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Environmental Nutrition: The scoop on fructose

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Environmental Nutrition

If you were a natural foods enthusiast in the early 1980s, you might recall cookbooks that used fructose instead of table sugar as a sweetener. Fructose is a natural sugar in fruit, so it was viewed as a healthier option. Plus, fructose is sweeter than table sugar, ...Read more

Seriously Simple: How can I use prosciutto? Let me count the ways

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When my friend told me about her discovery of switching from bacon or pancetta to prosciutto for a variety of flavoring purposes, I had to try it. This simple recipe features crispy, mahogany prosciutto shards that can be utilized as an all-purpose garnish or filling ingredient. Once I found the best temperature and timing for making this ...Read more

EatingWell: Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

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Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.

Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

1 pound green beans, trimmed

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ...Read more

One for the Table: Spike mashed potatoes with a root veggie

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Although they're often a favorite side dish staple, sometimes mashed potatoes need a little inspiration.

Root vegetables make a perfect addition to potatoes, and I particularly like the sweet flavor of carrots in this recipe, but parsnips, rutabagas, turnips and celery root will ...Read more

The Kitchn: Go bananas for chocolate chunk cookies

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Chocolate chunks, chopped walnuts and banana chips -- once I got the idea in my head to make a cookie version of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, I couldn't stop obsessing. With all the ingredients in my cupboard, why prolong the inevitable?

Since "chunky" is our aim with these ...Read more

The Kitchn: Marinate olives for a quick, easy party starter

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I've come a long way as a host in the past several years, mostly thanks to finding ways to keep my stress level down so I can genuinely enjoy my friends' company. One key to that effort is having simple pre-meal snacks ready to go, so even if I find myself behind on the main meal I won't ...Read more

Tidbits: Beans in an instant; cookie-flavored granola bars

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In his never-ending search for peculiar new food products, Mr. Tidbit seldom reaches out past those of major-brand manufacturers, on the notion that there is no point in mentioning a product that readers might be unable to find. On occasion, though, he comes across an unfamiliar-brand item that is so odd he feels compelled to ...Read more

Cook's Corner: Former Paula Deen cook writes about 'real' Southern food

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Every time I take the meat off the bones from a chicken or turkey, I'm reminded of a Thanksgiving in the early '70s, when my mother invited two civil rights activists who were sleeping at her church to join us for the feast.

When it came time to package up the leftovers, I thought I'd done a thorough job of carving all the meat from the turkey ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Indian Summer Risotto bids goodbye to season's produce

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Risotto really is Seriously Simple to prepare, as long as you carve out some time to cook it. It's actually relaxing to slow down and stir the ingredients. You can also make this a few hours ahead and finish it just before serving.

I like to serve this dish at summer's end to bid goodbye to the best of the sunny season's bounty. That's when I ...Read more

EatingWell: Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

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Have your fruit and a little luxury, too, with this kid-friendly healthy chocolate and banana oatmeal recipe. Short on time in the morning? Try our overnight oatmeal variation.

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

Serves 1

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

1 cup water

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 small banana, ...Read more

One for the Table: Indian Summer Apple-Ginger Sparkler

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While apples are rolling in - out of Georgia's orchards in lieu of peaches - this fizzy drink makes for a cool refreshment on an Indian summer day. After the first frost of autumn, our Southern climate often experiences warm days reminiscent of summertime before the onset of winter...Read more

The Kitchn: A college memory inspires simple Italian salad

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I discovered orzo salad in college while studying in Italy, and variations of it have been a supper staple ever since. In fact, it's probably one of the most requested recipes from my very picky husband. The formula is always the same: Toss some seasonal roasted vegetables with the pasta, ...Read more

Strong tomato season makes for delicious 'carpaccio'

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A perfectly ripe tomato is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, tomatoes need to ripen slowly under a hot sun and have a short season. So, while a fresh tomato sauce made with ripe tomatoes may be perfect in summer, it is always better to use high-quality canned or packaged tomatoes in an off-season. The fresh tomato rule also rings true for this ...Read more

Tidbits: Gluten-free junk food

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Grocery firms' happiness to meet the popular appetite for gluten-free items continues unabated, and even seems to have moved up a notch. Mr. Tidbit might be overreacting to the appearance of a new product from Lance, but he's pretty sure that a Rubicon has been crossed: Presenting Lance gluten-free bite-size sandwich crackers...Read more

Cook's Corner: Chipotle flavor takes the blah out of tofu

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Nasoya has taken a lot of the puzzle out of making tofu both easy to use and palatable for newbies with its baked and marinated sesame-ginger and teriyaki flavors that need no pressing or draining. I have even served it cold to tofu haters who were amazed to learn it was tofu.

This week, the company upped the offerings to include a smoky, ...Read more

Shelf Life: Spice is nice in pumpkin simmer sauces, espresso-spiked masala chai

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Just in time for harvest festivals, Williams-Sonoma has introduced pumpkin-enhanced simmer sauces inspired by a pair of culinary classics: a guajillo-spiced Pumpkin Mole and a tomato-enriched Pumpkin Tagine. We loved how the pumpkin puree smoothed the distinct flavors of both. Simmer with a favorite meat, add a rice or ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Tips for sweetening up your day with fruit

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Environmental Nutrition

It's not news that fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. These delicious plant foods are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, in addition to being low in fat and sodium, and modest in calories. Fruit intake has been linked with many benefits,...Read more

Seriously Simple: Chicken with roasted tomatillo sauce a great dish for small gathering

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I am always surprised when people think that Mexican sauces are just different types of salsa. Actually, Mexican sauces can be complex and incredibly flavorful. If you've never tasted an authentic mole sauce, you owe it to yourself to seek one out. Full of rich smoked chile flavor and accented with Mexican chocolate, mole sauce is in a word "...Read more

EatingWell: Artichoke & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

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For this healthy stuffed mushroom recipe, marinated artichokes and Parmesan cheese are mixed with thyme and panko breadcrumbs for a delicious filling. If serving at a party, you might consider doubling the recipe. These stuffed mushrooms will be devoured quickly!

Artichoke & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 8 Servings

Serving Size: 3 ...Read more

One for the Table: Summer's close brings bold flavors

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With summer drawing to a close, I'm still not ready to say goodbye. My garden, though less productive, has a lot of vegetables that are still ripening. But, alas, the cooler weather and shorter days will bring an end to summer's bounty. But with all the beautiful late summer ...Read more

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