January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day; January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. But we think this Chocolate Hot Toddy recipe (photo #1) is so full of holiday cheer, it deserves to be enjoyed now. Hot buttered rum, also called a rum toddy, is a type of hot toddy, a venerable warm cocktail […]

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[1] and [2] How many uses can you find for deviled egg plates and similar platters? Photo of “Naked Vegetables” at Vicia Restaurant | St. Louis | Facebook, credited to @ctroesser for @sophisticatedlivingmag. The dips are broccoli hummus, chorizo purée, strained yogurt, homemade butter and nasturtium salt (green). [3] Shrimp cocktail bites in Chinese soup […]

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The face is one of many areas where fat accumulates during weight gain. Plump and chubby cheeks and double chin are part of the common complaints among people who suffer from fat face. Fat accumulated on face causes greater mental and physical problems. It not only appears our good looks but also possesses greater problem […]

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Purple may not be a theme color for the holidays, but we can’t resist the Stokes purple sweet potatoes that are in markets now. Once a rarity outside of Asian markets, purple potatoes are now popping up in mainstream markets nationwide. There are different varieties, which vary in shape and levels of moisture, density, richness […]

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[1] Green beans with red accents (photo courtesy Melissas.com). [2] Julienned sundried tomatoes (photo courtesy Sevillo Fine Foods).   Our holiday meals are known for too much food. We wish we could cut back on the number of dishes on the groaning board, but we can’t. We want them all. But we do intersperse high-calorie […]

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Whether you like your cupcakes buttery, gluten free or vegan, you can celebrate National Cupcake Day with any number of flavors. Beyond vanilla, chocolate and red velvet, bakeries all over the world are turning out cupcakes in flavors from lemon meringue to Margarita. But this list, adapted from the Carolina Cupcakery in Norfolk, Virginia, tops […]

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[1] Tasty snacks from a French company that has set down roots in the U.S. (photo courtesy Bakerly). [2] Perfectly flavored rice sides are now a cinch (photo courtesy Royal Basmati). [3] The Thin Mint cookie finds a new expression in yogurt from Yoplait.   We buy lots of products to try, and we are […]

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[1] Meatless Mondays meet Taco Tuesdays, with these vegetable-hummus tacos. Here’s the recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks. [2] Nacho Tuesday substitutes for Taco Tuesday (photo courtesy Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).   You can combine Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday with meatless tacos, like this recipe for Veggie Hummus Tacos (photo #1) from Mountain Mama […]

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