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Eating well

Breakfast sandwich options to jump start the day

Over the past year I’ve prepared more hot breakfasts than ever before. My hands-down favorite is the versatile breakfast sandwich. Whether on a toasted bagel, English muffin or a warm biscuit, an egg, some melty cheese and a slice of deli meat is a hearty delicious way to start the ...

Save time with simple sweet potato recipes

FAMILY FEATURE — Time is of the essence in many kitchens across the country, especially during this busy season when everything seems to happen at once. Whether it’s in-person or virtual school responsibilities, extracurricular activities, work deadlines or family obligations leaving you ...

Coffee and sweetness whipped to perfection

CULINARY.NET — Do you know that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others it’s just simply bliss. This holiday season, try something that’s simple yet sophisticated for an easy way to ensure ...

Turn holiday excess into cake

I might be a little slow in the process but I’ve finally taken my Christmas tree down and am packing up the Santa Claus collection for banishment to the attic. Though I’m sorry to see it all go I’ve got other things to do with my time, like figuring out ways to use the excess dairy still ...

Uncovering the top Mexican food trends for 2021

Family Features — Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu. One of the country’s top Hispanic food brands, Cacique, tapped culinary experts and chefs Aaron Sanchez, Bricia Lopez and ...

Add a little sweetness to any occasion

Culinary.net — It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugar-flavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix ...

Vitamin K: A little-known but noteworthy nutrient

THE CONVERSATION — When Danish scientist Henrik Dam fed a cholesterol-free diet to baby chicks in his lab about 90 years ago, he noticed excessive bleeding in some of them. It did not stop after he replaced the cholesterol. Dam ultimately concluded the bleeding was related to a “depletion ...

Fresh herbs that can reduce your reliance on sodium

METRO — Salt has long been used to add flavor to people’s favorite foods. In fact, the use of salt as a means to preserving foods and adding flavor to recipes dates back to ancient times and has led to countless conflicts ever since. According to History.com, wars over access to salt ...

For this chef, a love of regional produce breeds inspiration

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. — Chef Whitney Otawka no longer runs the culinary program at the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia but in many ways, she still feels like she’s back on that 17.5 mile stretch of land. In March, news of the coronavirus reached the wild shores ...

Resolution solutions

I’m not usually a person who makes New Years’ resolutions but after the unpredictable year 2020 was, I feel compelled to make a plan and stick to it. I’ve resolved to wear zipper jeans at least one full day per week (a painful proposition, I know.) In order to achieve this lofty ambition ...

A time-saving family meal

Family Features — Leading a busy lifestyle doesn’t always leave time for spending hours in the kitchen, and these Mystic Mini Turkey Loaves can be made in advance and frozen for later use. Perfect for simplifying busy evenings, they are made with mushrooms, yellow onions, oat milk, pumpkin ...

New Year nutrition

Family Features — A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals. These recipes for Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls, Broccolini and Bacon ...

Herbs and spices that can promote healthy hearts

METRO — A nutritious diet is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. When paired with regular physical activity, a nutritious diet can help people dramatically reduce their risk for various diseases, including heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, ischaemic heart ...

Tasty tidbits about pizza

METRO — The calendar is dotted with various holidays that celebrate pizza. From National Pizza Pie Day in February to National Deep Dish Pizza Day in April to National Cheese Pizza Day in September, not to mention National Pizza Month in October, any time of year is the perfect opportunity to ...

Good luck eats to ring in the new year

As superstition has it, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Years’ day will bring good luck in the new year. Supposedly pork helps a person to move ahead and the cabbage, being green like money, brings prosperity. Unfortunately, this did not work in 2020. True or not, pork and sauerkraut, with ...

Toasting the new year before midnight

Don’t want to stay up till midnight on the last day of the year? Families, early sleepers and those wanting to social distance might consider a midday celebration for December 31. It’s easy to bring the festive feeling of a nighttime soiree into the daylight hours at home. SETTING THE ...

Nutritional inspiration for the new year

FAMILY FEATURES — A new year brings new opportunities for personal changes and improvement from taking steps forward in a career to bettering personal relationships and - perhaps most common - starting on a path toward better health. For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical ...

Holiday libations and lamentations

I wrote this column four Christmases ago. I’ve since retired and like many I’ve spent a lot of time at home in 2020. However, even with all that time on my hands, I still find myself in the same situation that prompted me to originally write this column. If you missed it the first time, ...

Festive and flavorful holiday snacks

Family Features — The holidays are filled with delicious food - from indulgent breakfasts to decadent desserts - but snacks can get overlooked. Spice up this holiday season with festive snacks that are perfect for a quick on-the-go bite or a taste of your favorite holiday dessert. ...

Add fruity flavor and fun to holiday desserts

Family Features — Making the holiday season special is an important tradition for many families, and it’s likely to take on heightened importance this year with gatherings, celebrations and festivities taking on a different look than years past. One family-favorite way to create holiday ...