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Cindy Hatcher

Recent Posts By Cindy Hatcher

How You Can Dine for a Good Cause with Chef Mario Batali

You may already be familiar with (RED), a global initiative to help end AIDS started by musician Bono and Bobby Shriver, but there’s a food-centered offshoot—EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES—that’s combining delicious events with opportunities to help raise funds and awareness to combat AIDS. Throughout the month of June, restaurants across the country will host benefit meals, as well as many other […]

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6 Surprising Foods You Can—and Should—Pickle

We’re entering burger and picnic season right about now, and it’s time to take another look at a common component of both: the pickle. Pickled vegetables add a delightful tang, saltiness, and–if they’re made correctly–a nice crisp, crunch to sandwiches and snacks. But pickling goes far beyond just your average cucumber. Here are 6 surprising items that make for a perfectly […]

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Plan a Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaway

We’re gleefully facing down a long weekend coming up, and many of us have travel plans already in place. But for those of us who are more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants mindset, the travel jones could take us almost anywhere. Need inspiration? Check out some of our guides to cities like San Diego, D.C., or Asheville, NC–all in 2,000 calories and […]

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Easy Ideas for Spring Table Decor

This time of year is full of entertaining opportunities. And while you may have your menu set (here are menu suggestions if not), how you trick it out with decor ideas can often be a cause of entertaining distress. Fortunately, that’s where the experts come in! We have a few quick decor solutions from blogger and entertaining expert Amanda Gluck […]

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Kristin Cavallari Tells Us How Cooking is Part of Her Balancing Act

You may have first heard of Kristin Cavallari on the mid-2000s MTV reality season The Hills. Or football fans may know her as the wife of Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler. But this mom of three is also active in her kitchen, and healthful eating is an important part of her balancing act. She recently wrote Balancing in Heels, which talks about her […]

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Tom Colicchio Dishes on Healthy Eating, Food Politics, and the Next Top Chef Location

You probably know chef Tom Colicchio from his 13-season stint as head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. Or maybe you’ve visited one of his many restaurants, including the iconic Craft or one of its many offshoots. But there’s another side emerging of this James Beard Award-winning powerhouse: a staunch advocate for healthier eating, healthier choices, and access to healthier foods for […]

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Shield Your Face: Everyday Moisturizers with SPF Protection

Hopefully by now you, me, and everyone we know and remotely care about–heck, even our enemies–are wearing sunscreen each and every day. Yes, even those days where it looks like we’ll never see a speck of sunshine again. You need it, trust me. Just ask anyone who survived the 80’s slathered in SPF 0. Fortunately, formulas are getting better, more […]

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Book Review: Aim True with Kathryn Budig

You can work hard to have your diet, your plate, and your physical pursuits in line with the very definition of healthy, but until you get your self confidence there, too, it can feel like something is missing. “For me, the ability to embrace my talents and passions, regardless of the noise of others, is aiming true,” says Kathryn Budig, […]

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Snacks that Give Back: How Giada De Laurentiis is Helping Small Food Producers Go Big

Wednesday, one of our favorite snack companies, Triscuit, announced that they would be funding 55 independent food makers’ Indiegogo (a crowdfunding/fundraising site similar to Kickstarter) accounts to help support their food-producing efforts. The company contributed a total of $250,000 to various campaigns, including funding for everything from food truck startups to money to purchase additional goats for a chèvre producer in Maryland. Helping […]

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It’s Time to Wake Up Your Garden (and Your Inner Gardener) for Spring

We’re getting stoked for spring’s arrival—which is officially this Sunday, March 20—and all of the beautiful budding flowers and emerging produce that it brings. Regardless of the climate where you live, it’s fun to think about the edible and ornamental plants you can potentially enjoy for many months to come. For many of us, our gardens have been lying dormant […]

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