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Light up the grill with crowd-pleasing skewers

Chicken skewers with avocado cream dip

Family Features Dust off your grill and light up the coals—it’s time to move the party back to the warm outdoors. Enjoy the company of friends and family this summer with this easy, make-ahead recipe for grilled chicken skewers with avocado cream dip. These versatile treats are sure to please any guest.

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Easy and delicious recipes for entertaining

Grilled flatbread with hummus and mixed veggies and more

Simplify your summer entertaining routine with quick, easy-to-make dishes that feature fresh, scrumptious ingredients. Laid back and lovely, summer parties call for wonderful friends, flavorful foods and refreshing beverages. But having company over to enjoy the beautiful outdoor surroundings doesn’t mean you have to stress over time-consuming meals that can take all day to prepare. Luckily, there are yummy options available for every al fresco host.

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Host a spring-inspired brunch

BBQ sauce-glazed pineapple ham picks and awesome apple butter breakfast cake

As winter gives way to spring, it’s the perfect excuse to gather together with your loved ones. This time of year is ideal for casual brunches, so for your next midday feast with friends and family, take your inspiration from the changing weather and create a brunch menu that mimics the flavors of the season.

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Ribs to the Rescue: Delicious and simple game-day winners

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs

You’ve got your favorite team. Your bracket is ready to go. All that’s left to do is choose the perfect menu star while the competition on the court—and on the sidelines—heats up. Serve up something your friends and family will love almost as much as the game itself: pork.

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Manage hunger with wholesome foods

Soy and Spinach Artichoke Dip

Whether you’re following a weight loss plan or simply maintaining healthy habits, finding foods that are nutritious sources of protein and promote satiety can help curb your urge to snack throughout the day.

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All the lean ways to love pork

Honey-Ginger Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Apples

As new food and health trends appear across the country, pork makes the list as not only a delicious menu choice, but one that is both lean and versatile. With so many cuts to choose from, pork makes it easy to explore new flavors while staying on track with a health-conscious diet.

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Healthy Home Entertaining

Make mealtime memorable with lean, flavorful lamb

When hosting your next get together, share a great meal that offers a variety of foods that are both delicious and good for you.

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Celebrate food and family

Chef Donatella Arpaia cooks up slow-braised Ragu and meatballs

Flavor is a universal language. It’s the common thread in family celebrations, friendly get-togethers and cultural gatherings around the world. It connects us across generations and geography, and has the power to unite and define us.

Halloween tricks and treats spice up family entertaining

Spooky snack mix and pepperoni pizza

Halloween is the sweetest holiday of the year, making it a favorite for giddy children who dream of giant bags of candy. Before they rush out the door on Halloween night, make sure your kids and their fellow trick-or-treaters are filled up with something other than candy.

Fun, easy ways to enjoy a family favorite

Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods, as it is easy to prepare and fun to share. Families are often looking for ways to enjoy this tasty dish and still feel good about staying on track with enjoyable, mindful eating.

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Comfort foods bring the whole family together

Veggie, Smoked Sausage and Cheese Bake

Few dishes have a way of pleasing taste buds and gathering the family together like comfort foods. It’s always best to have a repertoire of these classic, tried-and-true recipes on hand.

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Appetites, ingredients change with the seasons

Butternut squash and linguine

Just as our wardrobe adjusts to the cooler weather, so, too, do our appetites as we enjoy warm, comforting dishes to stave off the chill in the air.

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Playing with veggies entices kids to eat

Chicken and corn sliders

Ninety percent of kids don’t eat the recommended amount of vegetables each day. To help get more kids on board with healthy eating, it’s important to show them how fun veggies can be.

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Simple, tasty takes on entertaining with seafood

Hot Gulf Shrimp Dip

Nothing pairs better with cool, crisp weather than warm, home-cooked comfort food. Whether you’re searching for a dish for a tailgating get-together, a dinner party or just a relaxing night at home, look no further than the decadence of perfectly-prepared shrimp.

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Healthy home entertaining

Make mealtime memorable with lean, nutritious flavorful lamb

When hosting your next get together, share a great meal that offers a variety of foods that are both delicious and good for you.

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No matter the cut, it’s easy to party with pork

Prosciutto and mushroom-stuffed pork roast with balsamic glaze

Every host has faced the challenge of sorting through piles of recipes to find one that’s both easy to prepare and a crowd pleaser. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution: pork.

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Smoke and spice takes summer grilling to new heights

Five Pepper Salmon

This summer, think inside the box—the smoke box, that is—and turn your grill into a backyard smoker by adding wood chips to impart flavorful depth to meats, seafood and vegetables.

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Fresh tips for game-day dips

When family and friends gather together to watch the game, loading up the table with a variety of easy-to-grab, flavorful appetizers is a winning plan. After all, casual food and good times are what game day is all about.

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Mexican meals simplified

Deciding what to make for dinner is no longer a chore with these simple tips for family taco night. Start with tasty tortillas, hearty fillings and plenty of fresh toppings and you’ll have smiles all around.

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Score big with pork, your game day MVP

Football season is around the corner, and that can only mean one thing—it’s time to tailgate. With competition on the field heating up, you’ve probably already chosen your favorite team. When it comes to deciding what to eat at your tailgate party before kickoff, there are plenty of meats to choose from, and this year, the clear MVP is pork.

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Create memorable meals the Hawaiian way

The longer, sunny days of summer offer the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family for flavorful meals from the grill. To host a get-together the Hawaiian way—where all of your friends, family and neighbors feel special—focus on a few well-chosen elements to make even the most spontaneous gathering seem like a carefully orchestrated event.

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Make every day a smart fiesta

We all love nachos, fajitas and fiesta dips, but we also know that many of these dishes come with a high nutritional cost, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With an emphasis on bold spices and fresh, lean ingredients, it’s easy to enjoy a delicious fiesta without guilt.

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Gather around the grill with family, friends

Nothing brings family and friends together like great food. Take time to gather everyone around the grill, share some fun and make memories this summer.

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Pork: The perfect partner for easy entertaining

Entertaining is as easy as it is delicious when you choose pork as your party protein.

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A healthier you

Shape up, get fit and have fun this summer

In a perfect world, everyone would eat healthfully, exercise regularly and find time for a little bit of fun every day. The reality is, busy schedules, family time and social activities make it challenging to stay on track. Here are a few easy ways to add more health and balance to your daily routine.

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Grill up a Father’s Day feast

Make Father’s Day special by combining two of Dad’s favorite things — sweet treats and the grill.

Nutritious meals in minutes

After a chaotic day of shuttling kids around from school to appointments to sports practices,...

Grilled ribeye pork chops with chive mashed potatoes

America's most versatile protein just got a more appetizing price tag. With prices lower than...

Eating light for guiltless summer entertaining

Counting carbs for swimsuit season doesn't mean you have to miss out on the sun...

Grill potatoes for a unique, healthy side dish

Potatoes are the top food eaten alongside grilled main dishes, according to the NPD Group,...

Grill a better, healthier burger

Now that summer is almost here, it's time to fire up the grill. For many,...

Summers Perfect Pasta Salads

It's summer . . . time for carefree, fun-filled days and casual entertaining. So whether...

Trending Mediterranean

Just what is all the excitement about the Mediterranean diet? Simply put, it's based on...

Host a deliciously fresh brunch

Meals just taste better when you make them with fresh ingredients. So when you're hosting...

Pack your Easter Basket full of sweet treats

Spring into action and surprise guests at your Easter gathering with eggcellent desserts and treats....

Southwest pork tacos perfected

From coast to coast, every region of the country has its own tasty take on...

Celebrate with an egg-cellent outdoor brunch

Take advantage of warmer weather by hosting an outdoor brunch serving an egg-tastic recipe that's...

Fresh brunch ideas

Sweeter breads and casseroles are popular brunch foods, but they can be heavy and full...

Savor a satisfying fresh fruit salad

Delicious taste, beautiful colors, packed with healthy nutrients--what's not to love about fresh fruit? And...

Grilling goes sweet and savory

When it comes to a great cookout, you want to keep things simple and tasting...

Globe-hopping dinner parties

As interest in global cuisine grows, cooks are rediscovering the dinner party as an informal...

The many benefits of eating red and healthy

If you're looking for ways to feel better and live healthier, you might want to...

Share sweets from the heart this Valentines Day

What better way to show love and affection on Valentine's Day than by sharing a...

Made-with-love Pork Noodle Bowl

Chefs continue to be inspired by global ingredients in 2013, and home cooks can take...

Stuffing or dressing

Turkey and stuffing are Thanksgiving Day must-haves, but not everyone makes them the same way....

Cobweb cupcakes

1 package (18.25 ounces) devil's food or yellow cake mix 2 (2.1 ounces each)...

Cook up some savings

Busy families looking to stretch their food dollars are discovering they can save time and...

Olive oil and herb mashed potatoes

10 8-ounce potatoes, (about 5 pounds) peeled and cut in half 3/8 teaspoon white...

Healthy Thanksgiving potpie recipe

Eating healthy during the holidays can be difficult. Between scrumptious sweets and hearty special occasion...

Spooktacular halloween goodies

Halloween! Every year the kid in me eagerly anticipates celebrating this festive autumn holiday. I...