Archives for Food

Expert tips to transform your style for fall

(BPT) – With fall’s arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style. Freshen up your colors. Bromstad says one of the easiest ways to transition into fall is to switch up the color palette in your home. To get a fall feeling you don’t have to rely
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Tips and tricks for your next soiree

(BPT) – Looking to throw an all-out soiree that is bound to be the talk of the neighborhood? Or maybe just an intimate barbecue with some of your friends? Don’t be afraid to explore new ideas for hosting your party, showing off your hosting skills to all your friends. Try some of the tips and tricks at a new Paramount Citrus website dailysqueeze.com to guarantee your gathering will be a blockbuster to remember. * Get your grill on: Now is the time to tune up the grill. Creative grilling starts before your meat and veggies hit the heat, and a
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Surviving summer vacation: 5 tips for an enjoyable season with family

(BPT) – With summer ahead, parents are busy making plans for camps, sports and vacations. This time of year can be challenging, but there are ways to make it more enjoyable. Learn to love this summer with your family using these five easy tips: 1. Eat foods that keep you going Nutrition has a way of impacting almost everything we do. Not getting enough water? Expect to feel a little off. Not eating enough or eating the wrong kinds of foods can impact your energy levels. This summer, take advantage of the season’s offerings; focus on meals featuring nutritious foods
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Gluten-free meals with ‘wow’ factor, from breakfast to dinner

(BPT) – As awareness of gluten-free diets continues to grow, more people are searching for ways to make their menus delicious, creative and varied while still staying gluten-free. In the past, forgoing gluten was challenging at best and frustrating at worst, due to a lack of available ingredients and products. But that was then. Now, whether it’s gluten intolerance or a goal of healthier eating that drives your meal plans, you can indulge and enjoy great meals from breakfast to dinner (and everything in between). The expanding availability of gluten-free substitutes for favorites like tortillas, breads and pastas means that
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Entertaining with a fresh, local twist

(BPT) – The pleasant weather of late summer and early fall is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Instead of a go-to meal of burgers and potato salad, explore your culinary side and try something fresh and different. Entertaining with local vegetables and flavorful garden herbs can be easy, healthy and delicious. Farmers markets are often the best source for ingredients straight from the garden. With the USDA National Farmers Markets Directory listing approximately 8,000 across the country, there is sure to be a great local market minutes from your home with everything you need for a perfect seasonal soirée. Menu magic
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Summer entertaining made easy

(BPT) – The weather is warming up and summer is right around the corner. From holiday celebrations to road trips, family vacations to block parties, it’s the time of year for cookouts. Make all of your summer cuisine extraordinary no matter what the occasion with these five simple tips: * Kick seasoning up a notch – Spice up your main dish and sides by adding bold flavors through marinades and dips. Pair grilled shrimp with a homemade barbecue sauce or create a delicious horseradish sour cream for seasoned waffle fries. * Create cutting-edge comfort food – When menu planning for
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Dining outdoors? Tips for keeping food safe and delicious

(BPT) – Al fresco dining is one of the great pleasures of warm weather. Whether you’re hosting a neighborhood barbecue or an intimate dinner party on your deck, outdoor dining is a great way to savor good food, company and the great outdoors. To ensure your meals are safe and enjoyable, it’s important to know how to prepare, transport and store food for outdoor eating. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) offers some advice for safely handling food when you’re dining outdoors this summer: Purchasing Warm weather brings a bounty of fresh produce, and a trip to the local farmers
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A year-end report card on school cafeterias: Did they make the grade for improved nutrition?

(BPT) – Have school cafeterias made the grade when it comes to revising and changing school menus to meet the new USDA nutrition guidelines? Many health experts say yes, giving the country’s more than 17,000 school districts an “A” for their efforts to add new recipes and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to their weekly menus. The new nutrition guidelines require schools to offer an increased variety of fruits and vegetables every day of the week – many of them nutrient-rich dark green, red or orange varieties. At least half the grains served need to be whole grain-rich foods,
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Get ready to spice up summer meals

(BPT) – The inspiration for a great taco can be found in many places – from farmers markets to food trucks to upscale restaurants. All across the country, chefs and home cooks alike are reinventing the taco with global flavors and fresh ingredients. Just in time for summertime celebrations, the Betty Crocker Kitchens partnered with Old El Paso to create five tacos with a twist. “We were inspired by the creative tacos we’ve been seeing, and wanted to bring these global influences home with some simple ideas for fresh taco-and-margarita pairings,” says Jennifer Kalinowski, Food Content Strategy, Betty Crocker Kitchens.
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Food terms to help navigate the menu and the supermarket

(BPT) – When you’re scanning a restaurant menu or walking the grocery store aisles, do you know what many of the food terms really mean? What designates “local,” and what is the difference between organic and non-organic? These terms and others are becoming staples on menus and in stores – and, until now, few have been clearly defined. Just in time for that special Valentine’s Day meal, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to help you learn more about your choices and where your food comes from. Whether you’re dining out or grocery shopping, knowing some key food terms can help
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