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Guided by the seasons and nurtured by the California sunshine, cook and gardener Valerie Rice has created a book that will put the joy back into cooking. Lush Life: Food & Drinks from the Garden (2021, Prospect Park Books) also includes garden planning and tips, and more.

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Shereen Pavlides, of Cooking With Shereen, has garnered fans across social media thanks to her affectionate personality and confidence-building approach to cooking from scratch. In her debut cookbook, Cooking with Shereen from Scratch: Because You Can! (2021, Page Street Publishing Co.), she…

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Once summer gets here, I can hardly wait to try the many summer vegetables available to us. We are so blessed in Northwest Tennessee to have the garden space, good soil and good temperatures to grow so many of these colorful, tasty and homegrown delicacies.  

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Outdoor entertaining has many advantages. Cooking on a grill can make it easier to feed a crowd, while fresh air can make any occasion more fun.

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Regardless of the food or location, picnics are a fabulous way to inspire a sense of mindfulness and delight your inner child.

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If you could only pick one kitchen tool to use for the rest of time, what would it be? A shallow frying pan? Probably not. A cookie sheet? Meh. A versatile, long-lasting Dutch oven? Ding ding ding! We have a winner.

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You can find bell peppers in almost all kitchens today. They are inexpensive, available all throughout the year and very versatile. Bell peppers are good in salads, pizzas, soups, sautés, casseroles, sandwiches or eaten fresh as a snack. They can be grilled, stuffed, canned or pickled. With …

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If asked to list your favorite five foods, there is no doubt in my mind that more than 50% of the people would answer with cheese being one of the five on the list.

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Ricotta with Four-Berry Compote, Pistachios and Granola FROM CULINARY.NET, MILKMEANSMORE.ORG

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To many, nothing says summer like the first local ripe strawberries of the season. Like other fresh fruits and vegetables, strawberries are an important part of a healthy diet.

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If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms ­— like many other fruits and vegetables — can also play a positive role in support…

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The history of St. Patrick’s Day is not well known to many. However, on March 17, millions of people across the United States celebrate in the popular Irish tradition known as St. Patrick’s Day.

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Most Americans eat too much salt. A pinch of salt here and a dash of salt there can quickly add up to unhealthy levels of sodium in the diet. Choosing foods that are lower in salt and sodium is key to healthy eating.

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4 slices Sara Lee® Artesano™ Potato Bread, toasted 2 tablespoon of butter 4 slices of Swiss cheese 4 ounces corned beef, thinly sliced 1 scallion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Red Cabbage Sauerkraut (recipe follows) Red Cabbage Sauerkraut: 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon brown mustard 1/2 cup w…

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Weather forecasts like we have had lately, make me think about comfort foods. If ever there was a comfort food, it’s potatoes. Whether you like baking potatoes, sweet potatoes or old fashioned small red potatoes, they are all tasty and filling. French fries, and tater tots and hashbrowns, oh…

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Is there anything better than an ooey, gooey, cheesy recipe? I Heart Cheese (2020, Page Street Publishing Co.) by Mihaela Metaxa-Albu is a recipe collection that makes the best of a beloved culinary ingredient: cheese. This collection of recipes places cheese front and center, offering new a…

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Chocolate Ganache-Filled Brownies FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 COOK’S COUNTRY

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Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated with Melanie Lionello’s Frugal Mediterranean Cooking: Easy Affordable Recipes for Lifelong Health (2020, Page Street Publishing Co.). It features fresh Mediterranean-inspired meals for just $3 or less a serving. 

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In his new cookbook, 7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week (2020, Flatiron Books), Jamie Oliver offers seven ways to reinvent weekly staples with more than 120 recipes for 18 of the most tried-and-true ingredients in your weekly shopping — including chicken, steak, salmon, broccoli, e…

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With the new year finally being here, along with it comes the time for New Year’s resolutions. One of the top resolutions that makes most people’s list is wanting to lose weight.

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On Dec. 31, the festivities hit places around the world at slightly different times because of the time differences across the world. Some cultures may celebrate the new year at a different time than Dec. 31 because they use a different calendar, like in the United Kingdom.

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You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy hearty meals that are bursting with flavor. Alli Kelley, creator of the blog Longbourn Farm, has introduced Rustic Farmhouse Slow Cooker: 75 Hands-Off Recipes for Hearty, Homestyle Meals (2020, Page Street Publishing Co.) 

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year where you can relax, spend time with loved ones, partake in festivities and enjoy amazing food. The holidays are a time that should be enjoyed, not a time that should be spent worrying about being the epitome of health.

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