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Fun twists for festive fall recipes

(BPT) - When fall arrives and the temperature cools, it’s a great time for families to get together and spend more time enjoying delicious home-cooked foods. This season, look for fun ways to put a twist on your favorite recipes, or try new recipes to bring some seasonal flavors into your home.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Family-Friendly Programming Storms The Weather Channel
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - If you are a parent, you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to find quality family-friendly programming on TV. You know, shows that don't force you to keep your finger hovering over the remote "just in case."

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California Avocados, The Breakfast Superfood
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Breakfast has long been considered the most important meal of the day, but hectic morning routines can sometimes get in the way of starting the day with a wholesome meal. California avocados, in season now, are the perfect fruit and nourishing breakfast solution for any busy morning schedule.

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Experts Say Planning Ahead Is The Key To Reducing Stress In The Kitchen
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—From busy schedules to picky eaters, mealtime can seem overwhelming for many moms and dads. According to a study by the University of Illinois, some parents report that preparing a meal is so stressful it feels like being in a “pressure cooker.”*

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Today’s Homemade Cooking Reflects Cultural Shift
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

Today’s families are more diverse than ever -- and so is what they’re eating together. While the flavors and dishes are evolving, one thing hasn’t changed -- families are still sitting down together for a home-cooked meal most days of the week.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Carrageenan: Sustainability From Farm to Table
Posted: August 27, 2014

(NewsUSA) - Over 200,000 tons of dried, farmed, tropical seaweed are produced every year. The majority of the world's red seaweed is farmed by nearly 60,000 family farmers in Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. These families apply sustainable farming techniques that help to protect and preserve the habitats where they farm.

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5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The summer months are over and the school year is in full swing. As a parent, this means you’ve traded those lazy summer days for school sports and activities, colder temperatures and the morning rush to the bus stop. If you feel like your home’s organization is hanging on by a thread, take heart; there are some simple things you can do to return order and make the rest of your school year run smoothly. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Tips for Hosting End-of-Summer Barbeques
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) There’s something great about inviting company over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger. Celebrity chef Michael Symon from the Food Network and ABC’s “The Chew, is partnering with Bank of America to share tips for stress-free barbequing.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Hydrate Your Way to More Energy
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Americans thirsting for more energy can refresh their hydration habits by thinking outside the water glass. Some foods - including flavorful, water-rich produce like watermelon - can help hydrate the body as well.

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Tackle a Winning Taste with Korean Pork Skewers
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways. Beyond the walls of those eateries, street vendors, food booths and food trucks also are featuring portable, easy-to-eat dishes like kabobs and sliders.

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Milk Your Buck for All It's Worth
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Eating well doesn't have to mean spending a lot. In fact, there are many ways to eat the foods that make you look and feel your best without hurting your pocketbook. For example, penny for penny, ounce for ounce, milk packs more nutritional value than just about any other beverage you can buy. Here are more reasons why milk is a great option for shoppers looking to squeeze the nutrition out of their food budgets: 

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Discover a New Twist on Classic Campfire S'mores
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Roasting marshmallows around the campfire with friends and family is a popular pastime. Luckily, the classic combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker can be enjoyed in so many ways - whether you're fireside or stuck inside! 

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Grill Lean for Great Taste
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Take advantage of the longer, warmer days before winter arrives by whipping up tasty grilled meals that are delicious and healthy for the whole family. Using lean cuts of beef is a great way to cut down calories and fat, but it doesn't have to reduce the grilled flavors you love.

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Bring Gluten-Free Brookies to Back-to-School Events
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) The end of summer marks the beginning of the busy back-to-school season. From PTA meetings and fundraisers to team parties, there are lots of gatherings that require delicious baked goods. To make sure everyone who attends can enjoy the treats, try the gluten-free Brookie. It’s a creative combination of two favorites: half chocolate chip cookie, half brownie, perfect for all tastes and dietary preferences. 

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Sweet News For Your Sweet Tooth
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s something to smile about: You can enjoy sweet-tasting cakes, candies and drinks without risking your smile.

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A New Contest Can Make Math And Science More Engaging
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Students and teachers who have a love of science or math and a knack for self-expression just might get a “bang” out of a new contest.

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A New Movie Brews Up A Tale Of Love And Coffee
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A new movie offers a fresh take on the eternal struggle to find love, success and the perfect cup of coffee.

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Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to farm machinery, fertilizer application equipment may not capture as much attention as powerful tractors and big combines, but they are just as important to the success of American agriculture. Self-propelled and pull-type fertilizer spreaders, as well as tenders, play an essential role in applying nutrients to maximize crop production and help farmers meet global food demand.

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Helping Teens Make Healthier Choices
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents who are looking for ways to help their teens make healthier choices when it comes to eating and exercise.

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Food For Good: Making Sure Kids Get The Nutrition They Need All Year Long
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Of the 55 million kids enrolled in U.S. schools, 21 million get free or reduced-cost lunch, yet 85 percent of the schoolchildren eligible for these U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—sponsored lunches don’t get such meals when school’s not in session.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Healthy Fuel for Back to School: Tasty, Tote-able Snack Ideas
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) During back-to-school season, many families will find time is at a premium. With routines changing from summer’s slower pace to tighter schedules jam-packed with work, school and extracurricular commitments, it can be hard to keep kids fueled for the day and eating healthfully. 

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Monday 08/18/2014
Make Your Own Backyard Pizzeria
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) With 93 percent of Americans consuming it at least once a month, and an average annual consumption of 46 pieces per person — it’s easy to see that pizza is a national obsession. 

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Classroom Success Begins with Breakfast
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it's easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Terry Crews Brings His Voice To The Freshest VeggieTales Movie Yet: 'Celery Night Fever'
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—He’s a no-nonsense action star in the Expendables films and plays the hilarious Sgt. Terry Jeffords on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but behind the scenes, what Terry Crews likes to do most is sing.

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Summer Entertaining is Easy with Nutritious California Avocados
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—California avocado season is in full swing, just in time for summer holiday barbecues and casual get-togethers. The California Avocado Commission has partnered with chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger to share great ideas for jazzing up any summer gathering menu with delectable and nutritious California avocados.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Smart, stress-free ideas for a memorable Labor Day party
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Labor Day signals the end of summer and the start of exciting new fall activities, but what does the holiday really celebrate? The answer: the 155.6 million people age 16 and older in the American workforce. Gathering with family and friends is a must, but that doesn't mean you should spend your day off worrying about party details. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be a master party-planner and everyone will have a great time - you won’t even have to turn on the stove!

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Monday 08/11/2014
Six Recipes for a Fiesta Inspired Cookout in Your Backyard
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

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A Well-Stocked Pantry
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When it comes to mealtime, a well-stocked pantry can be the difference between culinary success and a dinner dud. Too often we contemplate what to make for dinner, only to realize that we don't have the right ingredients on hand or the food in the fridge has spoiled. But with a pantry full of canned foods, a delicious and easy, homemade meal is just minutes away.

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Spices and Herbs Bring Out the Best of Summer Vegetables
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) We all want to eat more vegetables - and in the summer, when farmers markets and grocery stores are filled with fresh, colorful produce, it's easier than ever. From juicy red tomatoes and yellow sweet corn to vibrant green broccoli, seasonal produce can be even more enjoyable with the addition of spices and herbs.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
How To Find Fiber In The Grocery Store
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—It may sound like a scientific breakthrough, but something that can help prevent heart disease, obesity and possibly cancer can easily be found in many of the foods already in your grocery store. It’s dietary fiber; certain substances that are not digested by the body.

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Contest Celebrates Neighborhood Restaurants
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—All across the country, family restaurants and neighborhood diners are getting ready for their close-up. That’s because a recipe contest is shining the spotlight on their signature dishes—the very dishes that make their own communities proud.

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Quick Cake For Chocolate Lovers
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a different but delicious dessert that’s fast and fun to make and excellent for entertaining, festive enough for the holidays and great whenever you or your family wants a little taste of chocolate cake. It’s even gluten-free.

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Kiwifruit Makes a Delicious, Nutritional Snack
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) One of the most nutrient-dense foods available, kiwifruit are low-calorie, low-fat, high in fiber—and delicious. According to registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield, there are a few things to know about enjoying this tasty fruit:

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Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making Yourself
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Even if you’re a well-versed cook, there are certain foods you may not have ever considered making yourself. For example, when is the last time you made your own apple sauce, jam or chutney?

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Spice up your menu with these unique recipes
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - What fun is life without a little adventure? An amazing trip is more appealing than a staycation, a new workout routine beats running the same old mile, and the hot new comedy club is more interesting than watching TV reruns.

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Monday 08/04/2014
Breakfast Makeovers with Bacon
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Experts agree that breakfast is the most important mealtime of the day, but having the same predictable dishes over and over can make this essential meal a very boring one.  Instead, spice up the start of your day with a breakfast that's full of flavor. Delight your taste buds with an instant boost by adding bacon, America's favorite breakfast meat, to your morning meal.

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The Best Hometown Peanut Butter Recipes in America
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) In kitchens, cafeterias and restaurants nationwide, our local food preferences may be unique, and our culinary traditions may be diverse, but we all share a common bond: a love for peanut butter.

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Easy Back-to-School Meals
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When the kids head back to school, it's a hectic time for the entire family. Carpools, afterschool activities and homework can make it difficult to incorporate wholesome meals into the day. However, it's important to make sure your child is eating a nutritious diet to keep energy levels high and concentration focused in school.

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Light and Fluffy Pandan Chiffon Cake
Posted: August 04, 2014

Pandan plant is part of what is commonly known as the Screw pine family, and the leaves are used extensively in tropical climates, as that is where this plant grows.


   
1. Separate 4 eggs, placing the yolks in your electric mixer bowl, and 4 egg whites in a cereal bowl or similar. Crack one more egg, place the egg white with the other egg whites, and discard the extra yolk (we don't need it).

   
2. In a separate bowl (the largest bowl you can find), weigh out the flour (and baking powder if using) and sieve from a height into the bowl. Make a well in the center.
   
 
   
3. Add the cream of tartar and continue to whisk until the egg whites become stiff peaks. You will know when it's at this stage if you lift the whisk out of the mixture, the egg whites don't move.
   
 
 
 
   
1. Place in the oven for 45 minutes. Check when it's cooked by sticking a skewer into the cake and if it comes out clean, it's ready!
   
 
 
   

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Gimme some more! A dozen fun facts about s'mores
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With back to school just around the corner, now’s the time to make the most of the final days of summer. Gather your family and friends around the fire and enjoy a delicious treat. One of the quintessential flavors of summer, s’mores have been enhancing bonfires and bringing families together for decades. In fact, the first official recipe for s’mores was published in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, which launched the treat into pop culture and made a big impression on families across the United States.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Fabulous Flavor And Healthful Eating Three Ways
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Three new cookbooks can help you enjoy great taste and good health at the same time.

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Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Nationwide, shoppers are asking questions and becoming more connected to the sources of their food. They browse farmers markets, choose farm-to-table dining and spend their time and money visiting farms. Adventurous consumers even tend backyard chicken coops, providing themselves with their own source of fresh eggs and poultry; others weigh the advantages of buying organic foods. Whatever specific habits they may have stem from a popular demand for fresh, locally grown agricultural products.

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Making The Grade With Nutrition Basics
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Any time of year can be the right time to get your children back on a basic nutrition plan. Many find the start of the school year works best and that a diet comprised of whole foods provides the best foundation for learning and education.

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Movie Madness: Something For Everyone
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether your family is into adventure, art, comedy, documentaries or magical realism, it’s time for Movie Madness—On Demand!

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Smart parent tricks for cutting chaos, streamlining school days
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Flat-Out Fun for Your Mexican Meals
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Didn’t think taco night could get any better? Pile on the fun with the unique shape of Ortega® Fiesta Flats™ Flat Bottom Taco Shells.

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Nutrient-Rich Summertime Sips
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Summer is all about long days and outdoor fun. Whether you are at the beach, a backyard barbecue or soaking in the sun at a music festival, you need to stay hydrated. A daily dose of proper liquid-nutrition will have you looking and feeling your very best no matter what your summer adventures have in store for you.

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Sample the Taste of Summer
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Summer is peak strawberry season and the perfect time to enjoy one of America's favorite fruits.

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Make a Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Sriracha, a Thai hot sauce made from fresh red chilies, has become a new obsession throughout the nation as Americans crave heat in a big way.   

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Thursday 07/24/2014
To Boost Your Health, Consider Your Glycemic Response
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While most people consider their weight, their blood pressure or their running time when they think about their health, one important parameter is often overlooked: their glycemic response. The glycemic response is used as a way to classify foods based on their potential to in_crease blood glucose (blood sugar), as the glycemic response is the measure of the impact of a particular food on blood sugar. Foods with faster rates of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to increase more quickly than those with lower glycemic response, when glucose is released slowly into blood.

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