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Environmental Nutrition: Is margarine bad for you?

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Environmental Nutrition

Are you wondering if margarine is a healthful choice? Simply put, margarine is a butter substitute made with vegetable oils that are emulsified with a liquid -- usually water or sometimes milk. Not so long ago, margarine received a bad rap because it often contained ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Short rib chili is a standout

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This is my version of what chili should taste like. I have made it with turkey and chicken, but I have to say this is my favorite version. The short ribs must be cut into 1-inch pieces so that they become meltingly tender in the spicy chili sauce. Ask your butcher to do it for you, but make sure the meat pieces are not too big. The small pieces ...Read more

EatingWell: A healthy take on 'shrimp scampi'

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Garlicky shrimp are served on top of buttery, cilantro-flecked spaghetti squash in this quick dinner recipe inspired by shrimp scampi. Pair with a side of sauteed greens, such as kale, collards or spinach.

Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 2/3 cup shrimp & 3/4 cup squash

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total ...Read more

The Kitchn: 6 dinner strategies for parents short on time

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If there were ever an award worthy of giving a parent, it would be for one feat: Delivering a nutritious meal to the table on time. That's especially true for me, given my 90-minute commute home from work, two children (a 3-week-old and 3-year-old), and a wife who does plenty else besides ...Read more

The Kitchn: The call of the brownie is inescapable

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Ah, the call of the brownie hits us all. Sometimes it's midday, sometimes it's midnight. Dense and rich, neither cake nor fudge, a chewy brownie satisfies that primal need. But sometimes you just don't have every ingredient in the house when the need strikes. You've got some cocoa powder, ...Read more

Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Emily Hunt Turner went to law school to fight injustice and stand up for those who didn't have a voice.

But when the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development attorney watched helplessly as an older, lower-income Minneapolis couple with a sterling rental record were legally evicted from their home after a 40-year-old criminal ...Read more

How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

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Extra means more, as well as more than more.

Tired of sidekick duty, chiming in on extra special and extra clean, extra is going solo. "She's extra," adults should note, means excessive.

Snide isn't a full-time gig. Extra still works its day job, cheering on adjectives, redoubling the efforts of nouns. It notes that gnocchi, delicious solo, ...Read more

Pork in lettuce wraps gets a Texas twist

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Throughout the year, I cook off-the-cuff versions of favorite dishes, such as chili, pizza, beef stew, roast chicken and vegetable soup. I employ subtle variations, inspired by dining out or ingredients and condiments on hand. Never the same dish twice.

Same goes for a dish I first made more than three dozen years ago as a young test cook for ...Read more

Jambalaya's Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

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I know the colder months have me craving different foods, so I want you to cook along with me and try some of the recipes. A warm bowl of jambalaya is all you need to warm your soul.

Cajun food was never on my radar pre-Randy. It's not a cuisine our Lebanese household ate, and there really aren't very many restaurants to get Cajun cuisine ...Read more

Dress up a pot of beans for dinner with a zesty, fruit-forward wine

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For a hearty, rustic dish like this one, versatility is key in a wine pairing. A fruity, zesty Rhone-style blend from California, and two other wines that offer qualities of both red and white wines -- an orange wine made from 100 percent California semillon, and a fizzy Lambrusco from Italy -- will do the trick.



Minnesota bakery's unique cake goes viral after people mistake it for female body part

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nadia Cakes has deliciously sweet baked goods and even better comedic chops.

The bakery, with locations in Maple Grove and Woodbury, Minn., made a uniquely suggestive cake using pink fondant frosting with an oval cutout revealing an inside made of pink rock candy.

The winner of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" called it a geode ...Read more

Why I'm obsessed with the Instant Pot's home-cooking magic

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My Instant Pot obsession started innocently enough, with a resolution to finally crack down on processed food.

Guess what? Unprocessed food takes time and attention. A good pot of brown rice takes 45 minutes or more, and still didn't soften enough to suit me. Steel-cut oats? There goes a half-hour and I scorched way too many pots because of ...Read more

Today's Special: It's time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

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This time of the year puts me into the comfort-food mode. And nothing is more soothing than a steaming bowl of homemade soup on a cool February day.

A hearty soup, by itself or with a sandwich and salad, makes a complete dinner on a busy day. Assembling a whole meal in a bowl with simple ingredients, such as beans, sauteed onions, a handful of ...Read more

Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

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Everything tastes better with sriracha. The Cheez-It folks decided to spice up their snack mix -- crispy toast, Chex-like corn squares, Cheeto-like crunchy curls and plenty of Cheez-It crackers -- with a dose of powdered sriracha (a sauce made from chili peppers, garlic and sugar). How hot is it? People who like hot food said it was not very hot...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Never eschew a cashew!

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Environmental Nutrition

The cashew is a favorite flavor-wise and is commonly regarded as a nutrition star for its punch of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

The folklore

Native to Brazil, the cashew was introduced to India and Africa by Portuguese explorers in the 16th ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Butternut squash soup is cozy comfort on a chilly night

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I love winter squash. I can't seem to get enough of it, be it in a soup, saute or gratin. Winter squash is usually orange-fleshed and has a velvety texture. This soup fits all my requirements for cozy comfort on a chilly night. It is creamy and intensely flavored yet doesn't use cream except for a garnishing dollop on top. The chipotle cream ...Read more

EatingWell: Coconut macaroons meet dark chocolate truffles

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Inside the snap of a dark chocolate shell lies a tender coconut-cocoa filling: a mix of naturally sweet dates, cocoa and coconut flour. Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to this coconut-dark chocolate truffle recipe and other baked goods. It packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of ...Read more

The Kitchn: Dessert for breakfast

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As someone who consumes far too much muesli with yogurt, it's not surprising that bircher muesli (or "overnight oats," as it has popularly become known) is also a favorite of mine. Overnight oats are incredibly easy to make ahead of time, and they're perfect for on-the-go breakfasts.

This ...Read more

The Kitchn: Nachos for dinner is a hit with kids and grown-ups alike

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"Nachos!" That's pretty much the best answer you can give to your kids' favorite question about what's for dinner. And when you make them on potatoes and top them with a mix of flavorful toppings like beans, greens and cheese, parents will be happy too.

The beauty of these potato nachos is ...Read more

9 Chilean cabernets catch you up on what's been happening with country's iconic wine

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This is the wine that started it all for Chile: cabernet sauvignon. Roughly 30 years ago, it was this wine style that emerged from Chile, a South American country that obviously was well-known on its own but that lacked a reputation for being a wine-producing nation. Chilean cabernet sauvignon started showing up on American shelves, and people ...Read more


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