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Boo! Healthy Halloween Snack Platter

Boo! Healthy Halloween Snack Platter

Fun ideas for a fun and healthy Halloween snack board! Sweet pepper ghosts, blue pretzel aliens, cucumber jack o'lanterns, witch's brooms and a pumpkin made of hummus make up this fun Halloween-themed appetizer.
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One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

Shake up your weeknight routine with this quick and easy one-pan meal. With bright and flavorful lemon, garlic, olive oil and just a bit of butter, this pan of baked salmon and vegetables is perfect when you need dinner fast, without the marathon of prepping, cooking, and cleaning.

Everything gets tossed together on one pan and baked for about 15 minutes until roasted and delicious. Serve it up and throw everything in the dishwasher afterwards!

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It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

Don't let the strange name fool you. Sous Vide (pronounced sue-veed) translates as "under vacuum" in French. The beauty (and secret) of sous vide cooking is that you cook your food sealed in a heat proof bag or pouch that is then submersed in hot water and kept at the desired temperature. It 's a great method of cooking that you shouldn't overlook or be intimidated by, especially with the new sous vide cooking appliances available now.
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Is A Vitamix Blender Worth The Investment?

Is A Vitamix Blender Worth The Investment?

Well, yes. While purchasing a Vitamix Blender will set you back a few hundred dollars, what it gives back in convenience and pure kitchen prowess is worth every single penny. Whether you can splurge right away or you have to save up to buy the Vitamix that fits your needs, you'll be glad you made the investment every time you use it. And, once you realize how versatile it is, you'll use it a lot.

What makes a Vitamix a Vitamix?  While it can handle the common tasks associated with a blender's kitchen duties, Vitamix blenders can handle so much more. Power, along with the blade and jar design, plays a key role in the Vitamix blender's performance.

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NFL Fans — 2 Game-Day Snacks You'll Want On Your Team

NFL Fans — 2 Game-Day Snacks You'll Want On Your Team

A lot has changed since the 2019 football season. The Oakland Raiders with their move to Nevada became the Las Vegas Raiders and the state’s first NFL team. The Washington Redskins retired their name and logo after decades-long controversy and are now known as the Washington Football Team. (In a weird way I kind of like it.) Read more.

Here are TWO WINNERS to get you through it all! Kick off game-day with our zesty, warm and bubbly Buffalo Chicken Dip with your favorite chips or pita for deep dipping. Then start the 4th quarter with these deliciously sweet football-shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies for the WIN!

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Mary Berry's Bakewell Tart

Mary Berry's Bakewell Tart

This recipe is perfect because one, I always have a few bags of fresh frozen blueberries on hand. Freezing fresh fruit in-season is a win-win all winter long! My stash of fresh frozen blueberries is the perfect antidote when fall has arrived, and I've already started counting the days till the next summer solstice. Their sweetness also works perfectly with the almond filling.

Reason number two? Watching Mary Berry on old episodes of The Great British Baking Show never gets old.

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The Creamiest Butternut Squash Soup

The Creamiest Butternut Squash Soup

The creamiest butternut squash soup — so healthy yet if feels so indulgent. Definitely the way to start Fall off right.

This soup is a breeze to make with only five main ingredients: butternut squash, potatoes, onions, carrots and chicken stock. The potatoes and squash are roasted together until tender, while the onions and carrots get sautéed until softened. The squash, potatoes and stock are then added to the pot with the onions and carrots and everything gets simmered before being pureed with an immersion blender or in a blender.
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Your Guide To Apple Season

Your Guide To Apple Season

As autumn approaches and the air turns crisp, so do the apples. Thankfully, the variety of readily available apples has increased in recent years. Gone are the days of only Red and Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith apples to choose from.

We've chosen five apple varieties that are widely available and range from super-sweet to very tart. The range includes the best varieties for snacking and using in salads to those apples whose taste and texture can stand up to cooking and baking. I've even included My favorite pick from the bushel.

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Breville Smart Ovens, Including Two Models with Air Frying

Breville Smart Ovens, Including Two Models with Air Frying

Breville ovens are smarter. I bought the original 9 function Smart Oven in 2010 and loved it the first time I used it. Soon my full-sized oven was starting to get resentful, and for good reason. The Breville preheated faster, kept a more even temperature, and offered more functions than its full-sized cousin.

Another thing I really love about these ovens is the timer. It counts down and turns the oven off when the time is reached. Set it for and hour and after an hour the oven turns off. This feature alone has saved many meals at our house.

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