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From easy art to a sweet treat

Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration. This year, scare up..

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Simply savory meals

Farm-fresh meals are what many families desire. Straight from the farm to your table is one of the best ways you can ensure you’re delivering a

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Power up with plant protein

When it comes to getting energy from the food you eat, it’s no secret that protein packs a powerful punch. However, research shows certain plant-based proteins, like peanuts, may carry additional benefits.

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Make-ahead breakfasts for busy school days

When the school year rolls around, switching from pool to school means finding simpler ways to kick off the day with healthy and nutritious options.

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Snack smarter with dairy

Americans are snacking more and more these days, with the average person consuming 25 percent of daily calories in the form of snacks. This school year, aim for an A-plus in nutrition by snacking smarter on nutrient-rich dairy products. Snacking goes hand-in-hand with dairy products since they are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to fuel up throughout the day. There are a variety of grab-and-go milk, cheese and yogurt products that provide portable nutrition.

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Good eats with grapes

Make a heart-healthy menu with flavorful fruit

Heart-healthy foods can play a role in healthy aging. Whether you enjoy them by the handful as a refreshing snack or use them to add color, crunch and a touch of sweetness to a meal, grapes are a heart-healthy option that make eating better easy. Grapes of all colors—red, green and black—are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols. At just 90 calories per serving, they also contain no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.

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Fire up the Fourth with tasty backyard recipes

Fireworks, family and food are what the Fourth of July is all about. This year, add some spark to backyard staples like grilled chicken and potato salad with a little help from tangy condiments, smoky rubs and your cast-iron skillet. For a main dish, that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, smother grilled chicken with a white barbecue sauce—the South’s tangy little secret. It’s made with simple pantry ingredients like mayonnaise, cider vinegar and mustard.

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Tips to avoid binge-watching guilt

Dozens of streaming video providers are making it easier than ever to watch the TV programming you want when you want it, and exclusive programming released an entire season at a time is transforming the way Americans watch TV. The flip side of this convenience is a surge in binge-watching, which can have some negative side effects, including binge eating.

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Get foiled

Foil-packet cooking is hot, hot, hot

As the saying goes, big things come in small packages, and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in the oven, on the grill or over an open flame.

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Go ahead ... eat the whole watermelon

Sliced or diced, grilled or blended, there are countless ways to prepare watermelon. With some fruits, half or more is wasted when you throw away the seeds and peel, but you may be surprised to learn that you can use an entire watermelon, including the rind, to make delicious and refreshing dishes.

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Bring brunch home

There’s no denying that brunch is a popular favorite, but you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy a delicious spread with family and friends. Enjoy this weekend luxury every day and bring brunch home with premium ingredients like Smithfield’s Hometown Original Bacon, Anytime Favorites Diced Ham and Fresh Breakfast Sausage.

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Simplify fish Fridays with sheet pan dinners

If you’re observing Lent, Friday fish dinners could be in your future, but that’s no reason to feel limited by what you can cook. Seafood pairs well with all sorts of flavors—from chili seasoning to lime extract—and bakes quickly on a sheet pan with minimal cleanup.

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A Better Easter Brunch

Focus on quality ingredients for a simply delicious meal

Hosting an elegant Easter brunch is easy when you build a menu around exceptional ingredients. Your dishes don’t have to be overly complicated; simple dishes are perfect for the occasion when you let stand-out flavors steal the show. Brunch calls for a combination of light and savory fare, and an ingredient like Jarlsberg Brand Cheese lets you go either way. Best known for its classic wedge, this nutty, mild cheese is also available sliced and shredded - perfect for adding a distinctive taste to nearly any indulgent dish you can imagine.

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A blended take on family favorites

Mushrooms served three ways

It’s not always easy to create meals that are both nutritious and satisfying. Managing intake of added sugar and saturated fat takes effort and planning, but transforming your favorite recipes into more nutritious family meals can be simpler than you imagined.

Winter Weather Warm-Up

Sweaters and scarves aren’t the only ways to brace yourself against blustery weather. There’s no time like winter to putter in the kitchen, where the cozy heat from the stove and the aromas of mouthwatering dishes can warm you from the inside out.

Lend a helping ham

A full, delicious menu with sides and snacks

Preparing the perfect ham for all of your holiday guests to share can feel like a lot of pressure, but complementing the main dish with sides, snacks and desserts can help take a bite out of that overwhelming feeling.

A full, delightful feast

Round out your holiday meal with mouthwatering courses

While the turkey typically receives all the attention at holiday gatherings, rounding out your meal with the perfect snacks, sides and desserts is the key to a successful feast.

Fuel the day

Boost every moment with versatile peanut butter

Whether you’re a fitness junkie, busy parent, sleep-deprived student or diehard sweet tooth, peanut butter is an ingredient that sticks for all of life’s moments. With a healthy boost of protein and energy, peanut butter is perfect as an on-the-go snack, fuel for a workout, a reliable family meal or a decadent dessert.

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Celebrating everyday moments

Top family-friendly ice cream desserts

Finding time to celebrate family moments is always sweeter with a delicious ice cream dessert. Breyers partnered with celebrity chef Curtis Stone and his wife, actress Lindsay Price Stone, to celebrate its 150th birthday. The couple created 12 delicious ice cream recipes inspired by each month of the year using Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream. From January’s recipe featuring Fortune Cookies and Natural Vanilla Ice Cream with Mandarins and Oranges to December’s Spicy Hot Chocolate Floats, families have desserts to celebrate everyday moments all year long.

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A smokin’ summer

Ancho chile rub is the star

If the surge in barbecue and smoking competitions across the country is any indication, grilling has become an art form. This summer, gather around the grill or try a new technique that’s rising in popularity—smoking—to create a masterpiece meal and plenty of memories.

A smokin’ summer

Ancho chile rub is the star

Score top fat so it will melt into pork while smoking and allow more rub to get into meat. Rub pork with white vinegar then rinse with water. Pat dry with clean paper towels. Rub pork butt with yellow mustard. Rub pork butt with ancho chile rub. Inject pork with 10-12 ounces of ancho chile smoking spritzer.

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Feed your fitness

Cedar plank grilled salmon with sweet potatoes and more

Whether you’re a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym hound looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best foods to support an athletic lifestyle. It not only delivers great-tasting nutrition, but also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits.

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Get your grill on

Firing up the grill is an American tradition. The farm families who produce the food so many people enjoy at backyard cookouts want to share some of their favorite grilling recipes, as well as an appreciation for how food gets from the farm to the table.

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Homemade sushi is easy with surimi

Sushi is a popular choice for a night out with friends or a romantic date night, but good sushi can also break the bank

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Seafood swaps for Lent fish Fridays

Switching to seafood on Fridays during Lent? You can still make casual Friday favorites by swapping meat for seafood in easy meals like burgers and quesadillas.

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Elevate your Easter brunch

If you'll be hosting friends and family to honor Easter this year, make your gathering as simple as it is scrumptious with a decadent brunch menu.

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Simple, satisfying soup for supper

A hearty, flavorful bowl of soup on a chilly night is hard to beat. But if the thought of preparing soup from scratch makes you think "nice idea, but too time consuming," it's time to rethink soup making.

Swap up for the big game day

Chicken wings, guacamole, and cheesy dips are America's top choices for most big game day menus, but the same recipes year after year can get tiring. Forget the same-old spread and surprise your guests with a little more taste and pizazz this year.

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Bring big flavor to easy weeknight dining

There's no time like the present to begin incorporating healthier meals into your menus

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Quick and easy breakfasts for busy families

Try these high-protein breakfast recipes with milk to power your day

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the chaos of trying to get the whole family ready in the morning can sometimes make it fall by the wayside. That's why it's important to have quick, easy and nutritious breakfast ideas and recipes on hand, especially ones even picky eaters will enjoy.

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Bring tailgating home

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is the lowest than at any time in the previous 500 years. That’s the latest finding from researchers at the journal Nature Climate Change who reported this week that the level of snow at the end of March on the high hills separating California and Nevada was just one-twentieth of the average for the last half century.

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A centerpiece for the celebration

As family gathers around the table, a fragrant, beautifully plated main dish is the focal point of any Holiday meal. A richly flavored pork or beef dish that looks as good as it tastes will have guests passing their plates for more.

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Busy Season Easy Meals

The busy season has arrived. It's that time when we're more likely to skip a meal, or just nibble without much thought about what we're eating, because there seems to be no time to prepare a meal.

Boost back-to-school success

With these breakfast tips

A daily breakfast leads to not only better overall nutrition, but better school performance as well. A simple breakfast at home or school can ensure that your child doesn't start the day hungry. It also ensures that your child has the nutrients and energy he or she needs during the morning to concentrate on learning.

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Blend late summer produce to make sauces, sips and soups

Want to get the most out of late summer's fresh fruits and vegetables? Look to your blender and spice rack to puree seasonal produce into refreshing sips, chilled soups and savory sauces.

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Blended Bliss

Delicious and nutritious smoothies for the whole family

Looking for a healthy, convenient and delicious breakfast boost, afternoon refuel or sweet treat? If so, break out the blender and whip up a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

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Fresh and fruity ways to impress guests

Super spritzers

From pool parties to baseball games to backyard barbecues, this time of year provides a number of occasions to enjoy time with family and friends. This summer, take your gatherings to the next level with a fun and festive drink menu that reflects the fresh flavors of the season.

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Breakfast ideas kids will love

Texas Pete brown sugar glazed bacon

Getting kids excited for the day is never easy.

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Fresh takes on kids’ favorites

Pancakes, cookies, and doughnuts

As the kids get out of school, there’s no better time to make a fresh start in the kitchen, too. Substituting nutritious ingredients such as sorghum in your favorite grain-based foods is an easy way to upgrade your family’s menu this fall.

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Sensational seafood on the grill

Alaskan salmon recipes the family will love

The fresh, enticing flavors of the sea are calling. This summer, amp up your outdoor dining experience with recipes that offer a nutritious and delicious alternative to garden-variety grilled fare like burgers and steaks. Low in fat and sodium, and high in heart-healthy omega-3s, Alaska seafood takes on a whole new appeal when prepared over an open flame. Grilling Alaska seafood is easy with simple preparations, such as these, that let the flavor of quality seafood stand front and center. For more guest-worthy recipes, visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com.

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Grilling for a good cause

Cookbook raises money for wounded veterans

It’s time to throw on that apron and head outside. Memorial Day is the biggest grilling holiday of the year, and you’ll want to show off your barbecue expertise for hungry friends and family.

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How to make the ultimate burger

Southwestern smoky ranchero burger with grilled avocado

Grilling season is here, and that means burgers—the No. 1 grilled item in America—are on the menu at backyard cookouts and weeknight dinners across the country.

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Salad season is here

Southwestern bean and quinoa salad with cilantro-lime dressing

Yes, salads are year-round staples, but when the weather turns warm, they take on a more prominent position on menus.

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Refreshing garden goodness

Creamy chicken taquitos

Though it may be weeks or even months before you can enjoy the bounty of a flourishing garden, you can get a jump on your craving for fresh veggies with ingredients that deliver the same refreshingly wholesome flavors.

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Protein-packed meals and snacks

Greek pizza and tuna apple melts

Protein is an incredibly important part of our diets. Not only is it associated with muscle and tissue health, research finds that protein plays an important role in energy levels, weight management and satiety (feeling full). In fact, a recent survey found that nine in 10 Americans believe that protein helps them feel fuller and satisfied longer.

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Homemade sauces serve up health and taste

Creamy mac and cheese and classic pesto

Getting your family together around a delicious, home-cooked meal is easier when your kitchen is stocked with better-for-you ingredients. For home cooks looking to delight taste buds and satisfy appetites—start with the sauce.

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How to create an eggs-traordinary Easter feast

Three great recipes the whole family will love

Brighten up your Easter feast with unique flavor twists to refresh traditional dishes like ham and deviled eggs. And don’t forget the decorations—it’s easy to create vibrant centerpieces using eggs dyed in the hottest seasonal shades.

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Simple seafood recipes for Lent

Pan-steamed Alaska Seafood Marseilles

If you find your recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes your family will love. In fact, you may even discover new dishes you can serve all year long.

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Celebrate dad with grilling and golf

This year for Father’s Day, skip the tacky tie and give dad something he truly wants—quality time with the kids who gave him such an honorable title. Plan an intimate family gathering with all his favorite foods and a few special touches that reflect his other passions in life, such as golf.

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Throw a shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day party

With Irish classics and green-tinted treats

It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests—including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love.

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