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Thanksgiving By the Numbers

Do you bake your Thanksgiving pie or do you buy it from the store? How big was your Thanksgiving bird? Is cranberry sauce a must at your dinner table? These little details are what make the Thanksgiving holiday so special – the traditions, the meal. Imagine a Thanksgiving without Aunt Patty’s stuffing, or that classic end-of-meal pumpkin nog. Around the world and around the nation, these traditions differ, but one thing is certain: we should all be grateful for what […]

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A Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving

If the thought of cooking for your family and friends this Thanksgiving is stressing you out, imagine cooking for a family of judgmental hamsters! Okay, maybe this adorable little rodent family isn’t as harsh as your aunt Patty or as drunk as your drunk uncle, but they’re still a tough crowd to please. Happy Tuesday and an early Happy Holidays! We’ll see you at dinner.  

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America’s Favorite Appliance Just Got Smaller!

They say size doesn’t matter, but when you’re looking for a good time, you need to make each move count… Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Now, the thing you need comes in a smaller, more compact size. We’re talking about the all new Magic Bullet Mini! With the Mini, you can enjoy your favorite drinks, meals and snacks wherever the day (or night) may take you! So, whether you’re heading out of town with your significant other or just to […]

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I was always scared of trying to make avocado brownies, because brownies are one of my favorite desserts and the thought of making them healthier did not sound very good! I bought way too many avocados that all became ripe at once, so after a few bowls of guacamole, I decided it was time to get adventurous. You might be surprised to know that you cannot taste the avocados at all in these brownies – they simply add to the […]

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A friend of mine gave me this tortilla soup recipe, which has become a regular weekday dish in my house. When I first tried it at her house, I could not believe it was made from scratch! It tasted just like it was from a restaurant. After she explained the recipe to me, I was even more surprised at how easy it is to make at home. It only requires a few simple ingredients. I love topping it with tortilla […]

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Lately, I’ve been having a lot of success with cooking pasta in what I think of as “risotto style:” with a minimal amount of flavorful liquid that gets absorbed into the pasta as it cooks, creating pasta that bursts with flavor, as well as a nice sauce that isn’t tomato-based. (Often “sauces” that aren’t made of tomato are too rich, at least for everyday meals, because they’re basically just butter or cream.) This pasta is a riff on this recipe from Serious […]

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Here is another healthy dip recipe that you can blend up in minutes. No heating required until serving, although you can eat this spicy black bean dip hot or cold. It is made with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, red bell pepper, jalapeño, and onion. Do you have to wait for a special occasion to make it? Of course not! I like to have some of this black bean dip in my refrigerator for an anytime-snack. Top it with fresh cilantro, […]

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1962… It was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the birth of Jim Carrey, and Western Samoa’s independence (congratulations!). It was also the year that these gingersnaps were born, in the Better Homes & Garden cookbook. They’re still really good: soft and buttery like air, with a pleasantly warming spice flavor. Spooooooky! (Ten points for you if you get that reference.) If this recipe is retro, it’s retro in a good way, requiring only pantry ingredients that are inexpensive […]

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Homemade peanut butter is healthier, cheaper and tastier than store-bought brands. Not only that, making it in the Magic Bullet is a million times more fun than waiting in line at your local grocery for a bottle. I’m using maple syrup as a sweetener for this recipe. It’s a unique and delicious flavor, though if you’d prefer, you can substitute honey or plain sugar. Recommended: Purchase your peanuts from the pack-your-own section of your local grocer, rather than pre-packaged peanuts. […]

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