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Seriously Simple: Make Valentine's Day extra sweet

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a corrected version of the previous recipe. Baking powder was missing from the ingredient list and instructions. PHOTO: One color photo goes with this column. Caption: Cut the cake to reveal velvety bits of caramel that slightly melted as the dessert baked in the oven. Credit: Betty Rosbottom, Filename: 20180122msfst-d....Read more

Macaroni and cheese for grown-ups

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When it comes to macaroni and cheese, it's time to think outside the box.

You know the box we mean. It's bright, shiny blue. And the macaroni and cheese that comes out of it is bright, shiny orange.

The boxed stuff is fine for kids. It's fast and cheap, and they can't tell the difference. But for adults, it's time to do something better. It's ...Read more

Best Bites: Pepperidge Farm Milano Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

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I still remember my first Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano cookie (Chicago, 1980, given to me by my friend Betsy). Could anything match the simple, subtle elegance of such a thing? As it turns out, the Pepperidge Farm folks have done it themselves, with a salted caramel chocolate variety. The thin layer chocolate is the main flavor here, after the ...Read more

Advice from dietitians on how to eat healthy at Panda Express, Chipotle and other fast food spots

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At the start of the new year, you probably promised yourself that you were going to eat healthy and exercise more. Your Pinterest board was filled with Buddha bowl recipes, and that pair of gym shoes was getting more action than it used to. But as January marches toward its end, you find yourself taking fewer Mason jar salads to work, and you ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Collagen peptide supplements; Food dye safety

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Environmental Nutrition

Q: Are there any benefits to taking collagen peptide supplements?

A: Eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep are already recognized as contributing to successful aging, but many people long for more than that. They want to continue to look and feel young. ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Homemade french fries are worth the time

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I love french fries, but I try to be good when I am out at a restaurant. If I really want them I make them myself. French fries aren't hard to make. They just require some advance organization and a few tools: a sharp knife, a deep fryer or a deep heavy cast iron skillet, a fry basket and a deep fry thermometer.

The keys to crisp french fries ...Read more

EatingWell: Classic Buffalo chicken reinvented

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All the flavor of Buffalo chicken wings is packed into this irresistible, healthy salad. But unlike chicken wings, you can eat a big serving of this healthy Buffalo chicken salad recipe for just 291 calories.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Serves 4

Serving Size: 2 1/2 cups salad & 3 oz. chicken

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

1/2 cup...Read more

The Kitchn: Stuffed cabbage recipe is weeknight-friendly

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Stuffed cabbage is a comforting winter dish that also makes a complete meal. The traditional preparation of a savory meat-and-rice filling rolled up in tender cabbage that's slow-baked in a sweet-sour tomato sauce is a labor of love.

To make this dish more weeknight-friendly, we make these ...Read more

The Kitchn: Spicy tomato soup warms you up instantly

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While this soup tastes like the balmy days of August, it has the power to instantly warm you up. It's brothy and light, but a spicy kick from red pepper flakes gives you the heat you need on these cold winter nights.

A summery soup on winter says

This brothy soup has the power to bring you...Read more

Trader Joe's customers pick their favorite products

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Trader Joe's is out with its annual list of customer favorite products for 2017.

From flowers to bananas and frozen entrees, there's 17 favorite items, with some being seasonal. But, really, what's not to like about any products from Trader Joe's?

Customers voted the Mandarin Orange Chicken the overall favorite for 2017. The voting took place ...Read more

'Good God almighty … ' this vegan sandwich is changing lives. Here's where you can get it

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Never heard of the TTLA sandwich? You will now, thanks to a viral video, some social media marketing and a growing demand for vegan food.

The TTLA is Whole Foods Market's take on the classic BLT. But this updated sammie is made with tempeh bacon -- a soy bean product -- tomato, lettuce and avocado, all stacked between two slices of ciabatta ...Read more

Le Creuset's classic French recipes are more approachable than you think

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To a girl growing up in western North Carolina, gougeres might have sounded like something made in a fit of boredom with a sharp stick and winter gleanings.

Sheri Castle's culinary horizons have broadened considerably since her youth in Watauga County. The Chapel Hill writer and recipe developer is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, ...Read more

How cooking for yourself can make you healthier, happier

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As my great-aunt June used to tell me, "Your grandfather was a bum. Your father was a bum, and you're a bum. Get outta my house!" Reading between the lines, what I think she was trying to say, in her own, frothing fashion, was, "Don't let the good be the enemy of the perfect."

(You got that, too, right?)

In other words, Auntie June was ...Read more

What to drink with sloppy Joes: Wines with fruit and richness

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This dish is both savory and sweet, and it's also pleasantly tangy, so a healthy dose of fruit and richness in a wine is a good bet. Here are a Champagne, a white from Greece and a red from Italy that will stand up to this zesty and busy sandwich, and won't get lost in the crowd.

MAKE THIS

TURKEY SLOPPY JOES

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a ...Read more

A super sandwich for the Big Game

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I was paging through "Grilled Cheese Kitchen," by Heidi Gibson with Nate Pollak (Chronicle Books, $19.95), months ago when a sandwich caught my eye. And not just any old sandwich, but one so outrageous -- a three-layer tower of grilled cheese, some with bacon or jalapenos -- that it shouted "must have" even though I had no immediate plans to ...Read more

Crock-Pot responds to 'This is Us' heartbreaker: 'Don't worry'

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Spoiler alert: This article contains major plot details from last week's episode of "This Is Us."

The poor Crock-Pot.

After last Tuesday's episode of NBC's popular show "This Is Us," the classic kitchen appliance has been getting a lot of heat for causing a house fire. A fire that figures heavily into an ongoing plot.

Ouch! Someone call the ...Read more

What you need to know about how oak barrels affect wine

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There's something about a barrel room in a winery.

On the surface, it's just a giant room filled with a bunch of identical wooden barrels stacked in rows. That alone can be an impressive sight, but when you think about what is happening in that room, that's when the potential and energy of the situation become almost palpable. Inside those ...Read more

How to turn tabbouleh into a hefty wintry dish

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Food writer is a job description that's easy to digest. Everyone, it seems, eats. Cocktail in hand, chitchat in air, I'm rarely met with blank stare. That's a luxury few astrophysicists share.

And yet, misconceptions abound. Food writing springs from an affinity, not an affliction.

Consider the tack, if not tact, of my physical therapist, a ...Read more

Best Bites: Nutri Grain Lemon Crumb Cake with Poppy Seeds

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Most snack cakes tend to have big flavors to appeal to fast-food palates. But the gang at Kellogg's must have realized that some of us also like a touch of refinement in our discretionary calories. Their Lemon Crumb Cake with Poppy Seeds is a lovely addition to the snack-food aisle; a light taste of lemon is paired with a hint of poppy seed for ...Read more

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