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(BPT) - Whether it’s the long-awaited premiere of your favorite drama, the return of a hyped reality series, or this season’s big award show, there’s always a reason to gather your friends around a screen for a viewing party!

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Friday 09/20/2019
Spice Up Your Life With Easy-To-Enjoy Jambalaya
Posted: September 20, 2019

(NAPSI)—For a fast, easy and delicious one-pot meal, few dishes can beat a jambalaya. Created by the unique blend of cultures that make up New Orleans cuisine, jambalaya is both satisfying and simple to make using whatever you happen to have on hand (thus excellent for that “end-of-week-clean-out-the-fridge-meal”). Known for its bold flavor and versatility, there’s no wrong way to make this crowd-pleaser.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
Get Back into the Swing of Dinnertime
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) After juggling work, school, extracurricular activities, homework and preparing dinner, getting back into a weeknight routine may feel impossible.

5 Tips for a Tasty Tailgate
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Casual and diehard sports fans alike can all agree one of the best parts of game day is the tailgate. Whether you’re heading to the game to take part in the action or tuning in on the big screen, you can light up the scoreboard this season with these tips for a fun, easy and downright tasty tailgate (or home-gate).

Get Creative with a School Lunch Favorite
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Getting back in the swing of the school year routine can be hectic. With the right ingredients, though, lunchtime doesn’t have to be.

7 Dishes Perfect for Game Day
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Culinary.net) Fried, grilled, baked or slow-cooked, game day dishes come in all flavors and textures so everyone comes out a winner. Try these classic ideas and new spins to take your home-gate to the next level.

Peanut-Powered Protein
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

Nutritious ideas for flavor-filled family meals

Make Family Meals Matter
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

Add Mexican Flair to Game Day Favorites
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Football season, for many people, is just as much about the food as it is about the action. No matter who’s playing and whether you’re at a tailgate or living room watch party, one thing is for sure: football and flavor go hand-in-hand.

A Sweet, Chocolaty Dessert
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Culinary.net) When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to beat chocolate as the main ingredient for dishes of all kinds. Add a twist to your next treat with the sweet taste of caramel in this Chocolate Caramel Pie.

Ethnic Dishes to Celebrate Diversity
Posted: September 18, 2019

(Family Features) Incorporating the tastes and traditions of Hispanic-style cuisine into at-home meals is as simple as choosing your favorites, preparing with quality, authentic ingredients and watching your family devour them.

Tuesday 09/17/2019
Celebrate Oyster Season In The Heart Of South Carolina’s Lowcountry
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—There’s no place to experience the culture and taste of South Carolina’s famous oysters like on the Lowcountry Oyster Trail. Headquartered in the historic riverfront community of Bluffton, S.C., the Lowcountry Oyster Trail offers an immersive culinary experience not found anywhere else in the region. Visitors get an in-depth exploration of S.C.’s magical mollusks while sampling both the wild harvested kind and commercially grown single selects.

Friday 09/13/2019
Foodies Flock To Old World Pepperoni℠ And Spark Heated Pepperoni Pizza Debate
Updated: September 17, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Pepperoni is America’s most popular pizza topping, with 53 percent listing it as one of their top 3 favorites, according to a YouGov survey.

Wednesday 09/11/2019
How to host the perfect girls’ night in
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - You’re going to have the house all to yourself, so you’ve invited your best girlfriends over for a fun night in — but what next? You want to make the most of this occasion. To make the night really special, you’ll need to pull together a few key ingredients.

Bigger, Better Breakfast Bites
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 3:03 am

(Culinary.net) If you need an on-the-go breakfast option, wake up your morning with bacon, eggs and a biscuit in these simple, tasty Breakfast Sandwiches.

10 Tips to Recognize Ripe Fruits
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 3:03 am

(Culinary.net) Keeping fresh fruit around the house provides a healthier alternative when your sweet tooth comes calling. Understanding how and when to buy at the peak of ripeness (or just before, in some cases) can help you avoid food waste while keeping your doctor happy.

Family Meals Matter
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn't always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn't just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

Monday 09/09/2019
Are You Ready for Tailgating Season?
Posted: September 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Firing up the grill is a year-round pastime for many, especially in fall, when tailgating takes over stadium parking lots nationwide.

Friday 09/06/2019
An Out-Of-This-World Collectors’ Edition
Updated: September 10, 2019 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—It was “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon. Now, half a century after the first Moon landing, you can hold some of the wonder of it all in your hand with a set of commemorative stamps.

Wednesday 09/04/2019
Give Your Keto Diet A Kick Four Ways
Updated: September 07, 2019 - 2:57 am

(NAPSI)—When you’re looking to add some excitement and variety to your Keto routine, Lindsay Olives are the answer. Loaded with antioxidants, healthful fats and important phytonutrients, olives add a nutritious boost and savory goodness to just about anything.

Take Down a Tantalizing Tailgate
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether you prefer watching your favorite teams in-person or on TV, tailgate season means it's time to break out your party's favorite foods from appetizers and snacks to all-out meals.

5 Steps to Grill Vegetables
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Culinary.net) Burgers, brats, steak, chicken, pork chops and all the flavors of fresh meat get all the love on the grill, but a well-rounded meal calls for sides and veggies.

Friday 08/30/2019
Bring Your A-Game With this Tailgating Recipe for the Grill
Posted: August 30, 2019

(StatePoint) Want to bring your A-game to tailgating season? For a winning strategy, you’re going to need the right grill and great recipes.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
Fall in love with cool-weather gardening for a healthy, hefty homegrown harvest
Posted: August 28, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean gardeners everywhere can flex their green thumb that much longer to squeeze every last moment out of the growing season.

Go FIGure! New Ways To Enjoy Figs
Updated: August 31, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—A marvelous enhancement to almost any sweet or savory dish, California Figs—either fresh or dried—are a fruit not to be missed. Figs make it easy to be a better cook. So does a new cookbook.

A Classic Staple for Family Meals
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Every day seems to bring a new food trend, and while it can be tempting to go all-in on the latest craze to hit the shelves, there are lots of tried-and-true foods that still deserve a place at the table. One of those is real, wholesome dairy milk.

School Day Solutions
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:32 am

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

5 Basic Steps for Sizzling Steak
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Culinary.net) A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting for authentic, Asian-inspired recipes.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Discover Heartwarming Family Drama with Heartland on UPtv
Posted: August 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, families appreciate the value of heartwarming television dramas that they can watch, enjoy, and discuss together.

Celebrate Plant-Based Alternatives
Updated: August 30, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) World Plant Milk Day on Aug. 22 is a day to celebrate plant-based alternatives to dairy milk – from soya to oats to cashew nuts to hemp, the diversity of vegan milks continues to grow. However, milk isn’t the only dairy product with plant-based alternatives.

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Make Back-To-School A Breeze With These Essentials
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Another summer has come and gone, and millions of children, college students and parents are preparing for back-to-school this fall. While supplies such as notebooks and pens are important, the essentials don't stop there when it comes to shopping for a successful new school year.

Back-to-School Food Fit for the Family
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged. 

Head Back to School with a Balanced Breakfast
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With each school morning comes the importance of getting children up, ready and out the door for a day of learning and adventure. To help your little learner truly make the most of each lesson, a nutritious breakfast can be just the right way to get the morning started.

An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Mushrooms Are Ready For Their Closeup
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—In the ensemble cast of the produce aisle, finding a stand-out player can sometimes be difficult. After all, each has its own unique characteristics, whether it be taste, nutrition, or health benefits. However, when it comes to mushrooms—which are grown in the dark in nondescript growing houses across the country—it might seem they’re averse to attention.

Thursday 08/15/2019
The Seven Baking Techniques You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Master
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Love to bake but feel like you sometimes do not get the end result you were hoping for? The secret is usually with the technique. It’s time to go back to the basics and break down the top techniques you may not have known you needed to master to be a baking pro.

Simple, Family-Friendly Solutions
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and children alike.

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Simplify Back-to-School Dinners with Nutritious Meal Plans
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Back-to-school season can be cluttered between after-school activities, week­end sports and evening homework – as well as making dinner each night. Creating a master meal plan with quick, simple and nutritious meals is an easy way to take control of your family’s hectic schedule. Start by stocking the pantry with staple ingredients that amp up the nutrition and flavor of your family favorites.

Add Mushrooms to Your Snacking Menu
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Mix up your snacking habits with a more nutritious option to serve ahead of a meal or on its own. These Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Beets and Goat Cheese are ready in just half an hour with only eight ingredients, allowing you to dish up a flavorful bite without going overboard in the kitchen.

Monday 08/12/2019
Plant-Based Meal Solutions to Help Families Power through the Busy Back-to-School Season
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, it's that time of year when the kids go back to school and life seems to be busier than ever. Whether you're rushing off to work, scurrying to get kids out the door, or simply trying to keep track of your family's complex schedule — every parent could use a little help, especially in the kitchen. Here are some tips to help families power through the season, thanks to the wide variety of plant-based options now available:

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Build a Better Sandwich
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Fad diets come and go, and as many Americans find, so do the pounds they lose. Most experts agree that eliminating, or drastically reducing, major foods groups from your diet can be detrimental to your health and prevent you from achieving long-term healthy eating goals.

Quick Family Meals Filled with Flavor
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When cooking for the family, don’t sacrifice flavor in order to create a quick meal. Mouthwatering recipes can be at your fingertips with simple, tasty twists on family favorites for the dinner table.

Pop Up a Movie Night
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it’s a birthday sleepover, an adults-only gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home – or on a projector in the yard – can be the perfect escape. Of course, tasty snacks only add to the fun.

Tuesday 08/06/2019
5 ways to get organized in time for back-to-school
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - As fall quickly approaches, parents everywhere start thinking ahead to the next school year, writing to-do lists and going back-to-school shopping to be ready. It’s easy for things to feel hectic at the beginning of each school year, with changing schedules and routines making everyone’s lives suddenly feel busier. Chances are you remember some of last year's mayhem — scrambling to get breakfast together in the mornings while kids are hunting for their homework and clean clothes.

There’s Plenty To Watch On TV Without Having To Pay For Streaming, Cable Or Satellite
Updated: August 08, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to home entertainment, one of the latest innovations in TV viewing is really one of the oldest: the antenna—and budget-conscious consumers are thrilled.

Monday 08/05/2019
Summertime Living is Easy with Plant-Based Butter-ed Foods
Updated: August 07, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—From blueberry pies with flaky buttery crusts to grilled buttered corn on the cob, summer is filled with delicious foods that bring people together. Now summertime eating is getting a makeover by swapping that pat, dab or dollop of regular dairy butter with dairy-free Plant Butter.

How Learning About Wine Can Improve the Way You Drink
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) The world of wine can sometimes feel intimidating to the uninitiated, but a bit of knowledge about wine from experts can help anyone navigate everyday situations.

Thursday 08/01/2019
Tasty snack ideas that add a wholesome energy boost any time of day
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Do you have a time of day when you start to feel things drag a little? Whether it's staying focused in the late morning while you look forward to lunch break, or powering through a long afternoon before heading home, you just sort of hit a wall.

Wednesday 07/31/2019
Healthful School Lunches: What Parents Need To Know
Updated: August 06, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—The healthfulness of school lunches is one of the top three parental concerns of this school season, according to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll.

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