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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

Make Delicious Tea and Spice Blends

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Over the years, most moms who cook have surprised their families with incomparable dishes sprinkled with their secret one-of-a-kind spice blends. A fun, easy and economical idea is to return the favor by stirring up unique tea, fresh herb or spice blends as custom gifts for your mom. These remain my all-time favorite homemade gifts to recommend....Read more

Savor Sides that Seamlessly Switch Identities

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Usually entrees are not only the stars of meals, but of leftovers the next day, too. Don't shun your sides, though. In fact, they often can do double-duty and easily transform into the centerpiece of an entirely new meal.

When you are dealing with vegetable-based side dishes, the news gets even better. You can energize a main dish with the ...Read more

Shortcuts Can Stir Up New Favorites

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I could say one of my new favorite recipes is from Rachael Ray, but that wouldn't really be true. It's not a recipe. It's just a few words the famed cook said on her talk show while I was researching an article and folding laundry that stuck in my mind, and I immediately put them into action for a quick lunch that day.

And then another time ...Read more

These Barks Are Worth the Bite

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You can go green when you eat bark. This is true even if you don't deliciously decide to include mint or spinach in the mix. However, those are two of the trendy, nutritious ways you can increase the bite of your bark.

Traditionally a confection, bark these days can even be slightly spicy and savory. It is a chocolate-covered delight that ...Read more

Ritzy Ingredients Don't Need To Have Ritzy Price Tags

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Whether it's your guests at a dinner party or your family during a weekday supper, they'll probably be impressed if the steaming dish that awaits them is lobster bisque, lemon-pepper shrimp pasta with fresh thyme, crab etouffe or salmon risotto.

Canned seafood proves ritzy ingredients don't need to have ritzy price tags. Thanks to butter, ...Read more

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