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The truth behind some common, confusing food terms
(BPT) - Organic, GMO-free, local, hormone-free and antibiotic-free: So many terms are attached to our food these days that it can be difficult to know what they really mean. Worldwide, 62 percent of consumers say they care about food and nutrition, and 80 percent read labels, according to a global ... Click to read more

Is seaweed the next superfood?
(BPT) - There’s a new superfood in town. And it’s not kale.Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it’s also packed with essential nutrients like v... Click to read more

Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derived ingr... Click to read more

Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in t... Click to read more

3 fun Easter baskets everyone will love
(BPT) - It’s hard to imagine celebrating Easter without baskets full of delicious chocolate and special gifts. In fact, filling Easter baskets has been a cherished tradition for centuries. This year Joy Cho, creative director and founder of the popular blog, created three fun (and simple)... Click to read more

Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products
(BPT) - Pulled pork, ham steaks, chops, tenderloin and everyone’s favorite, bacon — Americans love pork, and consume about 64 pounds per person every year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. But Americans’ interest in pork goes far beyond what barbecue sauce to use on it, or ho... Click to read more

Top gardening trends for 2017
(BPT) - Whether you have a backyard or just a few containers on the patio, sunny days are your cue it's time to garden. Growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables is a lot of fun, and with some simple tips, it can be pretty easy to make sure your outdoor space is a showstopper.The experts at Ba... Click to read more

5 unique ways to enjoy chips and dip
(BPT) - The classic chip and dip snack can be found at almost any party or get together, and there’s a good reason why — everyone loves it! National Chip and Dip day is Thursday, March 23, so grab your apron and head to the kitchen with these fun and unique ways to enjoy CHI-CHI’S(R) Brand chips an... Click to read more

Soy sauce: Sodium saving, flavor raising [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and Kikkoman is sharing a tried-and-true secret to healthier cooking. According to research published in the Journal of Food Science, using Traditionally Brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of table salt can help reduce sodium quantities in your cooking by u... Click to read more

Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... Click to read more

4 ways coffee lovers savor spring
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and with it comes more daylight and longer days to enjoy. To make sure you're living them to the max, here are a few tips on how Café Bustelo can help you live a vibrant life as the clocks spring forward.1. Adventure outsideTake advantage of the warmer weather by headi... Click to read more

Sell your great idea with practice, perfection and pitching
(BPT) - In 2015, thousands of people filed more than half a million patent applications for their good ideas, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. That’s a lot of ideas. Sadly, only half received patents, and fewer still made it to market. Anyone can have a great idea, but ho... Click to read more

Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about 'less,' 'giving up' and 'taking away?' Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion size are commonly heard pieces of advice when you're trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health ... Click to read more

Culinary goodness for healthy bones [Infographic]
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Hot cooking trends: 5 flavorful ways to prepare pork
(BPT) - Tired of the same old casseroles and pasta dishes? As the seasons transition, you're probably looking for fresh and flavorful ways to prepare satisfying foods for your family and friends.An increasing number of home and professional chefs are using pork to produce mouth-watering, palate-ple... Click to read more

Tips for hosting a better brunch
(BPT) - Love the idea of hosting a brunch, but begin to regret it the moment you're toiling over a pan of bacon grease while your friends are chatting over mimosas? You're not alone. Whether you're planning a simple brunch for a small group or an Easter brunch to wow a crowd, these simple tips and ... Click to read more

Last-minute party tips: Be the 'hostess with the mostest' for the least work and stress
(BPT) - Everyone wants to be the 'hostess with the mostest' when throwing a last-minute party, but how can you wow your guests when you have little prep time and a budget that's more like 'least' than 'most?''With warm weather approaching, impromptu get-togethers can pop up at any time,' notes Aman... Click to read more

Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry
(BPT) - From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist.Here to set the record straight for our feathered f... Click to read more

5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night
(BPT) - “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one yo... Click to read more

10 delicious ways to use almond milk
(BPT) - As almond milk is America’s favorite dairy alternative, here’s a guide to enjoying it even more, with quick tips and out-of-the-carton recipes for every day. Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It’s also great for calorie-watchers, as un... Click to read more

Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there... Click to read more

5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them - often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The good news i... Click to read more

The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice
(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, n... Click to read more

5 ways coffee keeps winter blues at bay
(BPT) - It’s officially winter and, while we love freshly fallen snow, the shorter days and freezing temperatures receive a little less love. Whether used to fuel a busy day at work or adding a bold flavor with a relaxing day at home, Café Bustelo(R) coffee can perk up the winter blues and bring a ... Click to read more

Top 10 tips for hosting a winning big game bash
(BPT) - Gear up for the game day crowd - and those who are just there for the commercials - with these hosting tips, bite-size snack ideas, DIY decorations and party games.1. Don't let easy-to-forget items keep you sidelinedA dead remote is the quickest way to sideline a big game watch party. But, ... Click to read more

Bake some good [Infographic]
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5 Key food plays for the ultimate game-day spread
(BPT) - The biggest game-day celebration of the year is right around the corner, and you've been called upon to host; are you ready? Whether you're a veteran starter or you're coming off the bench for your first hosting gig, throwing a great party for the big game is simple, so long as the right fo... Click to read more

Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... Click to read more

How fake news might affect your favorite foods
(BPT) - The 'certified organic' seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies that a produc... Click to read more

5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood
(BPT) - You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised?It can feel like there are endless options when shopping at the... Click to read more

5 recipes to become your own in-house barista
(BPT) - In the morning, you can’t go without the Joe. Coffee is more than a beverage to you — it’s your pick-me-up, your trusted morning partner, the foundation of a successful day.Yeah, it’s that important.The new Folgers Coffeehouse Blend offers a distinct taste that starts smooth and finishes bo... Click to read more

Enjoy steakhouse-quality soup at your house [Infographic]
(BPT) - Celebrate National Soup Month by bringing the steakhouse experience to your own home. A recent Idahoan survey revealed Americans’ passion for soup and desire for an at-home steakhouse experience. Unlike other dry soups that take more than fifteen minutes to prepare by stove, with Idahoan Pr... Click to read more

Touch down in Houston for the big game
(BPT) - February is fast approaching, and with it the year's largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas.With mild weather, amazing city views, a walkable cultural district and delectable food, visitors wi... Click to read more

5 strategies to lose 48 pounds
(BPT) - You've probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn't eat. But if you're still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better 'strategic plan,' one you can put into action before yo... Click to read more

Ring in the New Year with these Original Hosting Tips
(BPT) - New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and that means people are finalizing how they plan to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. This year, the original “Extra Old” Cognac brand, Hennessy, invites you to take advantage of one of life’s luxuries and host an intimate and original New Y... Click to read more

Tech strengthens family's love for farming
(BPT) - Less than an hour south of Philadelphia, deep in the heart of New Jersey farm country, the DuBois family works year-round to help put dinner on the table for American families.Marlene and Henry DuBois, along with their daughter, Crystal, and son, Byron, farm roughly 4,000 acres. Theirs is a... Click to read more

3 steps to making the perfect winter hot cocoa bar
(BPT) - The winter months are such a wonderful time of the year. There’s so much to love about the chilliest season — the smell of the crisp air, fires in the fireplace, festive lights on every corner and even the seasonal drinks, especially hot cocoa. To help create a simple yet stylish and fun wa... Click to read more

Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they’ll remember how great your home ... Click to read more

Reinvent your cooking with award-winning recipe ideas
(BPT) - Are you stuck in a cooking rut? It's common to cycle the same dishes over and over, but at some point your taste buds will crave something new. Maybe it's time to shake things up.Whether it's trying new recipes or simply adding fresh flavors to your standard go-to meals, it's easy to add pi... Click to read more

Ice cream in December? Why yes! 5 easy ideas
(BPT) - Your favorite ice cream doesn’t have to be a seasonal treat. There are scores of creative ways to enjoy ice cream any time of the year; you’ll find five unique combinations below. So start experimenting today, and don’t forget to share: the "it's too cold crowd" will be enjoying it with you... Click to read more

Four holiday kitchen hacks you need to know
(BPT) - As the holiday hustle and bustle swings into high gear, there are a few holiday hacks to make cooking, baking and gifting a little easier. Visit or follow Reynolds Kitchens on Pinterest for more delicious holiday recipes and hacks for staying stress-free this season.1. ... Click to read more

Host a party with these 5 hacks
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family in your home is fun any time of the year. However, with entertaining comes the stress of planning and the pressure to make each get-together more exciting than the last.Throwing a memorable party does not have to be overwhelming. With a few simple hosting hacks, y... Click to read more

Everyday gourmet: 5 simple ways to dress up your dishes
(BPT) - Whether dining out or watching chefs whip up gourmet foods on TV, you may feel inspired to add a little pizzazz to the meals you make at home. However, you may not have the time, energy or resources to spend hours in the kitchen creating upscale fare.Fortunately, there are a few incredibly ... Click to read more

What seafood dish should you serve this holiday season?
(BPT) - Serve your guests an exquisite meal inspired by the historic Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a tradition for family and friends to enjoy an array of seafood dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. The tradition originated with serving seven courses made up of classic Italian seafood dishes. T... Click to read more

Korean kitchen 101: 5 easy ways to use Korean flavors at home
(BPT) - From street trucks to fine dining, Korean food has skyrocketed in popularity due to its bold flavors and unique approach to ingredients. And it’s not just a major food trend — it is fast becoming more mainstream.But, while kimchi may no longer be regarded as a “mystery ingredient,” even the... Click to read more

Tips on how to pair seafood and wine
(BPT) - This holiday season, look to Italy for inspiration for your food and wine pairings. Serve your guests an exquisite meal inspired by the historic Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a tradition for family and friends to enjoy an array of seafood dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. The traditio... Click to read more

Star chef shares his secret to a juicy rib-eye: Cooking with air [Video]
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How to build a better (plant-based) burger
(BPT) - Whether you’re an In-N-Out purist or a die-hard Shake Shack fan, there’s no denying that burgers are America’s quintessential comfort food. However, before you chow down, have you considered the impact your burger might have on your health and the planet?While consuming beef and pork in mod... Click to read more

5 must-see moments to watch for in the 2017 Rose Parade
(BPT) - New Year’s feels like a time of such hope, promise and happiness that it’s only natural to wish the merriment could last a little longer. In 2017, New Year’s revels don’t end on Sunday, Jan. 1. The 126-year-old Rose Parade will take place on Jan. 2, 2017, honoring the long-standing traditio... Click to read more

10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
(BPT) - Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes - as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods while bu... Click to read more

Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017
(BPT) - Nurturing and nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you’re ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now’s the time to get a healthy jump on the new year.“Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health,” says Marlene Schmidt, registered diet... Click to read more

5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... Click to read more

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... Click to read more

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