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Column: These are the flavors of summer

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These are the foods and the flavors of summer:

Watermelon by the slice, pulled from a platter with ice.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream covered with hot fudge and a cherry on top.

Peaches, soft and yielding, with a juicy, sweet and tender flesh.

A tall glass of iced tea, wet with condensation, a slice of lemon, bursting with juice, and a ...Read more

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Just in time for summer, Cup Noodles introduces S'mores-flavored ramen

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In time for summer, Cup Noodles has announced a limited-edition S’mores-flavored ramen product.

Cup Noodles Campfire S’mores are available now, exclusively online and in Walmart stores nationwide while supplies last, for $1.18 each.

“S’mores and summertime go hand-in-hand, invoking nostalgic memories of time spent around a campfire,”...Read more

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Best Bites: Churro Flavor Creme Oreos

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Nabisco is at it again with yet another limited-edition Oreo flavor.

You can’t really go wrong with churro-flavor either. Do these taste like churros? Yes, and no.

On first bite, yes, it’s certainly reminiscent. As you chew more, the sweetness overpowers the cookie, whereas the fried breading is the thing you taste on a real churro. I do...Read more

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What, exactly, is so great about the Mediterranean diet?

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Healthful eating is important at any age to lower the risk of obesity and keep the heart and everything else inside the body functioning well. This becomes especially crucial later in life, because good nutrition helps reduce the risk of chronic conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Being smart about what ...Read more

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And on this farm we had a … pizza? Why the Wisconsin pizza farm movement is an idea whose time has come

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Chicago, in all its outsized hubris and self-consciousness, likes to believe it knows everything there is to know about the only perfect food ever created — the pizza. It knows deep dish and thin, cracker and caramelized-cheese crust, wedge cut and tavern cut, St. Louis Style, New York Style, New Haven Style and Detroit Style, Neapolitan and ...Read more


Flavored butters are your grilling secret weapon

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We wait a long time for summer. When it arrives, we don't want to miss any of it by being stuck cooking something delicious in the kitchen. But even though we don't want to be chained to the stove, we still want our meals to be memorable.

Lucky for us, summer offers plenty of opportunities to make life easier. It takes just a few minutes in the...Read more

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How to host your own 'Hot Ones' party: Tips from fire-breathing experts

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DENVER -- The first time Sarah and Joseph Stanoch hosted a “Hot Ones”-inspired party in 2017, they debunked the theory that milk is the best way to extinguish a spicy mouth.

After watching one of their friends chug a gallon over the sink and then proceed to puke, the couple was grateful they stuck to beer.

“I used to work at Anheuser ...Read more

EatingWell: Chickpea salad is quick and easy

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This easy no-cook chickpea salad comes together quickly, making it the perfect choice on busy days. Red-wine vinegar brightens the dish, while feta adds a tangy, slightly salty flavor.

Bell Pepper & Feta Chickpea Salad

Serves 2

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Should you try greens powder?

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If the sales pitches are to be believed, then you should consider a greens powder as your nutrition savior. Just mix a scoop into water or your favorite drink and get all the nutrition you might have been missing. Since eating fruits and vegetables is known to promote gut health, boost immunity, and benefit the brain and heart, these powdered ...Read more

Seriously Simple: This is the dessert you want to make this summer

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Basque cheesecakes have been all the dessert rage in restaurants for a while. This creamy caramelized topped cheesecake loaf is my version of the classic rendition. Here, the no-crust cake is baked in a loaf pan rather than a large round pan, so you won’t have leftovers if making it for a group. That’s good news for your waistline, but not-...Read more

JeanMarie Brownson: Classic chicken salads are perfect for any occasion this summer

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A package of pulled rotisserie chicken from Costco inspires all manner of summer meals. Chief among them, cold classic chicken salads perfect for hot evenings or toting to work in an insulated bag.

While pre-cooked chicken is fine to use, homemade dressings elevate any and every salad. No kitchen skills required; just a measuring cup and spoons...Read more

The Kitchn: I make this refreshing cold brew coffee all summer long

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There are few things more satisfying than the cool, caffeinated sip of a cup of iced coffee. But cold brew is easy to DIY, and we...Read more

The Kitchn: My no-bake strawberry margarita pie is the boozy dessert of the summer

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As the temperature heats up, there’s nothing quite like cooling down with an ice-cold margarita at the end of the day. While I love the classic, warm-weather produce always inspires me to branch out with my homeandleisure/recipes/varietymenu/s-3321650">Read more

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The secret cult following of Minnesota's quirkiest condiment

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MINNEAPOLIS — When it comes to kicking off summer, cracking a tub of Top the Tater is as much a tradition for some Minnesotans as opening up the cabin, waxing the boat and firing up the BBQ grill. In recent years, the chive-and-onion sour cream dip has become the edible version of the trucker hat: a humble staple of small-town grandmas' ...Read more

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How to make the perfect pierogi at home

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PITTSBURGH — Olive Visco has always loved to cook the old-school Polish foods she grew up on, sometimes even for friends in her adopted city of Pittsburgh.

But until the COVID-19 pandemic stymied her career as a bar manager, the Venango County, Pennsylvania, native never dreamed she'd make an actual living from rolling, folding and pinching ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Ancho chile-spiced beef street tacos make for a sweet and spicy treat

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I could eat tacos every day of the week, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one.

Whether you go crispy or soft, the stuffed and folded tortillas are generally easy to compose, and boy is it tough to beat a taco's amazing versatility. Many of my leftover meat and veggie dishes end up inside a hard or soft corn tortilla under a blanket of salsa ...Read more


Blueberry mojitos are the best kind of fruit cocktail

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Blueberries are the taste of summer, intensely tangy and sweet. The epitome of this fleeting season, they make a wonderful drink to sip with friends as the sun sinks behind an indigo horizon.

Picking blueberries is lodged in our collective summer memories that are pure as the season itself. One of the few fruits indigenous to North America, ...Read more


The best new rosé wines aren't from France

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Chilled pink wine on a hot summer night is still the Instagram symbol of summer—and winemakers in every region on the planet are launching new ones to fill your glass.

Yes, France’s Provence—and its yacht-and-beach luxury lifestyle—have long been at the center of rosé’s glamorous image, championed this spring in "The Book of Rosé: ...Read more

EatingWell: No-bake cheesecake bars, a tasty summer treat

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This no-bake cheesecake is made with a simple pressed graham cracker crust and a cream cheese and Greek-style yogurt filling that sets as it chills. Blueberries tossed in store-bought lemon curd add sweetness and tang. This easy cheesecake works well with any berry. If you’re using strawberries, slice or quarter them and let them drain a bit ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Fire it up

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The late Anthony Bourdain once quipped: “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” Indeed, cooking over flame is a joyful activity that makes food more exciting to eat, even if it can’t end wars. But along with those enticing smells and tastes can come some health risks if you’re not careful. With grilling season ...Read more



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