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4 essential food safety tips for summertime gatherings

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Summer is a season of outdoor gatherings, barbecues and picnics, where food is often at the center of the festivities. However, the warm weather also creates ideal conditions for the growth of harmful bacteria, increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses.

It's critical that you follow food safety recommendations so you can enjoy hosting and ...Read more

EatingWell: These no-cook wraps feature fresh summer ingredients

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A simple salad tossed with a tangy vinaigrette packs these no-cook wraps with tons of bright cilantro flavor. The mix pairs well with mashed beans and avocado, which hold everything together.

Black Bean Wraps with Greens & Cilantro Vinaigrette

Makes 4 wraps; serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

1 cup chopped fresh ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: High fiber diet and CVD

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Q: Can eating a diet high in fiber reduce my risk of developing cardiovascular disease?

A: Yes, several studies have linked high-fiber diets to a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Current fiber recommendations are for women to consume 25 grams/day and for men to consume 38 grams/day. However, surveys show that a meager 5...Read more

Seriously Simple: Swordfish piccata is a tangy favorite

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As the summer continues to heat up, I want to spend less time in the kitchen but still have enjoyable meals. Sometimes I will get everything arranged early in the cooler part of the day and just put the meal together close to serving time. This is a Seriously Simple tip that is so helpful as the weather heats up.

This is a favorite last-minute ...Read more

JeanMarie Brownson: When it comes to grilling seafood, I have the secrets to success

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A covered grill, fueled by charcoal or gas, just may be the perfect vehicle for cooking fish. From small whole trout or branzino to thick halibut steaks, the smoky flavor of hardwood pairs beautifully with all manner of seafood.

That doesn’t mean grilling fish is easy or foolproof. Most seafood proves expensive — overcooking can render it ...Read more

The Kitchn: My unconventional advice for making the perfect fried egg

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Knowing how to fry an egg is one of the most useful skills to learn in the kitchen. Fried eggs are a must-have for breakfast, or really any meal. As long as you can fry an egg, you can take a piece of buttered toast, a bowl of salad greens, or a scoop of ...Read more

The Kitchn: This is the best, easiest method for grilling potatoes

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Looking for an easy summer side that pairs with pretty much everything? Crispy grilled potato wedges are the answer. It’s no secret that potatoes are one of the most versatile sides around, but instead of cranking up the oven, we’re showing you how to grill ...Read more


Feds give Minnesota unprecedented $200 million to reduce carbon footprint in the food system

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Minnesota's food system — from electrifying farm vehicles to improving refrigeration in independent grocery stores — will get a nearly $200 million emissions-reducing boost from the federal government.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency had received what one federal official called an ...Read more


Best Bites: Cheez-It Hidden Valley Ranch

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Cheez-It and Hidden Valley Ranch are back with another collaboration, following the success of the Hidden Valley Cheezy ranch dressing.

This time, the classic Cheez-It cracker gets a dusting of Hidden Valley ranch seasoning.

The crackers aren’t the typical bright orange, which may correlate with the fact that they don’t taste super ...Read more

Gretchen's table: Make Vietnamese chicken salad part of your summer rotation

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I know summer has officially set in when I opt for hearty, easy-to-make salads that can last a day or so in the refrigerator. I could blame it on the fact my kitchen doesn't have air-conditioning, but really, it's just that warm and sunny weather makes me so lazy when it comes to meal prep. I'd much rather be hanging out on my porch reading a ...Read more


4 potato salads for your next backyard barbecues

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Potato salad, a staple of backyard barbecues and lakeside picnics, is one of the easiest to make. There's "mom's classic" and potato salads in zesty vinaigrettes, plus salads that showcase a rainbow of heirloom potatoes — purple, rose, golden, pure white — that are now at our farmers markets.

All call for the best ingredients and simple ...Read more

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Vegan chocolate sauce? A mushroom aperitif? 12 finds from the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York

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Can't resist that jar of artisan chili crisp? Willing to fork over 10 bucks for a bottle of water "restructured" with quartz crystals? Maybe you're determined to go plant-based or want to buy food with a mission. Either way, you're in good company.

Specialty foods — a category comprised of unique or artisan foods and beverages made with high-...Read more

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This is the best steak sandwich you'll ever make

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It wasn't long ago that our options for cuts of steak were limited. If you wanted a rib-eye or New York strip, no problem. If you were looking for a skirt steak or a flat iron, that might have taken a little more effort. And if you wanted a tri-tip? You were likely met with a blank stare and a shrug from whomever was helping you at the meat ...Read more


It's time to embrace a new era of gene-edited food

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At first, it seemed like a 28 square-meter plot of Arborio rice in Italy was a symbol of changing attitudes toward genetically engineered food. Instead, it’s shown us that the debate is well and truly alive.

Scientists used CRISPR-Cas9, a precision gene-editing technique, to create a variety of risotto rice potentially resistant to ...Read more

EatingWell: This summer chicken dinner is a winner

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You can enjoy this delicious super-fast, smothered chicken dish within 20 minutes. Don’t worry if your peach is not perfectly ripe, grilling helps intensify the fruit’s natural sweetness.

Grilled Peach & Brie Smothered Chicken

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

1 pound chicken cutlets

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Get poppin’

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From street vendors and movie theaters to ball games and county fairs, popcorn is an all-time favorite American snack food with an average consumption of 14 billion quarts (14 quarts per person) per year!

The folklore

The oldest ears of popcorn date back 4,000 years when it was an important food as well as ceremonial ...Read more

Seriously Simple: This salad is a healthy summer delight

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Here’s a summer salad that has some unexpected ingredients. While it takes a few minutes to cook the quinoa and lentils, it’s Seriously Simple to prepare.

I love lentil salads, so I thought why not add some protein rich quinoa and some creamy white beans to create a slightly surprising savory dish with a dash of sweet summer peaches?

...Read more

Making summer fruit pies isn’t as hard as you might think

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Every year, our family spends a summer week or two in a cabin along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. I’m not sure if we go more for the incredible sunsets or the fruit pies we enjoy afterward nearly every evening.

In preparation, I ensure our rental has a decent oven, pack my oversized rolling pin, a couple of pie pans and a box of ...Read more

The Kitchn: I’ve spent years perfecting my turkey burger recipe

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I love a good turkey burger, but it often gets a bad rap for being boring, bland, and dry. Because of that I’ve spent years coming up with the ideal recipe that delivers flavorful and juicy turkey burgers. Well, I finally have a winner! This version starts with a smart technique that leaves you with tender, juicy patties every single time, and...Read more



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