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home : life : food and entertaining May 24, 2017

Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... More >>


How to win with Zin [Infographic]
(BPT) - So you think you know Zinfandel? Devour these interesting facts to learn more about this great California wine and impress a friend or two when you inevitably serve it with some killer barbecue.... More >>


Alternative white wine pairings for popular summer meals
(BPT) - Summer means long days, bountiful sunshine and fresh fare to tantalize the taste buds. Locally grown produce, grilled meats and seafood, and new takes on classic dishes like pizza and pasta make this the season to raise a glass and toast to family, friends and the sharing of delicious food.... More >>


Cottage cheese reimagined [Video]
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5 ways to make your gluten-free lifestyle more appetizing
(BPT) - Whether you have been gluten free for years or are just starting out, it’s a lifestyle rife with challenges. From cardboard-tasting foods to limited choices at social gatherings, a gluten-free lifestyle can make you feel left out and stuck with unappetizing options.“A gluten-fre... More >>


Cook like a pro: Easy restaurant-quality meals to make at home
(BPT) - "Meals are only as good as the ingredients that they’re made with, and some of the best meals are a lot simpler than you would think," says Colby Garrelts, a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef. "When you start with premium, high-quality foods, all you need are a few basic ingre... More >>


Seasoning tips to help you savor a great grilling season
(BPT) - Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and temperatures are warmer — you can probably recognize all the signs that grilling season has arrived! But do you know how to best season all the fresh foods you’ll grill this summer?Sure, a dash of salt and pepper may be all you n... More >>


6 ways to stay cool during summer entertaining
(BPT) - The thermometer is on the rise but hosts stay as cool as can be when entertaining friends and family. The secret? Planning ahead to deliver easy ambiance, crowd-pleasing food and plenty of fun. Start with versatile foods, such as fresh California grapes, that can both stand alone and serve ... More >>


Why 8-a-day? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Eating a serving of 8 strawberries a day has many surprising health benefits you may have never known. SaveSave... More >>


5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you’re looking to improve your overall hea... More >>


Small-space gardens: Easy tips for homegrown flavors
(BPT) - The new growing season is upon us. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy the many benefits of the season, nor do you need large swaths of land and sprawling acreage to grow your favorite greens. In fact, beautiful outdoor spaces — rich with colorful blooms and he... More >>


The mess is the best: Cooking with family creates lifelong memories
(BPT) - Preparing a family dinner doesn’t have to be a solo chore when there are helping hands nearby. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen not only teaches them valuable lessons, but it’s also an opportunity to create fun family memories with a few spills and messes along the way.&... More >>


What does your fridge say about you? [Infographic]
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5 ways to make your staycation feel like an actual getaway
(BPT) - No stringent schedule. Eating new, exotic foods. Getting lost in a page-turning novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone.These are the types of things that make for a memorable vacation. The problem is, you're not traveling this year and instead are opting for t... More >>


The scoop on dips [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you crave salsa or hummus, spicy or savory, or chunky or smooth, one thing's for certain: you're not alone. Americans have strong preferences on their dips — and hacks to make them their own — as the following statistics reveal.SaveSave... More >>


Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother's Day
(BPT) - She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a... More >>


5 ways to take your summer grilling to a whole new level
(BPT) - The bright, sunny days of summer are your favorite time of year and when the season arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill.Summer is grilling season and there is nowhere you'd rather be than standing in front ... More >>


6 surprising health benefits of strawberries
(BPT) - Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers on a surprising checklist of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat — they are a versatile fruit that's great for your health. What better time than National ... More >>


Men and millennials pour it on, salad dressing survey reveals
(BPT) - Summer heat often brings lighter meals, and salads can bring a cool dish to the menu. How Americans dress their salads can vary, from ranch to vinaigrette and from bottles to jars to packets.Consumers purchased salad dressings more often than just two years ago, the Association for Dressing... More >>


Check out this year's top 3 trends in vegetable gardening
(BPT) - Whether you go to a restaurant or stay home and dine in, you want what you eat to be fresh and full of flavor. This movement toward tasty, locally grown food is illustrated by the rise in farmers markets, food subscription boxes, and a renewed joy in growing vegetables at home. As the sprin... More >>


Enjoy the variety, versatility and affordability of Hispanic dairy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you an adventurous eater? Need quick and easy family meals? Want healthy snacks for the office or on the go? Hispanic dairy to the rescue!SaveSave... More >>


5 ways to celebrate with chocolate
(BPT) - There's truly no sweeter way to celebrate all the occasions in your life than with chocolate. From Mother's Day to the start of summer, you can always enhance a party with delicious confections. Take a look below for five different ways to celebrate!1. The perfect excuse for chocolate: Nati... More >>


Create some buzz on Free Cone Day [Infographic]
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Think you're eating well? Misconceptions lead to nutrient deficiencies for many
(BPT) - The good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-so-good news? Perception and reality may not be aligned.Only 6 percent of Americans report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, reveals recent researc... More >>


Plan on breakfast: 5 tips to ensure you don't miss the most important meal of the day
(BPT) - Maybe it's because you hit the snooze button too many times. Maybe your toddler decided this was the day they were going to be difficult. Maybe you have a big presentation and need those extra minutes for preparation. No matter what the reason, every day many people tend to skip out on brea... More >>


Proper nutrition is key to senior health
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... More >>


Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In... More >>


Simple ideas to get in shape for summer
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Vidalia onions are the stars of sweet, surprising side dishes for summer
(BPT) - Ah, the joys of mid-April - tax season wraps up, spring is in full swing and the year's fresh crop of Vidalia(R) onions arrive in store produce aisles! While onions are a staple in spring and summer cuisine, topping burgers and adding zing to salads, the unique sweetness of Vidalia onions m... More >>


Prepare for things that pop up this spring
(BPT) - Spring is known for things that "pop" up, from warm weather to special occasions. To help you make the most of both, Lay's is offering you two things you absolutely need: the perfect snack and the biggest pop culture dance moves.We know picnics and barbecues are on the rise, and so are casu... More >>


12 surprising facts you want to know about prunes [Infographic]
(BPT) - For over 100 years, Sunsweet has been supporting and inspiring consumers to eat right and enjoy a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. In celebration of its monumental birthday, today Sunsweet launches #Sunsweet100Celebration - a social media-driven content series that will run for 100 days... More >>


Get safer drinking water
(BPT) - Your home plumbing could be making you sick and costing you money. Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, may be directly contributing to the buildup of dangerous bacteria in your household pipes. This is a serious problem across the United States, especially when ... More >>


Cover your nutrition bases with this popular vegetable
(BPT) - Whether you're on or off the field, it's important to fuel up wisely. Leading sports nutritionists across the country recommend potatoes as the go-to choice for fueling your body before or after a workout."To perform at your best, put potatoes on your plate," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN,... More >>


New cookware trend combines pressure cooking and microwaving for tasty, nutritious meals
(BPT) - A Swiss-designed innovation for fast and easy home cooked meals, the Duromatic Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker from Kuhn Rikon, combines pressure cooking and microwaving for a new way to cook. Pressure cooking reduces cooking times by up to 70 percent, and microwaving takes about a half or ... More >>


Welcome warmer weather with a picnic
(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. What better way to welcome warmer months than with a picnic, complete with homemade breads and baked goods made from scratch?Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a new idea for date night or just want an e... More >>


Fiber: What it is and why you need more of it in your diet
(BPT) - Eat more fiber.If your doctor didn’t give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?Dietary fiber, somet... More >>


Is seaweed the next superfood?
(BPT) - There's a new superfood in town. And it's not kale.Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it's also packed with essential nutrients like v... More >>


The truth behind some common, confusing food terms
(BPT) - Organic, GMO-free, local, hormone-free and antibiotic-free: So many terms are attached to our food these days that it can be difficult to know what they really mean. Worldwide, 62 percent of consumers say they care about food and nutrition, and 80 percent read labels, according to a global ... More >>


Additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors with naturally derived ingredients.But even though these shorter “c... More >>


Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in t... More >>


Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products
(BPT) - Pulled pork, ham steaks, chops, tenderloin and everyone’s favorite, bacon — Americans love pork, and consume about 64 pounds per person every year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. But Americans’ interest in pork goes far beyond what barbecue sauce t... More >>


3 fun Easter baskets everyone will love
(BPT) - It's hard to imagine celebrating Easter without baskets full of delicious chocolate and special gifts. In fact, filling Easter baskets has been a cherished tradition for centuries. This year Joy Cho, creative director and founder of the popular blog OhJoy.com, created three fun (and simple)... More >>


Top gardening trends for 2017
(BPT) - Whether you have a backyard or just a few containers on the patio, sunny days are your cue it's time to garden. Growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables is a lot of fun, and with some simple tips, it can be pretty easy to make sure your outdoor space is a showstopper.The experts at Ba... More >>


Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits, nutritionist says
(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family’s lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and more than a quarter admit that they would eat healthier if they were better organized, according to a new national survey. They’re right to associate the... More >>


5 unique ways to enjoy chips and dip
(BPT) - The classic chip and dip snack can be found at almost any party or get together, and there's a good reason why - everyone loves it! National Chip and Dip day is Thursday, March 23, so grab your apron and head to the kitchen with these fun and unique ways to enjoy CHI-CHI'S(R) Brand chips an... More >>


Soy sauce: Sodium saving, flavor raising [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and Kikkoman is sharing a tried-and-true secret to healthier cooking. According to research published in the Journal of Food Science, using Traditionally Brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of table salt can help reduce sodium quantities in your cooking by u... More >>


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... More >>


4 ways coffee lovers savor spring
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and with it comes more daylight and longer days to enjoy. To make sure you’re living them to the max, here are a few tips on how Café Bustelo can help you live a vibrant life as the clocks spring forward.1. Adventure outsideTake advantage of the warmer wea... More >>


Get extra nutrition with these 5 food swaps
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about “less,” “giving up” and “taking away?” Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion sizes are commonly heard pieces of advice when you’re trying to lo... More >>


Sell your great idea with practice, perfection and pitching
(BPT) - In 2015, thousands of people filed more than half a million patent applications for their good ideas, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. That's a lot of ideas. Sadly, only half received patents, and fewer still made it to market. Anyone can have a great idea, but ho... More >>


Culinary goodness for healthy bones [Infographic]
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Hot cooking trends: 5 flavorful ways to prepare pork
(BPT) - Tired of the same old casseroles and pasta dishes? As the seasons transition, you're probably looking for fresh and flavorful ways to prepare satisfying foods for your family and friends.An increasing number of home and professional chefs are using pork to produce mouth-watering, palate-ple... More >>


Tips for hosting a better brunch
(BPT) - Love the idea of hosting a brunch, but begin to regret it the moment you’re toiling over a pan of bacon grease while your friends are chatting over mimosas? You’re not alone. Whether you’re planning a simple brunch for a small group or an Easter brunch to wow a crowd, thes... More >>


Last-minute party tips: Be the 'hostess with the mostest' for the least work and stress
(BPT) - Everyone wants to be the “hostess with the mostest” when throwing a last-minute party, but how can you wow your guests when you have little prep time and a budget that’s more like “least” than “most?”“With warm weather approaching, impromptu g... More >>


Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry
(BPT) - From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist.Here to set the record straight for our feathered f... More >>


5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night
(BPT) - “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at ho... More >>


10 delicious ways to use almond milk
(BPT) - As almond milk is America's favorite dairy alternative, here's a guide to enjoying it even more, with quick tips and out-of-the-carton recipes for every day. Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It's also great for calorie-watchers, as un... More >>


Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good ne... More >>


5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them – often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don’t want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The... More >>


The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice
(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, n... More >>


5 ways coffee keeps winter blues at bay
(BPT) - It's officially winter and, while we love freshly fallen snow, the shorter days and freezing temperatures receive a little less love. Whether used to fuel a busy day at work or adding a bold flavor with a relaxing day at home, Café Bustelo(R) coffee can perk up the winter blues and bring a ... More >>


Top 10 tips for hosting a winning big game bash
(BPT) - Gear up for the game day crowd — and those who are just there for the commercials — with these hosting tips, bite-size snack ideas, DIY decorations and party games.1. Don’t let easy-to-forget items keep you sidelinedA dead remote is the quickest way to sideline a big game ... More >>


Bake some good [Infographic]
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5 Key food plays for the ultimate game-day spread
(BPT) - The biggest game-day celebration of the year is right around the corner, and you’ve been called upon to host; are you ready? Whether you’re a veteran starter or you’re coming off the bench for your first hosting gig, throwing a great party for the big game is simple, so lo... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>









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