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Tips for cafe-quality coffee without leaving your kitchen
(BPT) - A great coffee maker can go a long way toward crafting the perfect cup of coffee at home. A high-quality machine is just one part of the equation.“Everyone has their ideal cup of coffee based on their preferences,” says Pete Licata, 2013 world barista champion. “No coffee ... Click for the rest of the article


Heat or spice: The complex flavors of chili peppers explained [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are thousands of varieties of chilies, and this diversity, combined with their level of ripeness and whether they are used fresh, dried or even smoked, produce varied and unusual flavors. Follow this infographic to learn all about the flavors of four varieties of dried chili peppers t... Click for the rest of the article


Sweeteners 101: Your guide to baking this winter
(BPT) - With so many sweeteners on the market today, it’s hard to know what to buy. This season is a great time to learn about sweeteners and get creative in kitchen. Understand the various natural sweeteners and what their benefits are, as well as the recipes where they work best to make you... Click for the rest of the article


Expert tips to curb food cravings during times of stress
(BPT) - Do you reach for comfort foods or junk food when you’re stressed? You know you shouldn't, but you probably feel you need something to help you during that intense period. With a few tips from culinary experts, you can cut the cravings and find healthy ways to manage nutrition during s... Click for the rest of the article


3 tips for the best game-day party in the neighborhood
(BPT) - The next “Game Day” is just around the corner, and you and your friends have been talking about purchasing those tickets for weeks. You’ve rescheduled just about everything to make sure you can watch the game uninterrupted. You could spend a lot of money and travel time to... Click for the rest of the article


Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015
(BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and cu... Click for the rest of the article


This February, it's all about Galentine's Day. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Forget Valentine’s Day. This February, it’s all about Galentine’s Day. According to an independent survey conducted by the Skinny Cow brand, 62 percent of women have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day - but 74 percent think there should be a separate holiday just f... Click for the rest of the article


5 quick, easy and delicious ways to entertain with olives
  (BPT) - Playing host this holiday season? Skip the complicated recipes that take hours of prep time and serve your guests easy, Mediterranean-inspired foods instead. Whether you’re throwing a lavish party or a casual get together, the simplest foods are often the biggest crowd ple... Click for the rest of the article


A great reason to warm up to frozen meals [Infographic]
(BPT) - The next time you reach for a meager meal replacement bar, freeze! Research shows a single-serve frozen meal may be more satisfying.... Click for the rest of the article


Five small steps to green the big game
(BPT) - The big game is just around the corner, and it’s an exciting time to plan and attend parties, gather with friends and enjoy the most-watched television event of the year. But did you know that the average big game party with 30 guests can create up to 80 pounds of waste? While the pla... Click for the rest of the article


3 hearty breakfast recipes for everyone in a hurry
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone has heard that saying, but unfortunately, breakfast is also often the most forgotten meal of the day. Instead of enjoying a hearty, nutritious breakfast, many people opt for simple alternatives on the go because they believe creating... Click for the rest of the article


Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple exper... Click for the rest of the article


The perfect recipes for the season's top events
(BPT) - Baking season has officially arrived, and with it, a host of activities that will have you donning your favorite apron and whipping up something scrumptious. And you won’t be alone – nearly six in 10 Americans say they plan to give homemade gifts during the holiday season, such ... Click for the rest of the article


The nation's No. 1 cookie flavor celebrates 75 years [Infographic]
(BPT) - Invented 75 years ago by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, the chocolate chip cookie has been baked and enjoyed for decades. Among the many cookie flavors and combinations, chocolate chip ranks No. 1 in the nation. It's time to celebrate the key ingredie... Click for the rest of the article


Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where you can save can make all the difference ... Click for the rest of the article


The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a per... Click for the rest of the article


Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
(BPT) - An estimated 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). A wide range of reactions to food allergens can provide a unique set of challenges when dining out and even cooking at home... Click for the rest of the article


5 simple steps to scoring delicious, stress-free game day fare
(BPT) - On game days, sports fans love to gather around the TV with family and friends, while treating themselves to fun foods and snacks. But hosting a gathering can keep you cooking in the kitchen when you’d rather be in on the action. Here’s an easy guide for creating delicious foods... Click for the rest of the article


Holiday tech tips
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season?In a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft, Americans shared their anxieties and con... Click for the rest of the article


Learn why the future of fishing is actually farming
(BPT) - Go to the seafood counter or local restaurant and over 91 percent of the seafood is shipped from thousands of miles away. If you are looking for a source of safe, sustainable, high quality, local seafood, you’re probably having difficulty finding it.In the U.S., the aquaculture indust... Click for the rest of the article


A year-round guide to beer and wine pairing
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibi... Click for the rest of the article


5 ways boxing is revolutionizing the fan experience
(BPT) - Sports fans today crave exciting and engaging viewing experiences. They want the latest in technology, outstanding production quality and most importantly, they want to see the event on their terms. The rise of on-demand entertainment and accessible sports video content has driven the deman... Click for the rest of the article


Find the perfect wine based on personality [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to wine, each variety has subtle hints of flavors and aromas that characterize the wine’s personality. Not surprisingly, these personality traits can be reflected in the preferred tastes of individuals when it comes to choosing a wine. This infographic provides a fun, un... Click for the rest of the article


Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butt... Click for the rest of the article


Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are... Click for the rest of the article


Let's connect over coffee [Infographic]
(BPT) - The world is in "digital overload." With so many new technologies connecting people, we are losing the importance of true interpersonal interaction. You have hundreds of Facebook "friends" and follow people you've never met on Twitter. You text your best friend daily and FaceTime with your ... Click for the rest of the article


Add a touch of Tuscany to your dinner table
(BPT) - A recipe that is ideal for any occasion, from weeknight meals to Sunday suppers to get-togethers with friends, can be hard to come by. Tuscan Brined Pork Chops with Salsa Verde is a near-perfect answer for all of these occasions.Created by food blogger Karen Tedesco of the popular blog Fami... Click for the rest of the article


Easily impress with delicious, seasonally inspired flavors this holiday
(BPT) - The holidays are here and that means it’s the season for parties, events and get-togethers. Put your best dish forward with seasonally inspired recipes guaranteed to tempt your guests’ taste buds.Packed with flavors that embody the hearty and warm tastes of the season, Butternut... Click for the rest of the article


Help prevent and manage diabetes with an active and healthy lifestyle
(BPT) - There’s nothing better than sitting before a steaming plate of delicious-smelling food and taking that first, delectable bite. Now imagine joining your family every night and sharing that delicious meal you prepared yourself.Home-cooked meals are important to your family and their hea... Click for the rest of the article


Feed your creativity with Havarti
(BPT) - To add flavor and impact to a cheese plate, entree or even dessert, look no further than Havarti cheese. This semi-soft cheese with a buttery, creamy taste and mellow aroma delivers a delicious lift to foods.Havarti originated in Denmark in the 1800s and is named for Havartigaard, the dairy... Click for the rest of the article


Healthy starts: The surprisingly simple way to make your own baby and toddler food
(BPT) - Want to give your family a jump-start on good nutrition? By introducing your children to a nourishing, whole-food diet at a very young age, you can teach them to prefer the taste of real foods over more processed ones. This lays the foundation for healthy eating habits later in life.Help yo... Click for the rest of the article


Warming up to winter [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are many ways to stay warm this winter, and they don't all involve cozying up with a blanket. Check out these fun and delicious winter warm-ups that will have you feeling joyous and toasty all season long.... Click for the rest of the article


Pumpkin is the flavor of the season [Infographic]
(BPT) - These are pumpkin times. The nation is chatting and posting about, sipping on, baking and growing more pumpkin than ever. This fall it’s time to spotlight the No. 1 flavor of the season. The following pumpkin snapshot will have you thinking outside the pie. From dessert to dinner, the... Click for the rest of the article


Tips for determining pet food quality
(BPT) - Because pets are such beloved members of the family, it isn’t a surprise that pet parents want what is right for the health of their furry friends. In fact, nearly four out of five pet owners say they choose a pet food based on how nutritious or how healthy they think it will be for t... Click for the rest of the article


Give your game day fans delicious and healthy snacks to help them cheer their team on to victory
(BPT) - When hosting a big game day party, you plan the food, TV location, seating arrangements and decorations for your big game-watching party. In the same fashion, Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian of the New England Patriots, meticulously plans the diets of his team members to maximize each... Click for the rest of the article


What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking... Click for the rest of the article


The key to an easy, stress-free and great Thanksgiving: a to-go feast
(BPT) - More than half of all Americans will feast on takeout this Thanksgiving, according to the National Restaurant Association. It’s easy to guess why. All the things we love about takeout – such as convenience and time-savings – are doubly valuable during the busy holiday seas... Click for the rest of the article


Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
(BPT) - The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!With entertaining season approaching at warp speed, it’s time to get your home spruced up and looki... Click for the rest of the article


Fail-safe tricks for creating the perfect cheese platter
(BPT) - Your social calendar is packed to the brim with dinner parties and family activities. Whether you are hosting or attending as a guest, providing something delectable will always be a welcome addition to the celebration. Loved around the world, a scrumptious cheese platter is guaranteed... Click for the rest of the article


The importance of maintaining family traditions through the holidays
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a time for family, food, and fun. Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year.Research shows traditions are important to families because they build strong relationships between generatio... Click for the rest of the article


Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.“The Mediterranean diet has been, and continues to be, studied widely,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard,... Click for the rest of the article


How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
(BPT) - It’s ironic that a time traditionally associated with good cheer and merriment can turn into a virtual nervous breakdown for so many people. High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don’t feel this way they then feel even worse because they ... Click for the rest of the article


5 simple ways to disconnect and enjoy 15 minutes of 'me time'
(BPT) - Americans rarely take the time to unplug during the work day. In fact, we spend just short of half the day in front of some type of screen, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The health benefits of relaxing away from digital technology are well documented, but it still is... Click for the rest of the article


Clever holiday entertaining shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
(BPT) - It’s the season for entertaining. Between the holidays, family gatherings and just needing an excuse to socialize during the long winter months, you’ll probably be organizing several fun parties and gatherings at your home.If you’re dreading the season because it feels lik... Click for the rest of the article


Inspiration for a simple and delicious Thanksgiving
(BPT) - Thanksgiving is all about abundance. It’s a time when Americans pull out the stops to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for with a big, delicious meal that will leave everyone at the table saying “Wow!”This year, with an incredible variety of convenient resourc... Click for the rest of the article


5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.“It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howar... Click for the rest of the article


Simple tips to create the perfect holiday cheese platter [Infographic]
(BPT) - A delectable treat is a welcome addition to any holiday gathering, whether you’re attending as a guest or orchestrating the entire event as the host. Skip the chips and cookies and get creative by designing a delicious cheese platter. Your tasty plate will let loved ones sample differ... Click for the rest of the article


10 world-class potato creations your family will love
  (BPT) - The 2014 World Food Championships combined food, fame and fortune into one week-long event, featuring nearly 500 of the world’s best cooks and chefs battling it out for hundreds of thousands of dollars in Las Vegas. The World Recipe Championship category challenged the 37 ... Click for the rest of the article


Last-minute entertaining tricks for unexpected guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for joy, giving and, at times, unexpected guests. For even the most unanticipated of visitors, it is wise to always be ready to share the season’s cheer with a nice hot cup of coffee, freshly-baked cookies and a welcoming home.This year, follow these simpl... Click for the rest of the article


South Texas, the hidden gem of the Lone Star State
(BPT) - For unexpected adventures, vibrant culture and a sub-tropical climate year-round, look no further than the Rio Grande Valley region of the Lone Star State. South Texas' warm temperature give travelers the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year and makes it the ideal des... Click for the rest of the article


Now's the time for peppermint [Infographic]
(BPT) - Few flavors define a season like peppermint and the holidays. In the following infographic you’ll see just how popular peppermint is during this season and just how people like to enjoy it. So take a look, to see how you might incorporate peppermint into your holiday traditions. ... Click for the rest of the article


The recipe of holiday tradition [Infographic]
(BPT) - Delectable food is as much a part of any holiday tradition as the destination, the events or the people themselves and many of the best dishes come from an old, family recipe. Follow this infographic to learn more about how recipes are passed down from generation to generation see if the pr... Click for the rest of the article


Did you know cranberries were once called sassamanash - and other fun facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Cranberries are a popular food item served during the holiday season (and beyond). Did you know these delicious tart berries aren’t always red? And that they bounce? Check out these fun facts and more from the cranberry bog.... Click for the rest of the article


The real reason we entertain
(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.In fa... Click for the rest of the article


Keep your home comfortable for the holidays
(BPT) - Holidays make for hectic homes. With family and friends coming in and out, overnight guests staying for days at a time and holiday celebrations going on, it’s hard enough to keep up with it all, much less keep your home comfortable and welcoming for all who spend time there. Here are ... Click for the rest of the article


Millions of Americans would give up Facebook for Christmas sweets [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holidays are full of decadent sweets and gourmet desserts, and Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. This infographic explores that love of sweets and what most people would part with (or protect) to ensure they get the sweets they crave this season. ... Click for the rest of the article


Flavors across America
(BPT) - America is home to a diversity of flavors - each region of the country is known for unique dishes and flavors that people from all over the world flock to, to get a taste. America’s passion for flavor is not only shown through the variety of flavors found across the country, but also ... Click for the rest of the article


5 not-so-surprising seafood facts (that your mom already knew)
  (BPT) - Anyone who grew up in the latter part of the 20th century almost certainly heard their mom refer to fish as “brain food.” Maybe you even scoffed because – let’s face it – what could mom possibly know about science and nutrition? Fast forward to 2014... Click for the rest of the article


Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well
(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment. If you have p... Click for the rest of the article


4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of ... Click for the rest of the article


10 tips for a healthy start in 2015
  (BPT) - The new year brings so many possibilities and opportunities to grow, enhance and do things differently. But change can be a challenge as nothing worth achieving comes easy.Keep these tips from Tara Gidus, RD, nutrition and fitness expert and consultant for California Raisins, in... Click for the rest of the article


How to make sure cleaning up isn't your only holiday activity
(BPT) - The holidays are upon us. It’s time for friends and family to gather, houseguests to move in, and marathon cooking and baking sessions to begin. Before any of these activities can start, and certainly once all of them are finished, there’s plenty of cleaning up to do.No one like... Click for the rest of the article


Every day heart health in February and beyond
(BPT) - It’s February again, and that means it’s American Heart Month. With all of the health information out there, it can be hard to figure out how to work heart healthy choices into your daily routine. Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN says that by keeping a few simple tips in mind for foods... Click for the rest of the article


Do your eggs come from happy hens? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to eggs and the hens that lay them, you hear a lot of terms bandied about: cage-free, farm fresh, organic and free range, to name a few. One term you likely haven’t heard is Hendependence. This means giving hens the freedom to enjoy the things that come naturally –... Click for the rest of the article


The only secret you need to know for successful holiday meal planning
(BPT) - You don't need the juggling skills of a big-top performer in order to host a successful holiday gathering. Careful planning, time management and an eye for adding quick and easy 'homemade' touches will make your gathering one for the memory books, while still having plenty of time to enjoy ... Click for the rest of the article


Win big by losing calories on game day
  (BPT) - Everyone knows the Big Game is not only about football and commercials, it’s also about gathering around an impressive spread of food and drinks. Game day is second only to Thanksgiving for calorie intake for Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ... Click for the rest of the article


Give holiday dishes a flavorful twist with gourmet cheese
(BPT) - Winter holidays conjure up cravings for our favorite comfort foods - from the aroma of fresh-baked apple pie to the taste of tender roast turkey. This year, give holiday recipes a delectable new twist by incorporating the flavors of imported gourmet cheeses.“Creatively crafted cheeses... Click for the rest of the article


Pregnant women should eat more seafood, FDA says
(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, especially during pregnancy. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for visual and cognitive developmen... Click for the rest of the article


Ketchup to dessert, sriracha poised to be 2015's 'go-to' flavor
(BPT) - Favored flavors can come and go like fashion trends, but every now and then a taste comes along that's so versatile and memorable, it earns a lasting place in culinary tradition. With its zest and spice, sriracha is poised to secure its status as a top flavor for 2015 and beyond.The sizzlin... Click for the rest of the article


Meal-planning hacks to help you dine fast and healthy
(BPT) - A fast pace and busy schedule may make you think that frequenting restaurants and fast food spots is faster than cooking at home. But it is possible to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen – and the money you spend from your wallet. Planning meals ahead of time, making one large g... Click for the rest of the article


5 simple parenting tips guaranteed to transform your picky eater
(BPT) - Few things cause more parental frustration than trying to get a picky eater to enjoy a well-rounded diet. Whether your child has been picky all his life, or, out of nowhere is now turning up his nose at healthy foods he previously adored, it’s easy to feel like your failing as a careg... Click for the rest of the article


African Americans with type 2 diabetes take America's Diabetes Challenge and pledge to get to their goals
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 4.9 million African-American adults living with diabetes - that’s nearly 20 percent of the adult African-American population.In 2003, after having... Click for the rest of the article


5 nutrition myths you won't believe are false
(BPT) - Sensationalized nutrition headlines are everywhere, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even in their own kitchens. Referred to as “sound-bite science,” much of the media reporting simplifies, sensationalizes and tailors headlines to get c... Click for the rest of the article


What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same h... Click for the rest of the article



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