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Vegan-curious? Some are testing it out for a month with 'Veganuary.'

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PITTSBURGH — Rebecca Gilbert was a top-notch figure skater slated to perform throughout Europe when a debilitating knee injury derailed her career. Electrical stimulation therapy, steroid injections and an experimental surgery did nothing to improve her condition.

It was 1998, just before Google became a verb, when a web search led her to a ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: A spinach-mushroom quiche with cheesy goodness

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My family is not big on eggs, but they do love a nice slice of quiche. Luckily for me, the savory egg custard baked in a pie crust is easy to make (especially if you use a refrigerated crust) and easier still to personalize with favorite meats, vegetables and cheeses — often all the above at the same time.

Quiche Lorraine, made with a savory ...Read more

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An ode to the Jucy Lucy (or Juicy Lucy) of Minneapolis, which may be the best cheeseburger in America

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The Jucy Lucy may be the best burger in America. Also known as the Juicy Lucy, the cheese-stuffed burger was invented in Minneapolis nearly 70 years ago.

It’s an ideal convergence of beef and cheese. Yet the iconic cheeseburger remains relatively unknown. Untouched, the burger appears modest by modern standards, no toppings stacked sky high. ...Read more

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Best Bites: Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer

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Somewhere during the craziness of holiday baking, I ran out of eggs. It was late, and I did not want to run to the store, but I was trying to make muffins for the next morning’s breakfast. That’s when I remembered I had a sample of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer in my pantry. I just measured out two eggs’ worth of the powder, mixed it with ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Chicken in Sherry Mushroom Sauce with Herbed Quinoa

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Slow cooking in sherry produces a moist, tender and flavorful chicken dinner. Mushrooms add an earthiness to this dish. It can be made ahead and rewarmed.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use any type of mushroom.

— Sherry should be cooked over a low heat. It burns easily.

— The skillet should hold the chicken legs in one layer. If it is too ...Read more

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2 Pennsylvania whiskeys made expert Fred Minnick's Top American Whiskeys of 2021

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PITTSBURGH — It's well documented that Fred Minnick loves whiskey, and now it's documented that he loves a Western Pennsylvania one too.

The expert tasted some 700 whiskeys of all sorts in 2021, and revealed his Top 100 on Wednesday via YouTube. Coming in at No. 50 is Liberty Pole Spirits Peated Rye, which is made and bottled in Washington, ...Read more

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2 years after Ballast Point deal, Kings & Convicts Brewing abandons Wisconsin plans to instead sink its roots in San Diego

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Kings & Convicts Brewing, the tiny north suburban operation whose founder stunned the beer world in late 2019 by buying the famed Ballast Point brewery, is scrapping a plan to build a new headquarters in southern Wisconsin and heading instead to Ballast Point’s longtime home of San Diego.

Though it will maintain its tiny Highwood, Illinois, ...Read more

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3 warming vegetarian soups for whatever ails you this winter

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Chicken soup has long been touted as a soothing home remedy for the annoying colds and body-crushing flus of winter.

Filled with nutrients, a steaming bowl helps clear sinus congestion, and some research suggests it might also defend against infection. Chicken soup also makes us feel nostalgic — sipping a cup while curled up on the couch can ...Read more

EatingWell: The perfect breakfast for busy mornings

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Protein-packed omelet muffins, or baked mini omelets, are a perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Make a batch ahead and freeze for breakfast on-the-go or serve these fresh with fruit salad for a simple weekend brunch.

Easy Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

Serves 6

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

3 slices bacon, chopped

2 cups finely ...Read more

The Kitchn: Soup dupe! This zuppa Toscana recipe outdoes the popular Olive Garden menu item

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If you crave Olive Garden’s zuppa Toscana, you need to make this recipe. It hits the spot in just the same way, and it might even be better because you have a big ol’ pot to yourself. Plus, coming in at just 10 ingredients, it’s an easy copycat recipe that isn’t a labor of love.

Creamy with just a touch of heat and spice from hot ...Read more

The Kitchn: Turn this classic childhood drink into a decadent, chocolatey treat

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A cold glass of chocolate milk is hard to beat. Sure, you can buy a bottle of the premade stuff or even chocolate syrup. But for the chocolate milk enthusiast looking to level up, this recipe is for you. It makes a big batch of seriously delicious chocolate syrup that can be kept on hand for whenever the craving for your favorite childhood ...Read more

Seriously Simple: When it’s cold outside, turn to this comforting, colorful dish

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Chock-full of red Swiss chard leaves, vibrant orange butternut squash nuggets and mahogany red bits of oil-marinated sun-dried tomatoes, this soup is soul-satisfying.

One of my favorites, this soup balances an exceptional lightness with the sturdy flavor of white beans. Red Swiss chard, butternut squash and sun-dried tomatoes add color and ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Nuts for peanuts!

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The peanut is not just an American tradition at baseball games, pubs, and as part of the iconic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s also a global culinary superstar and a nutrient powerhouse

The folklore

Native to South America, this dietary staple dates back thousands of years. Aztecs also used peanuts medicinally to cure fever and ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Winner, winner chicken wing dinner!

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Yes, you can buy a box of chicken wings and bake them in the oven. But, chances are, they’ve been fried, then frozen, and contain way too many ingredients. It’s just as easy to bake fresh chicken wings, and toss them in your favorite sauce, as it is to buy and bake premade chicken wings.

Once you’ve mastered this basic chicken wing recipe...Read more

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Editorial: We need the truth about what's in our food. New labeling is not going to help

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Consumers have a right to know what’s in the food they buy, and the labels on grocery products convey important information. Although genetically modified food is healthy and safe, we respect that some people prefer to avoid it, and they should be able to see on a label what’s modified and what remains as nature intended.

In 2014, this page...Read more

EatingWell: Spruce up your salmon with this exciting new recipe

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The sesame seeds in the sweet sauce atop this salmon add nutty flavor and a little texture. Finishing the salmon in the oven turns the sauce into a thick, caramelized glaze.

Pan-Roasted Sesame Salmon

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

4 scallions, whites and greens separated

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tablespoon hoisin ...Read more

Seriously Simple: This custard crisp is a cold weather favorite

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Fruit crisps might have been one of the first desserts recorded. Still, they never seem to go out of style.

Early Americans created fruit desserts with some very funny names like pandowdy or buckle. The simpler named fruit crisp is just a mixture of fruit on the bottom and a streusel layer on top. It certainly is easy to put together (peeling ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Spotlight on supplements: Spirulina

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Long before it was proclaimed a modern-day superfood, spirulina was reportedly cultivated and consumed in Aztec culture. Today, EN explores the popularity and proof behind spirulina.


Spirulina is a microscopic, cyanobacterium (blue-green pigmented) whose name originates from its spiral shape. Spirulina naturally grows in mineral-...Read more

The Kitchn: Making your own Italian seasoning couldn’t be easier

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The one seasoning blend I reach for every week is a mixture of my favorite dried herbs. A sprinkle of homemade Italian seasoning adds flavor to roasted potatoes, simmering marinara sauce, juicy roast chicken, and more.

Thankfully, making your own Italian seasoning couldn’t be easier. Simply mix together a few dried herbs already in your ...Read more

Kary Osmond: This sweet and salty salad is packed with flavor

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Here’s an easy salad recipe to kick off the new year! It’s salty, sweet and sour with a hint of spice, the traditional flavors that round out a Thai dish. It is easy to pull together and will have more flavor than any bagged Thai salad you’ll find at the supermarket.

Thai Beef Salad

Serves 4

1 (1 pound) flank steak


2 tablespoons ...Read more



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