TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Crunchies Healthy Snacks

Addictively good and good for you snacks. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   Crunchy, freeze-dried vegetable and fruit snacks have been growing in popularity. They taste good, provide the crunch factor, are full of fiber and moderate in calories. If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. One of our favorite brands is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Corned Beef & Pastrami

Some home cooks just like to go the extra yard. Why buy corned beef and pastrami when you can make your own? You can create the complex flavors and tender texture that will bring kudos from others at the dinner table while you get deeper in touch with your inner chef. The first time you…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Catfish Day & Grilled Catfish Recipe

Parsley leaves, cherry tomatoes and lime juice make a salad topping for catfish. You can do a mixture of parsley and cilantro, as well. Photo and recipe from Whole Foods Market; get the recipe. A second recipe is below.   Chefs nationwide are adding catfish dishes to their menus today, National Catfish Day. The catfish,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Summer Ice Cream Desserts

“Summertime is about simplicity,” says TV chef and “Chopped” judge Alex Guarnaschelli, as she shared these summer dessert ideas with us (originally published in The Daily Meal). Ice Cream: Buy lemon verbena or five varieties of mint, mash the leaves and stir them into ice cream. EDITOR’S NOTE: We also use basil. Purée the leaves…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Switch Wines For Summer

Enjoy affordable, sparkling Prosecco all summer long. Photo by Marcelo Terraza | SXC.   In the hot weather months, we eat lighter foods and drink lighter styles of beer. How about wine? In addition to pairing well with lighter foods, consider three summer-appropriate wines—Albarino, Malbec and Prosecco—that are also lighter on the wallet ($10 to…
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