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Christmas foods from around the world

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Apparently, this is true: In Japan, Christmas is celebrated with a bucket of fried chicken from KFC.

Only about 1 percent of the Japanese population is Christian, but the holiday there is widely celebrated. Stripped of its religious and historic significance, it is observed for its own sake, like Mardi Gras in this country, or Cinco de Mayo.

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Environmental Nutrition: Picking the healthiest fruits

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Environmental Nutrition

Anyone who thinks healthy food can't taste good clearly doesn't understand the power of fruit. Sweet, juicy and delicious, grab-and-go fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber associated with an impressively long list of health benefits, ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Chocolate peppermint shortbread is a holiday favorite

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Chocolate and peppermint is a flavor combination that's hard to top. It's a delicious pairing in a number of desserts such as mousses, ice cream and cake. So for the holiday season, why not put this classic combo in a crumbly cookie like shortbread? No one can ever get enough of these holiday cookies, which shows what a crowd-pleaser they are. ...Read more

EatingWell: Fondue for you ... and many more

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The alpine cheeses in this recipe are known for melting smoothly, which is key in a fondue. Adding vegetables brings texture and bonus nutrition, while complementing the buttery nuttiness of each cheese. To serve 12, plan to offer 6 cups of cut-up vegetables for dipping, such as steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets or strips of raw fennel ...Read more

The Kitchn: 5 tips for celebrating New Year's Eve when you have kids

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Every year, my friends and I come together to celebrate the new year in the Hudson Valley. There are eight of us in total, and this four-family sleepover is my very favorite event of the year. With delicious food, lots of downtime, and a chance to sit and talk for hours, it's a perfect way ...Read more

The Kitchn: Holiday leftovers make the perfect sandwich

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If sandwiches are your go-to for tackling holiday leftovers, let this triple-decker sandwich be the one you reach for. Inspired by classic club sandwiches, this seasonal twist relies on fresh-cut turkey, and swaps the tomato for cranberry sauce and the lettuce for leftover Brussels sprouts. ...Read more

Love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar? Here's how to re-create your own Bliss

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Peppermint white chocolate mochas and eggnog lattes are certainly top sellers this time of year at the 13,000-plus Starbucks outlets nationwide.

But what lures many devotees into the nation's largest coffee chain during November and December is the company's seasonal baked-good behemoth, the Cranberry Bliss Bar.

And why not? It's brilliant, ...Read more

Instant Pot 7-in-1 multi-cooker is hot for the holidays

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Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot

How faithful are thy functions

Perfect risotto every time

And pork roast finer than fine

Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot

How faithful are thy functions

Instant Pot, we think we love you.

No-stir creamy risotto in half the time. Dried beans that cook up plump and quick -- no pre-soaking required. Pork roast ...Read more

Today's Special: Hold your own 'fondue' party with bagna cauda

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BAGNA CAUDA WITH MARKET VEGETABLES

Serves 6

Adapted from Cooking, Blokes & Artichokes by Brendan Collins, Kyle Books ( $29.95)

A classic red from Italy's Veneto region such as Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2014 ($24.00) with rich raisin and sweet cherry flavors balances the salty anchovies and garlic flavors in this recipe.

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How smart should your kitchen be?

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SEATTLE -- I have seen the kitchen of the future, and we're all going to need a lot more counter space.

The Smart Kitchen Summit convened in Seattle recently. The lanyarded crowd swarmed in and out of plenary sessions on topics such as "I, Chef-Bot: Applying AI to the World of Food & Cooking," and talks like "You Are Eating Software." The ...Read more

It's holiday cookie time: 7 recipes to try

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The merriment of the holidays is built on many things: Cheerful wishes of happiness and goodwill from strangers. Cultural memories of sleigh rides across fields of sparkling snow. Even the joy to be found in giving gifts to friends and loved ones.

But really, what makes the holidays merry and bright are all the cookies. How could they not? ...Read more

Best Bites: M&M's Caramel

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Chocolate and caramel -- they go together like bacon and eggs, like bagels and cream cheese, like, uh, shampoo and conditioner. It was only a matter of time before the folks at M&M's would put caramel inside chocolate and wrap the whole thing in a candy shell. They melt in your mouth, not in your hands. It's a grand idea, and they taste just as ...Read more

Floral, sunny rosé fights back winter's chill

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Several years ago, the sky ablaze with early-evening sunlight, a formidable selection of rose bottles in front of me, I thought, "Maybe this time it's for real."

That summer event was designed to promote rose drinking, to impress upon people that there was nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of pink wine. The aim of such events was to suggest ...Read more

Drinking away political woes? New NC beer helps fight gerrymandering

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Fullsteam Brewery is letting people protest while they drink, with a new beer called Purple State.

For every pint sold the brewery will donate $1 to Common Cause NC, a nonpartisan political watchdog group whose main goal is fighting against gerrymandering.

"North Carolina is diverse in thought, political beliefs, socio-...Read more

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

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Remember when Alice ate that mushroom in Wonderland?

"What can all that green stuff be?' said Alice. "And where have my shoulders got to? And oh, my poor hands, how is it I can't see you?"

Oh, dearie, dear, dear. Poor Alice. If only she'd boned up on the works of Timothy Leary before she listened to that Caterpillar.

No bother, though, ...Read more

When it comes to choosing pie, apple is a flavor we can all agree on

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Apple first. That's our policy. Special interests may back pumpkin, pecan or mincemeat. But citizens across the political spectrum agree on apple. That's good news at the holidays, when we gather at one big table.

APPLE PIE

Prep: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus time to cool

Bake: 1 hour

Makes: One 9-inch pie (serves 8), plus 3 cups roasted sugar

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Hanukkah cheese-basked pastries celebrate the story of Judith

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At the culinary heart of Hanukkah (which begins at sundown Tuesday) are foods fried in oil to commemorate the triumph of the Maccabees, who won back their sacred temple, and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.

But there's another Hanukkah story, not as well-known, that shifts the culinary narrative to a brave woman and her killer...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Power up on foods packed with vitamin E

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Environmental Nutrition

Vitamin E may be a star of the supplement aisle, but food is where this nutrient truly shines. After almost a century of research, there is still much to be discovered, but we do know the vitamin is more effective from food sources, further reiterating that a pill isn'...Read more

Seriously Simple: Make crispy potato-apple pancakes using this no-fail method

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Every year at about this time my email is full of questions about how to prepare latkes. Latkes, crispy potato pancakes, are the star dish for a Hanukkah party. This version combines the Idaho russet with diced apple. I knew it had to be good since applesauce and any potato pancake is a dangerously delicious combination. The ...Read more

EatingWell: Healthy winter salad tickles the taste buds

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Salad dressing made from sweet and mellow white balsamic vinegar balances out the assertive greens and Brussels sprouts in this healthy winter salad. If you have one handy, a small mandoline makes it easy to slice the Brussels and apple.

Apple, Fig and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Serves 5

Serving Size: 2 cups

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: ...Read more

 

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