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Virtual Camp Can Be a Delicious Experience

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No matter how much you love your kid, if you're in the middle of a long summer break, do you sometimes wish he or she could go and explore space for a while?

Google, NASA and the nonprofit educational organization the Khan Academy made that wish come true for children and parents everywhere. Camp Google is no farther away than the url: camp....Read more

Turn Your Vegetables Into Secret Compartments for More Vegetables

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Rick Rodgers may be one of the only people to have compared red bell peppers to Matryoshka dolls, the famed sets of wooden Russian "nesting" dolls, each with smaller dolls placed inside each other. That's a good reference, though, for "The Big Book of Sides" author's recipe for tomato- and olive-stuffed bell peppers. Hollowed red bell pepper ...Read more

Sweeten Your Grill with Summer Fruit

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If you and your grill have been "friends" for years, you might think you know everything there is about each other. Perhaps you've barbecued virtually every meat and vegetable imaginable.

Expand your imagination to include seasonal fruit, and you and your family or guests are in for summer treats. As in the grilled strawberry salad that ...Read more

Easy Red-White-and-Blue Menus for Patriotic Meals

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Summer is a time for festivities and fireworks. If we want to up the chances of enjoying more birthdays for ourselves and those we love, we might want to turn the parties into health-improving ones.

Long known in nutritionists' circles as "SAD," the standard American diet is infamous for being long on sugars, processed carbohydrates and empty ...Read more

Upgrade Dad to Room Service for Father's Day

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Room service on vacations is always a special treat. For Father's Day, why not give Dad a special break and upgrade him to room service or a special "staycation" (the kind where you have fun at home)?

When it comes to the kind of fun, indulgent fare we can easily imitate at home, just a few words pop to mind: room service and mini bar. Doesn'...Read more

Gourmet Tricks that Still Leave Time To Spend with Dad

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Father's Day sometimes provides a challenge. Perhaps you want to challenge Dad to tennis, basketball or checkers just to spend cherished time with him, but you also want to provide those gourmet touches that make holidays so special. Don't worry about having to give up one for the other.

It's all in the details -- and why not make those fine ...Read more

Sneak Healthful Ingredients Into Fun Kid Mug Meals

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Many kids may be off from school soon, but kids are never off from eating. So why not, during school breaks, make eating not only fun, but sneakily nutritious and a part of easy cooking lessons?

Mug meals fit everything on the aforementioned checklist. A bored kid, while supervised, can prepare a single-serving meal in seconds. Powdered hot ...Read more

Don't Give Up Slow Cooking During Warm Weather

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During warm-weather months, many families are more on-the-go than ever, with jam-packed, activity-filled days. Quick, thrown-together, indistinguishable meals are often the solution. Sometimes, nutrition suffers, too.

If you think the nutrient-filled, hearty dishes whose flavors meld for hours in quick-prep, low time-commitment slow cookers ...Read more

Give Your Garnishes a Spring Fling

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The burst of flavor from the edible garnish I ate almost overtook my entire spring meal. Technically, the pretty truffle with the piped white lines welcoming me to my place at the table should have been an after-meal treat, but I popped it ahead of time. It was a spring blueberry truffle from the See's Candies chain, and it was juicier and ...Read more

Practice Both a New Language and Preparing Adventurous Spring Recipes

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Why not go to Nice for lunch this spring? Although visiting the capital of the French Riviera would be nice, you could avoid the crowds -- except for the foot traffic of your own family in your own kitchen -- and still reap some of the benefits.

Looking up foreign culinary words you or your kids might not be familiar with and then preparing ...Read more

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