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Carrots Are Sweet Treats in More than Cakes

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The next time you are in the mood for dessert, consider sauteing that bunch of carrots in your vegetable bin in butter and then giving them a long, luxurious hot bath in coconut milk. The silky result, when crowned with spices, golden raisins and crushed pistachios, is a rich pudding that just may make you forget there is any dessert ...Read more

Roasted Marshmallows? Why Not Summer Fruit Instead?

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Temperatures rise in summer. Let the temp climb for just a few minutes in your kitchen, too, when it comes to preparing summer fruit, and you are in for an unrivaled treat.

"Preparing" warm weather fruit? Aren't they juicy and perfect just chilled and by the handful? No doubt about that. On the outdoor grill, too. When you heat that way, you ...Read more

Kishka or Kasha? There Are Delicious Differences

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Kishka or kasha? Let my confusion lead you to a possibly newfound, yet old-fashioned delicious family meal. I was trying to remember the difference between the two. I hadn't heard either of those words in a while, not since my Hungarian grandmother used to whip up some Eastern European specialties decades ago.

I misremembered "kasha" being ...Read more

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


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