low-fat and non-fat varieties, has a lot to offer health-conscious cooks. Learn about how you can use yogurt to make your baked goodies even better, and healthier!

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The Ideal Mother’s Day Meal: Festive, Easy, Healthy

If you are wondering what to serve for Mother’s Day, consider Cornish hens for a festive entree. To keep the portions of“animal protein, fat and calories under control, use just half of a hen for each serving instead of a whole bird, and fill the rest of the plate with a variety of whole grains and vegetables. That way, the special Mom in your life can have her hen and keep her health too.

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Beef Roasts Make Entertaining Easy

It’s the time of the year when telephones ringing and doorbells chiming mean invitations and at-home entertaining. But with today’s busy schedules leaving little time for elaborate preparations, we want our special dinners with family or friends to be 1-2-3 easy. A beef ribeye roast is a perfect solution for a fuss-free but festive dinner!

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