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Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

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This avocado and egg salad is one of my favorite homemade lunches because it’s healthy, tastes great and uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo! Tuna salads and egg salads are often passed off as healthy, but they’re so loaded with fatty mayo that you might as well have opted for a cheeseburger! This salad has […]

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10 Easy ways to start a healthier lifestyle

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New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap — for a good reason. Does anyone actually find those things useful? Don’t waste your time setting big resolutions that you’ll dump before the end of the month. Instead, set a few small intentions that will make this year your healthiest ever, guaranteed. Here are 10 easy ways […]

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Lemon Almond Chicken Salad

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Show me the person that isn’t looking for more delicious, healthy lunch ideas — we all are! Rarely are we dreaming of digging into a lunch we threw together at home in a hurry. So forget the sad salads you usually pack, and whip up a batch of this lemon almond chicken salad for tomorrow. […]

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Indian-inspired vegetarian chickpea soup

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Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. A 1-ounce serving provides about 3 grams of protein, plus they are full of fiber, so making them a part of your meal can keep you full longer. These little legumes have become more popular in recent years thanks to an increased interest in Middle Eastern and Indian […]

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Smoked salmon crostini bites with mustard butter and dill

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This elegant appetizer is easy enough to prepare, you’ll whip it up party after party. Pour your guests some Chardonnay and snack on these salmon bites to get the engagement going! Notes: Substitute Italian bread if that’s what you have on hand. Also, you can use goat cheese instead of butter, or chives or capers […]

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A perfect Christmas punch

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Every holiday party needs a pretty drink to pass around. This punch is festive and so delicious” it will be gone in no time. It’s the holiday season, so splurge on the good stuff. Skip the juice “cocktail” and get 100% cranberry and pineapple juices. Cocktail juices tend to have tons of unnecessary added sweeteners […]

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Loaded Ranch Snowman Cheeseball

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You’ll win at Christmas Eve when you set this ranch snowman cheeseball on the table. SeriousLY, cocktail shrimp, who? Everyone will be talking about the cute — and delicious — snowman dip! Plus it’s loaded with turkey bacon, green onions, and tons of flavor, so you know everyone is going to love it! LOADED RANCH […]

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What, exactly, are sugar plums?

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clarke Moore paints a peaceful Christmas Eve scene, with new-fallen snow, carefully hung stockings, and visions of sugar plums. And you’ve probably heard of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker.”  But have you ever stopped to ask what, exactly, is a sugar plum? […]

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Winter white hot chocolate makes the best cup around

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Living in Pittsburgh, it seems hot chocolate is everywhere — and that, in my opinion, isn’t always a good thing. Those watered-down styrofoam cups at freezing cold football games or the overly sweet stuff handed out after cold weather 5Ks, are really consumed out of a need to stay warm, more so than for the enjoyment. […]

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Overnight apple cinnamon raisin French toast casserole

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Dishes like this overnight apple cinnamon raisin french toast casserole are particularly great around the holidays when you have guests, but you also want to sleep in. You want it all! And I agree. On top of being easy to make, breakfast casseroles are a great choice because you can prep them ahead of time, […]

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Avoid these 10 common baking mistakes for better baked goods

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Sometimes a fun afternoon in the kitchen turns into a stressful battle with baked goods. There are some mistakes that even seasoned bakers continue to make. Here are a few easily avoidable mistakes that can help you correct your process, and return baking to a productive, enjoyable activity. YOU CHECK YOUR OVEN TOO OFTEN. Naturally, […]

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Crispy cheese tortellini appetizer with a kick

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These cheese tortellini are breaded and fried to crispy, golden perfection. Sprinkle them with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and dip them in warm marinara sauce. I call it an appetizer, but really, you’ll end up eating them as your meal, they’re so good! You can use a deep fryer, but I just stick with […]

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Apricot Pinwheel Cookies

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without these dainty, bright orange apricot-filled cookies brightening up the table. The melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese pastry dough and light fresh, apricot filling are too good not to share this holiday season. I remember my grandmother saying these cookies were an Italian tradition, yet, much like the handful of Italian slang […]

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3 Fun napkin folding ideas for your Christmas table

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The holidays are the perfect time to kick your table decorating game up a notch. You’ve spent hours scouring Pinterest to help you create the perfect holiday menu. You’ve dropped serious dough on extra serving platters, and you’ve cleaned corners of your house you never knew needed cleaning. Now is no time for holding back. […]

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9 Things you never knew about eggnog

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It’s that time of year when people everywhere get a hankering for holiday eggnog. You already know it’s delicious, but did you know it was responsible for a riot at West Point? Or that it was prescribed as medicine by doctors in the 1800s? Read on to learn more about everyone’s favorite way to imbibe […]

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How to open a pomegranate

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Pomegranates have deliciously tart seeds called arils that peak in season from August to January in the Northern Hemisphere. Their bright color, elegant arils, and complex flavor make them a popular addition to holiday recipes. They can top smoothies, salads, or other veggie side dishes, or try them as a delicious fresh centerpiece on your […]

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Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats

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Rice Krispie Treats might already be your go-to when you need a quick treat for a kid’s birthday party or snack for the class, but this holiday season, dress them up a bit for a brand new take on the old classic. They’ll look just as good in your kid’s lunchbox as they will on […]

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Doug Oster’s Garlic Lovers Soup

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Recently I was part of Soup for a Claus, a soup crawl in Greensburg, Pa., to benefit Operation Santa Claus. The campaign provides a complete holiday dinner for thousands of less fortunate families in Western Pennsylvania. I teamed with students from Seton Hill University to make five gallons of 40 Clove Garlic Soup. Of course […]

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The best way to store nearly any type of cheese, according to an expert

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If you ever cleaned out the depths of your fridge and found a rock-hard chunk of cheese, you probably wondered what you could have done to prolong its life. Sure, the first step is not forgetting it’s in there. But what else should be done to make sure your expensive fromage stays fresh? Most of […]

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Baked brie with cranberry jalapeño jam

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We’ve all been there. You ask your hostess what you can bring to the holiday party, and she says, “Don’t worry about it. We have everything we need.” Whether she’s just being nice or if she really does have everything covered, it doesn’t matter — everyone will be thrilled you showed up with this simply […]

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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I know people love their healthy, steamed broccoli, but holiday meals are no time to hold back. Broccoli smothered in cheese is really the most delicious way to eat the cruciferous vegetable. Even kids who usually run and hide from the dreaded broccoli side dish will be asking for seconds. Dare I say, this broccoli […]

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Easy cream free pumpkin curry bisque

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This pumpkin curry bisque is made with ingredients you likely already have at your house — Isn’t it great when that happens? No special stop at the grocery store required — just get right to cooking, and this soup will be ready in 20 minutes. This recipe is perfect for cool, crisp October and November […]

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Crock Pot stuffing saves space, time on Thanksgiving Day

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Between the sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and about a dozen other side dishes, something has to give. After all, you only have one set of hands and one oven. If you’re looking for ways to make Thanksgiving more manageable this year, look no further. Crock pot stuffing is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe that is easy, delicious […]

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Delightfully crispy apple cinnamon chips

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Apple cinnamon chips take such little effort, I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t tried to make them before. I guess because I usually try to stay away from dehydrating foods. The thought of leaving my oven on for eight hours makes me (irrationally) nervous, but these take just about two hours. I can deal with that. […]

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Keep potatoes from turning brown this holiday season

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When you’re preparing a big meal for the holidays, there are so many ingredients and different dishes to prep that you can easily get distracted. One minute you’re creaming corn, and the next, you’re cleaning up apple pie spillover in the oven. While you may be able to throw away a few forgotten burnt rolls, […]

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The truth behind 8 common food and drink urban legends

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It turns out, some of the food urban legends you heard on the playground as a kid are still around today. While some of them ended up to be true (like, the occasional alligator living in a sewer), most are far from it (like, “throwing a penny from a skyscraper will kill someone”). But in […]

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