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Environmental Nutrition: Agave's sweetening fix

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Q: Should I switch my sweetener to agave?

A: Agave nectar or syrup is a sweetener produced by cactus-like agave plants, including Agave tequilana, from which tequila is derived. Agave has been billed as a healthier alternative to other sweeteners because of its low ...Read more

Seriously Simple: The perfect brisket for your Rosh Hashanah celebration

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Brisket and Rosh Hashanah just go together. Growing up, my family went to services in the morning and we all anticipated our late lunch. The table was laden with challah, apples and honey, whole pomegranates, braised vegetables, kugels, salad and, of course, brisket.

My mom's brisket was pretty simple: brisket, onions, ketchup ...Read more

EatingWell: A brilliant breakfast at your service

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In this satisfying avocado-egg toast recipe, try full-flavored, high-fiber bread, like a hearty slice of German-style rye or seeded multigrain from your favorite bakery. To turn this into a portable breakfast, swap the toast for a whole-wheat English muffin or wrap.

Avocado Toast with Egg, Spinach & Salsa

Serves 1

Active Time: 20 minutes

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One for the Table: Chutney recipe is a perfect complement to many dishes

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I like to prepare for my hectic weekdays by doing as much prep and organization in advance, which keeps me sane throughout the week. Onion marmalade, ketchup, barbeque sauce, teriyaki, and homemade sodas can easily be found in our fridge, stored in glass jars of all shapes and sizes...Read more

Brownie for one satisfies sweet tooth

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Do you really need a reason to bake a single chocolatey brownie? One that requires only pantry staples and a toaster oven? A brownie that you don't have to share? Fine, I'll give you a few reasons: It's better than a box mix and only takes about 20 minutes total to make, bake and cool. ...Read more

Fall into place: Transition from summer to autumn with a seasonal favorite

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When I'm not ready to relinquish the summer's chill vibes and weekly cookouts, I turn to dishes that make for a seamless transition into fall. That means keeping the charcoal nearby, so I can grill up my seasonal favorites. This time of year, I look no further than barbecued endive in tarragon oil with pepato.

With a distinctive bulbous shape ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Here's to tomatoes!

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Brilliant red tomatoes tug heavily at their vines, ripe and plump with the flavor and fragrance of summer.

The folklore

Tomatoes were first cultivated in Mexico by the Aztecs, who named ittomatl, which means "the swelling fruit." The delicious tomato that's so ...Read more

Seriously Simple: An easy dessert for the not-so-frequent baker

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I've never been big on baking cookies. That's not to say I don't like cookies. Actually I love cookies. My chocolate chip Heath bar almond crispy cookies are legendary. Other than that, I don't have a big cookie repertoire. But I do like making cookie bars such as shortbread, lemon squares and these delightful apricot walnut cookie bars. For me,...Read more

EatingWell: Start your meal with a sweet, savory salad

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This hearty grilled chicken salad recipe highlights the classic combination of sharp cheddar and sweet, crunchy apples. For a fabulous starter anytime you entertain, simply skip the chicken.

Apple & Grilled Chicken Salad with Cheddar Toasts

Serves 4

Serving Size: 3 cups salad, 3 oz. chicken & 1 cheese toast

Active Time: 50 minutes

Total ...Read more

One for the Table: Take chopped salad to the next level with bold flavors

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In California, it's quite common to find a little "south-of-the-border" influence in many of our recipes, as is the case with this Mexican themed chopped salad. It is bursting with vibrant flavors; and while perfect for lunch, it's also hearty enough to serve for dinner.

Like most ...Read more

The Kitchn: How to cook perfect salmon fillets

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When it comes to simple, quick-cooking weeknight meals, salmon fillets always have a place in my regular lineup. This foolproof technique delivers a perfect medium-cooked fillet that's tender and flaky with deliciously crispy pan-seared skin.

Buying the salmon

When cooking salmon in the ...Read more

The Kitchn: Mix it up with this sweet-savory snack combo

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Ever wonder why snack mixes are called party mixes? I suspect it's because, like parties that have an interesting mix of people, snack mixes are always an interesting combination of ingredients, with every handful different from the last. This recipe is a hybrid of traditional Chex mix and ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Nourish your bones

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Unlike the static human skeletons that commonly hang in biology classrooms, your bones are continually being broken down and rebuilt. In fact, your entire skeleton is replaced about every 10 years. In addition to exercise, about 20 different nutrients help prevent the ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Grilled pesto scallops stand the test of time

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I recently invited some people over for a last minute dinner and wanted to serve scallops. It was the first recipe I wrote for my Seriously Simple column. And here we are, 500 columns and counting!

The suggested dish and menu that follows is the essence of my Seriously Simple cooking style. Combining sea scallops with my homemade pesto brings ...Read more

EatingWell: Serving up layers of flavor

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This makeover of a Midwestern classic tops layers of lettuce, peas, bell pepper and tomatoes with a creamy, tangy dressing. The salad stays fresh underneath until it's served and gets even better when held overnight.

Seven-Layer Salad

Serves 10

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

8 cups shredded romaine...Read more

One for the Table: A delicious reason to love apple season

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There are plenty of reasons to enjoy apples this season. For me, it's because they make the best desserts. And with apples so plentiful at farmers' markets and supermarkets this time of year, I love to make tarts. There's just something special about an apple tart. Particularly, ...Read more

The Kitchn: How to make pancakes for one

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I strongly believe that pancakes are the greatest "anytime" food -- they shouldn't be reserved strictly for breakfast or brunch because they also make a filling lunch or dinner or snack. Basically anytime is the right time for pancakes, except when you don't have time to cook a whole batch -...Read more

Holy mackerel! Cap off summer with a fantastic fish dish

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If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably know that seafood is my go-to meal throughout summer. Whether I'm planning a casual dinner in Michigan or exploring coastal towns in Italy, I love picking up the day's fresh catch and firing up the grill. Capping off our Batali summer in Michigan before my sons head off to college, I'm ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Don't fall for 'teatoxing'

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Q: Are there any benefits to teatoxing?

A: Of all nutrition misinformation, the idea that one can "detox" to lose weight and get healthy is among the most popular and potentially most harmful. Proponents claim that you can "flush your system" by drinking special ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Indonesian fried rice offers a little pick-me-up

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No one really knows where fried rice originated, but one thing is for sure. Many countries have adopted it as their own dish with variations (e.g., Spanish paella, Thai fried rice, Italian risotto, Indian biryani, French pilaf and Hawaiian fried rice). It's easy to understand why fried rice is such a universal dish. Rice is the common thread, an...Read more


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