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Each day calls for a multitude of meals and snacks to make sure the entire family is energized for the classroom, the office and evening activities together. From breakfast to dinner and sweet rewards after a long day of school and work, it’s important to keep the family on schedule with fav…

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In anticipation of the annual celebration of costumes and candy, I made a six-fingered handful of cocktails that are kind of fun for Halloween.

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Mushrooms, saffron and sweet smoked paprika flavor this vegetarian paella. Saffron gives the paella its traditional flavor and color. It’s actually the stamen of a type of crocus plant. They’re painstakingly collected and dried, which is why saffron is expensive to buy. You can use turmeric …

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The school year can be full of challenges, but fueling kids for a full day of learning tops the priority list. Affordable and easy to prepare, eggs are a key ingredient for successful days in the classroom. From a wide variety of breakfast options for even the pickiest of eaters to a nearly …

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Let’s make a deal: No more dry, tough, bland chicken breasts for dinner. Instead, it’s time to embrace moist, flavorful dark meat chicken thighs.

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The importance of health and wellness is top of mind for many people. There are many contributing factors to wellness such as diet, physical activity, social engagement and genetics. All are important, but a first step to wellness is choosing healthy foods to fuel the body every day, ideally…

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Scoring big on game day requires championship-level meals and snacks that keep the crowd full and ready for action. You can take your tailgate to the house with these baked dishes that help simplify homegating so you can focus on the big screen.

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Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food. The entire family coming together around a table covered with warm, delicious food to share stories and create new memories is what makes mealtim…

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The experts all say the same thing. Even bags and boxes of rice say the same thing: The correct ratio for making rice, they say, is two parts water to one part rice.

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As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

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Sunshine and summer evenings often elicit a certain craving for warm-weather favorites, but many families don’t always have time to light a grill or wait for the charcoal to heat up. On those busy days when summer fare calls your name but time is of the essence, opt for a family-friendly rec…

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Sweet, juicy mangoes are in season now. They’re a treat, and a sweet and colorful addition to this salad supper.

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They might not be the fanciest of foods, but when you eat a filling, protein-packed sandwich, you are usually left satisfied and full of energy. From ham and turkey to mayo and mustard, the possibilities are nearly endless when sandwiches are on the menu.

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For many families, the summer months offer a break in routine, and that extra time around the house or gathering with loved ones can lead to increased snacking opportunities. However, that warmer weather can also be accompanied by a desire for sweet treats.

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Busy mornings, afternoons and evenings are the norm for many families with days full of work, school, extracurricular activities, social commitments and more. Finding time to pause and share a meal is often a priority that may remain difficult to achieve.

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Mention Louisiana, and New Orleans immediately comes to mind. But located only two hours west of the Big Easy is the Acadiana region where a group of French-speaking Catholics settled. They were driven from their home in Protestant Nova Scotia, Canada. They are known as Cajuns. The natural a…

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Deirdre was invited to a picnic. Deirdre went to the grocery store and bought a plastic tub of potato salad. Everyone else brought homemade food and regarded Deirdre with barely concealed contempt.

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Summer days are often spent with family and friends, soaking in the sun’s rays and enjoying outdoor living with warm-weather activities. Complement this year’s summertime excitement with food that matches your enthusiasm for the season.

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Summertime, for many, represents an opportunity to enjoy freshly cooked meals while enjoying time outdoors. Taking your dishes from ordinary to extraordinary starts with chef-inspired recipes that call to mind the flavors of the season.

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Adding delicious, new flavors to your homecooked meals this spring may be easier than you think. A secret ingredient like cooking wine is a simple way to add a boost of flavor to all kinds of recipes.

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Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad. While a salad is a quick and easy way to up your veggie intake and get food on the table in next to no time, the same formula over and over again can make m…

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CULINARY.NET If you’ve ever taken a bite of something and the only word that came to mind was “yum,” you know what it’s like to experience this dessert. It’s fluffy, sweet, perfectly crumbly and tastes delicious. It’s rich but light. It’s a dessert that will likely never go out of style. You…

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CULINARY.NET Some of the best memories throughout life stick with you forever as you play them over and over in your head and smile, thinking fondly of those times. A lot of these good memories are centered around laughs, great conversation and irresistible, mouthwatering food. Family events…

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CULINARY.NET Fresh fruit is finally in season. When the sun is out and kids are hitting the pool, it’s also time to indulge in some sweet fruit flavors. Watermelon, berries, bananas and more can all be found near perfect ripeness at grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the warm summer m…

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CULINARY.NET Few relationships areas special as a bond between a mother and her child. There is often so much laughter, so much love and so many good times spent around food and family over the years. From trying new foods together and cooking lessons at a young age to time-honored family re…

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES As people have spent more time at home, many have rediscovered the simple joy of home-cooking and stumbled upon a secret weapon for health at the same time. By making smart, intentional decisions from breakfast to dinner and every meal (and drink) in-between, they are su…

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BY JULIE HIRSCHORN MIAMI HERALD/TNS There’s an important question all dessert lovers must answer at some point in their lives: Do you prefer cakey brownies or fudgy brownies? For me, the answer is simple. I want the fudgiest, gooey-est, most chocolaty brownies I can get my hands on. In fact,…

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CULINARY.NET There are no alarms set and you are cuddled up in bed after a good night’s sleep. It’s late morning and there is nowhere to go, no rushing around to do. No school bus, no work to be done, just relaxing at home with loved ones. However, breakfast is calling your name. Your stomach […]

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FAMILY FEATURES Warmer spring weather makes the season a perfect time for families to enjoy brunch together. From classic combinations like bacon and eggs to more extravagant offerings, a brunch spread offers a blank canvas for creativity and opportunities to enjoy your loved ones’ favorite …

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BY ARTHI SUBRAMANIAM PITTSBURGH-POST-GAZETTE/TNS Curry has become a catchall word for any Indian meat, vegetable or legume dish in a sauce. But that’s a distortion. In fact, it’s plain wrong. It is not a monolithic dish. Nor does it fall in the predefined or standard category. It can be sauc…

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  Culinary.net The same old brunch menu week after week can become tiresome and dull. It’s bland, boring and your tastebuds get used to the same flavors repeatedly. It’s time to add something new to the table with fresh ingredients and simple instructions to enhance your weekend spread. Try …

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  CULINARY.NET Sweets with enhanced fruit flavors are often among the best of the best when it comes to family treats. Fruit can add levels of sweet, tart or even citrus flavor to all kinds of recipes. From grapefruit to berries and lemons, there are a variety of fruits that can take your de…

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  CULINARY.NET Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods. The kids will be playing, adults will be chatting, and all will be patiently waiting for the table to be set. If you’re visiting and making memories with…

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES From tasty small bites to a filling feast and even dessert for breakfast, brunch options are nearly endless. Take your spring brunch to the next level with recipes that appease appetites of all kinds. First, start with portioned pastry cups perfect for appetizers. Bring …

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms – like many other fruits and vegetables – can also play a posi…

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BY PARIS BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Do you remember the nostalgia of playing in the snow and coming inside to a cup of sweet, luscious hot chocolate?  Well, I recreated that exact feeling with my trending Hot Chocolate Bombs.  I made three different flavors – peppermint chocolate, peanut butter cho…

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BY DANIEL NEMAN ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS The historian and scholar John Hope Franklin used to tell the story about the end of segregation in the South. Blacks in his town were excited by the prospect: At last, they would get to see what the White folks ate. But their first trips to previo…

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BY ADDIE BROYLES AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN/TNS To fully understand the complexity of Blackness, a good place to start is food, Marcus Samuelsson says. The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised, Harlem-based chef has teamed up with co-writer Osayi Endolyn and a pair of recipe developers, Yewande Komo…

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If you’re looking to add any new Black-focused cookbooks to your shelves this month, here are a few to consider. Two must-reads for anyone digging into the history of Black food in America are “The Jemima Code” and “Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin, who won two James Beard Awards for these boo…

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BY LINDA GASSENHEIMER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE With thoughts of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, here’s an Asian-inspired easy dinner to celebrate both. It’s made with jumbo shrimp and vermicelli noodles, also called rice noodles. The sauce from the shrimp is absorbed…

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Mug cake is sweet and simple CULINARY.NET On the most romantic day of the year, a day full of flowers, love and sweets, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to try a different dessert meant for two. It’s hard to resist a perfectly blended, rose-red, luscious Red Velvet Mug Cake. It’s …

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FAMILY FEATURES While you may not be able to enjoy game day with thousands of your closest friends at the stadium this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy tail-gate-worthy grub at home with a smaller group of friends and loved ones. Step up your home-gate with an appetizing pre-gam…

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES Starting fresh with a new year is a chance to hit the reset button for many people, and your family can use this opportunity to rethink homemade meals while striving for nutritious (and still delicious) dishes. From snacks to the main course each evening, the options are…

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BY PARIS BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Today is finally the day where I take on creme brûlée, one of the fanciest desserts of all. I’ve wanted to make it for a long time with my own twist, but I just never got around to it. So, I put my foot down and said, “Today’s the day, […]

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FAMILY FEATURES As a key part of a nutritious eating plan, protein intake can be a healthy step to take in the new year. One increasingly popular way to add protein to your at-home menu is with protein-packed, plant-based foods like tempeh. Tempeh’s roots date back thousands of years and ori…

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