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Going out for happy hour can be lots of fun, but it also comes with the need to drink responsibly and the impact of high-priced cocktails (and maybe the occasional let-down of a watered-down drink). Try bringing your happy hour home with some refreshing drink recipes, and not only do you get more bang for
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Summertime has me on the lookout for meals that easily incorporate the beautiful, fresh produce hitting the markets so I can quickly resume enjoying these longer sunny days. Bonus points for any recipe that easily scales to work as well for two as it does for twelve. This recipe is a winner on both counts
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Sometimes a powerful craving strikes, but we don't want to give in to it completely. Recently, I had a serious craving for cake -- German Chocolate Cake, to be exact. And though I tried to shake it for days, the yearning would not go away. Sadly, with just the two of us in our house,
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A quick glance around the produce section or farm stand makes it pretty easy to tell that stone fruit season is in full swing. Peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots and cherries are abundantly available. We've been eating them fresh, in parfaits and with granola all week, and over the weekend I transformed my last few peaches
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Potato salad is one of my favorite things to take to the barbecues and picnics that are now dotting my social calendar. However, the dreaded Mayonnaise Factor is a common concern for outdoor events: How long can you leave mayo-based salads out in the heat before they're unsafe to eat? Will people shy away from
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Ever need a boost after an exhausting or exasperating day? Looking for something a little more inventive than a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit? How about a shake? I know what you're thinking: definitely indulgent, but not worth the sugar crash later. Thankfully, with a little creativity, a shake blended with the
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Wandering around my local farmer's market, arms laden with treasures bound for my kitchen, I spotted them: plump, fresh blueberries. I hastily rearranged everything I was carrying to make room for a couple of pints, knowing there were scones in my immediate future.

Scones are one of those things that look a lot more complicated and
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Our air conditioning went out last week. It was 92 degrees outside and 85 miserable degrees inside and I quickly realized just how soft modern technology has made me. I wasn't just hot, I was steaming. Had we not already gone out to lunch before arriving home to a surprise sauna, I'd have happily made
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As the weatherman in my steamy part of the country increases his use of words like "blazing" and phrases like "hot streak" (which we all know comes just before the dreaded "heat wave"), I find myself wanting to just crawl into my freezer and not resurface until September. Sadly, that's not terribly realistic, so I
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Lessons learned: You don't need to cook with edible flowers to call yourself a foodie

Fact: To be a fat girl of any shape or size, for any portion of your life, is to have some kind of a love/hate relationship with food. Sometimes the conflict is as benign as a lighthearted "Why can't french fries
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