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5 reasons hazelnuts are about to become your new favorite nut

(BPT) - People are going nuts for nuts due to their versatility, nutrition content and snackability, but where does the humble hazelnut rank among its nutty friends? If it wasn’t on your radar before, here are five reasons hazelnuts are about to become your new favorite nut.

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Friday 12/07/2018
Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends.

Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.”

A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality – especially when it comes to food.

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways.

Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company and, quite often most importantly, food that tastes as good as it looks. While mixing and matching quality ingredients for dishes that appeal to the crowd is key to achieving successful seasonal flavors, you can take it a step further with the kitchen equipment used to craft those crave-worthy meals.

Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste.

A Holiday Gathering Guide for Hosts
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

Holiday Pairing Perfection
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

Festive flavors and seasonal sips

Thursday 12/06/2018
Bold Flavor Boosts for Tradition-Worthy Holiday Meals
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings provide perfect opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. Spending quality time with family and friends over an unforgettably delicious meal is what the holiday season is all about, after all. Make sure to be the one everyone is raving about because you've brought something new and delicious to your event by transforming ordinary seasonal recipes with a clever, bold twist.

Holiday Inspiration for Every Occasion
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is full of opportunities to eat, drink and gather around the table with the ones you love. Whether it's a family dinner, office potluck or neighborhood brunch, good food is a cornerstone of nearly every great holiday celebration.

Thursday 11/29/2018
Simple Tips to Upgrade Your Next Casual Gathering
Posted: November 29, 2018

(StatePoint) From special occasions to everyday get togethers, you can upgrade any gathering without a lot of extra work by serving delicious pairings of small bites and sparkling wines.

Simplify Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes.

Old Fashioned with a Twist
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Cocktail trends may come and go, but one staple remains a fixture on drink menus two centuries after its invention – the Old Fashioned.

A New Level of Holiday Hosting
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes.

Savor the Season with Comfort Foods
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like the holidays and comforting seasonal recipes.

Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) There's almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter.

Friday 11/23/2018
Easy Holiday Hosting and Toasting
Updated: November 28, 2018 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If the very notion of holiday hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful holiday celebration.

Punch It Up this Holiday Season
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) If you are looking to host an unforgettable holiday cocktail party, punch can make a memorable impression on your guests and bring your get-together to the next level.

Thursday 11/22/2018
A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes

8 Recipes to Help Ring in the Holiday Season
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

Festive dishes and drinks to get in the holiday spirit

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor.

Wednesday 11/21/2018
Congressional Briefing Supports Humane Farming
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—America has been blessed with a bountiful supply of safe, abundant and affordable food. To make sure that food is also humanely raised, a diverse delegation convened a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill called “The Humane Table.”

Monday 11/19/2018
Bite-Size Tips To Skip Holiday Stress And ‘Hanger’
Updated: November 22, 2018 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—When the holidays are here, for many people, that means having a lot on their plate—literally and figuratively. Fortunately, there are ways to lighten the to-do list and even sneak in a little nutrition. You don’t want a household full of people who are “hangry”: angry from being hungry.

Thursday 11/15/2018
Gear Up for the New Dinner Party: With Bring-&-Share Menus and Something for Everybody
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whatever happened to the formal dinner party? Between busy work schedules and the complexity of navigating food preferences and allergies, they can be hard to pull off — yet we still long for the pleasures of breaking bread (or an acceptable gluten-free substitute) with family and friends. Enter a growing trend: easy bring-&-share meals.

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 unexpected holiday gift ideas
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Finding the perfect holiday gift is no easy task. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, brother, sweetie pie or friend, finding a unique, memorable and most importantly likeable gift can be challenging. After so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. Here are five easy-as-pie gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list:

Holiday Fun for the Whole Family
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Celebrating the holidays with family meals and activities is what the season is all about, and when those moments and at-home projects are kid-friendly, you can get the whole gang involved.

Savor Simplicity
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

Holiday recipes worth sharing

Light Bites for Healthier Holidays
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) For those who are always on the go leading up to the holidays, the season can feel more like madness than merrymaking. From planning get-togethers to building out a perfect menu for the events, there can be difficulties for hosts and guests alike to ensure proper nutrition is still top of mind.

Put a Twist on Tradition this Holiday Season
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) ’Tis the season to dust off the decorations, dig out your family cookbook and celebrate everything that makes the holidays special. While it’s certainly a time to honor longstanding traditions, there’s also room to start something new and put your personal touch on the festivities.

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes.

Nutritious Family Meals Full of Flavor
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Putting healthy meals on the table continues to be a year-round goal for many families, one that can become more difficult with the satisfying and savory flavors of comfort-food season. From breakfast to dinner and every meal in-between, it can feel daunting to prepare simple and nutritious recipes without sacrificing taste.

Tuesday 11/13/2018
5 Ways to Impress Holiday Guests this Season
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, those who love to host know shopping isn’t the only stress factor. Between groceries, cleaning the house, meal preparation and shoveling the driveway, it’s always a race to the finish line. Follow these five steps to leave guests impressed by (and even envious of!) your skills as a host.

AI Meets Hip Hop in Innovative Music Partnership
Posted: November 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.

Monday 11/12/2018
5 cleaning tips to save your sanity during the holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. You may have visions of elaborate holiday décor or an extravagant light display to impress your neighbors. As you prepare for the season of parties, guests and entertaining, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now so you can spend more time doing the things that bring you joy this season. Here are five quick ways to help you prepare:

Friday 11/09/2018
Mexican Cheese is Hot Right Now: A Queso Primer
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Queso, anyone? With tortillas outselling hamburger and hot dog buns while salsa dethrones ketchup, Mexican food is more popular than ever in the United States — and cheeses are a key component of America’s favorite Mexican dishes. But are all cheeses created equally? Queso is not just that ubiquitous, neon cheese sauce you might sometimes see in the grocery store. In Spanish, the word simply means cheese, and Hispanic cheeses rival anything else you might see in the supermarket aisles, with a wide range of flavor profiles to tempt any palate.

Thursday 11/08/2018
How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.

5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
Top entertaining trends for a delightful holiday season
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — when hosting holiday guests means sprucing up living spaces, brushing up on new recipes and hunting for the perfect stylish centerpieces. Before you plump guest room pillows, tinker with a new Christmas dessert or purchase the perfect place settings, there are a few entertaining trends you’ll want to keep in mind this season.

Pumpkin: The ultimate fall superfood
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - The perfect fall foods are hearty, nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. And while there is no shortage of savory sustenance this time of year, no other food captures the essence of the season quite like pumpkin. Brimming with nutrients and boasting a rich taste, it’s a nourishing food the whole family enjoys — from picky toddlers to even your dog! Here are five flavorful ways to incorporate pumpkin into your entire family’s meals this season.

Affordable affair: 7 tips for a holiday bash on a budget
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.

Lemon Cream Puffs
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

Try the Trendiest Flavors Tonight
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

New seasonings make it easy

Flavorful Fiesta Time
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

Food, family and holiday traditions

Fast, Flavorful and Festive Holiday Dishes
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) From office potlucks and cocktail parties to family dinners and beyond, the mealtime celebrations during the holidays are endless. Whether you're serving as a host or bringing your signature dish to a get-together, these tips can help you own the holiday season without breaking a sweat:

Chow Down on Championship Snacks
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When the clock ticks down toward game day and you’re putting together a snacking plan of attack, turn to recipes like these that you and your guests can savor for all four quarters of action.

Take Holiday Hosting to the Next Level
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes.

Party Prep Pointers for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Thoughts of hosting and entertaining during one of the busiest seasons of the year can be stressful. With so much party preparation for the holidays, from decor to drinks and appetizers to activities, it’s easy to see how even the most experienced hosts can get a little flustered.  

Tuesday 11/06/2018
Elevate Your Holiday Meal With This Prosciutto Cranberry Crostini Recipe
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a great way to make holiday entertaining easier and more fun for everyone: Ham it up. Not with just any ham, however. Stock up on Prosciutto di Parma. Prosciutto di Parma is an excellent item to keep in your fridge during the holidays because it offers a variety of ways to elevate any meal, from your main dish to festive appetizers or straight out of the package to the plate for a last-minute charcuterie board.