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The Seven Baking Techniques You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Master

(BPT) - Love to bake but feel like you sometimes do not get the end result you were hoping for? The secret is usually with the technique. It’s time to go back to the basics and break down the top techniques you may not have known you needed to master to be a baking pro.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
A Classic Staple for Family Meals
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) Every day seems to bring a new food trend, and while it can be tempting to go all-in on the latest craze to hit the shelves, there are lots of tried-and-true foods that still deserve a place at the table. One of those is real, wholesome dairy milk.

School Day Solutions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

5 Basic Steps for Sizzling Steak
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Culinary.net) A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Simple, Family-Friendly Solutions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and children alike.

Back-to-School Food Fit for the Family
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged. 

Head Back to School with a Balanced Breakfast
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) With each school morning comes the importance of getting children up, ready and out the door for a day of learning and adventure. To help your little learner truly make the most of each lesson, a nutritious breakfast can be just the right way to get the morning started.

Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting for authentic, Asian-inspired recipes.

An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Simplify Back-to-School Dinners with Nutritious Meal Plans
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Back-to-school season can be cluttered between after-school activities, week­end sports and evening homework – as well as making dinner each night. Creating a master meal plan with quick, simple and nutritious meals is an easy way to take control of your family’s hectic schedule. Start by stocking the pantry with staple ingredients that amp up the nutrition and flavor of your family favorites.

Add Mushrooms to Your Snacking Menu
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Mix up your snacking habits with a more nutritious option to serve ahead of a meal or on its own. These Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Beets and Goat Cheese are ready in just half an hour with only eight ingredients, allowing you to dish up a flavorful bite without going overboard in the kitchen.

Monday 08/12/2019
Plant-Based Meal Solutions to Help Families Power through the Busy Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, it's that time of year when the kids go back to school and life seems to be busier than ever. Whether you're rushing off to work, scurrying to get kids out the door, or simply trying to keep track of your family's complex schedule — every parent could use a little help, especially in the kitchen. Here are some tips to help families power through the season, thanks to the wide variety of plant-based options now available:

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Build a Better Sandwich
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Fad diets come and go, and as many Americans find, so do the pounds they lose. Most experts agree that eliminating, or drastically reducing, major foods groups from your diet can be detrimental to your health and prevent you from achieving long-term healthy eating goals.

Quick Family Meals Filled with Flavor
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When cooking for the family, don’t sacrifice flavor in order to create a quick meal. Mouthwatering recipes can be at your fingertips with simple, tasty twists on family favorites for the dinner table.

Pop Up a Movie Night
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it’s a birthday sleepover, an adults-only gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home – or on a projector in the yard – can be the perfect escape. Of course, tasty snacks only add to the fun.

Tuesday 08/06/2019
5 ways to get organized in time for back-to-school
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - As fall quickly approaches, parents everywhere start thinking ahead to the next school year, writing to-do lists and going back-to-school shopping to be ready. It’s easy for things to feel hectic at the beginning of each school year, with changing schedules and routines making everyone’s lives suddenly feel busier. Chances are you remember some of last year's mayhem — scrambling to get breakfast together in the mornings while kids are hunting for their homework and clean clothes.

There’s Plenty To Watch On TV Without Having To Pay For Streaming, Cable Or Satellite
Updated: August 08, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to home entertainment, one of the latest innovations in TV viewing is really one of the oldest: the antenna—and budget-conscious consumers are thrilled.

Monday 08/05/2019
Summertime Living is Easy with Plant-Based Butter-ed Foods
Updated: August 07, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—From blueberry pies with flaky buttery crusts to grilled buttered corn on the cob, summer is filled with delicious foods that bring people together. Now summertime eating is getting a makeover by swapping that pat, dab or dollop of regular dairy butter with dairy-free Plant Butter.

How Learning About Wine Can Improve the Way You Drink
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) The world of wine can sometimes feel intimidating to the uninitiated, but a bit of knowledge about wine from experts can help anyone navigate everyday situations.

Thursday 08/01/2019
Tasty snack ideas that add a wholesome energy boost any time of day
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Do you have a time of day when you start to feel things drag a little? Whether it's staying focused in the late morning while you look forward to lunch break, or powering through a long afternoon before heading home, you just sort of hit a wall.

8 Kid-Friendly, Back-To-School Recipes
Updated: August 06, 2019 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Save time and serve up better-for-you lunches, snacks, desserts and after-school energy boosts with these simple and affordable recipes.

Wednesday 07/31/2019
Healthful School Lunches: What Parents Need To Know
Updated: August 02, 2019 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—The healthfulness of school lunches is one of the top three parental concerns of this school season, according to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll.

A Fast, Filling Breakfast
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) A filling yet nutritious breakfast is a productive way to start any day, especially one loaded with flavor. Spanish Potato and Onion Omelets are simple to make and pack plenty of protein with diced ham and eggs paired with the complementary tastes of onion and potatoes.

Simple Steps for More Family Time
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:55 am

Create kid-friendly meals using canned foods

Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn't have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals.

Friday 07/26/2019
5 Ways to Inspire Others in Your Community
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Everyday life doesn’t always grant opportunities to make a difference in other people's lives, but you can find those opportunities if you seek them out. For example, being a coach or mentor is one great way to make a positive impact on the lives of children.

7 almond-inspired excuses to celebrate the end of summer
Posted: July 26, 2019

(BPT) - Summertime is winding down and it’s time to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of this relaxing season. What better way to do that than to plan a party to get family and friends together!

Thursday 07/25/2019
How to have the best National Oyster Day ever (even if you think you don’t like oysters!)
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Pacific Seafood’s Oyster Expert Dennis Williams shares his favorite ways to celebrate National Oyster Day on Aug. 5 and beyond! With the rise in popularity of oyster bars and half-shell appetizers, raw oysters are what come to mind for most, and that can be an intimidating place to start. Thankfully the popularity of shucked oyster dishes such as po’ boys, fried oysters and stews are on the rise, creating endless possibilities to celebrate this super bivalve. Not only are oysters quite versatile, but they are nutritional powerhouses packed with protein, zinc, selenium and vitamin D. Find our oysters near you!

3 Tips to Add Some Love to the Lunchbox
Updated: July 30, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) The school year can be an exciting time for parents and children alike. However, between getting ready and rushing to get out the door, making a nutritious and delicious lunch can sometimes fall by the wayside.

Wednesday 07/24/2019
Make Your Movie Night Pop
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it’s a kids’ birthday party, an adult gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home – or on a projector in the yard – can be the perfect escape. Of course, tasty snacks only add to the fun.

Break Away from Traditional Barbecue Fare
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Burgers and brats have earned a spot in the backyard barbecue hall of fame, no doubt, but if you’re looking for a different type of barbecue, add some finesse to your menu with flatbreads.

Building a Balanced Diet with a Better Sandwich
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Fad diets come and go, and as many Americans find, so do the pounds they lose. Most experts agree that eliminating, or drastically reducing, any of the major foods groups from your diet can be detrimental to your health and prevent you from achieving long-term healthy eating goals.

5 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids to Enjoy
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:30 am

Save time by creating quick recipes made with nutritious, fresh milk 

A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) From backyard barbecues and family picnics to a bright addition to seasonal recipes, sweet cherries not only provide a boost of flavor but also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, helping keep you and your family healthy during busy summer months.

Thursday 07/18/2019
Grilled California Sweetpotatoes
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 2:52 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re firing up the outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan, for that matter), throw on a sweetpotato or two. An easy, healthy side dish with a huge wow factor, grilled sweetpotatoes are nutrient rich, high in fiber and absolutely delicious. And they go great with burgers, steaks, chops, chicken or pretty much anything off the grill.

Summer Wine Savvy
Updated: July 23, 2019 - 2:53 am

3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine

Wednesday 07/17/2019
Fuel Your Day the Healthy Way
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Between balancing work with family and friends, squeezing in a healthy meal can be hard, and finding time for a workout can be even harder. A busy lifestyle demands quick, portable and convenient foods that let you refuel your body with better health in mind.

Simple Swaps for Serious Flavor
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) From burgers to barbecued chicken, many of the best grilled foods are served with creamy condiments – often packing on calories and fat. Next time you’re ready to grill, experiment with new ways to create simple but robust flavors using fewer ingredients through simple swaps.

Simply Sweet Summer Entertaining
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Light, refreshing flavors are the perfect solution for a summer meal. As temperatures heat up, take your summer entertaining to the next level with a secret ingredient that is as pretty as it is tasty.

Thursday 07/11/2019
6 ways to sneak breakfast into your next big celebration
Posted: July 11, 2019

(BPT) - Face it, everyone loves to eat a delicious, hearty breakfast. Whether your tastes tend more toward the sweet or the savory, breakfast is one meal that has something for everyone. And the especially good news for families is that most kids love breakfast, too. Haven’t you heard one of your kids get excited when you come home from work exhausted after a long day and announce that “breakfast’s for dinner”?

Wednesday 07/10/2019
A Sweet Summer Dessert
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Fresh fruits are one of the highlights of summer. Try this tasty Fresh Pear Dumplings with Raspberry Sauce recipe, bringing pears and raspberries together for a delicious seasonal dessert.

Punched Up Summer Side Ideas for Backyard Entertaining
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Backyard barbecues and family picnics are plentiful during the summer months, so chances are good you’ll host (or attend) at least one event this season. While you’ll likely feast on a bevy of hamburgers, hot dogs and summer salads, a menu filled with fresh, delicious sides makes for a meal worth celebrating.

Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) There’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration.

Fresh Facts About Fruits and Veggies
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 benefits of adding more produce to your diet

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Make Room for New Favorites on the Grill
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Whether firing up the grill for a pool party, barbecue or even just a weeknight meal, one thing’s for sure: summertime means grilling season. Grilling takes many forms and flavors from casual favorites like burgers and hot dogs to flame-kissed vegetables and the artistry of a perfectly done steak. However, the possibilities don’t end there.

Simplify Your Grilling Routine this Summer
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Summer is typically a busy time for families, making those moments you spend together all the more precious. The hustle and bustle of the season doesn't have to mean sacrificing wholesome meals, however.

Thursday 06/27/2019
Automated Containers Make Organic Urban Farming Feasible
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) -The future of agriculture can be found in commercial containers, in which plants can be grown hydroponically.

Wednesday 06/26/2019
Spice Up Summer with Grilled Kebabs
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) Fire up your summer cookouts with crowd-pleasing kebabs, which are easy to prepare and fun to experiment with because you can use nearly any combination of meats and veggies.

Get Grilling with Fresh Ingredients
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) Grilling season provides ample opportunities to put flavorful fare on the table, but it doesn’t have to be a lengthy cooking process. By planning ahead, having the right equipment on-hand and using ready-to-go ingredients, home cooks can quickly put family meals together.

Tuesday 06/25/2019
Contest Promotes Emerging SciFi Writers and Illustrators
Posted: June 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Aspiring artists and authors in the science fiction and fantasy arena have an outlet to finding a wider audience, thanks to the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Award.