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Monday 09/22/2014
Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Grill Your Way Into Fall
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn't mean grilling season has to burn out. In fact, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 60 percent of grillers are now cooking outdoors year-round, so fall grilling season is just heating up.

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Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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A Simple Twist on After School Snacks
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) We all know it's important to start the day off with a healthy breakfast. As a parent, you also have lunch covered for your hungry student, whether it's packed in a brown bag or eaten in the cafeteria. But after a busy day of learning, young tummies often need a wholesome after-school snack to tide them over until dinner.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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Snack Your Way to Game Day
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As football season kicks off, game day is a perfect time to show off your best spread while cheering your team to victory. From tailgating outside of the stadium to gearing up in front of the big screen at home, all fans alike can indulge in great game day snacks. Look for options that do double-duty on flavor and texture as these will save time and let you enjoy your favorite treats to the fullest.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Teaching an Old Grain New Tricks: The Health Benefits of Ancient Grains and Seeds
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to recent data, whole grain breads are flying off the shelves and into homes more than ever before. Why the surge? One reason may be that consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of whole grains. The superstars—and superfoods—of the whole grain family are ancient grains and seeds, which date back to when our ancestors lived off the land.

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Turkey-Carving Tips: Three Easy Steps
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you want the turkey you serve to be “gobbled up” this holiday, consider improving the presentation with these simple carving tips:

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Silly Rabbit Still Seeking Cereal After 60 Years
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) The next time you’re standing in the cereal aisle, think back on your early memories of breakfast. If you’re like many Americans, your morning likely started with a bowl of cereal and milk and perhaps a Silly Rabbit.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. 

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Focus on Color for Healthy Eating
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Looking for creative ways to get your family to eat healthier? Registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of three, Frances Largeman-Roth, finds inspiration from the color spectrum, creating vividly-hued homemade culinary creations that encourage her children to explore new foods while incorporating good nutrition.

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Score a Touchdown This Football Season
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Football season can only mean one thing - time to grab the best seat in the house, and we're not talking about at the stadium. In fact, 77 percent of Americans think the best seat in the house is at home in front of an HDTV, according to a recent survey by McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand products. Instead of heading to the stadium, keep the tailgate at home and throw a "homegating" party.

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Fun Family Meals in Minutes
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Make dinnertime simple, delicious and fun by using different proteins, such as shrimp, for tried-and-true dishes like tacos, pasta or even slider sandwiches.

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Fall in Love with Fashionable Crafts
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Each new season brings fresh trends in fashion and style. As you're exploring new arts and crafts ideas this year, fall in love with new looks that celebrate luxurious coziness you can wear, and embrace the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts with a masculine flair with these project ideas from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Create a Crafty Bistro at Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) This fall, toast the coming of cooler nights by gathering friends to enjoy an assortment of wines and refreshments against the backdrop of your very own Bordeaux bistro. You can recreate this simple warmth and elegance in your home with craft projects that set the mood for an evening of intimate laughter and decadent indulgence.

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Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) While there's no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you've worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Global Recipes Explore Ancient Spice Route
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s cooks have their pick of exotic spices, but these ingredients were once rare enough to inspire wars, send explorers on missions around the globe and, by some accounts, even factor in the purchase of the island of Manhattan by the Dutch.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Simple Ways to Infuse Fall Flavors
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) There's no time like fall to experiment with new recipes, especially those savory and sweet comfort dishes that highlight the season's favorite fruit - apples. Delicious when spread over a warm slice of fresh-baked bread, apple butter is also an unexpected but ideal ingredient for creating rich flavors in baked, cooked and grilled dishes that add warmth to any meal.

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Easy Ways to Go Italian
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) What's not to love about slow cooking? You combine a few ingredients and let them simmer all day in your slow cooker - and then comes the best part - coming home to a house filled with the most delicious aroma that hints at the meal that's yet to come.

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Easy Tips for a Healthy School Year
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Another school year is underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more, which can make the task of feeding your kids healthy snacks a daunting one.

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Warm Up to Quick, Comfort Food Favorites
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Nothing says fall better than delicious, savory comfort foods and particularly those that are a snap to prepare. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American spends about one hour per day engaged in meal preparation and cleanup. Want to beat the clock? Check out these solutions for busy families facing the time crunch.

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Beat the Morning Meltdown
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Mornings can be mayhem for moms. In fact, according to the Johnsonville Sausage Report, nearly half of moms say that mornings can be so hectic that most days everyone in the family needs to fend for themselves for breakfast.

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Simple Ways to Infuse Fall Flavors
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) There's no time like fall to experiment with new recipes, especially those savory and sweet comfort dishes that highlight the season's favorite fruit - apples. Delicious when spread over a warm slice of fresh-baked bread, apple butter is also an unexpected but ideal ingredient for creating rich flavors in baked, cooked and grilled dishes that add warmth to any meal.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Four Steps To Help Your Family Eat Right
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: You may be able to nudge your family in the right direction toward healthful eating if you heed these four facts and hints.

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Peanut Oil Crisps Your Deep-Fried Turkey
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—For the perfect juicy turkey this holiday or for your next tailgating party, cook a flavorful, deep-fried turkey in 100 percent peanut oil in half the time. Roasting a turkey can take many hours, making it hard to get a crispy skin without drying out the meat. Deep-frying a turkey in 100 percent peanut oil produces a delicious, tender and juicy bird with crispy skin in much less time and frees up oven space.

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Transport Your Taste Buds With Duck Tacos
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Some may be surprised to learn that duck and Mexican-style dishes pair well together. In fact, both domestic and wild duck have been used in Mexican cuisine for centuries.

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Living A Full, Flavorful Life
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean your life needs to lack flavor. While it’s important to pay attention to what you eat, there’s no need to sacrifice the sweet. Here are a few quick tips and simple substitutions to help you make healthier choices and get your taste buds talking:

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Priceless Pointers For Procrastinators
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There are some people who will always lean toward putting off until tomorrow what they could do today. Procrastinating-and according to experts at the University of North Carolina, everyone does it at some time—may be something we do for good reasons. These can include being busy or being a perfectionist, and sometimes it just works because you only get motivated by the looming deadline to do the job.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
The equation for stronger performance in school begins with a better breakfast
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But all too often, kids head out the door with sugary pastries, cereals and bars – or worse yet, nothing in their stomachs at all. Children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
How to get your kids to eat the food you've prepared
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Do you have a standoff with your children each night at the dinner table? Are you encouraging them to eat the foods you’ve prepared while they’re suspiciously eyeing it, refusing to eat a bite? Many children go through picky eating stages, and parents typically need to be a bit creative to get them to consume a well-balanced diet.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Bring Gluten-Free Brookies to Back-to-School Events
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Discover a New Twist on Classic Campfire S'mores
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Spices and Herbs Bring Out the Best of Summer Vegetables
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Friday 08/29/2014
Fun twists for festive fall recipes
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

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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: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 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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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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