Be Portion-Smart with Tips from Healthy Habits Hero Dr. Jim Painter

This time of year, more than any other, it’s far easier to be happy about the foods we eat than the amount we eat. How much healthier would it be to skate from Thanksgiving to New Year’s without having to make midnight resolutions on December 31 about “eating better” that mostly reflect five weeks’ worth of overindulging? Resolutions often spring […]

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The Best Whitening Toothpastes for Penny Pinchers

Four brushing options to put a smile on your face. LISTERINE WHITENING GEL Kills germs while it banishes tartar, freshens breath, and whitens teeth. $4.50, listerine.com CREST 3D WHITE BRILLIANCE BOOST Use this add-on product after your usual paste for extra whitening. Micropolishers yield up to three times the stain-lifting power of toothpaste alone. $6, 3dwhite.com TOM’S OF MAINE SIMPLY WHITE Naturally sourced […]

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Pass the Potatoes, Please!

As soon as Autumn’s chill hits the air, a little switch in my brain flips and I start to crave anything potato. Don’t get me wrong, in the warmer months I love a good grilled potato tossed with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil or a new potato salad dressed with a tangy yogurt sauce. But there’s nothing like […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Yes, You Can Steam a Steak!

This is a counterintuitive little recipe for Port-Stained Beef Medallions. Indeed, you’ll get some squished faces if you tell your guests you’re serving them steamed beef. But this is delicious. Promise. So why are we steaming prized beef tenderloin? Because gentle steaming honors the delicate nature of the cut and the mildness of the flavor, and it allows the tender […]

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Books for Cooks: Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts

This book sets itself apart in the category by providing recipes that don’t require specialty flours, gums, or starches. A flawless angel food cake uses cornstarch; intense chocolate cookies rely on egg whites. Nicole Spiridakis, Chronicle Books, $28, 192 pages  

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John Oliver to Big Sugar: #ShowUsYourPeanuts

Halloween week is primetime for chocolates and candies, lollipops and licorice sticks. That also means it’s the ideal week for some real talk about sugar. You may have heard about John Oliver’s challenge to food companies (watch it below) on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver called out the confusing and often illogical food rules that dictate food labeling, […]

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Get Inspired with These Spooky Halloween Treats

In honor of Oreo’s incredibly adorable new ad for their Halloween “Nomsters,” we decided to scour the Internet for some fun ways to kick up our festive food decor. We’re going beyond the dry ice in punch bowls and candy corn figurines (though we still love those too). Share links to your favorite spooky food ideas in the comments at the […]

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6 Stellar Toppers for Butternut Squash Soup

Simple butternut squash soup is a perfect base for both creamy and crunchy toppers. For Simple Butternut Soup: Combine 3½ pounds cooked peeled butternut squash; 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 1 cup water; and ¾ teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Ladle soup into 8 bowls; top with one of these finishers. SERVES 8 CALORIES 92; FAT […]

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What are dried red lentils?

These legumes cook to a creamy texture that enriches many dishes. –by Naomi Duguid, award-winning cookbook author I love having a stash of red lentils (actually they are a gorgeous orange-pink color) in a glass jar in my pantry—they are just so beautiful. They are also a flexible go-to ingredient: They cook quickly in boiling water (about 20 minutes), provide […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus–October 27-31

As Halloween approaches, it may be worth taking a break from the frantic sewing of costumes to enjoy a little fall comfort. While kids get ready to run door to door, this week’s menu honors the inner kid in you—the old school favorites that make you look forward to the end of every busy day. Get the plan now, skirt […]

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