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home : greenwood living : food & recipes November 24, 2015

Baking basics: Getting the best performance from eggs in desserts
(BPT) - Whether you prefer grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, snowflake cookies or delicious eggnog custard, there are plenty of dessert options to choose from during the holiday season. We often associate holiday desserts with sugar, frosting and all things sweet. However, the most important ingr... (click to continue...)

Holiday entertaining made easy, healthy with fish
(BPT) - As the holidays approach, so does the prospect of indulging at annual festivities. It’s easy to get swept up in the celebratory mood, throw caution to the wind and revel in your favorite comfort foods when the weather gets cooler. But while the change in seasons brings a new bounty wi... (click to continue...)

7 things you can do to bring "break" back to your summer
(BPT) - Ahhhh … summer break. The thought still sounds exciting, but the reality is adults really don’t get a break during the summer. While many people resort to “enjoying” the summer from their desks, you owe it to yourself to stop the cycle, get out and take back a littl... (click to continue...)

Five reasons soup is the new sandwich
(BPT) - In the era of insulated lunch bags, it’s time for lunch-packers to think outside the sandwich and opt for improved and wholesome lunch options like soup. Here are five “souper” reasons why:* Soggy bread relief: Juicy tomatoes and dollops of mayonnaise make the sandwich, bu... (click to continue...)

Celebrating 50 years of the NFL with classic game day traditions from the McCourty family
(BPT) - As the nation sits down to watch football this Thanksgiving, game day traditions, like preparing a famous homemade recipe or hosting a heated backyard football rivalry, will come alive. Family traditions are what makes the holidays memorable.Two popular NFL players and identical twins, Jaso... (click to continue...)

Take your tailgate indoors with Chef Billy Parisi [Infographic]
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7 tips for stress-free holiday entertaining
(BPT) - With the holiday season upon us, chances are you’ll be doing more entertaining over the next few weeks than at any other time of the year. This is a time to test out your culinary skills on old favorites, or try something new. While it can be fun to spend some extra time in the kitche... (click to continue...)

7 tasty twists to spice up classic holiday foods
(BPT) - Food is a central part to any holiday celebration, but after having the same recipe for the fifth or sixth time, even beloved dishes can feel bland and boring. This year, spice up traditional fare with a few unique twists guaranteed to have guests raving.Mushrooms give earthy appeal to stuf... (click to continue...)

Have a fun and flavorful Friendsgiving with simple, delicious recipes
(BPT) - For most, Thanksgiving is all about tradition. Many of us have family recipes we look forward to eating year after year, and family and friends we are excited to see every Turkey Day. Thanksgiving family customs may run strong, but for those who like to have fun in the kitchen and celebrate... (click to continue...)

A world of sugar [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Did you know that candy ranks as the number one snack item purchased for the holidays? In fact, 44 percent of adults buy candy for gifting, and the remaining candy purchasers use it for holiday entertaining and other activities. From farm to industry to your table, high-quality white suga... (click to continue...)

Race fans across the country put their speed-eating skills to the test in the Whole Hog Challenge [Infographic]
(BPT) - Race fans across the country demonstrated their speed-eating abilities in the Smithfield Whole Hog Challenge – an exciting series of amateur eating contests held throughout this year's racing season – for the chance to compete in the ultimate eating showdown at the last race of ... (click to continue...)

4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor... (click to continue...)

Tailgating Essentials: 7 Tips for Game Day
(BPT) - Along with the hard hits, the heartache and exhilaration, football is about getting people together —even if they don’t always root for the same team. If you’re one of those fans who made several mock drafts of your ideal fantasy football team or have the stats of your fav... (click to continue...)

How smart home chefs are going green with kitchen design
(BPT) - Home chefs everywhere are taking a new approach when designing their dream kitchens. Beyond upscale tools and high end appliances, they also want features that are eco-friendly and environmentally smart. Here are the top trends in eco-friendly kitchen design.Green countertops When it comes ... (click to continue...)

4 ways avocados will crash your Thanksgiving this year
(BPT) - 1. There will be a Massive Pop-Up Guac Café at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Avocados From Mexico is shaking up the iconic annual parade from its usual crawl to an epic, guaced-out fiesta, including performances from GRAMMY nominated band, Daughtry!2. Avocados From Mexico ... (click to continue...)

Forget pumpkin mania, it's time for all things eggnog
(BPT) - Step aside pumpkin spice — your 15 minutes are over (at least for another year). The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time for eggnog to have its moment.While pumpkin permeates the culture every fall — from coffee flavoring to air fresheners — too often eggn... (click to continue...)

10 Seasonal Tips: Simple ways to save time and enjoy the holidays
(BPT) - It may be the most wonderful time of year, but at times, it can also feel like the most stressful. This holiday season, take a fresh approach to your “to-do’s list” to save time and energy so you can be merry and bright. These 10 tips and tricks will help you relax, unwind... (click to continue...)

Spritzers That Pair Perfectly with Summertime Favorites [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Summer revolves around the next cookout, barbecue or picnic. Even a day at the pool becomes an opportunity to snack on all your seasonal favorites. Barefoot Refresh Winemaker Jen Wall suggests these perfect #SpritzerSeason pairings.... (click to continue...)

Go ahead, play with your food! Turn snack time into fun time with creative recipes
(BPT) - “Don’t play with your food!” “Use the silverware!” You probably heard those directions from your parents when you were growing up. But times have certainly changed. Now you’re the parent, and TV, video games and numerous digital devices sometimes make it ... (click to continue...)

Tips and tricks for fuss-free holiday entertaining
(BPT) - The holidays are a time of celebration, not for stressing about how you’re going to feed a room full of hungry guests. Serving fanciful fare in a beautiful setting shouldn't be difficult — just use the tricks of entertaining experts. Here are five low-fuss ways to impress guests... (click to continue...)

5 tips to make your holiday cooking and baking cleanup easier
(BPT) - Preparing meals together is a great way to create lasting holiday memories. However, it’s no secret that whipping up Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe can create quite a mess. This year, use these clean-up tips to enjoy holiday time in the kitchen:Start with a solid baseAvoid messy ... (click to continue...)

Seven ways to say 'Hello' ... with chocolate
(BPT) - Saying hello. It can be easy and comforting if it’s to an old friend, but exciting and even a little scary if it’s to someone new. It can also make for a super sweet connection, especially if you say it with chocolate. Here are seven fun ways to do just that!1. A sweet welcome f... (click to continue...)

Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, b... (click to continue...)

Backyard barbecues just got easier with new digital electric smokers
(BPT) - Americans love barbecue — we just can’t help it. One whiff of that smoky meat is all many people need before their mouths start to water and they crave a stack of tender ribs. The food industry has taken notice, as smoked foods are all the rage these days. New BBQ joints are pop... (click to continue...)

Create the perfect cheese board in 4 easy steps
(BPT) - A delicious assortment of cheeses, paired with the right foods, is a feast for the eyes and the palate. You don’t have to be a professional chef to create a cheese board that looks and tastes like a culinary masterpiece.“For entertaining or just a quiet night at home, you can&rs... (click to continue...)

10 ways to keep your cool with grapes
(BPT) - This time of year, nothing tastes better on a warm day than a refreshing cool snack – like grapes. Delicious and good for you, California grapes are the perfect finger food but they can also be so much more. If you’re looking to treat your palate to new taste sensations, here ar... (click to continue...)

How to conquer holiday food cravings and still enjoy seasonal treats
(BPT) - Sweet treats at work. Extravagant family dinners. Buffets brimming with holiday indulgences. There’s plenty to savor this time of year, and it doesn’t have to lead to a bigger waistline.Licensed naturopathic doctor Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney believes the holidays are a time ... (click to continue...)

Bust holiday-hosting stress with these 5 smart party-planning tactics
(BPT) - When it comes to holiday get-togethers, no mood-killer is worse than a stressed-out host or hostess. Your guests may be willing to brave snowy roads, low temperatures and the fruitcake they know you’ll serve, but if you’re too frantic to enjoy their company, they won’t enj... (click to continue...)

No time to pack your child's lunch for school? No worries
(BPT) - The school year is well underway and your best laid plans for coordinated family schedules, home-cooked dinners together and a bag lunch packed from home have evolved to an acceptable level of managed chaos. Time is short and usually double-booked.One thing you don’t need to worry abo... (click to continue...)

6 tips to keep mornings moving for busy moms
(BPT) - The average American mother has a bazillion things to do every morning, and only two hands — and limited time — to get it all done. Finding some tricks and tactics to make the morning go smoothly can help ensure you accomplish everything, squeeze in a satisfying breakfast, and g... (click to continue...)

How well do Americans know ethnic cuisines? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ethnic cuisines are a long-term trend on restaurant menus. The National Restaurant Association’s Global Palates survey finds a wider variety of international foods are increasingly becoming part of everyday American diets.For more information on the survey, visit Restaurant.org/G... (click to continue...)

10 undeniable reasons kiwifruit is the next big superfood
  (BPT) - When selecting foods for you and your family, you want the most nutritional bang for your buck. And while superfoods are certainly the cream of the crop, picks can like wheatgrass and spirulina can be intimidating to prepare and unappealing to consume. Fortunately, the next big ... (click to continue...)

5 surprising superfoods for baby boomers
(BPT) - An estimated 77 million baby boomers represent the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. Many are embracing their golden years and taking a proactive approach to their well-being. If you are a boomer, you understand nutrition is fundamental to maintaining your health. But do... (click to continue...)

Nestlé Toll House unveils 2015 baking trends [Infographic]
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, Nestlé Toll House is inviting consumers to warm up their ovens and share their best baking this holiday season. Nestlé Toll House and leading pastry chefs from around the country looked at how baking is evolving and identified three core trends that ... (click to continue...)

Tips and tricks for the ultimate holiday cheese plate [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holidays are filled with parties, potlucks and feasts that all call for delicious treats. Whether you're hosting or just attending, any shindig is enhanced by a tasty cheese platter. These tips and tricks will inspire you to create a tasty and elegant cheese plate that is sure to charm ... (click to continue...)

Eight things we love about college game day and one thing we don't!
(BPT) - Ahhh, college game day. After a long week on the daily grind, it doesn’t get much better than gathering around the television with friends to watch your favorite team. Game day is one of those special traditions Americans across the country enjoy every Saturday during college football... (click to continue...)

6 easy tips to avoid calorie overload during the holidays
(BPT) - From office parties to neighborhood gatherings — during the holidays, food is everywhere. Despite your healthiest of intentions, it’s not easy to eat right during the holiday season — no matter how determined you are to stay on track.Fear not! With a few simple tricks and ... (click to continue...)

5 amazing things you didn't know about your favorite cup of joe
(BPT) - If your morning simply doesn’t begin until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Americans everywhere love their joe, and research shows 37 percent of American workers can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. Nearly half of ... (click to continue...)

8 ways to stuff an olive
(BPT) - Loved by both kids and adults, California Ripe Olives are a crowd-pleasing and affordable pantry staple known for being a party favorite served right out of the can. However, their versatile flavor, texture and signature shape also make them perfect for dressing up with a variety of filling... (click to continue...)

4 cooking secrets to help you bake like a pro at home
(BPT) - When it comes to food and cooking, Americans are becoming more adventurous and inspired to try new things. They buzz about the latest food trends with friends, share picture-worthy meals on their social feeds, binge on cooking shows and aspire to bring the unique dishes they eat in restaura... (click to continue...)

'Tis the season for good etiquette
(BPT) - In today’s fast paced, eat-on-the-run world, it seems very few of us make time for a regular sit down meal at the dinner table. That’s until the holidays roll around, when the pressure’s on to be perfect. Before you read any further, ask yourself — are you confident ... (click to continue...)

3 winter recipes and wine pairings to 'wow' any crowd
(BPT) - Whether you're cooking for two or a dinner party with friends, these recipes are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season. Try them with the recommended wine pairings for a truly memorable meal.Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Sage Pesto Stuffed Pork TenderloinAuthor: Katie Morris of... (click to continue...)

Banish the boring! Go global for great fall dishes
(BPT) - There’s something to be said for having a routine: Meatless Monday, Wednesday leftovers, Friday pizza night. A routine helps keep planning and shopping on track so there’s less stress at dinnertime. But keeping to a routine doesn’t mean meals have to be boring. Go global t... (click to continue...)

Energize your meals with one versatile ingredient
(BPT) - When it comes to entertaining, each season has its own unique characteristics for traditional dishes and dinner party themes. But who says you can’t break the rules and step outside the box with a versatile and innovate menu item? Whether you’re hosting or simply making a fall f... (click to continue...)

Gochujang 101: Everything you need to know about the 'hottest' sauce around [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Move over, Sriracha - Gochujang, a fermented red-pepper paste, has hit the market as the latest culinary craze and is here to stay. According to Korean culinary expert, Bibigo, this Korean staple was developed from an inspired recipe over 1,000 years ago and delivers dynamic and complex f... (click to continue...)

Water usage: how does your snack stack up? [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Producing enough food to meet the needs of a growing world population is a serious and increasingly challenging issue. The Earth’s population is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, an increase of some 2 billion from today. Peanuts can be one solution. They are nutri... (click to continue...)

6 steps to a happy holiday of healthy eating
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching, and with them come buffets, sweets and food-laden tables. You can think of that as temptation or realize that you have the power to make good-for-you choices, whether you’re managing diabetes or aiming for healthy eating in general. The American Diabetes ... (click to continue...)

Can't make it to the tailgate? Host the ultimate 'staygate' instead
(BPT) - With college football season upon us, there’s no better way to enjoy time with family and friends than getting together to cheer on your favorite team. This year, with rising ticket, concession and travel costs, why not gather your friends and family together for a private “stay... (click to continue...)

10 ways to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving
(BPT) - From cooking an extravagant turkey dinner to readying the house for guests, hosting Thanksgiving is a lot of work. This annual day of thanks should be focused on connecting with family and enjoying each other’s company, not worrying if the bird will be dry or the kids will be bored. T... (click to continue...)

Talking turkey for the Thanksgiving table
(BPT) - Without a doubt the iconic American bird, the turkey, majorly influences all things Thanksgiving, right down to our tabletop décor. It’s a colorful history, nearly as old as the holiday itself.When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an official holiday back in 1863, Englis... (click to continue...)

PB&J: The comfort food for every generation [Infographic]
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Not all tilapia are equal: Choosing good from bad
(BPT) - The right seafood can make for a nutritious and satisfying meal, but it’s not always easy to decipher its labeling. Wild-caught, farm-raised, all-natural and organic are just a few buzz words shoppers notice at the seafood counter, but relying on a one-off label alone won’t guar... (click to continue...)

Tailgate at your place with these easy party tips
(BPT) - Football season is here, and it’s the ideal time to throw a tailgate party in the comfiest and most welcoming place — in your home, in front of the TV, along with your best friends and your favorite foods.There’s no question that football, food and friends make a great com... (click to continue...)

Drink up; the world's largest glass of ice tea is created in Summerville, South Carolina
(BPT) - The world’s largest ball of twine is in Darwin, Minnesota. The world’s largest bicyclist is in Sparta, Wisconsin. And now the home of the world’s largest glass of ice tea is officially Summerville, South Carolina, fittingly the birthplace of sweet tea.The world-record sett... (click to continue...)

There's always room for pie [Infographic]
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Unlock your inner chef with dinner inspired by the movie 'Burnt'
(BPT) - For a romantic date or an outing with friends, you can’t go wrong with dinner and a movie. Whether you’re headed to a theater or settling in at home, make your cooking the star of the show by taking inspiration from the new culinary movie “Burnt,” starring Bradley Co... (click to continue...)

5 easy ways to reduce food waste in your daily life
(BPT) - “What’s for dinner?”For many, the question is uttered nearly every evening, and the answer is easy.But for 795 million people in the world — those who don’t have a reliable meal to look forward to according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... (click to continue...)

How to be a great holiday guest and host
(BPT) - The holiday season is chaotic enough without the added stress of entertaining. Whether you open your house to family and friends, or attend parties hosted by others this season, these tips will help you keep tensions low and stomachs full wherever you celebrate.Don’t show up empty-han... (click to continue...)

3 ways to bring a touch of nostalgia to modern holiday celebrations
(BPT) - Fond memories of holidays past are one of the many gifts of the seasons, and it turns out a bit of nostalgia is good for you. It can make you feel less lonely, bored or anxious, and more generous, tolerant and happy, according to a New York Times report on nostalgia research. You don’... (click to continue...)

Tips for home chefs to make their kitchens functional
(BPT) - When it comes to creating delicious menu items in your own kitchen, you could do it with limited space, dark lighting and minimal tools. It might take you longer, but you can do it.If you are a foodie and you specialize in making dishes that are well received by family and friends, you don'... (click to continue...)

Flavor and fitness: Can they work together?
(BPT) - A common complaint among individuals who exercise frequently is the difficulty of balancing good nutrition with delicious flavor. These attributes are too often seen as opposing, with one unfortunately getting sacrificed. But what people may not realize is that there is a valuable resource ... (click to continue...)

Trends turn to cozy and comfortable fall entertaining
(BPT) - As the glorious days of summer slip into crisp evenings, the changing colors trigger a transition in seasonal décor.“There’s an exciting mix of texture and color in fall fashion that’s extending into home decorating,” says designer Julie Robbins. “As for... (click to continue...)

Get ready for back-to-school with minivan meal makeovers
(BPT) - Back-to-school time can be hectic for busy, on-the-go parents. Between transporting kids to school, getting to work on time and never missing extracurricular events, the minivan can feel like a second home, making eating on the run a necessity. Whether planning breakfasts on the way to scho... (click to continue...)

Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your f... (click to continue...)

Dietary differences? Keep breakfast satisfying with smart substitutions
(BPT) - When it comes to breakfast, the options are truly endless. However these days, dietary sensitivities to dairy, eggs, nuts and meat-free lifestyle choices can make it challenging to serve a breakfast that’s nourishing and satisfying for everyone.Fortunately, making smart substitutions ... (click to continue...)

Homemade spirits and cocktails are an easy, creative way to make the season bright
(BPT) - During the holidays, many people turn to homemade items to help personalize celebrations and gift-giving. If you enjoy holiday DIY, this year why not try making your own holiday spirits? Unique infusions and liqueurs are not only memorable gifts, but they also add a personalized flare to ho... (click to continue...)

Superfood, not supersize your snacking
(BPT) - America is a nation of snackers, consuming an ever-increasing array of larger-sized food. You’ve probably heard of the trend “supersizing.” The challenge is that as our snacks have increased in size, so too have the number of empty calories we consume. Instead of supersizi... (click to continue...)

Make-ahead appetizers your guests will go nuts over
(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of entertaining occasions like end of summer barbecues to plan for. Instead of focusing on several sides to accompany your barbecue favorites, consider offering your guests an array of seasonal appetizers to complement your main course.... (click to continue...)

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