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The official fast food French fry power rankings

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Look, it's been a long two years for everyone. We're tired, our brains have been melted to a thin pap by the news cycle, and we've soundly backslid into our slothful ways despite resolving to exercise off all the cookies we cry-ate over the holiday. During times like this, it's necessary to celebrate small victories. Celebrate the fact that you ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Food supplements: Too much of a good thing?

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Environmental Nutrition

Americans love dietary supplements -- more than half of American adults take at least one -- and this love has grown to include "food supplements," foods enhanced with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals or probiotics.

Food supplements are a type of "...Read more

Seriously Simple: Blast from the past

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Recently I was browsing through my first book, "The Cuisine of California," and came across a recipe that I fondly remember.

I grew up in Los Angeles, a block away from Trader Vic's. This restaurant was like no other -- dark and daring with tropical drink concoctions adorned with umbrellas being ...Read more

EatingWell: Fried 'rice' made healthy

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Get an extra serving of vegetables and cut back on carbs by replacing rice with riced cauliflower in this healthy chicken fried rice recipe.

Cauliflower Chicken Fried "Rice"

Serves 4

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

1 teaspoon peanut oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs, beaten

3 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and ...Read more

You won't feel bad about indulging in these brownies

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The first time I went to visit my new baby niece, my brother's mother-in-law put out a plate of brownies to go with our tea. To me, the squares looked like healthy brownies. If I wasn't so hungry, I would have been polite and asked about the healthy brownie recipe. Instead, I dove in.

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The Kitchn: How to roast butternut squash

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From purees and sauces to soups and slow-simmered stews, there's a whole lot you can do with butternut squash, but I'd argue the simplest and most delicious way to cook it is simply roasting it. A simple trip to a hot oven gives the naturally sweet winter squash gently charred, caramelized ...Read more

The Kitchn: How to make the easiest no-bake chocolate cream pie

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I'm not exaggerating when I say one of my best and strongest childhood memories is eating single-serve cups of chocolate cream pie from my elementary school's cafeteria. My sister and I loved those things -- to the point where I've since looked them up to try to order some to my apartment, ...Read more

Minnesota craft breweries make a splash with hard seltzer

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A typical brewery's color palette may range from gold lager and black stout to brown and amber ale. Now, there's a new shade in craft breweries' arsenal, and it's clear.

Hard seltzer is the latest release from Stillwater craft brewery Lift Bridge Brewing Co., which joins a handful of others nationwide in brewing up the latest ...Read more

Beer of the Month: Firestone Walker enters haze craze with Mind Haze IPA

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The beer: Mind Haze (Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.), a hazy IPA.

The back story: We're several years into the haze craze -- that is, the ascendance of low-bitterness, fruit-forward India pale ales -- and the largest craft breweries have taken notice. Sierra Nevada and Boston Beer were among the first large craft breweries to ...Read more

Tiny ice cubes that look like they came from a machine, no machine needed

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Don't have an icemaker that makes crushed cubes? An online retailer of specialty barware and accessories is now selling trays to help home bartenders fill their glasses with tiny, perfectly shaped blocks.

Rabbit, a Seattle company that offers everything from beer growlers to high-end corkscrews, launched the crushed ice tray last week. It comes...Read more

How to turn a rotisserie chicken into 2 taco dinners, each feeding 6 people

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I don't need to spend much time examining why you should pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, do I? Obviously, it's faster than roasting a chicken at home. It's also a shockingly good deal. For what's often cheaper than a whole raw chicken in the meat department, you can nab one that's spent an hour spinning lazily in front of a ...Read more

Ice can be a bartender's secret weapon

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ice can be the color of a cloudy sky or a glittering diamond. But crystal-clear cubes don't just look prettier. They melt more slowly -- and they even taste better.

To bartenders and beverage managers at some Philadelphia cocktail bars, ice is one of the most important ingredients, a crucial tool for bringing a spirit, mixed ...Read more

Chicken Chili cooks up in a single saucepan

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Ellen Brown was the first food editor for USA Today when the national newspaper launched in 1982. Since then, she's written more than 40 cookbooks, including such topics as cooking with a cast-iron skillet, pressure cooker and slow cooker. Her new cookbook is "One Pot Recipes," which includes all those methods and several more, with the idea of ...Read more

Best Bites: Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers

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Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats put a twist on a classic with their new Snap Crackle Poppers. These bite-sized Rice Krispies Treats come coated in three flavors: Chocolatey, Vanilla Creme and Cookies 'n' Creme.

Size: 7.1 ounces

Price: $5.29

Available: Grocery stores, including Walmart

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Daniel Neman: Diving for recipe treasures in old files

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Deep in the dusty bowels of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch building are files upon files of old recipes that ran in the paper years ago. It's the kind of place where a fellow could get lost for hours.

Somehow, I only heard about it recently. I went down to explore. I got lost there for hours.

Thousands of recipes have been collected, cut out from...Read more

Test Kitchen recipe: Country star Martina McBride puts a fresh spin on tomato soup, grilled cheese with bacon

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Lately, I've been on a bacon spree. I've scored some darn good sales at several local grocery stores.

A lesson I learned long ago is to never be without bacon. After all, who doesn't love the stuff?

If you have impromptu overnight guests, bacon is the answer if you need to prepare a quick breakfast or brunch. When you have bacon on hand, you ...Read more

Tea party: This simple recipe is perfect for any time of year

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This ginger tea recipe was given to me by my nana. I love how comforting the smell and taste of this delicious drink is (and how it tickles my tongue!). Ginger has amazing healing properties (there's a reason ginger ale helps settle upset stomachs), so this tea is ideal to make during cold...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Dairy fat: Newfound friend or (still) a foe?

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Environmental Nutrition

For decades we've believed it's a no-brainer when it comes to choosing lower fat dairy options like skim milk over their full-fat counterparts. And even the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans still emphasizes people choose fat-free or low-fat dairy as part of...Read more

Seriously Simple: How to brighten up lentil soup

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Lentils are gluten-free, a great source of protein and fiber, and low in fat and calories. I love making soups, dips, side dishes, salads and main course dishes with this versatile, diminutive legume. The lentil doesn't require lengthy soaking or preparation and it cooks quickly, making it an excellent Seriously Simple staple in your pantry.

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EatingWell: Bulk up pad thai with crisp veggies

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Each serving of this pad thai is bulked-up with extra veggies like matchstick carrots, snap peas and scallions. Look for whole-grain brown rice pad thai noodles to add an additional 3 grams fiber to each serving.

Beef Pad Thai

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

8 ounces pad thai rice noodles, preferably brown rice ...Read more


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