We’ve polished off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, enabling us to focus on Christmas. Our first effort is our annual batch of fancy Chex Mix, great for home snacking, visitors, and handing out in small gift bags to delivery guys. This year, the folks at Chex have outdone themselves with Merry Grinch Mix (photo […]

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[1] No cooking: Just mix and freeze (photo courtesy Purple Carrot). [2] Creamy peanut butter, called Smooth Operator, from PB & Co.   November 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Have you ever made freezer fudge? It sets in the freezer, eliminating the need for cooking, cream or sweetened condensed milk. This recipe, developed […]

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[1] Miso snapper with steamed Asian vegetable mix. The recipe is below (photo courtesy IMUSA). [2] The original inspiration, Nobu’s black cod with miso (photo courtesy Nobu Restaurants). [3] Miso paste can be used in many dishes (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [4] Steamed Asian vegetables. This recipe from Julia’s Album serves them with peanut dressing. […]

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You may be all set for Halloween, but think ahead to the Thanksgiving crush: hostess gifts, party favors, little extras for your colleagues or friends. We like this seasonal recipe by Kirstin Jackson of It’s Not You, It’s Brie. It was shared with us by Go Bold With Butter. In this recipe, shelled and salted […]

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[1] Making this pound cake in a bundt pan provides eye appeal (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [2] Always buy pure maple syrup. The “pancake syrup” sold in grocery stores is corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring. Here’s an explanation of the differences (photo Miguel Andrade | Wikipedia).   While maple-flavored foods can be served […]

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[1] A hearty dinner dish, this paella has a twist: potatoes (photo courtesy Black Gold Farms). [2] Red potatoes (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [3] It’s easy to make a vegan paella, since the recipe uses no dairy products. This version replaces meat with cauliflower florets (photo courtesy Blossom Restaurant | NYC).   There’s no saffron […]

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A chocolate-pumpkin parfait with whipped cream made from scratch (photo courtesy Hope Foods).   When we saw this photo from Hope Foods, we were inspired to create our own version. It couldn’t be easier. RECIPE: HARVEST PUDDING PARFAIT Ingredients For 4-6 Servings 1 can pumpkin pie filling (with sugar and spices) 1 package instant chocolate […]

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Make two tall smoothies or four short ones with this recipe from Chobani.   In just five minutes, you can whip up a couple of pumpkin pie `smoothies that deliver the flavors of fall. This recipe from Chobani, uses its vanilla yogurt. For a dessert smoothie, switch the yogurt to 3/4 cup frozen yogurt and […]

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For a weekend beer or game-watching, here’s an alternative to Buffalo Wings: Buffalo Wing Donuts! This food fun was created by Foodbeast and Dean’s Ranch Dip (photo #3). The recipe is even easier than chicken wings, because you don’t have to cook the wings. Instead, buy roasted chicken strips (we used Perdue Short Cuts). The […]

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[1] A skull with your cider (photo courtesy The Pampered Chef). [2] Granny Smith apples (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Looking for Halloween fun? This cider recipe, from The Pampered Chef, will take you there. Carved apples become shrunken skulls as they cook in the cider. You can serve the cider straight, or augmented with […]

Diets To Lose Weight