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Land of drinkin': Illinois has nation's cheapest beer prices, study says

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Weeks after Chicago claimed the crown for most breweries in the nation, the news gets even better: Illinois is home to some of the cheapest beer prices in the U.S.

According to a study by the website Simple Thrifty Living, the average price of a 24-pack of Bud Light or Miller Lite in Illinois is $15.20 -- 12 cents cheaper than those 24-packs ...Read more

What to pour: A vivid Corazon Escarlata made with new Mexican bitter liqueur

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A fantastic Mexican pomegranate liqueur recently landed in U.S. liquor stores, and its origin story is partly a history lesson that ends in a cocktail glass.

It starts in 1864, when the French emperor Napoleon III installed Maximilian of Hapsburg as emperor of Mexico. He held a teetering role in conflict with the rule of President Benito Juarez...Read more

Behold New Mexico's ultimate pork fiesta: 43 pigs, 300 gallons of chile and 22,000 tortillas

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BELEN, N.M. -- It's 4:30 in the morning, and Anthony Guardian has a problem: His cooking oil is frozen.

He's getting ready for the 19th edition of the World's Largest Matanza, an annual fiesta in the small city of Belen, N.M., that celebrates the state's historic nose-to-tail hog-slaughtering festivals. Sixteen teams from across the state will ...Read more

Best Bites: Cheez-It Snap'd

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Cheez-It recently released Cheez-It Snap'd, a new take on the original Cheez-It. Snap'd comes in four flavors: Double Cheese; Cheddar Sour Cream and Onion; White Cheddar and Bacon; and Jalapeno Jack.

Size: 7.5 ounces

Price: $2.99

Available: Grocery stores, including Walmart

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Daniel Neman: Is organic food healthier? New study shows organic diet reduces pesticides in body

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It may seem obvious: When you eat an organic diet, you absorb fewer pesticides than when you eat conventional food.

What is startling in a new study that came out last week is just how fast and steep the difference can be.

According to the study, just six days of eating organic food can lower your body's level of evidence of the pesticide ...Read more

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

Meatball recipe has roots in Africa

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Evi Aki is a first-generation American, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. She was on a path to become a doctor when she started a food blog as a creative outlet and used it to explore her African heritage.

"Cooking helped me identify myself and find my way back to my roots," she writes in the introduction to her new cookbook, "Flavors of ...Read more

How a pot of beans can change the way you think about cooking

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A pot of beans: Cooking doesn't get much more basic than that. Beans might be cute (especially pretty heirloom varieties), and well-made beans make a tasty, cheap side dish. But that seems to be about the extent of it. What are beans going to teach you?

A novice cook can learn a lot from a pot of beans -- and while this might sound funny, a ...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


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