TIP OF THE DAY: Get Seasonal With Pumpkin-Accented Everyday Foods

In our childhood, fall meant a choice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin pie. Today, there’s pumpkin everything. Walk into your favorite food store: You’ll find pumpkin-themed products in every aisle. Start the day with pumpkin yogurt or a bowl of pumpkin granola, toasted Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins and bagels. Wash them down with pumpkin…
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RECIPE: Mexican Parfait

A savory Mexican (or Tex-Mex) parfait. Photo and recipe courtesy Food Should Taste Good.   This Southwestern Tomato and Yogurt Parfait is made in trendy glass canning jars, but you can use wine glasses, juice glasses or whatever you have. It’s easy to make the salsa, but if you’re pressed for time you can buy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Gazpacho & Beer

This gazpacho has a surprise ingredient: beer! Photo courtesy Frontera Foods.   Here’s a fun idea that can be a soup course, a main course or pass-around party fare, served in small glasses. This idea was developed at Frontera Foods, a Chicago-based Mexican foods company headed by Chef Rick Bayless, in partnership with Bohemia Beer.…
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RECIPE: Bacon Potato Pancakes With Corn Salsa

To some people, a baked potato with sour cream, grated cheese, green onions or chives and bacon is heaven. Here, heaven has a Southwestern twist. The baked potato becomes a potato pancake; crumbled bacon, green onion and Gruyère cheese go into the pancake; and the sour cream becomes avocado cream. The pancakes are topped with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Baked French Fries Alternative

Baked, not fried: potato wedges are better- for-you than fries. Photo courtesy PotatoGoodness.com.   French fries hot from the deep fat fryer: so delicious, so clogged with oil, so coated with HFCS-laden ketchup, so not good for you. We learned to love nonfat Greek yogurt, which we happily substitute for the copious amounts of not-good-for-you…
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