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Create Classic Flavor Combinations, Even Without All of the Ingredients

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Anyone who grew up on treats like date nut bread and cream cheese -- or even English muffin "pizzas" from the toaster oven -- knows how comforting they can be. What's even more heartening is how easy it is to replicate the cozy experiences, even when you don't have all of the ingredients on hand. A flavor fest is just that. It's about memories...Read more

Creativity Can Stretch Your Real Crab Catch

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I would never mock myself for eating mock crab. Often called imitation crab, kamaboko is its main ingredient, which can be processed seafood and starch colored to look like crab. It is widely available in supermarkets in the frozen food aisles and at the seafood counters. It stretches food budgets.

As most who have eaten imitation crab know, ...Read more

Whole New Versions of Wholesome Foods

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Whether it's a picky kid's palate, or just that of a bored dieter, sometimes wholesome food loses its wow factor. However, usually all it takes is a strategic tweak to make a tasty difference.

I learned this recently with graham crackers. The old-fashioned cookies are fairly low in sugar and calories and, importantly, unlike many other ...Read more

Slice Up Some Time-Saving Ideas

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Using a food processor and cleaning its parts afterward is often more work than it's worth for quick, convenience meals. I found, though, that my everyday easy dishes multiplied when I switched to an inexpensive plastic and blade food slicer that's also simple to clean and usually available for sale from multiple brands for close to $10.

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Forging Take-Out Food Means Healthy Homemade Touches

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It's a quick trick to experiment with ingredients and spices for split-second copies of fast foods you can make at home. Often, just a few tweaks like that are all it takes to create a dish reminiscent of the original, like gourmet pizzas that are prepared with chicken breast, cilantro and a sweet and spicy sauce or burgers stuffed with low-...Read more

Spice Up Your Sandwiches

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It's back-to-school time and, if you're already bored with all of the lunch sandwiches you're preparing for your kids, maybe it's time to spice up your own! Seasoning (whether through fresh or dried herbs) is a split-second way to improve your offerings. Steal the special sandwiches for yourself or, if you have a tot with an adventurous palate...Read more

Cream Cheese: Sometimes the Less Creative, the Better

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If you have been to a cheese tasting, chances are it didn't include cream cheese, but maybe it should have. The differences between various brands of cream cheese are no less important to bagel or cheesecake lovers than the nuances between hoity-toity aged cheeses from around the globe are to gourmands.

Easily spreadable cream cheese is an ...Read more

Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest: Mix It up When It Comes to Your Desserts

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Not only did Los Angeles' High Tea Cottage serve cake as part of a 90th birthday high tea celebration for the Queen of England earlier this year, but their everyday tea services rival the world's best. That's because they've instituted an innovative serving technique that immediately highlights and adds interest to whatever they are featuring,...Read more

Medical Studies Can Be Our Cooking Teachers

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Fashion experts may advise that red and orange clash in an outfit, but, when it comes to helping regulate your blood sugar, their future pairing may be ideal. A study conducted by the University of Warwick Medical School in the UK found that 32 overweight and obese people who took capsules made from compounds of the fruits for eight weeks showed...Read more

Make Sure Your Pure Olive Oil Isn't Pure Fiction

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I had just finished drizzling two teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil into a decaf coffee-dark chocolate stevia-flavored smoothie I had created to replace a sugar- and caffeinated one I loved from a juice chain. Nutritionists have urged adding healthy fats, especially olive oil, to our diets for decades. I'd been practicing as they preached ...Read more


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