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The Galveston County Daily News: Food, Recipes & Entertaining

December 7, 2016

Food, Recipes & Entertaining

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How to build a better (plant-based) burger

(BPT) - Whether you’re an In-N-Out purist or a die-hard Shake Shack fan, there’s no denying that burgers are America’s quintessential comfort food. However, before you chow down, have you considered the impact your burger might have on your health and the planet?

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Freshen Up Your Meal Prep
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With more than 3.9 million “mealprep” hashtags on Instagram, many people have found success in living a healthier lifestyle through meal prepping. Not only does it save you time during the busy workweek, it allows for a better variety of healthy, ready-to-eat foods at your disposal.

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Monday 12/05/2016
A Complete Holiday Menu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When the holidays approach, it's the perfect time to up your game in the kitchen with standout recipes.

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Handy Holiday Hints
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

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Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You'll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu.

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Easy Elegance for Your Holiday Meal
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) There is no time like the holiday season to get together and make memories with family and friends. Nothing brings people together quite like an elegant meal featuring a standout main dish – an exceptionally prepared entree that pays true homage to the season and all that you celebrate. This focal point dish should not only look delightful, but needs to also be a masterful presentation of mouthwatering flavor to keep your loved ones gathered around the table.

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Tasty Tips for a Healthier Holiday
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight management goals on track. However, with the right approach, you can still enjoy many of your holiday favorites and serve foods your guests will appreciate as much as your waistline does. The key is managing your carbohydrate and sugar intake.

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A Smooth Way to Start Your Day
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Please Your Palate With Produce All Year Long
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Even when summer is only a distant memory, there’s no need to give up the benefits of consuming fresh produce.

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Bake Up Delicious Breakfast Bars For Busy Kids
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here's news many families may consider a wake-up call: Studies show that kids who eat breakfast have better concentration and more energy. Yet approximately 8 to 12 percent of all school-aged kids skip this important meal.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
5 must-see moments to watch for in the 2017 Rose Parade
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - New Year’s feels like a time of such hope, promise and happiness that it’s only natural to wish the merriment could last a little longer. In 2017, New Year’s revels don’t end on Sunday, Jan. 1. The 126-year-old Rose Parade will take place on Jan. 2, 2017, honoring the long-standing tradition of not having the event on a Sunday.

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Three Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lunch
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Choosing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Easy, Elegant And Appealing Appetizer
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can greet last-minute guests, have a spontaneous get-together with the neighbors after caroling, host an impromptu present-wrapping party, or enhance a quiet evening at home with the family after shopping with this quick and easy appetizer:

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Monday 11/28/2016
A Date with Destiny: Video Games Teach Kids Life Lessons
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's an undeniable fact. Among cash, gift cards and the "toy of the moment," kids want to see video games under the Christmas tree. Rail against it all you want, that's the reality. But take heart, parents, today's video games can teach kids valuable life lessons not learned in a classroom.

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Entertaining with Ease
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bringing an element of elegance to your holiday celebration is easy when you start with party-pleasing ingredients, and great tasting food often starts with dairy. Foods like milk, cheese and yogurt not only enhance the flavor and texture of dishes everyone loves, but they also add high-quality nutrients to support the health and wellbeing of your guests.

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Merry Made Easy
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are the time of year when families and friends come together, and when special moments and memories are plentiful. This year, instead of just letting the holidays happen, make them happen by embracing the season.

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Cozy Up to Comfort Foods
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, the craving for savory comfort foods is almost sure to follow.

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Savory Holiday Flavors Made Simple
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A holiday season filled with gatherings and celebrations with friends and family calls for easy dishes that bring exquisite flavor to your festivities. One way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating is to plan for quick-prep dishes you can have on the table with next-to-no fuss.

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Bring Maple to Your Table
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Some foods just seem to evoke the smell, taste and feel of chilly weather months.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Infuse Your Holiday Traditions with a Touch of Sweetness
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) As the holidays approach, you’re probably starting to think about ways to make the season a little bit sweeter for friends and family. After all, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge your sweet tooth.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
7 successful hosting tips this holiday season
Posted: November 22, 2016

(BPT) - The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time surrounded by loved ones. For hosts and hostesses, however, planning a memorable dinner party can be a bit daunting. Will everything be prepared in time? Will your guests enjoy themselves? Will you have a moment to escape the kitchen and sit down to visit with friends and family? Even with so much going on, it is possible to enjoy a life in balance during the holiday season.

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Time- And Money-Saving Tips
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—During the busy holiday season, many families find they’re looking for quick and easy meals that are both comforting and festive. Fortunately, following these four hints can help.

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For Kids' Sake: Make Time To Play Every Day
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If life for your family sometimes seems to be all work and no play, The Genius of Play wants to remind you why it is so important to make time to play every day—and how to achieve it!

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Food and Wine Pairing Ideas for Your Holiday Party
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in delicious traditional or seasonal food and wine pairings. To guide you through the planning of your festivities, here is some expert advice on how to alleviate the potential stress of being a host.    

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Monday 11/21/2016
Sweet Treats Worth Celebrating
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Creating baked goods to show your love for family and friends is one of the most thoughtful ways to display care and friendship any time of year, but especially during the holidays when they are typically shared and enjoyed the most.

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Pop, Fizz, Clink: 3 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Champagne
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, one that can shape and transform an experience, while creating new traditions and memories along the way.

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4 Tips for Festive Holiday Desserts
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) A chill is in the air, string lights sparkle around every corner and holiday cheer spreads from ear-to-ear of adults and children alike. Thoughts of bonbons, gingerbread houses, decadent cakes and fresh-baked cookies weave in and out of dreams.

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The Original Farm-to-Table Food – Milk
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The trend of farm-to-table foods is becoming increasingly popular, leading many to ask: Where is my food really coming from? With so many available options in the grocery store, it is important to serve your family nutritious, high-quality foods to ensure healthy eating habits.

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Bake a Batch of Bars for Dessert
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With baking season here, it’s time to turn on the oven, bring out the recipes and enjoy the spicy aromas wafting from the kitchen – a promise of delicious treats ahead.

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Lend a Helping Ham
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Preparing the perfect ham for all of your holiday guests to share can feel like a lot of pressure, but complementing the main dish with sides, snacks and desserts can help take a bite out of that overwhelming feeling.

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A Twist on a Timeless Holiday Dish
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As millions of families across the country prepare to share holiday meals together, sometimes all it takes to perfect those revered moments is a twist on a timeless classic.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Give Stuffing A Lift With Dried Cranberries
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—For many clever cooks, the secret ingredient in spectacular stuffing is dried cranberries. Long a Thanksgiving favorite, cranberries can add great taste and festive color to stuffing, as in this mouthwatering recipe:

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Protect Yourself With The Power Of Cranberry Juice
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 150 million women who’ll have a urinary tract infection (UTI) this year, you may be relieved to know that cranberry juice may be a nutritional approach to help avoid the infection in the first place.

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Top 10 Ingredients to Have on Hand for Easy, Casual Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Grandma in town? Unexpected guests? No problem! With a little planning and the right ingredients, holiday entertaining is a snap.

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Tips for Making this Holiday Gathering the Best One Yet!
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) As most holiday hosts know, it’s not unheard-of to spend the majority of your party in the kitchen, while guests laugh together down the hall.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Game Day Fun: Football Party Tips
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) This football season, bring family and friends together for a day of festivities.

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Monday 11/14/2016
Chicken noodle soup: Pressure cooking the homemade version
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The quintessential comfort food — chicken noodle soup — most often comes from a can, a retail food counter or a school cafeteria. We may romanticize the fresh taste and aroma of the homemade version, but busy schedules put a premium on time-saving convenience. For anyone who doesn’t want to compromise on taste and nutrition, this Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from Kuhn Rikon cooks in less time in a Swiss-made Duromatic Pressure Cooker.

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Anatomy of a dinner place setting
Posted: November 14, 2016

(BPT) - Creating a festive atmosphere is key to putting on a great dinner party. Whether you’re settling into a new home, newly engaged or hosting a holiday party for the first time, you’re likely feeling pressure to impress— especially when it comes to setting the table. Understanding the anatomy of a dinner party table setting will help you feel prepared and confident when the big day arrives. From pristine placemats to crisp napkins, Niagara Spray Starch makes hosting a dinner party easier than ever.

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Exploring a Culinary Classic
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Delicious and nutritious, it’s no wonder potatoes are a menu staple for many. Everyone craves meal variety, and potatoes offer a perfect canvas to inspire new flavor exploration so you can enjoy something different every day. From russets, reds, yellows, whites and purples to petites, fingerlings and more, there are multiple varieties to keep dishes interesting.

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Bring Balance to Family Dinners
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A delicious and nutritious dinner seems like the last thing on everyone’s mind during busy weeks throughout the year. Between sports, school, extracurricular activities, work and everything else going on, sitting down together for dinner seems to be a rare occasion for many families.

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Holiday Hacks
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The air is getting cooler, leaves are changing colors and days are getting shorter. All of these seasonal changes signal that the holidays are fast approaching. While many people love gathering with family and friends at this time of the year, entertaining can take the jolly out of the holiday. This year, take the stress out of hosting with these five simple holiday hacks.

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A New Take on Turkey
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) There are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashed-potatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish.

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Flavorful Recipes to Upgrade Your Holiday Feast
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) This holiday season, hospitality industry veterans, such as Andy Seymour—a top bar educator—are encouraging hosts to use Port wine as the focal point of their festivities in both food and drink menus.

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Bold Boosts for Holiday Leftovers
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Transforming that leftover holiday turkey or ham from an ordinary dish you heat up in the microwave or let go to waste into an extraordinary meal may be easier than you think.

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Holiday Menu Magic
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Planning ahead for family meals around the holidays can be a headache-inducing practice, but putting to work recipes that everyone can enjoy makes it a much more enjoyable process. By planning out an evening’s worth of courses, you can take care of hungry pre-dinner guests, knock a main dish out of the park and cap off everyone’s night with a spectacular dessert.

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Step It Up
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For most people, the day after a big holiday gathering means two things: a refrigerator filled with opportunity and a marked lack of energy. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make the most of the remnants of your holiday meal so you can take it easy and enjoy a day filled with good food and good rest.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Meal planning made easy: 5 tips to save time and cut stress
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s family is incredibly busy. When the kids get home from school there's homework, soccer practice and violin lessons. Somewhere in there you need to sneak in a wholesome dinner, but you're short on time and the pantry is bare. What do you do?

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3 simple tricks to improve your at-home barista skills
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sick of reaching for your office’s less than stellar coffee pot for a morning buzz? You could swing by the over-priced coffee shop down the street, but daily store-bought java takes a serious toll on your wallet. Instead, consider these three modern brewing methods to improve your at-home barista skills and help with brewing the best cup of coffee before heading out the door each morning:

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Food trends and a tempest in a teapot: Changing tastes bring out the best
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Tea has been a beverage of choice since ancient times, although it is not immune to changing tastes. With the introduction of new microbrews joining the craft movement, tea is the latest category to bring blending to a new level.

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10 small ways to make everyday eating special
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions are often celebrated with a delicious meal. Whether a rare indulgent treat or a classic comfort food, these meals make the moment that much more memorable.

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