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Environmental Nutrition: Try nuts for a healthy weight

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For years, nuts -- dense in calories and fat -- were considered off limits for people looking to shed a few pounds. However, in the last two decades research has uncovered numerous health benefits of tree nuts, including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts,...Read more

Seriously Simple: Books for your favorite cooks

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Each year hundreds of food books and cookbooks pass by my desk, and I always look forward to sharing my favorites with you during the holiday season. I know how tough it can be to search for that perfect present for the cook on your list. So here are a few of my picks for various types of cooks.

"Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors" (Mitchell ...Read more

EatingWell: Chocolate bark worth the bite

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With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe. We stir chopped peppermint candies and chocolate-covered espresso beans into this chocolate bark, which is perfect for a gift.

Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Bark

Makes 36 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2-inch piece

Active Time: 15 ...Read more

One for the Table: Don't forget about breakfast on Christmas Day

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Even though my husband and I celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, we still eat on Christmas Day. For us, Christmas breakfast or brunch always upstages Christmas dinner, because who feels like eating turkey and vegetables after all ...Read more

The Kitchn: Add a little eggnog to your breakfast this winter

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Doughnut muffins were one of the first ever baking recipes that I ever made, so I have very warm feelings toward them. That first batch came from Molly Wizenberg's recipe for nutmeg doughnut muffins on her blog Orangette, ...Read more

Pop the prosecco: Italian bubbly adds festive touch to holiday recipe

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I'm a big fan of crowd-pleasing holiday meals that don't require carving a whole bird. Translation: Less time spent in the kitchen with hungry guests and more time sharing memories at the dinner table. During Christmastime in the Batali household, I look no further than braised chicken with sauteed apples and prosecco, which can be largely ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Foods that help diabetes

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When you have type 2 diabetes, what you eat matters. Too much carbohydrate can make your blood sugar spike, and too little can provoke a potentially coma-inducing drop. But might there be individual foods you can add to your diet that could help control those spikes ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Gifts from your kitchen: A simple way to say happy holidays

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I'm not sure exactly how long I have been making holiday gifts from my kitchen. I think it started when I found a recipe for almond cookie crescents when I was just out of college and gave them to the people I see throughout the year: doctors, dentists, my cleaners, hair cutter, friends, family. I learned then that giving something you have ...Read more

EatingWell: Oats are not just for breakfast!

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In this play on shrimp and grits, we simmered oats with scallions and cheese for a savory, creamy dish reminiscent of risotto. You'll even get your veggies with the sauteed baby spinach on the side. Serve with hot sauce and a glass of unoaked chardonnay.

Two-Pepper Shrimp with Creamy Pecorino Oats

Serves: 4

Serving Size: 4-5 shrimp, 1/2 cup ...Read more

One for the Table: Stay warm at home with a bowl of cheesy, creamy Italian fondue.

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There are many dishes that create a sense of togetherness, but none is as famous as fondue. This dish of melted cheese originates from the Alps. The Swiss popularized and designated it a national dish in the 1930s. It eventually crossed the pond and became extremely popular in ...Read more

The Kitchn: Casserole a perfect place for leftover onions, day-old bread

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If you've got leftover caramelized onions, or you are about to make a recipe that uses them, double up. And while you're at it, grab that loaf of leftover bread because you are about to embark on a trip to France in one delicious vegetarian casserole based on the famous soupe a l'oignon ...Read more

The Kitchn: Enjoy summer's bounty year-round - in soup form

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After a summer full of sweet local tomatoes, the winter months can look bleak. But canned tomatoes are a sunny opportunity to enjoy that robust tomato flavor year-round. It turns out those cans can be coaxed into something pretty close to summer's bounty -- all they need is a little TLC.

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Environmental Nutrition: Make your diet more nutrient-dense

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There is only so much food you can eat in any given day. So in the interest of maximizing the nutritional value of your diet, it makes sense to fill your grocery cart with nutrient-dense foods so you can spend your calorie budget wisely. Science shows that when we eat ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Autumn crisp is a seasonal classic

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Fruit crisps have been around for years. They never seem to go out of style. Early Americans created fruit desserts with some very funny names like "pandowdy" or "buckle." The simpler named fruit crisp is nothing more than a mixture of fruit on the bottom and a layer of any kind of sweet crumbs on top. It can be as plain as buttered and sugared ...Read more

EatingWell: Winner, winner chicken dinner

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A store-bought rice blend and quick-cooking chicken breast help get this healthy chicken recipe on the dinner table fast. Check the label to avoid excessive sodium or other undesirable ingredients. Other herbs, such as rosemary and sage, are also delicious in this recipe.

Roast Chicken with Parmesan-Herb Sauce

Serves 4

Serving Size: 3 oz. ...Read more

One for the Table: Quick clam chowder perfect for weeknight dinner

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Although New England clam chowder (the white creamy version) is probably more popular, Manhattan clam chowder is equally delicious. More like an Italian soup, this tomato-based clam chowder makes a great winter dish.

Traditional recipes often require cooking fresh clams and using ...Read more

The Kitchn: Spiced oatmeal jumpstarts your day

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Want to know what goes together like chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon? The earthy-sweet combo of coconut and ginger. Here, the two join forces to create the creamiest bowl of richly spiced oatmeal sure to warm up your morning routine.

This oatmeal manages to feel fresh in ...Read more

Center of attention: Apple cake brings everyone to the table

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Though I'm much more of a savory guy than a sweets guy, I can't resist a spiced, fruit-filled dessert as we transition from fall to winter. Fresh apples are delightful in tarte tatins and pies, but I leave those up to the master of the fruit pie herself, my wife Susi Cahn. I want to amp up my dessert game for the holidays this year, so I'm going...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Whole grains, soyfoods and the plant-based diet

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Whole grains linked to longer life

Eating at least three servings of whole grains, such as bran, oatmeal and quinoa, every day could lower your risk of cardiovascular disease-related death. A review of studies by Harvard researchers that included 786,076 men and women...Read more

Seriously Simple: Make-ahead sides simplify Thanksgiving Day prep

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As Thanksgiving rolls around I begin to think about how I will cook my turkey. Once I make that decision it's on to the sides, my favorite part of planning our meal.

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the same thing on Thanksgiving: "I love the turkey, but it's really all about the side dishes." So in ...Read more

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