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Smokey food and drink make Fall-tastic Fun!
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Tips and tricks for the ultimate cheese plate [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holidays are filled with parties, potlucks and feasts that call for delicious treats. Whether you're hosting or just attending, any shindig is enhanced by a tasty cheese platter. These tips and tricks will inspire you to create an appetizing and elegant cheese plate that is sure to char... More >>

Fresh recipes to liven up traditional Thanksgiving dishes
(BPT) - The friends, the family, the food - Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday enjoyed by both young and old. Beyond the friendly conversation and heartwarming nostalgia, the mouthwatering meal is the star of the day.Traditional Thanksgiving dishes please the palate, but this year are you up for som... More >>

The nation is crazy about bacon this election season [Infographic]
(BPT) - In this landmark election season, there's one thing on which Americans can agree: their love of bacon. A recent survey by Smithfield uncovers just how Americans feel about the smoky sensation. How will you decide your favorite this year? Crispy or Chewy?SaveSave... More >>

Talking turkey: It's platter season
(BPT) - What’s your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving meal? A big family buffet, or perhaps an intimate evening with a few close friends? Thanksgiving brings us together from near and far for all sorts of fun-filled traditions that are uniquely our own. And while those traditions may vary some... More >>

10 time-saving tips for the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are magical, but all that fun and festiveness can eat up a lot of your time. Don't let the joy of the season be overshadowed by a hectic schedule and too many to-do's. These 10 simple tips and tricks will help you save time so you can focus on what really matters.1. Host a deco... More >>

5 frightfully fun food hacks for Halloween
(BPT) - Parents, get ready! The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner. Farm Rich, one of the nation's best-selling frozen snacks and appetizers brands, has concocted five frightfully fun food hacks to keep you from going "batty" while getting ready for your own Halloween gatherings.... More >>

5 spooky ways to puzzle your guests this Halloween
(BPT) - With elements of mystery and elegance, the right decorations will set the stage for a frightfully fun Halloween. But incorporating your own personal greetings and stories will add a twist of the unexpected to put your party over the top. To leave guests mystified, check out these creativel... More >>

From futbol to football: New show keeps bicultural fans game day ready
(BPT) - Viewership for sports coverage is changing rapidly. In fact, the average viewership for regular season NFL games among Spanish-dominant viewers has increased 28 percent over the last half-decade alone. In terms of the big game, Nielsen reports that while an average of 11.2 million viewers f... More >>

A toast to taste: Top tools and gadgets for cocktails, wine and spirits
(BPT) - Raise the bar for cocktail hour with clever tools and gadgets for mixed drinks, wine and spirits. Whether it's for your home bar or for a gift, here are some ideas worth toasting:Big Ice: Chill your favorite cocktail without diluting its flavor with the Zoku Ice Ball Mold. One slow melting ... More >>

Holiday entertaining tips guaranteed to help hosts impress guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is packed with social events big and small. What makes some more memorable than others? The extra thought and special touches from the host or hostess.Cookbook author and entertaining expert Gaby Dalkin recently teamed up with the Paper & Packaging – How Life Un... More >>

Beyond the jar: 8 ingenious ways to eat peanut butter
(BPT) - What food is tasty, filling and fun? Peanut butter, and according to research, Americans are in love with the nutty spread.According to a Peter Pan Simply Ground survey (see below for survey notes), 74 percent of people say it's a staple in their grocery cart, with the average person eating... More >>

Too much gobble, gobble? 6 Steps to better digestion this holiday season
(BPT) - Cheer and goodwill aren’t the only things Americans share during the holiday season. We also swap germs, overindulge in seasonal foods and spirits, and stew in stress — all of which can lead to digestive woes.You know you’ll have to work hard at self-control if you don&rsq... More >>

Simple, healthy twists to favorite family foods
(BPT) - From favorite meals to the snacks they ask for daily, you probably have a list committed to memory of the foods your family enjoys most. Wish you could up the nutrition factor on some of those items? With a few healthy twists, you can easily encourage your family to eat more wholesome snack... More >>

5 tips to score big in your fantasy football league this season
(BPT) - More than 57 million people will play fantasy sports this year, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). With fantasy football season underway, you need to make sure your game face is on and your line-up is set. If you have a team this season, or this is your first year pla... More >>

Make brunch 'eggs-citing' this fall
(BPT) - Eggs, they're the superstars of your fridge.Delicious on their own, or the perfect addition to a salad, skillet or even breakfast tacos, their versatility makes the possibilities truly endless.And as families today are choosing fresher, unique ingredients to inspire their own ethnic dishes ... More >>

4 healthy recipes to shake up your family meals
(BPT) - Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS), in collaboration with Los Angeles-based nutritionist Suzanne Hollander of Suzy Foods, is adding a twist to your traditional family recipes this fall season with its new All-American Cookbook. Encourage your kids to help prepare one of these rec... More >>

5 headache-free holiday hosting tips
(BPT) - There’s a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over delicious food and shared traditions. But playing hostess can sometimes feel more like a burden rather than a blessing. This year, keep your holida... More >>

How to Mangia like an Italian [Infographic]
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5 simple ways seafood can transform your meals
(BPT) - It seems like everyone today is looking for ways to eat healthier and seeking out more “adventurous” foods. Some people try extreme diets, consuming only raw or paleo-based foods. Others seek out new varieties of kale or cabbage. And still others simply want to go beyond the ord... More >>

Binge appeal [Infographic]
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Toast to this trifecta of wonderful wines to share at holiday celebrations
(BPT) - As the weather cools and the fireplace whets your appetite for comfort and relaxation, thoughts naturally turn to friends, family, good food and drinks … enjoyable moments this season so notably brings. Whether you plan to be the host or a guest at the festivities, you can make a las... More >>

Say yes to 'ho-ho-ho' and no to holiday allergies
(BPT) - Shouldn't this be the season for walks in the snow, gift-shopping, family gatherings, ho-ho-ho and mistletoe? So why are you still sneezing?Granted, certain times of year are more allergen-filled than others, but the truth is, allergy symptoms can hit you in any season - even the holiday se... More >>

5 things to learn from a coffee expert
(BPT) - Coffee is more than a drink - it's a lifestyle and an integral part of people's everyday lives. In fact, more than half of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee daily, according to the 2016 National Coffee Drinking Trends Report.For some people, coffee is a career. Lindsey Bolger, Senior Vice Pre... More >>

Smart ways to create calm as you rush from holiday to holiday
(BPT) - Less than a month separates Halloween from Thanksgiving. And, this year, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all within a day of each other, and the two multi-day holidays both end on New Year’s Day. With end-of-year celebrations coming one after another, transitioning from holiday to... More >>

Your chicken soup now has antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Progresso is now using only 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts in all of its 36 chicken soup varieties. Currently available on store shelves nationwide, Progresso is the first large retail soup brand in the United States to have antibiotic and hormone free chicken bre... More >>

5 ideas for your fall bucket list
(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 autu... More >>

Debunking bulk buying myths: The truth that makes 'cents' this season
(BPT) - Bulk buying often gets a bum rap. If you buy into common bulk myths, you probably believe “buying in bulk” means going to a warehouse store to purchase bucket-sized jars of jelly or paper towel packages so large they barely fit in an SUV — all to supply a big family. Bulk ... More >>

California Prunes for Better Bones [Infographic]
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America's tailgating habits [Infographic]
(BPT) - Football season is here and for many, that also means tailgating! For nearly half of Americans (45 percent), tailgating is more important than the game, according to new research from BJ's Wholesale Club. When it comes to food, drinks and pre-game style, see how your tailgating habits stack... More >>

5 tips for simply better back-to-school meals
(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 “T... More >>

Enjoy National Coffee Day without Dairy Envy [Infographic]
(BPT) - -Each year Dairy Envy reaches a fever pitch on National Coffee Day, leaving those who struggle with dairy sensitivity due to lactose unable to fully enjoy the celebration. A recent poll from the LACTAID Brand explores how Dairy Envy affects coffee drinking habits of dairy sensitive dairy lo... More >>

5 ways coffee was there for us all summer long
(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 ad... More >>

5 simple tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag
(BPT) - Birthday parties are an exciting time for all, from the party games to the presents and delicious cake, birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. There are so many ways to make a birthday party special, but why not kick it up a notch and make your next... More >>

6 fast and fun after-school snack ideas
(BPT) - Reading, writing, arithmetic and so much more - school days are busy for kids. Lunch period provides a welcome break, but some schools schedule lunch as early as 10:30. By the end of the day, kids are famished.When your star students arrive home asking for a snack, you don't have to reach f... More >>

What Star Trek era are you from? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When will the captains of Star Trek take over senior housing? Find out what your Star Trek era says about you at A Place for Mom.... More >>

Break out of your food rut with this tasty recipe [Video]
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Stock your pantry to prepare for the busy school season with these 5 tips
(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 sque... More >>

Cooking for a crowd: A quantity guide to food [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you're cooking for 10 at a small neighborhood gathering or upwards of 50 at the annual family reunion, feeding and hosting large groups can be tricky. That's why the party-savvy experts at the Chinet(R) brand created this handy guide that includes a grocery store checklist, serving ... More >>

Nutrient-rich ingredients, simple prep are keys to easy, healthy family meal times
(BPT) - With summer in the rearview mirror, many Americans will now be pressed for time: Fall (when kids go back to school) and winter (dominated by the holidays) are jam-packed seasons. It may be difficult to find time for everything you need to do, including eating regular meals together as a fam... More >>

Creating memories that last a lifetime
(BPT) - In everyone’s life, there are traditions and memories that bind us to family, friends and a community of loved ones.Sometimes it’s the little things that trigger intense emotions that bring us back to those special moments we once shared with others. It could be the smell of aut... More >>

Planning a Florida vacation? Discover this gem off the beaten path
(BPT) - This year, you'll be traveling to Florida for a theme park experience of a lifetime — and your family can hardly contain their excitement. While thrill rides and fun games make up the majority of your itinerary right now, it's a good idea to research other attractions in the area you ... More >>

Easy tips for smart snacking
(BPT) - It's hard to remember when the norm was three square meals a day, and snacks were relegated to nibbles at parties or as an afterschool bite to eat for kids. Today, whether young or old, snacks are a big part of our regular eating habits. In fact, a whopping 92 percent of us snack sometime d... More >>

8 easy ways grapes can elevate your holiday entertaining
(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 ... More >>

Food for thought: How to reduce food waste at home [Infographic]
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Cozy, clean and comfortable: 5 steps for getting your home autumn-ready
(BPT) - If cooler autumn weather makes you want to get inside your home to redecorate, add new furnishings or take other steps to settle in, you’re not alone.Rainy, snowy, cold or otherwise inclement weather makes us more productive overall because we’re less motivated to spend leisure ... More >>

The Power of Beans [Infographic]
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7 reasons you should eat more seafood
(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.Low in fat and high in protein, seafood delivers some of the vital nutrien... More >>

Host and hostess gifts everyone will love
(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.It’s polite to thank your host or hostess with a token of your apprecia... More >>

6 ways to transition to fall without saying goodbye to summer
(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, ev... More >>

Entertaining with style [Infographic]
(BPT) - - From dinner parties to family gatherings to relaxed Sunday morning brunches, it’s important to create a relaxed, effortless atmosphere that lets you and your guests kick back and have a great time – why entertain otherwise?... More >>

Fall entertaining forecast: cozy, comfortable and outdoors
(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.“I think the big lifestyle shift right now is toward eating out less and ent... More >>

5 simple tips to refresh 'brown bag' lunches
(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... More >>

Parent snack hacks to fight after-school hunger
(BPT) - "How was your day," you ask your child after school. Rather than hearing a funny recess anecdote or story about a tough test, she murmurs back, "I'm hungry."School days are long, and if your child participates in after-school activities, they're even longer. Busy kids need plenty of fuel to... More >>

From Brazil to China - flavor exploration has never been easier
(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... More >>

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kiwifruit
(BPT) - When it comes to fruit, kiwis are often overlooked. But that’s a shame, because these tiny orbs pack big nutritional, culinary and palate-pleasing surprises.Here are seven little-known facts about kiwifruit:1. There’s no need to peel kiwifruit.Kiwifruit is the perfect portable s... More >>

Healthy eating tips for kids when dining out
(BPT) - Whether they’re traveling, celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality time together, families across the country enjoy going to restaurants and dining out together.As consumers become more sophisticated in their tastes and diets, restaurateurs are re-engineering their m... More >>

Plant-based eating: Easy ways to make the change [Infographic]
(BPT) - From Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Bill Clinton, plant-based eating is surging in popularity, and for good reason. In addition to being good for the environment, studies show people following plant-based diets are at reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other life-threatening health... More >>

5 ways tech can help you amp up your game-day entertaining
(BPT) - Many Americans are avid sports fans, and technology has made it easier than ever for them to enjoy their favorite sporting events in the comfort of their own home. From annual events like January’s Big Game and month-long college basketball tournaments, to international competitions t... More >>

5 superfoods that support kids' eye health
(BPT) - The start of the school year means a laundry list of to-do's for parents. From shopping for school supplies to scheduling an annual physical, it's a hectic yet exciting time for the entire family.As kids settle back into the groove of the school year, you can ensure they are prepared with t... More >>

5 recipes that'll make you want to bring leftovers for lunch
(BPT) - Bringing your lunch to work is a great way to save money and eat better. But it can be time-consuming and not as tasty as buying lunch out. Until now. With these five mouth-watering recipes and Reynolds disposable Heat & Eat containers, you can easily make tonight's delicious dinner, tomorr... More >>

7 fresh ways to enjoy boxed wine
(BPT) - It's an all-too-familiar feeling: returning home from a long day at work and wanting nothing more than a moment to decompress and enjoy a glass of wine. Unfortunately, opening a whole bottle of wine for one or even two glasses ultimately ends with a decent amount of that delicious grape nec... More >>

Brain foods: Eating for academic success
(BPT) - What do the foods your children eat have to do with the grades they bring home? Surprisingly, more than many people think.Research shows that certain vitamins and nutrients support brain health and development. That means the snacks, meals and supplements your child consumes can give them a... More >>

6 quick tips for everyday kitchen messes
(BPT) - The kitchen is truly the heart of the home - whether you're making Grandma's famous cookies or hosting an intimate dinner for family and friends, the fun in this room never ends! But the cleanup that follows can be a chore.That's why Bounty paper towels teamed up with Olympic Sprinter and G... More >>

Summer pasta-bilities: 5 unique ways to lighten up pasta dishes this season
(BPT) - With warm summer weather in full swing, now is the perfect time to swap out heavier pasta dishes that leave you too full and tired for something lighter and more refreshing. In preparation for your next picnic or dinner party, Three Bridges Vice President of Research and Culinary Innovation... More >>

Crisp + Beer Pairings [Infographic]
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11 grape ideas for summer snacking
(BPT) - Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is always a good idea. Choosing California grapes as a side or a snack is one of the easiest and most refreshing ways to make this happen. Each serving of grapes is 90 calories, fat-free and a great source of vitamin K. In addition, grapes of all ... More >>

5 tips for protecting kids with food allergies at school
(BPT) - If it seems like life-threatening food allergies are more common than they were when you were a kid, you’re not imagining it. The number of children with food allergies increased by nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Cont... More >>

Why you need vitamin E - and how to get your daily dose
(BPT) - You get your fill of vitamins C and D by eating oranges and soaking in a little sun each day, which is good for your body and mind. Small habits like these can have a big impact on your overall health and help you feel your best each day. However, vitamins C and D aren't the ... More >>

Reminisce with a classic cocktail on National Daiquiri Day [Infographic]
(BPT) - On National Daiquiri Day (July 19), take a #DaiquiriTimeOut to reminisce on one of the world's most iconic, classic cocktails - The Original BACARDÍ Daiquiri.Based on the original recipe developed in 1898, the famed cocktail is made with three simple ingredients - check out the infographic ... More >>

3 simple no-bake brunch hacks
(BPT) - In the heat of summer, a homemade brunch can seem like a daunting task, but don’t let that stop you from entertaining. Everything from scrambled eggs to pancakes to coffee cake require a hot oven or stove and can weigh heavy in your stomach on a hot day. When the last thing you want t... More >>

Switch from beef to turkey with these 5 inspired summer recipes
(BPT) - Even if you're a die-hard lover of summer grilling, by mid-season, you may be tired of the high quantity of calories and fat found in America's beloved burgers and franks. For anyone ready to try better-for-you dining, switching from beef to turkey is the ideal way to keep summer meals fres... More >>

5 sweet and simple summer traditions to start with your kids
(BPT) - In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the summer months are the perfect time to take a step back and create lasting memories with your family. Fortunately, some of the best memories come from simple activities — no lavish vacation or pricey summer camp necessary.These five sweet ... More >>

Enjoy classic milk pairings while helping families in need
(BPT) - Though many trends have come and gone, there’s one food that’s been long loved by young and old alike: that’s milk.With B vitamins for energy, high-quality protein to help build lean muscle, Vitamin A to help support a healthy immune system and calcium and Vitamin D for st... More >>

A+ lunchbox solutions for balanced back-to-school meals
(BPT) - Heading back to school means a ramp up in routine for lots of families. One of the best ways to not only support their learning, but also show kids you care — even when you’re not there — is to pack a wholesome, balanced lunch.These tips and tricks will help any parent whi... More >>

How to master your backyard BBQ [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by Smithfield, more people plan to grill this July 4th than watch fireworks or hit the beach. Just in time for one of the biggest cookout occasions of the year, Smithfield polled nearly 500 Americans and enlisted celebrity pitmasters Moe Cason and Tuffy Stone to... More >>

7 simple, inspired ways to infuse summer fare with Mediterranean flavor
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