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"Blow Your Mind" Baked Chicken Wings

By Charlotte on June 17, 2017 11:58 AM | Read More

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Courtesy of Daphne Oz, from The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining

Okay guys, the first time I tried making these I kept thinking to myself that there was no way that these baked chicken wings were ever going live up to the classic fried preparation. But boy was I wrong! There is just something about the combination of the soy, honey and chili flakes that, when baked in the oven, creates a sticky and salty-sweet glaze that is just stick-to-your-ribs good. They are so good, in fact, that they'll blow your mind!

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Panko Ranch Chicken Strips with Dipping Sauce

By Charlotte on April 19, 2017 6:12 AM | Read More

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I consider myself a lazy cook. I'm always looking for that shorter cut, that quicker way, anything to help me avoid work but, at the same time, I want my efforts to count.

So I created more than 160 recipes that use only 4 ingredients, meet the American Diabetes Association's nutritional standards, and are jam-packed with flavor like these pan-fried chicken strips.

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Easy, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

By Charlotte on April 5, 2017 5:52 AM | Read More

By The Best of Bridge Ladies, authors of The Family Slow Cooker
Image credit: Colin Erricson

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4 Facebook Video Recipes that are Worth Trying

By Bob on March 22, 2017 4:34 AM | Read More

By now you've probably seen the Facebook cooking videos that feature disembodied hands cooking a simple recipe in double-time. Have you dared try any of these recipes yet?

If you've ever attempted a Pinterest craft only to have it turn out looking like your toddler did it, you might be skeptical about these quick cooking videos. Try some of the following, though, because they feature great recipes with clear directions and end results that are worth the work in the kitchen!

Greek Yogurt Dip

Everyone's definition of "easy" in the kitchen is different. Tasty's Greek Yogurt Dip is easy even for a kitchen novice, and it creates the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or a barbecue. All you do is mix a few ingredients into Greek yogurt, cut up your favorite veggies, and present them nicely on a platter. It's simple enough to view on your smartphone while you're cooking. Prop up the five-inch screen of your Samsung Galaxy S7 in your kitchen for easy viewing, and get started!

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Ava Joy's Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake

By Charlotte on March 8, 2017 2:41 PM | Read More

By Patty Pinner, author Sweet Mornings
Photo © Peter McCullough, courtesy of Agate Publishing

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Ava Joy Malone was a quintessential neighborhood beauty. She had beautiful bone structure, perfect satiny skin, and a full and shapely mouth. Her iridescent, cat-like brown eyes were so captivating that it was hard to meet them with your own when she focused on you. She had a certain charm, that je ne sais quoi--an enchanting and elusive quality that is pleasing to the senses but hard to fully explain. Every woman wanted to look, walk and talk like her, and every man just wanted to look at her.

Many neighborhood women would say mean things about Miss Ava Joy in front of their husbands and boyfriends, hoping to redirect their attention away from her beauty and toward her imperfections. But Mama liked Miss Ava Joy and would say so in front of anybody, including Daddy. Mama used to tell me, "The more you try to draw a man's attention away from a pretty woman by constantly publicizing her flaws and limitations, the more attention the man is going to pay her. The more you talk--good or bad--about a rival, the more you're puttin' her on his mind."

But Miss Ava Joy was much more than just a beauty. She had an engaging personality too. She wasn't stuck on her beauty, nor did she apologize for it. She walked with a slink, had excellent taste, and wore pretty clothes that accentuated her features and her gestures. She made beautiful crafts. When I was a little girl, I thought Miss Ava was an exotic creature to be studied.

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Original San Antonio Chili

By Charlotte on February 22, 2017 1:12 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson, author The Chile Pepper Bible

If you are looking for the ground beef chili your mother made for Friday night dinner, this isn't it. If instead you want to taste what amounts to a fabulous, highly spiced beef stew, then I highly recommend this chili. Leftovers reheat well.

Tips: To reconstitute dried chiles, remove the stems and place in a heatproof bowl. Add 2 cups boiling beef stock and soak for 30 minutes, weighing the chiles down with a cup to ensure they remain submerged.

If you want to make a version of this dish that is similar to the one made by former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, substitute venison for the beef. You can also cube a beef chuck roast and use it in place of the stewing beef.


Original San Antonio Chili

Makes 6 servings ; Gluten-Free Friendly

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Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cupcakes

By Charlotte on February 8, 2017 3:15 PM | Read More

By Carla Hall, from The Chew Approved cookbook

I am incredibly impressed by our viewers' ability to create really delicious desserts, season after season. It's funny to me because you often hear chefs say that they don't bake or that baking isn't their strong point. Michael and Mario say it all the time on the show. And I think it is amazing that our viewers thrive in the world of sweets.

Sneh Kadakia is a really talented home baker and cooking runs in her family. Her mother was a big influence on her. She would cook all of the meals in their house. Growing up in an Indian family, Sneh learned how to cook with really bold flavors and play around with a lot of spices, especially in her sweet treats. This recipe for red velvet cupcakes is filled with delicious and warm spices that spark your palate but don't overwhelm your senses. They are decadent enough for any Valentine's Day dessert. Nothing says love better than these adorable cakes.


Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cakes

Courtesy of Sneh Kadakia
Serves: 42 ; Prep Time: 45 minutes ; Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch

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Winter Tomato & Garlic Soup with Creamy Gorgonzola Bruschette

By Charlotte on January 27, 2017 12:11 PM | Read More

By Betty Rosbottom, author Soup Nights

This vibrant tomato soup, flavored with garlic and an unexpected hint of orange, is a snap to assemble and takes less than half an hour to cook. Canned tomatoes, my go-to option in cold weather, are simmered in stock along with sautéed onions and seasonings of basil and red pepper flakes. Toasted baguette slices topped with Gorgonzola and fresh rosemary can be served alongside or floating on top.


Winter Tomato & Garlic Soup with Creamy Gorgonzola Bruschette

Serves 6                             Make Ahead: Yes    
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Start-to-Finish: 50 minutes

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Chunky Black Bean Chili

By Charlotte on January 3, 2017 12:56 PM | Read More

Here is a great-tasting, stick-to-the-ribs chili that is perfect for a family dinner or casual evening with friends. The combination of milder New Mexico and ancho chili peppers gives the mix unique flavoring, and the optional fresh chili peppers will satisfy any heat seekers in your group. Serve this with crusty country bread, a big green salad and robust red wine or ice cold beer.


Chunky Black Bean Chili

Serves 8 to 10

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Holiday-Perfect Candied Pecan Tart

By Charlotte on November 16, 2016 2:31 PM | Read More

By Gail Monaghan, author It's All in the Timing 

Many--myself included--view dessert as the jewel in Thanksgiving's crown, and I believe that any serious holiday buffet requires several. If you feel overwhelmed, it's easy to purchase desserts or delegate them to others. If, however, you plan to prepare only one sweet treat yourself, make sure it's the Candied Pecan Tart. The recipe is adapted from a drop-dead delicious walnut tart I used to adore at March, Wayne Nish's now closed restaurant on Manhattan's Sutton Place. Unlike traditional pecan pies, it is almost pure nuts and contains no starchy filler.

If pecans aren't your thing, try hazelnuts, almonds or a nut mixture. (Photo © Julia Becker, courtesy of Agate Publishing)

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The Anti-Aging Plan to Lose Weight, Feel Younger and Boost Vitality after 50

By Bob on September 29, 2016 1:57 AM | Read More

By Manuel Villacorta, author, Whole Body Reboot

As I approach 50, I am reflecting even more on my nutrition and lifestyle. When many of us reach this age, the desire to lose weight and take charge of our health becomes a much bigger priority. With so much information out there, many of us feel overwhelmed on how to even begin. Unfortunately, some people opt for a 'quick fix' with false promises. In this article, I'm going to share some insights on how I take care of my body at age 50, and how I've helped countless clients in my private practice do the same. You can also use this same insight to help you jump-start your health.

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Let Quality Slippers Change Your Life

By Bob on September 15, 2016 1:34 AM | Read More

Where have all the bead wearing, peace loving flower children of the late sixties and early seventies gone? You might still find some wandering the beaches of sun-soaked Madras in India, but most of them, like every young generation, grew up to accept career challenges and raise their families.

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4 Ways to Make Your Retirement Years Cheaper

By Bob on September 1, 2016 1:24 AM | Read More

Approaching retirement age is often scary, especially for people who haven't saved a lot of money. With a reduced income, you may need to change some of your habits. If you're looking for ways to make your retirement years cheaper, try these four tips.

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Why You Should Host a Summer Party for Your Staff

By Bob on August 18, 2016 2:05 AM | Read More

The heat of summer is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to party with the sun, yet so many of us are walking around in long sleeve business suits with no relief in sight.

If you own a business, consider for a moment the advantages of not being such a cruel tyrant and letting your employees wear whatever they want (within the boundaries of appropriate) at the workplace. Heck, let's take it a step further and throw a summer party for all the staff why don't we?

Why on Earth would you want to do that, you ask?

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Charlotte's Zesty Guacamole

By Charlotte on August 4, 2016 6:30 AM | Read More

Guac into bowl - 600.jpgBy Charlotte Hill, Linda Storer, Debbi Comparin, Becky Elder, Terri Jutras, Bev Mann, Shelley Tyler and Debbie Williams, authors Red Thong Strong

Fresh-squeezed lime juice makes this guac rock. If you can't find soft avocados, buy green ones, wrap them in a dish towel, and set them in your pantry or another dark place to ripen. Check their progress daily because they can turn to mush quickly if you're not careful.

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Rafael's Righteous Cream Cheese Brownies

By Charlotte on July 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Read More

By Sarah Levy Imberman, author Sweetness

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Photo © Anna Blessing, courtesy of Agate Publishing

How do you properly thank the person responsible for putting food on your table? With the gift of brownies, of course. A batch of luscious Rafael's Righteous Cream Cheese Brownies will put even the grumpiest of bosses in a good mood with its creamy, slightly tangy cream-cheese center and perfectly rich dark-chocolate swirl.

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Addictive Apple Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting

By Charlotte on June 12, 2016 11:36 AM | Read More

By The Best of Bridge Ladies, authors of Best of Bridge Home Cooking

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Both the frosting and the blondie are scrumptious. You'll have a tough time deciding which you like best.

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5 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online

By Bob on May 9, 2016 4:39 AM | Read More

Savvy shoppers are always on the hunt for a bargain. Even if you're not overly familiar with the internet, you should still have no problem finding great deals this way. You simply need to learn the best ways to shop to cut down on costs.

Here are five ways to save money shopping online.

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Authentic Italian Pizza Margherita La Casa

By Charlotte on April 7, 2016 6:42 AM | Read More

By Craig Whitson and Tore Gjesteland, authors of Passion for Pizza
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Bearing the colors of the Italian flag, Pizza Margherita is the world's most famous pizza. In June 1889, Raffaele Esposito from Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi served his version of the tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza to Queen Margherita. The queen had never eaten pizza before, but she so loved Esposito's pizza that she sent a letter telling him so. Esposito's pizzeria still exists but is now called Pizzeria di Brandi. The queen's letter still hangs on the restaurant's wall.

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Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken-on-a-Stick

By Charlotte on March 23, 2016 11:21 AM | Read More

By Virginia Willis, author of Lighten Up, Y'all
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Who doesn't like food on a stick? There's something naturally fun about handheld food. It elicits memories of country fairs and football games. This recipe was inspired by the offerings of a gas station in Oxford, Mississippi. I am a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization based out of Ole Miss (the University of Mississippi, to the rest of you) that documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

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Golden Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Avocado-Chili Relish

By Charlotte on March 1, 2016 4:01 AM | Read More

By JeanMarie Brownson, author of Dinner at Home
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Every week, I buy a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The intention: simple, lower-fat meals in quick order. Truth be told: Half the time they end up in the freezer. "Boring!" the kids announce.

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Texas-Style Pinto Bean Chili or Meatless in Cowtown Frito Pie

By Charlotte on January 23, 2016 6:44 AM | Read More

By Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, authors of Meatless in Cowtown

Pinto Bean Chili 600.jpgWhen we moved to Texas and my husband joined the faculty of Texas Christian University, we accepted the serious responsibility that came with it to follow college football. TCU's Horned Frogs are the pride of Fort Worth, and it was for one of their away games that I hosted my first-ever "football-watching party," a task that, not having ever been a sports fan, seemed somewhat exotic.

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Original Gooey-Gooey Cake

By Charlotte on December 23, 2015 6:59 AM | Read More

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Photo © Jocelyn Delk Adams, courtesy of Agate Publishing.
By Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of Grandbaby Cakes

It's funny how a craze can begin. A few years ago, the baking world was consumed by a gooey butter cake trend. Little did most people know that this cake was invented decades ago--in St. Louis, not the South. In fact, my mom first received this recipe from my Aunt Beverly, a St. Louis resident, over 20 years ago. She would make it whenever we visited her and her family: my Uncle Richard and my cousins LaKeisha and Raquel.

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Simple, Roasted Mediterranean Brussels Sprouts

By Charlotte on December 11, 2015 6:23 AM | Read More

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Brussels Sprouts are one of our favorites because they're easy to prepare in a variety of ways. For a more seasonal flavor, we'll bake them with cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped sweet potatoes. This recipe is more traditionally Mediterranean, but it's simple and filling, and great for throwing together on a cold lazy night after a long day. The feta cheese isn't necessary, but it adds a nice balance of flavors. If you want an extra kick, we suggest adding one chopped red onion and five chopped garlic cloves.

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Must-Try Roasted Sweet Potato Pie

By Charlotte on November 27, 2015 5:44 AM | Read More

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By Thomas Gosney, author of Method of Procedure

Pumpkin pie is a popular treat for the fall. Down south sweet potato pie is a must year around. Roasting the potato instead of boiling is a much better method. The reasoning behind this is roasting concentrates the flavors and color, boiling washes it away. The extra time taken to bake the potato is well worth the effort.

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7 Health Risks More Likely To Affect Those Over 50

By Bob on November 6, 2015 4:51 AM | Read More

Age brings with it confidence and wisdom that can only be gained through decades of experience. Those decades, however, can be hard on the human body.

Adults over 50 need to be especially cognizant of the health problems prevalent in their age group to better take preventative measures.

Arthritis

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Awesome Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

By Charlotte on October 23, 2015 12:29 PM | Read More

Balsamic Roasted Veg image 600.jpgBy Meghan Telpner, author The UnDiet Cookbook

This recipe takes the vegetables that people hate the most, claiming they taste like feet (hi there, brussels sprouts), dirt (I'm talking to you, beets), or rotting trash (yes, you cabbage), and turns them into a dish that will be the new favorite in your house. That is what this recipe promises.* And if it doesn't succeed, it was totally your cooking. The recipe is awesome.

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Diet-Friendly ChitChat Bars with Fresh Lime Icing

By Charlotte on September 15, 2015 12:00 PM | Read More

By Judith Fertig, author Bake Happy

My friend Liz Benson, who loves to chat, gave her more laconic husband Tom a pack of "chitchat" cards for Christmas. Each card has a question guaranteed to be a conversation starter. These bars prompt the same flow of communication. When you bring them in to work or to a meeting, they break down social barriers, as unexpected treats generally do. Plus, you can reach almost everyone. On a diet? No problem. Fresh-ginger flavored with a hint of lime, just one good-carb cookie will satisfy. Gluten-free? Yes. Vegan? Check. Delicious? You betcha. Use a microplane grater to make short work of the fresh ginger--you don't even have to peel it.


ChitChat Bars

Makes 24 Bars

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French Bistro-Inspired Brie and Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breast

By Charlotte on August 24, 2015 1:24 AM | Read More

By Karen Adler & Judith Fertig, authors of BBQ Bistro

Let this recipe be your blueprint to create variations: French feta and roasted red bell peppers, Cheddar cheese and bacon, and chopped green onions and Boursin cheese are all delicious stuffing alternatives. Serve sliced rounds of the stuffed chicken with a cold salad the next day. When ready to serve, cut into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on the salad of your choice.


Brie and Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Serves 6

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Copycat Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce

By Charlotte on July 20, 2015 6:26 AM | Read More

By Stephanie Manley, author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2

One of my favorite menu items at the Olive Garden is the Alfredo sauce. If one recipe really got me started, it was this one. My big tip here is to grate your own cheese; prepackaged cheese has an anticaking agent on it, and it makes it harder to get that cheese to melt.


Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce

Serves 2

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Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush with olive oil and then season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill 5 to 7 minutes on the first side and then flip the chicken over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Prepare the Alfredo sauce by combining the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not let the mixture come to a boil, but heat
it until small bubbles begin to form. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk quickly. Add the garlic powder and continue to whisk. The sauce will thicken after a minute or two.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips. Serve by placing half the pasta on each plate, then topping it with sauce and a sliced chicken breast.

(If you have extra sauce or pasta left over, it is best to store and reheat them separately so the pasta doesn't soak up the saStephanie_author image.jpguce.)

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Stephanie Manley, author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook

About the Author

Stephanie Manley is the creator and author of CopyKat.com. Since 1995, she has written recipes for restaurant-style dishes that anyone can make in their own kitchen. While working in restaurants, Stephanie began to write restaurant-style recipes to help save money and stretch her budget. Like many people, she couldn't afford to go out for dinner every night of the week, but wanted to recreate the taste of her favorite dishes at home. CopyKat.com, known for its trustworthy and delicious recipes, is now one of the Internet's most popular cooking websites, and has been featured in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Woman's World.

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Kid-Friendly Fish Tacos

By Charlotte on July 6, 2015 6:32 AM | Read More

By Susan Sampson, author of 200 Best Canned Fish & Seafood Recipes

These are less calorific but just as messy cousins of Baja fish tacos. Usually made with fried battered fish and tortillas that are either fried or doubled up to prevent leaks, Baja fish tacos are San Diego's most famous dish. They were popularized in 1983 by chain restaurateur Ralph Rubio, who first enjoyed them a decade earlier in Mexico.

Tips

Bonus: This fresh salsa is also delightful with quesadillas, enchiladas or nachos, or served alongside grilled fish or chicken. Do not make the salsa ahead of time -- refrigeration is disastrous for it because the cold ruins the texture of the tomatoes.


Fish Tacos

Makes 12, Kid-Friendly Tacos

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What to Wear When You're Middle Aged

By Bob on April 10, 2015 4:14 AM | Read More

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By Kate Y.

Google 'what not to wear after age 50' and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible. But, if you've made it to middle age and still need advice on how to dress appropriately, then you are missing out on one of the best things about being over 50.  

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Smoky Hot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

By Charlotte on March 27, 2015 6:46 AM | Read More

By Rachel Rappaport, author of Cooking with Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce

The ultimate hot sauce lover's mac and cheese! If you aren't a fan of smoky Cheddar, use a plain sharp Cheddar or Gouda.

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Blue Ribbon Cheesecake

By Charlotte on March 13, 2015 6:35 AM | Read More

By George Geary, author The Cheesecake Bible

I have won numerous awards with this recipe, also affectionately called "Patty's Favorite Cheesecake" after my mom, my biggest fan.

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Perfect Champagne and Raspberry Dip

By Charlotte on February 27, 2015 6:35 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson & Jordan Wagman, coauthors of 150 Best Dips and Salsas

Each bite of this dip is like a delightful sip of a Kir Royale. Serve this dip next to a bowl of fresh strawberries for dipping and a glass of Champagne for an excellent brunch or dessert offering.

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Celebrate Gold Wedding Anniversary

By Bob on February 6, 2015 3:08 AM | Read More

50 years of being married can seem like a lifetime to any couple, that's roughly 18,250 days of wedded bliss. After that many years of being married, people start to believe you're an expert at marriage and wonder "what's your secret to a lifelong marriage?"

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Sumptuous Spinach and Artichoke Dip

By Charlotte on January 16, 2015 6:32 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson, author The Healthy Slow Cooker

Although spinach and artichoke dip has become a North American classic, its roots lie in Provençal cuisine, where the vegetables are usually baked with cheese and served as a gratin. This chunky dip, simplicity itself, always draws rave reviews and disappears to the last drop. This is great with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (see below) or even simple brown rice crackers.

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Spicy Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

By Charlotte on December 26, 2014 11:21 AM | Read More

By Clinton Kelly, co-author The Chew: A Year of Celebrations

Your holiday table will be so happy if you have this side dish snuggling up to your turkey, ham or whatever the main attraction happens to be. Not one, not two, but three cheeses and a crunchy breadcrumb topping make this gratin the comfort food to end all comfort foods. But before you get too comfortable, red chili flakes add a kick that will have you up from your chair looking for another serving.

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Go-To Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Kalamatas and Two Cheeses

By Charlotte on November 26, 2014 5:16 AM | Read More

By Betty Rosbottom, author Sunday Casseroles

This is my "go-to" casserole for potlucks, for suppers for my husband's college students and for weekend company guests. It can be completely assembled in advance, serves a crowd and has bold, striking flavors. The name says it all--tube-shaped pasta are coated in a tomato sauce with an extra kick of heat from red pepper flakes, while creamy Havarti and Parmesan cheese add a luscious smoothness, and slivered olives provide a salty accent.

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Holiday-Perfect Roast Turkey with Sage-Bread Stuffing

By Charlotte on November 12, 2014 6:07 AM | Read More

By The Best of Bridge Ladies, authors of Best of Bridge Holiday Classics

Turkey almost always has the place of honor when family and friends gather for holiday meals. It's perfect when serving a crowd. It's economical, too, and everyone loves it.

Best of all are the leftovers that get wrapped and placed in the fridge for hearty sandwiches the next day -- or even later that night.

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No-Fuss, Make-Ahead Chocolate Tiramisu

By Charlotte on October 29, 2014 6:36 AM | Read More

By Julie Hasson, author 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes

The name of this fabulous Italian dessert means "pick-me-up." Be forewarned: once you make this dessert for guests, you will forever be known for it. My sister-in-law Meredith loves this dessert so much that she had me make giant ones for her wedding reception.

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1 Potato 2 Potato 3 Potato Rolls

By Charlotte on October 15, 2014 2:50 PM | Read More

By Libbie Summers, author Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude

Potato rolls were the only rolls I remember my grandma Lula Mae baking. Baking requires two qualities Grandma didn't have: patience and precision. No one would argue that she could cook the hell out of a side of pork, but make a cake or bake bread? Let's just say flour was not her medium. As I remember, it was quite a production even when she was thickening gravy. When she finally did find the flour tin (it was not allowed to take up counter space), she would open the top and scrutinize the contents, pushing the flour from left to right with her abnormally long index finger. It wasn't until much later in my life that I realized she was looking for weevils.

These potato rolls are wonderful made with russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or purple potatoes.

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Perfect Any Season Buttermilk Pie

By Charlotte on October 1, 2014 6:38 AM | Read More

By Paula Haney, owner of Chicago's Hoosier Mama Pie Company and author of The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

My mother used to drink buttermilk by the glass. While I wouldn't go that far, I do love this pie. It's rich and tangy and creamy and refreshing all at the same time! While it is a classic, desperation pie that you can make on a cold winter day, it is equally welcome on a hot summer evening, topped with fresh berries.

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Simple Lemon Ricotta Cracked Cheesecake

By Charlotte on September 17, 2014 6:36 AM | Read More

By Lei Shishak, author Beach House Baking

I've never understood the paranoia over cracked cheesecakes. In fact, I grew up seeing so many disfigured cheesecakes that I thought they were supposed to have cracks in them. Well, my friends, I'm proud to share with all of you my recipe for lemon ricotta cheesecake that will meet your cracked expectations. This cheesecake has the perfect punch of lemon and a moderately dense texture. Yes, one could bake this cheesecake to be crack-less, but what fun is that? A waterbath for three hours? Who has time for that? I'd much rather be at the beach.

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Speedy Chicken with Sweet and Hot Peppers

By Charlotte on September 3, 2014 6:01 AM | Read More

By Nancie McDermott, author 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes

Bursting with vitamin C and ablaze with color, sweet bell peppers make an ideal ingredient in stir-fry dishes. You could use red, yellow and orange bell peppers, or just green ones from your summer garden. Jalapeños make a hot but not blazing spicy note here. If you want more heat, use fresh green or red serrano chile peppers, and if you want a fiery dish, use tiny Thai chiles instead.

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4-Ingredient Beer Can Chicken

By Charlotte on August 20, 2014 6:10 AM | Read More

By Arthur Aguirre, author America's Best Barbeque

Beer can chicken is probably the easiest of recipes, but turns out great flavors every time. The key to beer can chicken is to make sure that the skin turns out crispy.

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Grab-and-Go Couscous Salad Stuffed Shells

By Charlotte on August 6, 2014 6:14 AM | Read More

By Dan Whalen, author Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook

I've been making this couscous pasta salad for years, but it was only after I began putting it into shells that people started asking for the recipe. I didn't change a thing about the salad itself, but the presentation caused people to really be impressed by it! I think what's great about serving it this way is that people at a cookout can just grab their pre-portioned amount and dig in. You can even eat it with your hands if you forgot to grab a fork!

Couscous Salad Stuffed Shells make a great side dish for a barbecue.

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Pretty Pink Chantilly with Cranberries

By Charlotte on July 23, 2014 6:22 AM | Read More

By Andrea Jourdan, author of 150 Best Desserts in a Jar

Filled with antioxidants and loaded with vitamin C, cranberries are very healthful. However, we hear so much about their health benefits that we sometimes forget how truly delicious they can be. This recipe is certainly the simplest and one of the most beautiful ways to serve cranberries.

This company-worthy, chilled dessert is great for entertaining. (Photo: Philip Jourdan)

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Hungry Girl's Chicken Hungry Girlfredo Bowl

By Charlotte on July 9, 2014 6:16 AM | Read More

By Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl), author of The Hungry Girl Diet

The Hungry Girlfredo Bowl is a go-to staple of mine for both lunch AND dinner, and I eat it several times a week . . . YUM! This big fettuccine Alfredo swap can be made with tofu shirataki noodles OR broccoli coleslaw! Either way, you get a deliciously creamy and filling Alfredo bowl.

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Sweet and Spicy Spareribs

By Charlotte on June 18, 2014 6:35 AM | Read More

By Jackie Collins, author of The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook

I'm crazy about spareribs. Nothing like a down-and-dirty barbecue to have fun.

This recipe also works well with baby back ribs, which take less time to cook through-- about a half hour. The internal temperature of the cooked ribs should be the same--165° to 175°F.

This barbecue recipe works well with spareribs or baby back ribs. (Photo: Amy Beadle Roth)

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3 Tex-Mex Empanadas Perfect for Parties

By Charlotte on May 28, 2014 6:18 AM | Read More

By Lisa Eisenman Frisk and Monica Eisenman, authors of The Party Food Bible

An excellent way to serve Tex-Mex at a casual gathering is to fill the table with an array of dishes, such as these three empanadas, piquant pico de gallo and creamy guacamole--served with homemade tortilla chips, of course.

Cheese, Corn & Chili, Chicken & Orange and Spicy Beef empanadas

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Birthday Bundt Cake

By Charlotte on May 7, 2014 1:10 AM | Read More

By Krystina Castella, author of Crazy About Chocolate

If you bake only a few times a year, it is most likely for a loved one's birthday. 

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The Secret to Avoiding Pollen Allergies this Spring

By Charlotte on April 23, 2014 6:35 AM | Read More

By Dr. Susanne Bennett, Natural Allergy Expert

As we get older, it's natural for many of the compounds in our environment--dander, pollen, dust--that didn't affect us when we were younger to have a bigger impact on our allergy health. As our immune systems wear down, it becomes more difficult to process allergens, making a smog-filled day or a visit to a moldy house a nightmare. And since spring is now in full bloom, you're going to want to be especially vigilant of one allergen in particular: pollen.

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Perfect Prime Rib

By Charlotte on April 14, 2014 6:40 AM | Read More

By Andrew Schloss, author of Cooking Slow

Although pretty much any beef rib roast is referred to informally as prime rib, less than 1 percent of the beef that is produced in the United States is actually officially graded "Prime," and most of that never reaches the retail market. In fact, the "prime" rib you purchase is usually "Choice" grade, which is fine; but if you know a butcher who deals in true Prime meat, this recipe might be an occasion where you want the real thing. The combination of opulent marbling from Prime-level husbandry and lithe tenderness that is the hallmark of slow-roasted meats is hard to top.

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Splendid Eggplant Parmesan

By Charlotte on March 26, 2014 1:56 AM | Read More

By Kate Gosselin, reality TV personality and author Love Is in the Mix

A few years ago, I went searching for a great eggplant recipe after seeing excessive amounts of the purple stuff at my local vegetable grower's stand. I didn't know what to do with eggplant, so I challenged myself to buy a few and make something yummy.

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Try Meatless Mondays this Month

By Charlotte on March 17, 2014 11:15 AM | Read More

By Cynthia Ramnarace for Healthy Starts Made Simple

What if, just one day a week, you cut out the beef, chicken and pork that are usually the centerpiece of your plate? According to the Meatless Monday campaign, run in association with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, reducing your meat intake has a host of health benefits. If you eat less saturated fat (the type found in meat) and more polyunsaturated fat (found in nuts and vegetable oils), you'll reduce your risk of heart disease. Cutting back on meat may also reduce your risk of diabetes, could help you lose weight and help you live longer overall. So, why not give it a try? Here are ways to cut the meat out of all three meals of the day.

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Home-Style Pork Cabbage Rolls

By Charlotte on March 5, 2014 1:00 AM | Read More

By Sanford D'Amato, Chef and author of Good Stock

This recipe is inspired by an incredible stuffed cabbage dish that my wife Angie and I had a few years back at Le Florimond in Paris. It is stuffed with seasoned pork forcemeat braised to a rustic turn, and served with a slightly tart broth that melds right into the cabbage. And if someone in the house should complain about the smell when you cook the rolls, send them out for dinner and you'll have more for yourself.

Pork-stuffed cabbage rolls with slightly tart tomato-bacon sauce. (Photo © Kevin J. Miyazaki)

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Foods to Keep Your Heart Healthy After 50

By Charlotte on February 12, 2014 1:20 AM | Read More

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.

How do you eat for a healthy heart when there are so many different ways to eat, so many different diets and so many opinions? As an integrative cardiologist who emphasizes the healing power of food, I have been asked that question many times. My answer is based on what I've learned over nearly four decades in a medical practice dedicated to optimum health as well as what I've learned in the kitchen as an avid cook.

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5 Logical Mistakes That May Be Keeping You from Losing Weight

By Charlotte on January 22, 2014 6:50 AM | Read More

By Susan Albers Psy.D. and author of Eat.Q.

Are you making a genuine and concerted effort to lose weight and eat healthier, yet the scale doesn't seem to budge? If so, you might be making these five common but critical mistakes. These errors are easy to make because the logical or intuitive answer seems right on target.

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Irresistible Monkey Bread

By Charlotte on January 1, 2014 1:23 AM | Read More

By Anne Quatrano, Chef and coauthor of Summerland

A batch of monkey bread will not sit for long on your counter. The delicious, sweet pull-apart bread--an American favorite since at least the 1950s--has become a staple dessert at our Abattoir restaurant in Atlanta. Pulling off pieces of the sticky caramelized bread and eating them with your fingers is appealing to young and old alike. We use bread flour because the gluten level is higher and results in a chewier and slightly denser monkey bread. All-purpose flour will work as well, but will yield a slightly lighter texture.

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Incredibly Moist Banana Bread Pudding Cake

By Charlotte on December 11, 2013 6:18 AM | Read More

By Averie Sunshine, author of Peanut Butter Comfort

This cake was never supposed to happen. I was goofing around one day in the kitchen with some ripe bananas and impulsively added a packet of dry pudding mix to the batter. I didn't realize until after the cake cooled and I had a bite that I had created my favorite banana cake of all time.

This is a dense cake, similar to banana bread in cake form. The pudding and sour cream help the cake stay incredibly moist and the glaze is heaven sent--rich, buttery, intensely caramel-flavored--and takes an already stellar cake to the next level. This is one of my favorite recipes in my Peanut Butter Comfort cookbook (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., June 2013, $17.95).

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Heavenly Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

By Charlotte on November 20, 2013 6:21 AM | Read More

By Monica Holland, author of Lick the Bowl Good

I only have one recipe for pumpkin cake, and this is it. Pumpkin and brown butter are a match made in heaven. This cake is so moist, it just melts in your mouth.

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Spicy, Carolina-Style Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

By Charlotte on October 30, 2013 1:11 PM | Read More

By David Joachim, author of The Tailgater's Cookbook

The Carolinas aren't just home to great college and pro football teams. They own one of the best hot sandwiches ever made in America: pulled pork. The cut of meat is usually pork butt, otherwise known as a bone-in shoulder roast. And in the Carolinas, the sauce is typically heavy on the vinegar and spice. Here's my take on this classic American sandwich. I like some ketchup in the sauce, western Carolina-style. Keep in mind that slow-grilling a pork butt takes about 5 hours. But you'll get some damn good pull when it's done!

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The Best Skillet Lasagna

By Charlotte on October 9, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

By Anne Byrn, author of Unbelievably Gluten-Free!

I have been intrigued by skillet lasagnas ever since I saw a recipe for one in a Williams-Sonoma catalog. Such a great way to make the dish, I thought, although I never seemed to give it a try.

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Simple Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter

By Charlotte on September 18, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

By Kelley Cleary Coffeen, author of 200 Easy Mexican Recipes

These lightly marinated shrimp are simple but amazingly flavorful. Rich avocado butter adds a balance in texture and taste.

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Creating Berry-Yummy Strawberry Basil Mini Pies

By Charlotte on August 28, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

By Julie Anne Hession, author of 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes

The combination of strawberries and fresh basil in a pie might strike you as odd, but basil is a member of the mint family, which often pairs beautifully with fresh fruit in desserts.

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An Empty Nest Shouldn't Mean Empty Nutrition

By Charlotte on August 7, 2013 1:10 AM | Read More

By Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN

After spending two decades shopping for food, planning meals, cooking and thinking about everyone else's dietary needs, you find yourself in an empty nest, and with an empty fridge and cupboard.

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10 Travel Essentials for Fat Loss and Fast Metabolism

By Charlotte on July 24, 2013 9:04 AM | Read More

By JJ Virgin, bestselling celebrity nutrition and fitness expert and author of The Virgin Diet

"Everything goes out the window when I travel," a friend recently told me. "I eat nearly perfectly at home, but put me at an airport or on a weekend road trip and I succumb to double cheeseburgers and greasy fries. It's almost as if being on the road gives me permission to cheat on my diet."

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7 Unconventional Gardening Tips to Liven Up Your Home and Yard

By Charlotte on July 10, 2013 6:13 AM | Read More

By Scott Sullivan, fine gardening manager at Topiarius

Want to make a statement without saying a word? Start gardening. Studies show that gardening is good for your health. It helps you reduce stress and allows an instant reconnection with nature--even for those who don't have large backyards. Plus, getting your hands dirty is a great outlet for creativity. Whether you're a perennial green thumb or a sapling when it comes to gardening, these approaches to unconventional horticulture will help turn your outdoor space into a unique oasis.

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Managing Weight, Mood and Sleep After 50

By Charlotte on June 19, 2013 6:31 AM | Read More

Weight, Weight ... Don't Tell Me!

By Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of the bestselling The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with The Gottfried Protocol

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5 Quick Ways to Get Fit After 50

By Charlotte on May 29, 2013 6:54 AM | Read More

By Lani Muelrath, M.A., bestselling author of Fit Quickies:  5 Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts

Age has unfairly become the whipping boy for loss of body shape - and gain of body fat.

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3 Red Fruits to Savor this Summer

By Charlotte on May 8, 2013 6:18 AM | Read More

By Chef Billy Mayer, Bee's Knees Baking Co.

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes easier access to fresh fruits. With cherries and rhubarb reaching their prime this month, and strawberries coming into season in June, think red. It's a sure way to add some excitement to everyday recipes.

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A Simple Way to Make Cannoli

By Charlotte on April 17, 2013 6:09 AM | Read More

By Lidia Bastianich, author Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 101 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrées 

Traditional cannoli are crispy fried dough cylinders stuffed with ricotta cream. This version, called Cannolo a Strati in Italian, is made with deep-fried discs of cannoli, stacked high with layers of ricotta cream in between, just like a napoleon. It is a much easier technique, frying the discs rather than the tubular cannoli shells, and the finished cannoli taste as good as the traditional version but look quite contemporary.

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5 Secrets to Saving on Groceries

By Charlotte on March 27, 2013 6:03 AM | Read More

By Michelle Snow, Author Quality Cooking at a Fraction of the Cost

We all need to eat and we all want to save money; so why not do both? Follow these grocery saving tips and you'll become a savvy saver in no time:

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3 Reasons to Eat Raw

By Charlotte on March 6, 2013 6:59 AM | Read More

By Kate Magic, Author Raw Magic - Superfoods for SuperPeople

You may already have heard of the raw foods diet and dismissed it as just another California fad. It's popular in Hollywood; with LA being the raw foods mecca of the world (I believe there are more than 20 raw restaurants and cafes in LA). But I'd like to take a moment to explain about the diet a little more, so you can consider if it's something you are interested in exploring.

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10 Secrets to a Friendly Divorce

By Charlotte on February 13, 2013 6:48 AM | Read More

By Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.

 

Fifty-two year old Rona arrived distraught and tearful to a recent therapy group I run. Her 31-year-old son Joey was getting married. Although he and his father were distant since the divorce decades earlier, and his father had lived across the country for years, Joey had decided he wanted to include his father in the wedding. Rona had been looking forward to this big day, but now she was filled with dread, anticipating feeling awkward, sad and alone.

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Fix Your Relationship in ONE Minute

By Charlotte on January 23, 2013 6:30 AM | Read More

What does that mean and is it possible?

 

By Fix Your Relationship in ONE Minute Author Jay Fleming-Smith

 

Happy New Year! You probably made your New Year's resolutions the moment you woke up Jan. 1. And the usual-resolution-suspects are most likely to spend more time with your children, friends and family; lose weight; or exercise more.

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4 Easy Steps to Delicious, Nutritious Meals for 2

By Charlotte on January 2, 2013 3:45 AM | Read More

I'll let you in on a secret. Bob and I are serious snack-a-holics. We could (and some weeks do) live on red wine, cheese, peanut butter and crackers with a couple of pizzas thrown in for good measure.

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The Joy of Sweet-and-Salty Candy Bar Blondies

By Charlotte on December 19, 2012 6:15 AM | Read More

By Lauren Lilling of Keep It Sweet Desserts

 

One of my favorite things about baking is taking a traditional sweet treat and giving it a modern twist. Who can resist a salty-and-sweet goodie? My father-in-law happens to be a founding member of the salty/sweet fan club. He recently celebrated a birthday and when I asked him what he wanted for his special birthday dessert, his only request was chocolate-covered pretzels. As much as I love a pretzel dipped in melted chocolate (my favorite thing to do with leftover chocolate!), I wanted to take things up a notch for my father-in-law's big day.

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3 Things to do Before Stressing Out

By Bob on November 28, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

I was talking to my friend Jonathan Masterson the other day about the differences between Dallas and Fort Worth. We agreed that Dallas is a why-didn't-you-do-this-yesterday, TYPE-A town and well, Fort Worth isn't. Jonathan's a firefighter so this guy knows stress - hell, down at the fire station he eats it for breakfast along with his Cocoa Puffs healthy, low-fat yogurt.

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Relocating? 5 Apps to Simplify Your Move

By Charlotte on October 31, 2012 6:19 AM | Read More

By Molly McLaughlin, Senior Editor for Portable Electronics, ConsumerSearch.com

 

Downsizing now that the kids are out of the house? Retiring to a new area to escape a hectic atmosphere or harsh winters? You've probably moved plenty of times before - into that first apartment, into the house where you raised your family, relocating for work.

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How to Make the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas

By Bob on October 17, 2012 5:23 AM | Read More

Downhome Favorite with Gourmet Flair

By Chef Jerrett Joslin of The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse

 

Whether you're from Manhattan or Toronto, there's something about Southern comfort food that just always hits the spot.

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Finding Peace in Today's Financial World

By Bob on October 3, 2012 5:47 AM | Read More

By Jane Honeck, CPA, PFS

It's been more than four long years since our economy took a nose dive. And since that time, we've been ping-ponged with stories of gloom and doom and talks of optimism and recovery. One day, we're hopeful and reassured and the next back in fear and anxiety. And, try as we might to ignore it, it's like driving by an accident or fire, we can't help but stop to look. It's enough to make you crazy!

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Losing Weight After 50

By Charlotte on September 12, 2012 6:24 AM | Read More

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD

Author of Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger and Keep the Weight Off for Good

 

Every calorie counts once we reach our 50s. But most of us tend to keep eating like we're 25.

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5 Keys to Avoiding Retirement Pitfalls

By Charlotte on August 29, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

By Rob Pascale

 

I retired seven years ago and when I think back, I can see that change caught me completely by surprise. There were times I struggled, and still do today, to come to grips with this life stage - the lack of structure, the loss of personal identity and a meaningful role in our society, and the problem of having to fill so many hours in a day with personally meaningful stuff.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan for Your Aging Parents

By Bob on August 15, 2012 4:14 AM | Read More

Tip 1: Start Planning Before A Crisis Hits!

The old, two-story bungalow was perfect 30 years ago; but over the years it has become too quiet, too big and too dangerous for your favorite 80-year-old to navigate. In addition, mom's heart condition sometimes makes her dizzy, she doesn't cook anymore and she readily admits that driving the old Chrysler wears her out.

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How to Have a Delightfully Empty Nest

By Charlotte on August 1, 2012 4:35 AM | Read More

By Christie Mellor

 

So, there we were at "College Night" a few years ago, my oldest boy Edison and I, when we ran into the mother of one of his friends. She leaned in to me with a haunted look in her eyes and said, "I just don't know what I'm going to do when Jake leaves for college."

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Sensible Multitasking: How to Almost "Do It All" Without Losing Your Mind

By Bob on July 4, 2012 4:05 AM | Read More

By Amy Wood, Psy.D.

Imagine you're sitting in a restaurant booth enjoying lunch with a close friend you haven't seen in a while. You're deep in conversation with this cherished person, feeling extremely grateful to have this precious time together to catch up. You lean in closer as your friend begins to update you on a pressing personal problem, and just then you hear someone in the booth behind you mention the name of a colleague.

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Travel the World While House Sitting

By Bob on June 20, 2012 5:00 AM | Read More

by Josie Schneider 

 

Imagine living in a French countryside farmhouse or charming Mediterranean-view apartment in Barcelona. What about a straw-bale home in Bulgaria? Perhaps the Australian outback is more your style. Want to tend a herd of cattle there? The variety of house sitting assignments is endless!

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Is Your Relationship at a Crossroads?

By Charlotte on June 6, 2012 6:12 AM | Read More

Take 5 Steps to Reconnect

By Daniela Roher, Ph.D. and Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

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7 Ways to Boom a Career Bust

By Charlotte on May 23, 2012 6:03 AM | Read More

By Darrell W. Gurney

A great jobs report came out recently-- the best numbers in the last four years--quickly followed by a crummy one. The jury is obviously still out on the direction we're going.

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Living in the Moment: A definition that really works

By Bob on May 9, 2012 4:06 AM | Read More

By Amy Wood, Psy.D.

I need to start living in the moment. If I had a dime for every time I've heard a wiped out, over-extended Boomer say that to me, I really would be the wealthiest psychologist this side of the Mississippi!

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The Millionaire Makeover on a Shoestring

By Charlotte on April 25, 2012 6:42 AM | Read More

By Vicky Oliver

 

It's relatively easy for anyone under 20 to look like a million bucks. The skin is resilient and strong. The hair naturally complements the skin without resorting to highlights and lowlights. And even pounds don't conform to hips as readily. As George Bernard Shaw once observed, "Youth is wasted on the young."

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6 Ways to Find Meaning When Caring for Your Parents

By Bob on April 11, 2012 6:20 AM | Read More

By Janet Edmunson, M.Ed.

 

When our parents start to age, our time and effort can revolve around making sure their physical care needs are met. That can make it hard to look for and find meaning in the experience. But this is where the magic lies.

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5 Tips for Getting Your Financial House In Order

By Bob on March 28, 2012 4:03 AM | Read More

By Jane Honeck

It's easy to feel like a deer in the headlights when talk of retirement comes up. "How did I get here so fast?" "Am I really ready for this next phase?" "And, what does really ready mean anyway?"

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What to Do When You Fall Off Track

By Bob on March 14, 2012 4:21 AM | Read More

By Amy Wood, Psy.D

One major advantage of being a seasoned Boomer is that you know the routine by now. You set a new goal - or goals -- you feel passionate about. You're filled to the brim with a newfound sense that you really, positively will change your life this time.

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4 Signs a Caregiver Is Suffering from the Big C: Codependence

By Bob on February 29, 2012 5:26 AM | Read More

By Diana Denholm, PhD, LMHC

 

Caregivers for a seriously ill partner or family member often wear a Big C on their chest. It doesn't stand for cheerleader, caregiver, or cancer, although what the Big C represents has the effect of a cancer in its ability to weaken and destroy. The Big C stands for codependence and codependent behavior.

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The Six Best Houseplants

By Charlotte on February 15, 2012 6:33 AM | Read More

Need to add some life to a dull room? Think houseplants. They can make your home more attractive, healthy and cheerful.

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How to Accomplish Anything

By Bob on January 18, 2012 5:27 AM | Read More

(Spoiler Alert: It's all in the strategy!)

By Amy Wood, Psy.D.

It's that time of year again for me and psychologists everywhere. The New Year is picking up momentum and our phones are ringing off the hook with calls from New Year's resolution enthusiasts who haven't been able to follow through on their good intentions.

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Putting Your Best Face Forward

By Charlotte on January 4, 2012 4:30 PM | Read More

I may not be a superhero but I do have a special power. More and more often lately, I become invisible.

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5 Steps to Positivity

By Bob on December 21, 2011 4:55 AM | Read More

Even a pessimist can find optimism.

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Deck the Halls in Style!

By Charlotte on December 7, 2011 6:50 AM | Read More

Sequins, silk and all that shimmers. Tis the season for parties!

 

It would be nice to buy a trendy holiday outfit for everything from my book club birthday celebration to candlelight Christmas Eve communion. I do LOVE to shop but we all know that's simply not happening.

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How to Get Real Help from Self-help Hype

By Bob on November 23, 2011 4:16 AM | Read More

Everywhere we go - the internet, the book store, the grocery store check-out line - carefully crafted headlines fight to sell us on the implausible yet tempting idea that we can have, be and do whatever we want by next month, this Friday, right this minute.

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Fun with Fall Flowers

By Charlotte on November 9, 2011 6:32 AM | Read More

After a long, hot summer here in Texas, we're ready for fall. With cool days and warm colors -- oranges, yellows, browns and magentas -- on the horizon, we asked award-winning interior designer and floral expert Annie Vanderwarker for help using flowers to welcome the season.


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When to Break Up with Your Makeup

By Charlotte on October 26, 2011 6:02 AM | Read More

A Look Good, Feel Better class is a must for any woman facing chemotherapy.

 

I'm grateful that my long-time friend and neighbor Shelley Tyler volunteered to go to one with me after my breast cancer surgery. It gave me some helpful tricks for perking up both my appearance and attitude during treatment, made it easier for Shelley to understand my plight and introduced us to a host of women in similar situations. I guess it's true that misery loves company because it was very comforting to know I wasn't alone.

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Lose Weight With Your Plate

By Charlotte on October 12, 2011 6:25 AM | Read More

Healthy meals are a must around our house. After all, Bob and I are both cancer survivors and we're not getting any younger. So these days, we're eating more fruits and vegetables and packing some protein (peanut butter counts, right?) into every meal. 

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Six Secrets to Stress-Free Packing

By Charlotte on September 28, 2011 6:34 AM | Read More

Bob and I have been housebound most of this year. After months of moving and making over our attic, we're ready to hit the road. We're planning treks to Napa Valley, New York City (to visit our one-and-only-son Cole!) and Gulf Shores, AL soon.

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Boomers, Sex...and Mom?

By Bob on September 14, 2011 5:07 AM | Read More

A few years ago Charlotte and I became empty nesters. Since Cole's an only child, we were among the first in our group to get the house back to ourselves. It seemed that everyone wanted to know what it was like to finally be the master of our domain after 18+ years.

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How to Build a Lasting Marriage

By Bob on August 31, 2011 4:06 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I celebrated 33 years of marriage earlier this summer and took a business/pleasure trip to the Big Apple as a reward. Internets, I'm not the easiest person to live with and believe me, Miss Charlotte's put in her time on this fixer-upper. She was due for a vacation. And then some.

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Making the Most of Your Mid-Life Adolescence

By Bob on August 17, 2011 4:32 AM | Read More

Like a lot of Baby Boomers I've seen more Disney movies than I care to count. Beyond the fact that they're mind-numbingly predictable, many have a common theme that resonates with a lot of us. Freaky Friday and the other Disney swithceroo comedies all focus on the chance to do it all over again and this time, damnit, do it RIGHT.

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No More "Vanilla" Marriage

By Bob on August 3, 2011 2:21 AM | Read More

I've got a confession: I loooooove being an empty-nester. When Cole went off to college, Charlotte and I were a little apprehensive about what we'd do in that big ol' empty house in Collywood. As it turns out, we found plenty of things to occupy our time.

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Travel Tips, Trends & Tours

By Bob on July 6, 2011 5:34 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I like to travel and we often get tips from our blogger friends, business associates and neighbors. It's good to have the "inside" track on places our friends looooove, or the joints locals only share with people they like. It's that kind of info that's led us to such wonderful places as diverse as Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Bon Secour, AL and La Masseria Ristorante in Manhattan. It's a lot of fun exploring. It's even MORE fun when exploring takes you somewhere great.

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S E X After 50

By Bob on June 22, 2011 6:48 AM | Read More

Now that I have your attention...It's no secret that Boomers are having sex well into their golden years. We've kind of been on the cutting edge of that revolution since the 1960s. Remember the Summer of Love? That was OUR idea. You're welcome America!

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Living Life Your Way

By Charlotte on June 8, 2011 8:44 AM | Read More

Remember when self-help tips were limited to books like I'm Okay, You're Okay and The Power of Positive Thinking? Life really was simpler then.

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It's Not Easy Being Weedy

By Bob on May 25, 2011 6:33 AM | Read More

I hate weeds. During the summer I routinely spray Roundup on anything that looks suspiciously like a weed in a never-ending battle of man Vs nature. Nature almost always wins, but that doesn't stop me from trying. That's why I was happy when the folks at Preen asked me to try their weed preventer. Of course, you know what I said don't you internets? "Dude, you had me at pre..."

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No More Little Old Ladies!

By Bob on May 16, 2011 6:39 AM | Read More

Barbara Morris', No More Little Old Ladies! 15 Essential & Specific Proven Anti-Aging Strategies for Gutsy Women in Their 40s and 50s, should be required reading for every Boomer. It's that good.

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Dishing with Ted Allen & Robert Mondavi

By Bob on May 11, 2011 4:12 AM | Read More

Food Network's Ted Allen is coming to the Taste Addison event May 20-22. The culinary genius will be whipping up some easy-to-fix (and incredibly delicious) treats on the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine stage.

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Fashionably Great

By Bob on April 27, 2011 4:12 AM | Read More

I'll admit to being fashion-challenged sometimes. But, I learned a long time ago that an outfit consisting of polka dots, stripes and plaid isn't acceptable unless your job description calls for getting out of a VW Bug with 33 other guys in the middle of an arena. It's. Just. Not. Done.

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Three Mediterranean Must-Sees

By Charlotte on April 13, 2011 6:00 AM | Read More

Although that why-don't-we-get-started-already remodeling project has us sidelined for now, Bob and I are fascinated with Mediterranean travel. I'm voting we go to Italy, Bob's love of baklava has him looking at Greece and, as you'd expect of classic movie buffs like us, we're both curious about Grace Kelly's Monaco (who wouldn't wonder about a country smaller than Central Park that attracts the super-rich?).

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Surfin' Without a Net

By Bob on March 30, 2011 4:46 AM | Read More

Charlotte is the queen of online shopping. She can sniff out a shoe deal faster than an airport security dog can locate a kilo of coke. She's just. That. Good.

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The Case for Falling in Love

By Bob on March 16, 2011 1:17 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I have plenty of Boomer friends who are either single, or have found themselves suddenly single after years of marriage. And while the dating game has definitely changed since I was hitting nickel beer night at Showdown II in Arlington and Charlotte was disco dancing the Hustle...men and women haven't changed all that much.

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Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex

By Bob on February 14, 2011 6:39 AM | Read More

With February being the loooove month, Charlotte suggested we include some romantic content in The Brief. Since I'm not really the romance expert (I'll never understand why a chainsaw isn't a perfectly acceptable gift) I turned to the pros.

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How to Keep Those New Year's Resolutions

By Bob on January 31, 2011 6:30 AM | Read More

My friend, mentor and legendary Fort Worth ad-genius Jerre Todd once told me his secret for keeping a tidy desk.

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Beating the Beer Belly Blues

By Bob on January 17, 2011 6:15 AM | Read More

I think it's a given that most Baby Boomer men know very little about their bodies. Don't get me wrong. We're not stupid. It's just that our knowledge, is shall we say limited to the basic below-the-belt topics like erectile dysfunction and colonoscopy jokes.

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How to Raise Your Adult "Children"

By Bob on January 5, 2011 6:52 AM | Read More

Boomer parents find themselves in an interesting spot these days because we're part of the "sandwich" generation -- wedged between our elderly parents and adult "children". It's a tough situation that's getting tougher in this suck economy.

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Feets Don't Fail Me Now!

By Bob on December 22, 2010 6:57 AM | Read More

My feet are in training. In just a few days, they'll have to bring their "A" game into play, since Charlotte will have me hitting the after-Christmas sales all the way from Southlake Town Center to Northpark. For those of you who say, "Bob, pay the extra $$ and just valet park," I remind you that 1) We're in a recession; and 2) Even if you valet park at the Galleria Dahling...you still have to walk a mile to get where you want to go.

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Deep in the Heart of Text Us

By Bob on December 8, 2010 6:24 AM | Read More

Like a lot of Boomers, I'm slowly warming to the idea of texting instead of calling.

Yeah I know, this makes me sound like that crazy old guy who yells Get Off My Lawn all day from his front porch. But hey, I'm catching up. I've already mastered the delete key, which saves me from using all that Liquid Paper on my computer screen.

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$60 Room Makeover

By Charlotte on November 24, 2010 9:31 AM | Read More

Growing up, I spent many Saturdays helping my mom move furniture around our Arlington, TX ranch-style home. Although my dad never knew where he'd find his recliner after work, my decorator-on-a-budget mom could give any room a lift by simply rearranging couches, chairs and accessories.  

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Living Your Best Life

By Bob on November 10, 2010 5:11 AM | Read More

We get offered a lot of self-help books here at The Boomer Brief. Some are good - some, eh...not so much. That's why it's great to get a couple of self-help books that really, well, help.

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The Mesh. Why the Future of Business is Sharing.

By Bob on October 13, 2010 6:49 AM | Read More

Lisa Gansky's new book is about a simple idea: some things are better shared. No, it's not a socialist manifesto. It's a radical new way of looking at commerce. The pioneering entrepreneur calls it the Mesh and reveals why it will soon dominate the future of business.

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Your New Boss is Younger Than Your Kids - Now What?

By Bob on September 15, 2010 6:03 AM | Read More

Today's job market sucks. For many Boomers, the only thing that sucks worse is finally landing that new job - only to discover that your boss is the age of your oldest child. Now what do you do? How do you create a happy work environment that'll keep you employed at least until the mortgage is paid off and the last kid gets out of college?

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Age Management

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Read More

Boomers, if Father Time has his way, we're all headed for wrinkles. As our skin ages, it naturally looses volume becoming more susceptible to lines and sagging.

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New York Flower Design

By Charlotte on August 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Read More

Bob and I enjoy entertaining. Whether we're hosting a graduation party, shower or holiday get-together, I call on my girlfriends for help. They've been known to pitch in with everything from extra serving dishes to food suggestions and table decorations (yes, they're lifesavers!)

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"Feelin' Hot?"

By Charlotte on July 7, 2010 8:30 AM | Read More

I'm on a quest. Tired of the hormonal hell that accompanies menopause and realizing I need to do something to avoid taking my frustrations out on Bob, I'm looking for ways to combat my symptoms. I started by asking Rebecca Hulem, author of Feelin' Hot: A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause, to give boomer babes some tips for managing our mid-life mire.

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It's More Than Personal

By Bob on May 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Read More

Paige Blankenship.jpg Paige Blankenship authored this Guest Room post and we hope she'll write some more. 

In addition to being a corporate public relations expert, she's a southern girl with an ear for language and an eye for bad manners.  Like all GRITS (that's Girls Raised In The South, for the rest of us), Paige loves her momma (Becky) and wishes her a happy Mother's Day.

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"Blow Your Mind" Baked Chicken Wings

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Courtesy of Daphne Oz, from The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining

Okay guys, the first time I tried making these I kept thinking to myself that there was no way that these baked chicken wings were ever going live up to the classic fried preparation. But boy was I wrong! There is just something about the combination of the soy, honey and chili flakes that, when baked in the oven, creates a sticky and salty-sweet glaze that is just stick-to-your-ribs good. They are so good, in fact, that they'll blow your mind!

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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