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Seriously Simple: Brighten up your Labor Day plate with a colorful side dish

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Labor Day is often our culinary send-off to summer. The signs of summer begin to wane. Darkness descends earlier, there is a chill in the air and the produce is beginning to change. I like to make up a big platter of colorful, complimentary vegetables, and on Labor Day I might grill up some barbecued chicken or ...Read more

EatingWell: Bit of bourbon adds kick to peach cobbler

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Easy buttermilk biscuits top this healthy peach cobbler recipe made with a glug of bourbon. If you prefer to leave out the liquor, try swapping apple juice, cider or vanilla extract for the bourbon.

Bourbon-Peach Cobbler

Serves 12

Serving size: 1 cup

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

For the fruit:

12 cups sliced firm...Read more

One for the Table: The secret's in the sauce

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Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are simply very ripe jalapeno peppers that have been dried, smoked and packed in a sauce of tomatoes, vinegar, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion. If you've never cooked with them before, you'll be shocked at what a shortcut they can be when ...Read more

The Kitchn: Bacon-wrapped corn brings the flavor

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Corn and basil are fast friends when it comes to flavor. The sweetness of the corn is only amplified in the presence of this hot-tasting herb. Here, the two are literally bundled together with a bow of bacon and grilled until smoky and crisp.

This recipe has a tendency to sputter a bit as ...Read more

The Kitchn: Bite-sized cookies pack a nutritious punch

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These are the kind of cookies you can snack on and feel good about it. They're packed with high-protein ingredients, like peanut butter, and naturally sweetened with banana and just a bit of maple syrup. A little chopped dark chocolate is mixed in -- just for good measure (gotta get those ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Summer's star ingredient shines bright

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Fresh ripe tomatoes are the essence of Seriously Simple. Whether it is in a zesty tomato salsa, a multi-colored tomato gazpacho or as a first course, sliced and layered with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil, the fresh raw summer tomato never disappoints.

Recently I have found myself at the local farmers' market excitedly perusing the...Read more

Dressed for success: Start your Labor Day cookout with a grilled veggie salad

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Nothing makes me feel all warm and summery like a seasonal main course salad, except maybe one served with a glass of wine. This grilled vegetable salad with tomato seed vinaigrette is perhaps the most celebratory of all.

I love grilling snow peas or sugar snap peas, and the radicchio makes the salad seem fancier than it really is. Plus, the ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Lighten up your salad

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Environmental Nutrition

If you're trying to eat more healthfully, but you still want to enjoy a meal out, ordering a salad is the ideal option, right? Not so fast. While a salad can certainly be a healthy, satisfying option, there are plenty on the menu that can actually short-circuit your ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Summer's star ingredient shines bright

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Fresh ripe tomatoes are the essence of Seriously Simple. Whether it is in a zesty tomato salsa, a multi-colored tomato gazpacho or as a first course, sliced and layered with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil, the fresh raw summer tomato never disappoints.

Recently I have found myself at the local farmers' market excitedly perusing the...Read more

EatingWell: Elevate your classic burger with 'special sauce'

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Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy "special sauce" for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Classic Hamburger

Serves 4

Active Time: 45 ...Read more

One for the Table: Make the most of remaining summer fruit

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As the days of summer dwindle, so does my supply of summer fruit. The bowl that I filled on Thursday with the bounty from the farmers' market was down to a few lonely items by Sunday.

I was going to make a cake or a tart or a cobbler or a pie but everybody's so annoyingly calorie-...Read more

The Kitchn: A new way to enjoy barbecue meatballs

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Here's a dinner you can make with three ingredients (or four ingredients, if you count the smoky hint from the grill). Use your favorite purchased meatballs, your favorite barbecue sauce and a few sweet bell peppers to make this meal in 15 minutes. You can probably do it in 10 if you really ...Read more

Seriously Simple: A shrub you can drink

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Last year, I visited the charming town of Healdsburg, Calif., in Sonoma County. I hadn't been there in many years and was pleasantly surprised to discover just how much it had changed. Smart boutiques, artisan pie, ice cream shops and a whole store devoted to tea (The Taste of Tea) were just a few of the many spots I enjoyed.

I took a Savor ...Read more

EatingWell: This isn't your everyday chopped salad

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The smoky flavors of grilled shrimp and corn in this healthy chopped salad recipe are a tasty match for the creamy cilantro dressing.

Avocado & Shrimp Chopped Salad

Serves 4

Serving Size: about 2 1/2 cups

Active Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

For the dressing:

5 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or ...Read more

One for the Table: Homemade ice cream is easily customizable

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If it were up to the kids, ice cream would be a freezer "staple." My list of staples includes; lentils, quinoa, brown rice, black beans, cheese, nuts, tahini, coconut milk and the usual cast of characters that create whole meals. Ice cream is not on my list.

As a rule, I do not buy...Read more

The Kitchn: Have your cake (for breakfast) and eat it too

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Like many things in life, our breakfast choices are all about balance and moderation. Most days we stick with our smoothies, yogurt, and avocado toast, but every once in a while we all deserve something a little special -- like cake for breakfast.

Whoever says cake for breakfast is ...Read more

The Kitchn: Gratin for MVP!

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If there was a summer side dish MVP, I have no doubt it would be awarded to gratins. They're simple, versatile, and reliable -- the kind of dish that's worth turning on the oven for.

The sheer abundance of summer squash in the garden and at the market has a way of making it feel totally ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Grape expectations

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Environmental Nutrition

The thousands of grape varieties come in many sizes, textures and colors that include the most common green, red and black, but also pink, yellow and purple. And there's even more to learn about this tiny fruit.

The folklore

The storied history of grapes runs deeper ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Curl up with a good book, even better brownie

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Sometimes it's fun to share other things than just a recipe. As a food writer I receive many books to review, from cookbooks to food-related memoirs to novels. When this food-lovers romantic, suspenseful comedy landed on my desk I took the afternoon off to indulge in some fun reading. Without a doubt, "Three Blonde Mice" is the foodie beach read...Read more

EatingWell: Slow-cooker chicken makes one sweet, savory meal

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This slow-cooker chicken recipe makes a perfect alternative to standard tomato-based barbecued chicken. Both kids and adults will devour these drumsticks, doused in a honey-sweetened sauce spiked with orange, ginger and garlic.

Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Serves 6

Serving Size: 2 drumsticks

Active Time: 45 minutes

Total Time...Read more

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