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Happy National Pistachio Day!

Today in food holidays, February 26 is National Pistachio Day! Native to the Middle East, pistachios have a naturally tan shell (those with red shells have been artificially dyed) and a pale green nut that’s high in calcium. The green color is the result of chlorophyll that develops as the seeds grow. When buying unshelled pistachios, avoid those with fully closed […]

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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

Without proper care, your trusty cutting board can start to smell like your famous garlic chicken—permanently. Since you can’t just stick a wooden board in the dishwasher (lest it warp and crack), try this tip to keep it in business for life:

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A Quick Way to Sweeten Peas

Fresh peas add a sweet, delicate crunch to any meal. The next time you cook with the veggie and find the taste isn’t quite to your liking, use this method to brighten them up. Steam the peas for a minute or two, and then run them under cold water (which stops the cooking process). This will bring out the natural […]

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Are You Using Your Slow-Cooker Properly?

Never get quite the right results when using your slow-cooker? Before you throw in the towel and give up on the set-it-and-forget-it styling of cooking, check your liquid levels: It could be that you’re not filling your appliance the proper amount. Stephanie O’Dea, author of 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, recommends filling your machine two-thirds to three-quarters full for optimum cooking. See […]

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Olympic Eating: Nine Burgers from Around the World from Fox News Magazine

The Winter Olympics are in full swing! Cheer on your favorite athletes while getting in the Olympic spirit with some international flavor. Fox News Magazine makes this easy with their collection of nine burgers from around the world. From the Russian-inspired Sochi Lamb Kotleti burger to the yummy Canadian-inspired Poutine burger, you’re bound to find something to fit your individual […]

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How to Store and Use Greens

If you constantly find yourself tossing wilted herbs and greens before you even use them, try these tips to prevent waste from Real Simple food editor Chris Morocco: To store: Wrap greens in moist paper towels and tuck them into a resealable plastic bag. The moisture from the towels will prevent wilting and keep even the most fragile herbs vibrant […]

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Test Your Egg IQ

Let’s get cracking with some hard-boiled questions. Scroll below the eggs to see the answers. 1. Which spice can you use to dye eggs naturally? (A) Mustard seed (B) Cardamom (C) Turmeric 2. When it comes to egg-carton labels, which is the most health-conscious choice? (A) All-natural (B) Certified organic (C) Hormone-free 3. What can you do to prevent a green ring […]

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15 Healthy Recipe Swaps That Save You Calories from AllYou.com

A few weeks ago, I was baking cupcakes and decided to try out the trend of swapping unsweetened applesauce for oil in the batter. It’s an easy one-to-one swap and I would definitely recommend it. Honestly, there wasn’t much of a difference in taste and it cut approximately 450 calories and 55 grams of fat off the full recipe! If […]

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Happy Stuffed Mushroom Day!

Today in food holidays, February 4 is celebrated as Stuffed Mushroom Day—a snack that has been around since the early 20th century. Looking for a recipe to make in celebration? Here are a few mouthwatering suggestions: Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Feta Love stuffed vegetables, but not so much mushrooms? Though we’re not official Stuffed Mushroom Day […]

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When Your Own Family Hates Your Cooking

There is a new, sad little pattern that happens almost nightly in my household and it goes like this: Me: “Time for dinner!” Kids thunder down the stairs. 15-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Six-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Me: “Blah blah*“ 15-year-old: “Ugh.” Six-yearold (whining): “I hate blah blah.“ 15-year-old: “Can I make myself an omelet?” Six-year-old: “Me too?” Me: Silent, head in […]

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