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8 batches of cookies: From easy to complicated

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With everyone concentrating on the gifts they plan to give others at this time of the year, we often overlook the smallest of gifts that are always received warmly.

I’m talking about cookies. The holiday season is nothing if not a time for the baking, giving, receiving and especially consuming of cookies. They are a vital part of the season�...Read more

EatingWell: A twist on traditional Italian holiday cookies

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This crispy-on-the-bottom-and-chewy-on-the-inside gluten-free cookie recipe is a twist on a traditional Italian holiday treat, pignoli, or pine nut cookies. Look for almond paste — a mixture of ground almonds and sugar (available in tubes or sometimes tubs) — near other baking supplies in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty stores. ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Enhance grilled steak with sun-dried tomato compound butter

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No matter what time of year it is, I am always up for a grilled steak. If it’s too cold outdoors, you can use a seasoned iron skillet on high heat for a successful result. For years, I used seasoned compound butters to add loads of flavor to many dishes. What is a compound butter? It is merely a mixture of butter and other ingredients.

Here, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Meal Changer

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Eating healthy has never been so easy — or so quick! A multi-cooker makes cooking a healthy meal accessible and approachable, and takes less time and energy than not-so-healthy fast-food runs or tossing a frozen pizza into the oven. Roast a chicken in 30 minutes, cook nutrient packed whole grains like wild rice or barley in 20 minutes, whip up...Read more

No Kary Osmond recipe this week

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Kary Osmond will not file a recipe this week.

The Kitchn: There’s a good chance you have everything you need to make these delicious muffins

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If you’re someone who loves all things cinnamon, these muffins were made for you. They bake up soft and fluffy, and pack in not one or two, but three doses of cinnamon. You’ll find it mixed into the batter, as a cinnamon-sugar blanket over top, and a cinnamon and brown sugar ripple through the center of the muffin. Best of all, they’re ...Read more

The Kitchn: Easy, no-bake haystacks are the ultimate holiday crowd-pleaser

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Want a crowd-pleasing cookie that has just five ingredients and doesn’t even require turning on the oven? Say hello to the haystack cookie! Grab the kiddos and let’s get cooking: You’ll have a big batch of haystacks in under an hour.

What are haystacks made of?

Haystacks are no-bake cookies that consist of fried chow ...Read more

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Best Bites: Gardetto's Crisps

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If you love the flavor of Gardetto’s classic snack mix but are looking for something a little lighter, these Gardetto’s Crisps are the answer. The crisps, made from wheat and potato, are light and crunchy and packed full of flavor. They are also not too bad for you; 22 crisps have 130 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Size: 3 ounces

Price: $3....Read more

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Phil Your Glass: Limoncello, an Italian lemon liquor, is the perfect elixir for overindulgence

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It's the holiday season and all the fixings are too irresistible: Overindulgence can't be avoided. A bellyache is inevitable, but a shot of Limoncello, a lemon liqueur from Italy's Amalfi Coast, is the perfect elixir.

The origin of this wonderful, aromatic lemon liqueur is largely debated. It is widely produced in Southern Italy in the ...Read more

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White Castle rolls out a smash-burger like the sliders it served in 1921

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — White Castle, one of Columbus, Ohio's most recognizable brands, is returning to its roots with a century old version of its signature product as its 100th year draws to a close.

The burger chain's founding location in Wichita, Kansas, which opened on March 10, 1921, is recognized as the first fast food restaurant. The company...Read more

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Daniel Neman: Aw, nuts! Expired grocery purchases signal bigger problem

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Is it starting to feel to you like we as a society are starting to lose all control? As if we are spinning in ever-widening circles, like a falcon that can’t hear its falconer. As if everything is falling apart?

I am speaking, of course, about nuts. Well, nuts and crackers. But also about what nuts and crackers portend as part of the bigger ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Whiskey Pork Chops with Rosemary Lentils

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Whiskey lends an intriguing flavor to this simple French pork dish. This is a hearty meal and takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish.

Helpful Hints:

— You can buy whiskey in small splits at most liquor stores.

— Look for low-sodium, canned diced tomatoes in the market.

— Find minced garlic in the produce section of the ...Read more

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The original cookie leavener you've never heard of

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Before there was baking soda or baking powder, there was ammonium carbonate, or “baker’s ammonia.” A couple centuries ago, it was made from the distillation of oil from deer antlers (from whence it was known as, appropriately, “hartshorn”), and was used as a common leavening agent in many European baked goods. Commonly available in ...Read more

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8 batches of cookies: From easy to complicated

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With everyone concentrating on the gifts they plan to give others at this time of the year, we often overlook the smallest of gifts that are always received warmly.

I’m talking about cookies. The holiday season is nothing if not a time for the baking, giving, receiving and especially consuming of cookies. They are a vital part of the season�...Read more

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New Holland is now Michigan's largest independent craft brewery and has no plans to sell

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DETROIT — Once Bell's Brewery's sale to Australasian beer company Lion becomes official, there will be a new largest independent craft brewer in Michigan.

Started in 1997 by childhood friends Brett VanderKamp and Jason Spaulding, New Holland Brewing Co. evolved from a passion for home brewing with old kegs, thermos coolers, pulleys and ...Read more

EatingWell: Sesame-ginger salmon will have you salivating for a scrumptious dinner

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This quick sesame-ginger salmon recipe uses the sauce for both glazing the salmon and tossing with the broccoli. Serve over rice noodles or brown rice tossed with sesame oil and scallions.

Ginger-Roasted Salmon and Broccoli

Serves 4

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

1 1/2 tablespoons toasted dark sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoons ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Panettone French toast with eggnog custard makes for a festive holiday brunch or dessert

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It’s rich, it’s festive and it is perfect for holiday brunches. Whether you call this oven-baked French toast or bread pudding, the method is still the same: Dried out bread is soaked in custard and then baked.

Panettone is a tall, domed shape bread that is sweet and studded with candied fruits. This soft, sweet bread hails from Northern ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Chickpea charm

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There are plenty reasons to add chickpeas to your diet.

The folklore

Known by so many names around the world — Spanish garbanzo, Italian ceci, Indian gram — the name chickpea comes from “chich pease,” a version of the French name for this beloved legume. Its Latin botanical name, Cicer arietinum, which means “small ram,” is a nod ...Read more

The Kitchn: Festive Funfetti cookies a wonderful Christmas treat

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By now we all know the history of Funfetti, a rainbow-hued twist on a boxed cake mix, thanks to the folks at Pillsbury way back in 1989. It was revolutionary because instead of using the packet of sprinkles to decorate the outside of the cake, bakers were instructed to mix them into the batter.

Today, you’d be hard-pressed to scroll through ...Read more

The Kitchn: Serve up sparkling sangria during your Hanukkah celebration

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During Hanukkah there are eight nights of celebrating to do, so it only feels right to have a signature cocktail on hand for any planned or unplanned gatherings that come your way. Make that signature cocktail this festive sparkling wine sangria. Gently spiked with pear liqueur and filled with fresh pear slices, it’s a holiday ...Read more

 

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