• October 17, 2018

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Family Favorites from Tree to Table

(Family Features) Getting the whole family around the dinner table every evening can be hard. Feeding your family meals that incorporate high-quality ingredients and are also delicious can be even harder. Sometimes, though, that special ingredient you’re looking for can already be in your pantry.

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Thursday 10/11/2018
Switch Up Your Game Day Menu
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Burgers and dogs may be typical game day grub, but a lineup that never changes can get tiresome a few weeks into the season. Infuse new energy and homemade favorites into your game day menu so you can enjoy great games and good eats for a winning combination.

Eat Healthy with Seafood
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table.

Fall for a Flavorful Cheese Board
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Some of the most beloved flavors are inspired during the fall, and there are few better ways to enjoy the season’s best than with a group of friends and family. Get ready to wow guests with seasonal treats that invite everyone to indulge in fall flavors.

Simple Yet Stunning
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Set the menu for easy entertaining

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor

Creative Seafood Solutions
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) When it comes to cooking up creative meals for the family, finding inspiration for new flavors while maintaining nutrition is typically a primary goal.

Italian-Inspired Dishes
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Delightful dining that honors heritage

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Weeknight Dinner Solutions
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Coconut Custard Pie
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Tuesday 10/02/2018
Celebrate Popcorn: October Is National Popcorn Poppin' Month
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Popcorn lovers rejoice: October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a seasonal celebration of one of America’s oldest and most beloved snack foods. As farmers head into the fields to harvest crops, families and friends gather to honor this ever-popular treat. Whether stovetop, microwave or ready-to-eat, we consume 13 billion quarts each year of this wholesome, whole grain.

Top Tips For Buying Safe Toys
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

by Joan Lawrence

Saturday 09/29/2018
Beyond Sushi: How to Enjoy Sake at Home
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(StatePoint) Sake, made from fermented rice, is an up-and-comer in the world of wine and spirits, and Americans consume about 35 percent of all sake exported from Japan, according to John Gauntner’s Sake World.

Thursday 09/27/2018
What’s in the Can May Surprise You
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

Cooking with canned foods combines convenience and nutrition

Wednesday 09/26/2018
Helping Minnesota's Farms, Food And Future
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Minnesota could soon be well on its way to becoming a leading state in agriculture and a greater competitor in the global food economy. Minnesota is already an impactful food and ag state, but with the right candidates in its legislature and a partner as governor, it could be even better. That could be good for the more than 400,000 Minnesotan’s working in the food and agriculture sectors.

Burrito Bake
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

This hearty casserole is full of meat, onion and cheeses, sitting on top of a crescent roll dough crust.  Add even more flavor and top your casserole with olives, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos with a side of sour cream, chips and salsa.

New Research Links Refrigerator Staple to Teenage Height
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

Study finds drinking more milk growing up is associated with increased height at 17

Bring Tuscany to the Table
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

Hosting and Toasting
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.

Exquisite Eating
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Small plates to make for appealing dishes

Thursday 09/20/2018
Try A Taste Of Hispanic Heritage
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the history, culture and contributions of the people of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain. One of the best ways to celebrate, many say, is with food.

5 Recipes that Can Help Improve Your Health
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) When it comes to nutritious eating, finding and creating tasty yet healthy recipes is key for many people.

Simple, Satisfying Weeknight Solutions
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation.

Fresh Flavors with Friends
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Nothing beats a meal filled with flavorful ingredients fresh off the farm – unless you add a table filled with your closest friends to enjoy the bounty. From sides to main dishes to desserts, these recipes show you how to transform wholesome farm-raised foods into a crowd-pleasing menu you can enjoy from start to finish.

Fall Wine and Food Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(StatePoint) Autumn is the ultimate time for outdoor dining. For your next gathering, bring the party out to the deck or patio for an evening of enjoyable light bites and delicious wines.

Monday 09/17/2018
Top Tips for Trying New Wines
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(StatePoint) Are you ready to add something new to your standard wine repertoire? To help expand your palate, two-time James Beard Award winning sommelier, Belinda Chang, is offering some expert insight into one of her go-to varietals.

Thursday 09/13/2018
Shake Up Your Dinner Routine
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself stuck in a rut with the same recipes, remember a little change can add a lot of flavor. By simply using fresh pork in dishes that usually consist of chicken or beef, there are countless ways to switch up your dinner routine.

Farmer's Casserole
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer's Casserole recipe.  You'll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven.

Trending Tastes
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine

Monday 09/10/2018
Festive Ideas For Your Fall Celebrations
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Cooler weather and autumn flavors, such as crisp hard cider, go hand in hand. The fall brings several reasons for celebrations; here are a few ideas to bring out the warmth of the season:

Thursday 09/06/2018
Game Plan for Game Day
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Whether you want to step up your hosting game or just plan to contribute to the game day spread, it’s easy to create the perfect plan with an array of premium food, without the premium price tags.

Sweet, Simple After-School Snacking
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) With school back in full swing, the days will be full, packed with classes, homework and after-school sports, music and other extracurricular activities. To make the most of all these endeavors, it’s important to eat well to sustain the critical energy and focus required throughout the day.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
How a Pressure Cooker Can Save You Time and Energy in the Kitchen
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(StatePoint) Pressure-cooking may sound intimidating, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s actually a simple process that can save you time, energy and money.

Tuesday 09/04/2018
How to stay connected with your kids when school starts
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Thursday 08/30/2018
Simplify and Savor Dinner with Bold Flavors
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) A busy day doesn’t have to come between you and your favorite people at mealtime. With a little creativity and a simple ingredient like olive oil, you can set the table with flavorful meals and surround yourself with the company of friends and family, enjoying the experience together.

Orange Crescent Swirls
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Wednesday 08/29/2018
Elevate Summer Grilling with Giant Flavor
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Weekend barbecues, birthday celebrations and family reunions are in full swing, so up your grill game from basic to bold with a few ideas to leave your guests wanting more.

Back-to-School Meals in Minutes
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Mexican menu ideas for simple family dinners

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Taking The Pain Out Of Live Event Management
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(NAPSI)—Anyone involved in running a theater, festival, or a sporting or live music event knows all too well the difficulty of doing it on your own. Some event managers turn to third parties like Eventbrite or Ticketmaster to get help with critical ticket sales, but one of the biggest pain points is finding an effective ticketing solution that supports their brand. When ticketing, marketing, fundraising and donation activities are not synchronized, event managers spend more time managing their business rather than the event itself. This leads to lost profits and angry patrons.

Friday 08/24/2018
Thought You Knew Canned Fish? You Don't Know Mackerel
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Packed in a can like ... mackerel? While tuna and salmon reign as the USA's favorite canned seafoods and sardines have long been known to be convenient and the best health choice, a new fish has been swimming upstream and making a name for itself among seafood lovers.

Thursday 08/23/2018
Living Your Best Life After 50
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—For many people, navigating life and love as they get older can be challenging. Adjusting to change, seeking a new partner, or simply breaking out of a rut may feel overwhelming. In the hilarious hit comedy “Book Club,” four mature women in different circumstances discover that you’re never too old to enjoy life or pursue love. That’s a message author and newspaper columnist Tom Blake agrees with wholeheartedly. Blake has written more than 4,000 articles and newsletters on the topic and offers this advice, which is reflected in the movie:

Wednesday 08/22/2018
Tips For Tailgating: Add A Little Healthy Balance
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(NAPSI)—Tailgates typically mean enjoying lots of fun foods and big flavors. The good news is that you can enjoy tasty treats and activities that bring a little healthful balance to the festivities.

Lemon Raspberry Pie
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

When cool and creamy meets tangy and fruity, what do you get? Sweet endings to a porch supper, a backyard barbecue or a meal under the stars.

School Mornings Made Easy
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Most parents know the first few weeks of school season and new daily routines can be hectic. From stocking up on school supplies to finishing up homework, there's few unused minutes in the day.

After-School Snacking Fun
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) After a busy day of work, wrapping up extracurriculars and gearing up for school, there is an opportunity to relax and share a snack everybody, young and old, can savor.

Tuesday 08/21/2018
Orlando Screams: 78 Days of Halloween
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Halloween has become one of America's most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days?

Wednesday 08/15/2018
Food and Family
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

Connecting to cultural heritage through the legacy of food

Make it Mediterranean
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

3 dishes to highlight the next trend in internationally themed cuisine

Fresh, Fast, Flavorful Meals for Back-to-School Season
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) The start of each school year brings new routines for families to adjust to, which can leave little to no time to think about dinner. With the right ingredients, however, it’s still possible to create a healthy, home-cooked meal in a matter of minutes, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the dinner table catching up on the day’s events.

Fast, Family-Friendly Recipes Make Dinner Doable
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) As the fall season begins, kids go back to school and schedules once again book up with activities.