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Calling all junior chefs: Expert tips make cooking an enjoyable family affair
When kids learn to cook - from meal prep to cleanup - they gain valuable skills and make lifelong memories. Fortunately, inspiring kids in the kitchen is simple with a few expert tips.
 
Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
Growing vegetables doesn't end when they're harvested. Use these tips to share and enjoy your produce all winter long.
 
Wholesome snacks for back to school
The new school year shouldn't stop you from offering your children healthy snacks. Try these easy creations.
 
Bring variety to foods served at your picnics and cookouts
Use these fun tips to inject some new life into the traditional foods your family always requests at picnics.
 
Meatless options for the grill
Learn about fun dishes vegetarians can enjoy at summer barbeques.
 
Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates
Patio season is here, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. With just a bit of creative vision, you'll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at all.
 
8 cool treats for one hot summer
Try these cool, tasty treats to help you survive summer ... no sweat.
 
Grilling enhances the flavors of summer
Grilling makes the most of summer flavors. Here's how to maximize your grilling enjoyment.
 
Why kids and nutritionists reject new school lunches
Find out how new school lunch restrictions may be denying your child important nutrients.
 
3 myths about microwave foods
Finding out what's true and what's not about your favorite snacks.
 
Budget-friendly tricks for serving meals your family will love
Take the stress out of mealtime with budget-friendly planning tips.
 
Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
Children often play with imaginary friends, but now video games are bringing toys to life for children to play with.
 
Food safety tips for the summer cookout
Cooking outdoors may provide a sense of relaxation and calm, but the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reminds those cooking outdoors to focus on the necessary steps to ensure food safety.
 
Escape a cooking rut with bold flavors the whole family will enjoy
Break out of the cooking rut cycle with a few easy tips that will have you exploring new flavors in no time.
 
Learn a little more about the great American snack [Infographic]
Snacking habits are as varied as the snackers themselves. Learn what, when and where Americans prefer to snack.
 
From coast to coast Americans have different tastes in seafood and wine [Infographic]
Discover how seafood and wine preferences differ across the country and see how your tastes match up.
 
Preserving heirloom vegetables for future generations [Infographic]
Preservation of heirloom vegetables can produce crops with more variation in flavor, texture and colors and protect the food supply.
 
Mint lightens and brightens summer dishes
This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new and unexpected ways.
 
What happens when camping and glamour collide?
Looking for a new camping alternative? Have you tried glamping?
 
Top time-saving kitchen appliances to help unleash your inner chef
Whether you are a self-proclaimed expert or new to the kitchen, the following four ideas will be sure to help unleash your inner chef, while saving time preparing your favorite meals.
 
5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party
If you're looking forward to throwing a summer party but you're not sure how to get started, these tips will have you outside enjoying a warm breeze with your friends in no time.
 
Simple twists to make summer cooking even more sensational
This season why not enhance traditional foods with a few unique twists? These simple updates to classic summer dishes will have everyone raving.
 
Expert tips for a delicious grilling season
Looking to bring your grilling to the next level? Try these amazing tips.
 
Add a burst of flavor to summer meals with grapes
Looking to add a unique taste to your summer dishes. Here's what you can do with grapes.
 
Hot or cold, Americans crave coffee
Coffee lovers: investing in a reusable bottle feeds your craving while doing something good for the environment.
 
Secrets to the perfect backyard grilled menu
If you want to increase your expertise in perfecting flaky-tender fish or mouth-watering steaks, here are some industry secrets that will have your family asking for your special dish every night of the week.
 
Try these ideas for light and simple cookout fare
If you're planning a backyard barbecue, fresh produce makes delicious and healthy choices a breeze no matter if you're the host or a guest.
 
Prepping for a party: make-ahead appetizers make summer entertaining easy
Simple tips and recipes for make-ahead appetizers turn summer entertaining quick and easy.
 
8 reasons why olives are the pantry's best kept secret
 
Elegant summer entertaining with fresh, seasonal cocktails
Fresh, seasonal cocktails add flavor and fun to summer entertaining.
 
Refreshing salads for warm days
Summer is salad season. Here are tips for making your salads crowd-pleasers this summer.
 
3 expert tips for starting a successful vegetable garden
These three important tips can help ensure you have a successful home garden, no matter where you live.
 
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside. Consider these tips.
 
Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country
In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants are offering more nutritious and great-tasting menu options for kids.
 
Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
Looking to throw the perfect house party? Follow these tips to make sure your event is a success.
 
The benefits of enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet
Why does the Mediterranean diet work so well for so many people? Great taste is one big reason.
 
Glamping - in the backyard
Interested in enjoying a great glamping experience at home? Give these options a try.
 
Find out the tricks to make your next BBQ amazing
With the temperatures inching up, BBQ enthusiasts are looking to turn up the heat. You can jumpstart the BBQ season by perfecting your skills and experimenting on the grill.
 
The evolution of American dinners [Infographic]
Learn more about how dinner has changed - and stayed the same - over the past 60 years.
 
Barbecue season gets underway with National Barbecue Month
As you begin planning your summer casual afternoon barbecue or a more elaborate evening feast, here are some fun and easy ways to enjoy your time together without a lot of stress - or mess.
 
Gluten-free recipes guaranteed to please a crowd
Baking with naturally gluten-free ingredients can enhance the flavor and appeal of gluten-free recipes.
 
See a unique view of the next generation's family farm
Farmland, a new documentary film takes an intimate look at the lives of American farmers and ranchers in their '20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming businesses.
 
Heartburn-busting tips to keep summer feasting fun
From sweet barbecue and frozen treats, to spicy and rich foods, spring and summer are full of risks for people prone to frequent heartburn. This year, try to beat the burn with some quick tips to help manage the problem.
 
Great-looking, flavorful veggies are also good for your eyes
Summer's best-looking, best-tasting vegetables also deliver abundant nutrients that are good for your eyes.
 
Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
Get the most out of your trip to the farmers market with these eight valuable tips.
 
Tips to avoid the kitchen heat during the hot summer months
From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty of ways to beat kitchen heat this summer.
 
Is your child eating kid-friendly foods that support overall health and wellness?
Smart ways parents can get kids to eat healthier foods.
 
Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family
Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's diet balanced.
 
5 tips for fighting grime: The squeaky-clean truth about the dish pit and commercial dishwashers
Learn how the right dish washing area can keep your restaurant running smoothly and efficiently while keeping your cookware and dishes clean.
 
Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth of the sun
 
Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
Learn how your favorite breakfast recipe could win you amazing prices in Pillsbury's Bake-Off Contest.
 
Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
Grill greener with earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients, sustainably sourced seasonings and these grilling tips.
 
The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
Families are always looking for new ways to spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?
 
Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy trades, like milk, yogurt and cheese.
 
Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it's just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander - your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day?
 
Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
Try these tips for planning an outdoor entertaining soiree for a birthday, bridal shower, graduation, or simply to spend time with some friends.
 
Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Read fascinating facts about caramel's history as well as two new exciting dessert recipes.
 
Put a little 'spring' in your seasonal recipes
Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli offers three light recipes that are perfect for any spring get together. Which one is your favorite, try them all and decide.
 
Tips and tricks for healthy and tasty food substitutions from culinary experts
To be inspired and jazz up any meal time, take cues from culinary experts about clever substitutions for commonly used foods.
 
Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family.
 
Baffled by birthdays? Simple ways to make your child's day bigger than Christmas
Here are fun and easy ways to make your child feel extra special on their birthday.
 
Prepping your meals for more nutrients
Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels.
 
Feed body and soul by giving your next Italian meal a nutritious twist
It is said that Italian food nourishes the body and soul by celebrating fresh ingredients prepared with love. Using care when selecting ingredients for your next Italian meal can be the difference between heavier fare and something family members can feel good about, especially at a time when many are striving to eat more nutritious foods. With some simple adjustments, such as switching to lean ground turkey in recipes that call for ground beef, it's easy to eat well without sacrificing taste.
 
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