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Environmental Nutrition: Vitamin C health update

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When you hear "vitamin C," do you think about oranges and fending off colds? Think again! Many people are surprised to learn that a half cup of red peppers has twice as much vitamin C as an orange, and this versatile vitamin may be better at fighting cancer and ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Salad Nicoise a colorful alternative to cobb salad

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This classic Provencal salad is said to originate in Nice, France. Many modern Nicoise-style salads include fresh grilled ahi tuna, but I prefer the imported canned variety packed in oil for a more traditional recipe.

Look for small, bright green beans for sweet tender flavor. You can also use fingerling potatoes and just cut them into thin ...Read more

EatingWell: Pulled Chicken with coleslaw a summer staple

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This eastern North Carolina-style chicken barbecue recipe is vinegar-based, a far cry from the sweet tomato-heavy sauces from the western part of the state. Double the recipe to make a big batch that's perfect for game-day parties and potlucks.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Coleslaw

Serves 4

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes ...Read more

One for the Table: A sip of summer

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The local farmers market was filled with several varieties of stone fruit, rhubarb, strawberries and melons. Melons were everywhere: red, orange, green, white. I grabbed whatever I could carry, I couldn't help myself.

After washing, cleaning and cutting all of my veggies, I stared...Read more

The Kitchn: Yogurt popsicles brighten up breakfast on-the-go

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Your eyes do not deceive you. This is breakfast that you can eat one-handed while walking to the bus stop, and it has just as much going for it as a bowl of yogurt with granola and fruit. In fact, it is a bowl of yogurt -- just in frozen popsicle form. Time to dig out those popsicle molds!

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The Kitchn: Power through the day snacking on carrot cake bites

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These snacks are vegan, require no baking and come together quickly in the food processor. But best of all, they taste like carrot cake! They're also made from whole ingredients (with just a teeny tiny drizzle of sugary icing on top), so even though they taste like dessert, they have enough ...Read more

Tidbits: Oreos and Campbell's

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After all the advance media hoopla about new Oreo Thins -- styled as "the Oreo for adults," and "a thin, crisp, elegant take on the Oreo," all three varieties (regular, Golden and mint) turned up in stores last week.

Much ink has already been spilled over the cookie-to-filling ratio (it is alleged to be the same as ...Read more

Shelf Life: Ready-to-eat quinoa, waffle tongs, versatile sauces

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Road trippers, backpackers and cubicle dwellers will enjoy Quinoa Meal, a ready-to-eat dish from Cucina & Amore. The shelf-stable meal comes with a small serving of cooked quinoa, a flavorful mix-in plus a tiny spoon. The flavors: basil pesto, jalapeno and roasted peppers, mango and jalapeno and our favorite, artichoke...Read more

Cook's Corner: Get taste buds singing with Hummingbird Cake

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No child should go hungry, but 1 in 5 kids in America will face it today, according to the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Celebrity chef Art Smith (once Oprah's personal cook) snagged a $150,000 donation to the campaign from Philadelphia Cream Cheese by agreeing to share his most requested recipe: this version of traditional Hummingbird Cake.

It's ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Beware of monster meals

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It's fun going out to eat! You can enjoy a delicious meal with someone special, with no worries about meal preparation and clean up. And we're eating out a lot these days; people spend 50 percent of their eating dollars on foods consumed away from home, in coffee shops...Read more

Seriously Simple: Palladio's Venetian apple cake fit for any occasion

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It has taken me a lifetime of travel to finally visit one of the most enchanting spots: Venice, Italy. As a food and travel writer, I was obsessed with making a visit to this most unique city. With no cars -- only boats that took us from place to place -- it's like a floating metro system.

We stayed at The BAUERs Palladio Hotel & SPA on the ...Read more

EatingWell: Cherry Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

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This cherry ice cream pie is a simple summertime sweet treat! If you use frozen cherries, the pie will have a fun purple hue.

Cherry Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Servings: 8

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 1/4 hours (including 4 hours freezing time)

3 cups reduced-fat "light" vanilla ice cream, softened

1 1/4 cups ...Read more

One for the Table: Barbecue sauce, Kansas City style

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We are big barbecue lovers. Ribs, pulled pork and brisket make for an amazing meal, but the sauce has to be right. Sometimes I crave tangy, vinegar-based Eastern Carolina barbecue sauce. But lately, I've wanted something sweet with a little bit of smoke on the side.

Kansas City ...Read more

The Kitchn: Make your own Parker House rolls

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When Sister Schubert's Parker House Style Rolls appeared in grocery stores everywhere, cooks around the country rejoiced. Even the most seasoned bakers had to admit that hers were as good, if not better, than most homemade. The sausage-stuffed rolls are my personal favorite. And although I ...Read more

The Kitchn: Ombre style trend extends to recipes

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I could never pull off ombre hair or an ombre garment. Ombre is reserved for the cool, edgy people that can get away with other edgy things. But ombre cake? Ooh, that I could do. Ombre carrots...Read more

Tidbits: Nabisco's Chips Ahoy!, Keebler cookies and crackers

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If there isn't a peculiar new cookie flavor from Nabisco's Oreo, chances are there's a peculiar new cookie flavor from Nabisco's Chips Ahoy! (the exclamation point, once more, is part of the cookie's name, not an indication of Mr. Tidbit's enthusiasm). This week it's Chocolate Banana Chips Ahoy!, crunchy cookies with chunks ...Read more

Cook's Corner: Chef Adrianne Calvo's Nutella croissant bread pudding takes the cake

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Reader Kathleen Koch wrote to say she heard a recent segment on WLRN 91.3 FM featuring Miami chef and restaurant owner Adrianne Calvo.

Koch tried the Internet to find the recipe for Calvo's Nutella croissant bread pudding, which was mentioned on the show, but she came up short and asked if Cook's Corner could fetch it.

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard...Read more

Tidbits: Tropicana Farmstead and Simply Orange Juice Co.

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There's a new juice offering in Tropicana's Farmstand line. It's Tropical Green, and Mr. Tidbit couldn't help comparing it to the slightly less new Healthy Greens from V8.

Differences abound; about the only thing these two products have in common is green, and a 46-ounce bottle. Tropicana's is 100 percent juice and is sold ...Read more

Cook's Corner: Mozzarrella en carrozza is better than fried sticks of cheese

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Reader Patty Thomas said she wanted "to be my 13-year-old grandson's favorite grandma" by making him something even better than the mozzarella sticks he liked to eat.

She described a recipe she'd once used and lost for deep-fried bread triangles stuffed with fresh mozzarella.

Lani Kaskel sent the recipe here in response.

"Several years ago (...Read more

Shelf life: Frozen yogurt pops, pineapple juice, gluten-free grahams

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Frozen yogurt is the star of Outshine Yogurt Bars from Nestle. So is the nutrition. Each of the bars boasts 5 grams of protein. Strawberry, peach, blueberry, pineapple, mango and strawberry-banana weigh in at 90 calories each; lemon has just 80. Tasters enjoyed the bars' cool creaminess, fruity flavor and classic ...Read more


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