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Eating well

Making the most from that holiday ham

According to the calendar, Easter is over. However, the holiday lives on in my refrigerator. The 7-pound half ham was just too much for two. Can anyone else relate? Thank goodness we like ham and that there are so many delicious dishes to be made from it. Besides ham and eggs, ham sandwiches ...

Give spring salads a fresh spin

FAMILY FEATURE — With spring and warmer weather comes salad season, offering a perfect canvas for creating refreshing meals and appetizers centered around tasty greens, juicy tomatoes and crave-worthy dressings. Give your salads an update by avoiding the same tired mixes and instead create ...

Entrees for a special Easter feast

In a few days we’ll be sitting down to Easter dinner and whether that dinner is for two or twenty, formal or casual, it should be as special as those enjoying it. Many will be celebrating with a baked glazed ham. To make it extra tender and juicy try marinating in a solution of orange juice ...

How school lunch could improve when classrooms are full again

www.TheConversation.org The COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended school lunches, like just about everything else for students. Once schools turned into virtual learning platforms, they found creative ways to feed students, including distributing meals at outdoor pickup ...

Underappreciated cacao shines in Dark Chocolate Tahini Cups

Oded Brenner is a modern-day Willy Wonka. In the 1990s, he co-created an international chocolate empire, Max Brenner Chocolate, that includes a 7,000-square-foot emporium on Broadway in New York City. Brenner left that venture in 2012, and a few years later began exploring a different side of ...

Try these seven healthy strategies to navigate a food swamp

On nearly every corner, and along the roads in between, the familiar signs comfort and tempt us: burgers and fried chicken, ice cream and doughnuts, sweets and treats galore. Welcome to the food swamp, where Americans get bogged down in a morass of cheap, convenient, alluring — and very ...

Easter dip goodness

Culinary.net — Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods. The kids will be playing, adults will be chatting and all will be patiently waiting for the table to be set. If you’re visiting and making memories ...

Easter salad classics

I think we all have a few fond memories of Easter, like the new outfits we wore for the showing-off our Easter baskets photos, the beautiful church services, and feasting with beloved relatives who are no longer with us. My mother, grandmothers and aunts were all good cooks and when it came ...

A lemon delight for any occasion

Culinary.net — Sweets with enhanced fruit flavors are often among the best of the best when it comes to family treats. Fruit can add levels of sweet, tart or even citrus flavor to all kinds of recipes. From grapefruit to berries and lemons, there are a variety of fruits that can take your ...

Impressive cakes for Easter feasting

In a few weeks we will be celebrating Easter. That means another holiday meal in the midst of COVID-19. Whether dining with family or as a party of two my plan is to observe tradition, giving thanks for all that is good, no matter what. There will be ham, lots of sides, and as holidays go, ...

Fast and flavorful meals when you’re short on time

FAMILY FEATURE — Quality meals don’t have to drain hours from your day; satisfying taste is possible in just minutes when you have a few strategies that can help make meal prep easier and the results more enjoyable. Eat better with veggies. If eating better is your goal, explore ...

Voucher program makes healthy eating easier for food-insecure people

As soon as Joseph Angelo enrolled in Vouchers 4 Veggies, he started to replace processed foods with fruits and vegetables. “There were times when I’d been eating healthier, but I’d really fallen into comfort food like cookies, ice cream, anything with a processed sugar ‘high,’” ...

Lisa’s fried fish recipes

In homage to Lent and the upcoming fishing season let’s talk fried fish. A popular Friday night special on many restaurant menus it’s obvious that people love it. Crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside, fried fish is amazing. Growing up, our fried fish was dredged in seasoned ...

Delicious cheesecake with Irish flavor

METRO — Few things embody the culture of a nation more so than its native foods and beverages. For the Irish, it is no different. While there are many chances throughout the year to showcase Irish cuisine, perhaps none are more eagerly anticipated than St. Patrick’s Day. Main courses ...

Warm up with Irish coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

METRO — Though it might not be as beloved as a pint of Guinness or as inviting as a shot of Jameson’s Irish whiskey after some cold hours spent marching in or viewing a parade, Irish coffee has a place all its own on St. Patrick’s Day. The origins of Irish coffee are sometimes debated, ...

Chase the winter blues with warm sweet muffins

Often, when I’m suffering the winter blues, I take to the kitchen to bake something sweet and comforting but not too complicated and time-consuming. Muffins fill that bill. They go together in a snap — a few dry ingredients in one bowl and liquids in another, combine the two, mix just until ...

Hearty, wholesome dishes to support immune systems

Family Features — If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms — like many other fruits and vegetables — can also play a ...

Eggs are eggceptional

METRO — Eggs are a topic of conversation each spring, largely because of their relationship to the Christian celebration of Easter. Brightly colored Easter eggs are on display, chocolate eggs line store shelves and egg-lined birds nests in trees and bushes dot spring landscapes. Eggs take ...

Four interesting health benefits of garlic

METRO — Garlic makes a delicious addition to various meals. Though some people may avoid garlic because of its potential to contribute to bad breath, doing so means people may miss out on some surprising health benefits produced by this powerful, if pungent, bulb. 1. Garlic bolsters the ...

Cozy up with cocoa

Snow, snow and more snow! With a winter unlike any we’ve seen for a while, taking advantage of all that snow is a great way to get out in the fresh air and do something fun with the family. Sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowball fights or simply building a snowman is good exercise for ...