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The Galveston County Daily News: Food, Recipes & Entertaining

September 28, 2016

Food, Recipes & Entertaining

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Wonderful Weeknight Dining

(Family Features) With school, work and evening activities all spiraling in different directions, most families find that some things have to give. Make sure quality time around the dinner table isn’t one of them with these savvy solutions that can help make weekday meals a cinch.

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Monday 09/26/2016
How to Use Turmeric From Morning to Night
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From the celebrity on TV to your coworker at the watercooler, everyone is talking about turmeric. That’s because scientific evidence has been building around the potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, of curcumin, a compound in turmeric. These six tempting recipes – from a morning shake to baked chicken – will quickly make turmeric the new star of your spice cabinet. Find more tips for using turmeric at McCormick.com.

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Savor the Season
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Spice things up this season with some uniquely delicious recipe options that are perfect for most any meal occasion.

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Delightful Farm-Raised Foods
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Putting fresh, clean meals on the table is easy with fruits, vegetables and other farm-raised foods. For a full day of deliciously pleasing food, start with healthy strawberries to make Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza for lunch. Just before dinnertime, go for Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad and combine it with a crisp, white wine. Finally, round it out with a main course using honey and its natural sweetening qualities to put Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns on the table.

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Put a Fresh Twist on Tailgating
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Add some team spirit to your menu by stepping out of bounds this tailgating season. Score big points with your fellow fans by sharing new apps and snacks that put a special game day spin on traditional favorites.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
5 ideas for your fall bucket list
Posted: September 22, 2016

(BPT) - The temperatures are getting cooler and it’s time to make the most of the fall season. New England-based stylist Lauren Wells and photographer Cambria Grace, the duo behind the creative studio Wells & Grace, curated the ultimate fall bucket list to help everyone celebrate all autumn long. 

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
5 tips for simply better back-to-school meals
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Start back-to-school season off right with a no-fail routine sure to keep the whole family on track for the busy school year to come. Follow these five tips for a healthy and happy school year from Daphne Oz, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy award winning co-host of ABC's “The Chew,” whose new book, The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend, hits stands Sept. 20.

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Monday 09/19/2016
5 ways coffee was there for us all summer long
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - ¡Adios summer! Hello fall! There’s no denying the days are getting shorter and weather is getting cooler, but before breaking out the jackets and jeans, let’s take time to look back on the faithful friend that was a constant part of summer fun. From fueling warm-weather adventures to turning simple moments into special occasions, here are the five ways Café Bustelo(R) coffee was there through it all and never held us back.

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Family-Friendly Meals Made with Milk
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Milk is not only a fridge staple; it’s an essential part of American lives. It’s so important that, according to a new consumer survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 82 percent of American parents say they would make a separate trip to the store if they ran out of milk – and for good reason.

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Prepare a Delicious Meal in Minutes
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With busy family schedules, it can be difficult to find time to prepare a homemade dinner. Instead of reaching into the freezer or grabbing a burger on the run, you can prepare a delicious meal in minutes to satisfy the whole family with a few simple steps.

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Blend Late Summer Produce to Make Sauces, Sips and Soups
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Want to get the most out of late summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables? Look to your blender and spice rack to puree seasonal produce into refreshing sips, chilled soups and savory sauces.

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Fuel the Day
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re a fitness junkie, busy parent, sleep-deprived student or diehard sweet tooth, peanut butter is an ingredient that sticks for all of life’s moments. With a healthy boost of protein and energy, peanut butter is perfect as an on-the-go snack, fuel for a workout, a reliable family meal or a decadent dessert.

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Ripe for Pairing
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Enjoying the bounty of harvest means creating dishes that celebrate the most intense character and flavors a region can deliver. Put a fresh twist on farm-to-table goodness by pairing two vine-ripened garden treasures: heirloom tomatoes and crisp, refreshing white wine.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Grilling Expert Shares Number One Tip For Tailgating Success
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With tailgating season in full swing, acclaimed grilling expert and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance says game day grilling should be low stress, yet full of flavor. His Chicken Nachos with Chipotle Cream Sauce are ideal for a tailgate party as you can smoke the chicken the day before, leaving more time to relax and celebrate with friends.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Easy Tailgating Tips With Hard Cider
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With the arrival of the fall season comes the return of every football fan’s favorite American tradition: tailgating! Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for game day this year:

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Break out of your food rut with this tasty recipe [Video]
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Stock your pantry to prepare for the busy school season with these 5 tips
Posted: September 13, 2016

(BPT) - During the summer, you may have had time to make frequent trips to the grocery store and try fun, healthy new recipes at home. Now that the busy school season is upon us, and you're juggling work, school drop-offs/pick-ups and extracurricular activities, you'll be lucky if you can even squeeze in a weekly grocery store visit. Fortunately, there's a way to still plan wholesome, easy, and most importantly, delicious meals at home: simply stock your pantry! 

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Monday 09/12/2016
Creating memories that last a lifetime
Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In everyone’s life, there are traditions and memories that bind us to family, friends and a community of loved ones.

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Love Your Leftovers
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Americans waste an estimated 40 percent of the food they buy. In fact, the average person wastes an estimated 25 pounds of food every month, and dairy products are thrown out more than other foods, even produce. Learning kitchen tricks and strategies to store dairy products properly can help reduce food waste.

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Wining and Dining
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large holiday gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.

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Eat Healthy at Home
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Even if you’ve mastered the art of a smart workday lunch and can pick the most nutritious items on a restaurant menu like a pro, eating healthy at home is an unexpected downfall many people face.

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Friday 09/09/2016
8 easy ways grapes can elevate your holiday entertaining
Posted: September 09, 2016

(BPT) - When it comes to holiday entertaining, preparing for your guests can be both a joy and a challenge.  If your desire to create holiday magic for your loved ones leaves you feeling like an overworked, overwhelmed producer of a Hollywood-style extravaganza, it’s time to change your approach. Go for simple, elegant beauty and classic style with fresh grapes. Grapes from California are both lovely to look at and delightful to eat, letting you enjoy both form and function. 

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Brain Booster: Strawberries May Combat Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Updated: September 10, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s more “berry” good health news: Clinical research suggests that eating just one serving of eight strawberries a day—fresh or frozen—may improve heart health, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain health. Additionally, the American Diabetes Association identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of the top 10 super-foods for a diabetes meal plan because they are low in sugar (just 7g) and calories (just 45 calories), and packed with vitamins (more vitamin C per serving than an orange), antioxidants and dietary fiber (3g). When added up, strawberries provide a nutritious boost for the entire body.

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What Millennials Need To Know About Healthful Eating
Updated: September 10, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The number of millennials in America—over 83 million—surpassed that of baby boomers for the first time last year. If you or someone you care about is a millennial—born in the 1980s or ‘90s—here’s some food for thought.

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Celebrate With The 'Best' Gift— The Very Best Chocolate Cake
Updated: September 10, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Americans are in love with chocolate cake! Research shows that it's a favorite for most of us—in fact, chocolate cake is more than seven times as popular as white cake!

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Monday 09/05/2016
Great Tips for Seasoned Tailgaters
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Tailgating season is here, and while you may want to refer to last year’s playbook, new tools and tips can help make this your best season yet.

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Celebrating Everyday Moments
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Finding time to celebrate family moments is always sweeter with a delicious ice cream dessert.

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A Hearty Italian Dinner: Beef Cannelloni and Wine
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) This fall, be inspired by the warm, welcoming style of Italian entertaining: turn to the kitchen, the heart of the home.

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Fast Family Meals as Easy as 1-2-3
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As summer comes to an end and the reality of back-to-school season sets in, it can be challenging to get organized and jump back into your day-to-day routine. But even as things get hectic, it’s still possible to create delicious dishes that leave you plenty of time to savor meals together as a family using a few simple tips and tricks.

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Friday 09/02/2016
7 reasons you should eat more seafood
Posted: September 02, 2016

(BPT) - Seafood is a great catch, in more ways than you might imagine. While a mouthwatering meal of glazed salmon or grilled shrimp might win our stomachs on taste alone, the health benefits of seafood are beneficial to all.

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How To Help Your Teen Eat More Fruits And Vegetables
Updated: September 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Although childhood obesity rates have leveled off, obesity rates for teens have doubled in recent years—but you can protect them. Today, one in every five teens ages 12 to 19 is obese. Obesity in the early stages of life is more likely to follow into adulthood. But it also has an immediate impact. Obese teens may miss out on fun activities, face more health issues, suffer from a lack of confidence and self-esteem, and may even miss out on opportunities to get a job.

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Thursday 09/01/2016
Host and hostess gifts everyone will love
Updated: September 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every season is party season, but when the latter half of the year rolls in so do the party invitations. If you’ll be attending one or more parties this year, chances are you’ll not arrive empty handed.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
6 ways to transition to fall without saying goodbye to summer
Posted: August 31, 2016

(BPT) - As the long summer days come to an end, your time outdoors sadly begins to disappear. There might not be any more beach days or vacations for a while, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to summer completely. You can still incorporate elements of summer into your routine, even if the weather is cooler. To help smooth over your seasonal transition, here are some ways to feel the summer love all year long.

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How to Bring Movie Magic Home for the Whole Family
Posted: August 31, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you're a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll.

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Monday 08/29/2016
Master Your Family's Morning Routine with Protein
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the weather cools down and routines ramp up, parents know it becomes increasingly challenging to keep the whole family on track. While most people know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, many don’t realize that protein in the morning is key to starting the day off right.

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Make the Grade In the Kitchen with Canned Foods
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During the back-to-school season, the stress of weeknight cooking can make the kitchen feel like the classroom and dinner feel like a test. But with the right preparation, parents can feel confident about making the grade in the kitchen all year long. Simply follow these steps for wholesome, delicious A-plus meals.

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Simple Steps to Smarter Snacking
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to reach for the closest treat, even if it’s laden with fat and empty calories. Make it easier to enjoy better-for-you snacks with these three simple steps that appeal to your taste and your waist.

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Better Boxed Lunch and After-School Snack Ideas
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Making food fun is a simple way to get kids excited about smart eating. Bring on the fun this back-to-school season with bento box lunches: a selection of kid-size portions filled with bite-size finger foods.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
Fall entertaining forecast: cozy, comfortable and outdoors
Updated: August 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether an afternoon tailgating before the big game or a fun-filled evening under the dazzling autumn stars, the forecast for this season’s entertaining is trending toward cozy, comfortable and outdoors.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
5 simple tips to refresh 'brown bag' lunches
Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’re running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back to your desk. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Only one in five people actually ditch their desks during their lunch hour. When you feel your stomach growl, it’s all too easy to grab something from the vending machine or — if you remember — to pack a cold turkey sandwich. But there are plenty of easy ways to spice up your lunchtime routine at work. Here are some tips to improve your mediocre midday meal:

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
What To Do When Kids Come Home 'Hangry'
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for many parents who wonder what to do when the kids come home from school ravenous and dinner is hours away: According to the experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it’s perfectly fine to let them have a snack when hunger strikes between meals.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Eat Like a Farmer
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Farmers are the experts when it comes to enjoying the fruits of the land in the best way possible. Learn to eat like a farmer, and your taste buds will be sure to thank you later.

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7 One-Pot Recipes for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) School is back in session, and so are hectic weeknights with little time to cook dinner. Instead of reaching for ready-made meals or takeout, serve up tasty one-pot dinners made with wholesome ingredients like spaghetti squash and quinoa. These seven kid-friendly recipes bring everything together in a single baking dish or skillet, so there's less prep and clean up, and more time for reconnecting around the dinner table.

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Create Fresh, Authentic Mexican Flavor with Mangos
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Many foods are delicious, some invite cravings and a few inspire passion. In traditional Mexican cuisine, one surprising ingredient embodies all three: the mango.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
Say Cheese! How What You Eat Affects Your Smile
Posted: August 18, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Face it: We live in a selfie-centric society that, combined with our health-driven lifestyles, makes a smile more important today than it has been in the past. And while your smile speaks volumes to the world around you, it should also mean a lot to you since it can boost your self-esteem and confidence. That's why it's so important to look at what you eat and learn how it can help or harm your teeth.

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From Brazil to China - flavor exploration has never been easier
Posted: August 18, 2016

(BPT) - No matter where you live, you seek authentic flavors from countries around the world, and tasting those flavors can offer a glimpse into the many different cultures and cuisines. In fact, three out of five people feel they have become more adventurous when it comes to trying ethnic cuisines, according to a recent Mintel study.

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How To Eat Responsibly
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—This spring, the U.S. government put out its revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which strongly stressed the need for increased consumption of seafood.

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Monday 08/15/2016
Bring the Family Together with a One-Pot Fiesta
Updated: August 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) School is back in session and so are hectic weeknights with little time to cook dinner. Instead of reaching for ready-made meals or takeout, make a kid-friendly, south-of-the-border casserole. All of the ingredients – from the whole grain elbow macaroni to the ground beef – are cooked in one skillet, meaning minimal cleanup and maximum quality time spent reconnecting around the dinner table.

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Time-Saving Meal Prep Tips for the Busy Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) When the school year starts, the hours in the day become more precious. With time spent ferrying the kids to soccer practice, making sure homework gets done and simply relaxing, cooking family meals can sometimes get short shrift or you succumb to takeout temptations.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Eating Right Can Be Fun
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s parents are quite educated when it comes to the health and well-being of their family. They know that many unhealthy conditions and diseases such as childhood obesity and diabetes can be the result of a poor diet. Now, here’s good news for parents trying to get their kids to eat better: It can be easier when the food appeals to the eye as well as the mouth.

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