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Buffalo chicken pasta salad a kickin’ summer side dish

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To say buffalo chicken dip is addicting is an understatement. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a potluck where the buff-chick dip didn’t all go — and go fast! I feel confident saying that any one of us well-meaning health conscious adults, would sit down and eat an entire tray of buffalo chicken dip […]

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Celebrate summer with Piña Colada Cupcakes

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Enjoy the taste of the classic cocktail, now as a cupcake! These are kid-friendly, and the perfect way to incorporate fresh summer pineapples in your desserts. You can use canned pineapple, but if you have the time to crush a few slices of fresh pineapple, go for it. You’ll get so much more flavor. Top […]

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Caprese summer rolls are the newest must-have recipe for warm weather days

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the Caprese Salad. The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and soft mozzarella is a recipe that doesn’t need much improvement. But when you just can’t get enough of the Italian trio, it is fun to experiment with other ways to enjoy these classic ingredients. Welcome your first summer produce haul […]

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15 foods that are illegal in the United States

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America might be the land of the free, but when it comes to food, Uncle Sam has put up a few restrictions. If you live in the United States and have a hankering for haggis or horse meat, you’ll have to hop the pond to get a taste. For others, you’ll have to head to Africa […]

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How to freeze asparagus

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Asparagus is one of the first official signs of spring and a promise that more homegrown produce is right on its heels. All winter long we wait for those green spears to show in the garden, but just like that, warm weather hits and the season is over. If you’re getting into June and you […]

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How to freeze rhubarb for use all year long

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Rhubarb. It’s the stuff spring dessert dreams are made of. It’s one of the first veggies to appear in the spring, bringing its bright pink color and wonderfully tart taste to compotes, cakes, pies, and crumbles. But just like that, fresh rhubarb bolts when the summer heat turns up, leaving us longing for more. The […]

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Wave hello to patriotic Rice Krispie Flags

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Serve these Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats Flags this summer and you’ll be waving goodbye to them in no time! You’re never too old for Rice Krispie Treats — especially when they’re this fun! Try these red, white, and blue beauties at your patriotic summer party. These Flags aren’t difficult to make, but they do require three […]

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How the continental breakfast got its name

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Dusty roadside motels and ritzy tropical resorts have little in common aside from providing a place to sleep. But no matter where you choose to lay your head, you will likely wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast. The ubiquitous all-you-can-eat buffet can be pretty tempting to travelers, but if you take a moment to […]

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Why you should always ‘rest’ meat after cooking

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When the smell of sizzling, charred steak is wafting through the air, it can be hard to delay any further gratification. You want to dive fork first into that juicy piece of meat and feast until you’re full. But before you make this backyard barbecue blunder, you should understand the importance of resting meat. Let’s […]

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30+ Restaurants where kids can eat free (or at a discount)

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No school, no homework, and no stress, right? Summertime is all about giving kids time to let loose, but unfortunately you’re probably still working, and kids inevitably end up bored and whiny. When that happens, sometimes all you need to make everyone happy is a quick trip to their favorite restaurant. You’ll get everyone out […]

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12 easy, healthy snacks for your road trip

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the U.S. summer travel season. Nearly 43 million Americans will use the long weekend to travel — about 37.6 million of those by car, according to automobile association AAA. While you can’t avoid the inevitable dirty gas station bathrooms and frustrating traffic jams of a summer road trip, […]

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Guilt-free banana hummus recipe

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I admit that the name “dessert hummus” is sort of baffling to the tastebuds. You can imagine the slightly gritty, savory texture of pulverized chickpeas in traditional hummus but can’t quite image how “sweet” can come anywhere near this popular appetizer. Two week ago, I was a skeptic just like you. Hummus flavors like sun-dried […]

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Brownie batter dessert hummus recipe

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Yes, you read that right. This recipe calls for melted chocolate and chickpeas… together. *Gasp!* When I learned about “dessert hummus” I couldn’t decide if it was some crazy gimmick or pure, culinary genius. You can now firmly file me in the latter category. If you’re all about the edible cookie dough trend, or if […]

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How to pick the best pineapple every time

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With summer mere weeks away, we’re dreaming of lazy days lounging in the sunshine while snacking on sweet, succulent pineapple. Although they’re available all year long, the tangy, tropical fruit is at its peak ripeness from April to July, making this month a peak time to start enjoying the bold taste of this delicious fruit […]

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Lovely lime squares bring just enough zing

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If you’re a fan of all things citrus, you’re going to love these tart little lime squares. Just 5 ingredients give you a bright and cheery dessert that goes great washed down with hot tea or ice cold milk. I could pretty much commit to only eating desserts that incorporate citrus. I crave that light, […]

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7 Steps to prep your grill for grilling season

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You might have already packed away you scarves and sweaters, but before this summer can really heat up, you need to give your grill its annual checkup. It might not be the most exciting item on your upcoming schedule, but nothing can kill an outdoor dinner party faster than a broken grill. So for the […]

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How to make perfect corn on the cob every time

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Is it even summer yet if you haven’t had corn on the cob? Biting teeth first into a buttery, bright yellow ear of corn is one of those moments of pure summer joy. It’s a rare vegetable that kids enjoy just as much as adults. The fuss-free summer staple is delicious topped with just a […]

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Margarita cupcakes are a festive summer treat

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Margarita cupcakes. What could be more perfect for spring and summer (or of course, Cinco de Mayo!)? You’ll find all kinds of reasons to make these fun, tequila-infused cupcakes. I mean, who doesn’t love a little spiked dessert? This recipe makes a deliciously moist cake with a light lime and tequila flavor — just like […]

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Easy, cheesy taco pasta

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If your Cinco de Mayo menu usually consists of some sad tacos, try kicking it up a notch this year with a cheesy taco pasta. It’s become a favorite in my household because it goes from stove to table in less than 30 minutes. Plus, I don’t mind that it only dirties one pot! But […]

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How to make taco seasoning at home

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Store bought taco seasonings are no fiesta. They’re filled with gross ingredients and labels that look like a chemistry textbook. If you’ve been looking to add more real food to your diet, you should try swapping this homemade taco seasoning recipe for those overpriced, small pre-mixed packets. Homemade taco seasoning is healthier, but it’s also […]

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How to make a margarita with just three ingredients

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Quick! How do you make a margarita? Margaritas should be one of the most simple cocktails out there, but somehow, we’ve gone and complicated things. We’ve convinced ourselves that to make them, we need a fully stocked bar, special glasses, a basket of exotic tropical fruit, and some sort of special whizzing machine. If you […]

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What’s the difference between an English muffin and a crumpet?

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When it comes to breakfast breads, most of us are carb-loving connoisseurs. Toasts like wheat, rye, and sourdough are just the beginning. Scones, muffins — both blueberry and bran, biscuits and bagels make their way into our morning meal more commonly than we’d care to admit. And of course you know the English muffin. It’s […]

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Springtime pea tabouli salad

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Spring salads can be so so good! Think of yourself eating whole, fresh ingredients and feeling happy, healthy, and full. This springy Mediterranean-inspired dish will deliver on all three. Springtime pea tabouli salad is filling thanks to the high-fiber peas and protein-packed quinoa (about 8 grams of protein per 1 cup cooked quinoa). It’s also […]

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Why do we eat chocolate bunnies on Easter?

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It’s hard to imagine what a chocolate rabbit has to do with anything in the religious realm. I mean, I’m not complaining. It’s a deliciously adorable Easter treat enjoyed by millions across the globe. But it’s just that, well, how did a milk chocolate mammal become the unofficial symbol of Christianity’s spring holiday? According to […]

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Southern Lemon Icebox Pie

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Lately, my flavor of choice for just about anything is lemon. Come spring, I crave that tart, cool flavor. This lemon icebox pie is the perfect ending to a backyard barbecue, fish fry, or Easter dinner. But don’t get me wrong — I most enjoy it for breakfast the next morning. You will too, don’t judge. […]

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You should never cook frozen chicken in a crock pot, USDA says

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Crock-pots are all about convenience. You throw in some ingredients and go about your daily business, until a few hours later when out comes a delicious, hot meal. No one takes the time to prep ingredients a whole day in advance for this. That’s why it was so distressing to learn that taking chicken directly […]

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