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home : florence living : food & recipes September 15, 2014

8 reasons why olives are the pantry's best kept secret
  (BPT) - California Ripe Olives are not only a pantry staple – but a delicious way to add texture and flavor in a variety of places. From cocktails to appetizers and even dessert, this versatile ingredient is one you’ll want to make sure is always in stock on your shelf and o... More >>

From coast to coast Americans have different tastes in seafood and wine [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pop the wine top and grill up some seafood to welcome the sunshine and longer days this summer! Martin Codax Albarino (also known as the Wine of the Sea), a crisp and dry white wine from Spain, commissioned a survey to learn about the seafood and wine preferences of Americans across the cou... More >>

Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
(BPT) - You know how to pick out the perfect pair of shoes, what dress to wear and how to accessorize. When it comes to hosting a party, you want everything to be stylish, from the table you set to the food you serve. Here are some tips for “dressing up” your table using style and color... More >>

Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State
(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harv... More >>

Essential ingredients for superb soup [Infographic]
(BPT) - Soup is universally loved as both a warming starter or main course, and it is probably the first ever one-pot meal conceived. Soup also is a highly adaptable meal, with any one recipe being easily altered in myriad different ways. For instance, try some of the new seasonings and interpretat... More >>

Prepping for a party: make-ahead appetizers make summer entertaining easy
(BPT) - Don’t let the first “ding-dong” of the doorbell catch you up to your elbows in dirty dishes and half-finished appetizers.For your next party, prepare your appetizers ahead of time with these simple tips and recipes:“Let’s not reinvent the wheel. Take items you ... More >>

Learn a little more about the great American snack [Infographic]
(BPT) - It’s a fact- Americans love to snack. The California Olive Committee conducted a recent survey to explore snacking habits in the U.S., uncovering some interesting trends. Check this out and see how your own compare. ... More >>

The benefits of enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - With warmer weather, more people turn to fun outdoor activities, especially after a long cold winter. Diet and exercise are the key ingredients of a healthy lifestyle, and fresh salads and other summertime delicacies abound.One particularly healthful diet trend is the Mediterranean diet, so... More >>

Simple twists to make summer cooking even more sensational
(BPT) - From juicy produce to savory grilled meats, summer is the best time for tantalizing taste buds with delicious foods. This year, why not enhance traditional favorites with a few unique twists? These simple updates to classic summer dishes will have everyone raving.Grown-up cheeseburgers If y... More >>

Bring variety to foods served at your picnics and cookouts
(BPT) - The warmer months are the perfect time to enjoy meals outdoors, so head out to the backyard or the local park for a sunlit lunch or a breezy, laid-back dinner. Your family probably has some favorite picnic menu items they frequently request, but if you’re looking to inject some new li... More >>

What happens when camping and glamour collide?
(BPT) - You love the great outdoors, you really do but you were somehow gifted with that sweet blood mosquitoes crave. Not only that but your body simply doesn’t do well sleeping on the ground and, let’s be honest, it takes no small amount of lighter fluid and matches for you to warm yo... More >>

Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining
(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.“Co... More >>

3 myths about microwave foods
(BPT) - Everyone has their favorite foods they save for a special treat, or to make an already enjoyable occasion even better. But with a constant flow of information about food and health trends, it’s often difficult to know which are the best choice for you and your family. Is what you&rsqu... More >>

5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like a summer party where beautiful weather, great food and good friends come together to create memories that last. If you’re looking forward to throwing a summer party but you’re not sure how to get started, the following tips will have you outside ... More >>

Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
(BPT) - Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobil... More >>

Learn what the experts know about canned food [Infographic]
(BPT) - Registered dietitians are the experts when it comes to food and nutrition. And when it comes to canned food, 9 out of 10 say they recommend them regularly, according to a survey about canned food benefits by the Canned Food Alliance. And even more of them - 95 percent - say they enjoy canne... More >>

Gimme some more! A dozen fun facts about s'mores
(BPT) - With back to school just around the corner, now’s the time to make the most of the final days of summer. Gather your family and friends around the fire and enjoy a delicious treat. One of the quintessential flavors of summer, s’mores have been enhancing bonfires and bringing fam... More >>

Expert tips for a delicious grilling season
(BPT) - There are four distinct seasons in the United States: the holiday season, road construction season, hunting season, and what some argue is the best season of all, grilling season. What was once a special event for summer holidays has turned into a regular activity for millions of Americans.... More >>

Why kids and nutritionists reject new school lunches
(BPT) - Good nutrition for school children is a priority that everyone can support but not everyone can agree on the best way to achieve it. Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require schools drastically alter their programs in ways that are hard to meet. Children in particular ar... More >>

Hot or cold, Americans crave coffee
(BPT) - Americans love coffee. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association, 61 percent of American adults drink coffee every day. Hot, cold, black, macchiato, latte – Americans consume 400 million cups of java daily, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee in the world.Not on... More >>

Bring your family together with a fun, yet simple football-watching party
(BPT) - Football season has arrived, and it’s time to get started planning those football-watching parties so you can root the home team toward victory and post-season success. Game day is a great day to spend time with family and friends, so if you’re thinking about hosting a party , k... More >>

Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
(BPT) - Do your children have imaginary friends or pretend the characters from their favorite TV show or video game are real and in the room? Many children creatively stage playful interactions with fictional and imaginary characters during their developmental years, but now those imaginary charact... More >>

Why salt is essential to human life
(BPT) - Did you know salt is an important ingredient for your good health? No electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt because the sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses, helping your muscles stay strong, your brain functioning and yo... More >>

Swapping ingredients and habits for healthier living
(BPT) - When it comes to cooking, you’re always on the lookout for new recipes, easy shortcuts and ways to make familiar recipes healthier without sacrificing the great taste. If you are a health-minded cook, here are some tips to get you started:1. Add colors to your foods – Colorful f... More >>

Smart, stress-free ideas for a memorable Labor Day party
(BPT) - Labor Day signals the end of summer and the start of exciting new fall activities, but what does the holiday really celebrate? The answer: the 155.6 million people age 16 and older in the American workforce. Gathering with family and friends is a must, but that doesn't mean you should spend... More >>

The evolution of American dinners [Infographic]
(BPT) - This year marks Stouffer’s 60th anniversary of providing delicious, quality meals for families to love. Let’s take a look back at American dinners and how they have evolved over the last 60 years. ... More >>

The equation for stronger performance in school begins with a better breakfast
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But all too often, kids head out the door with sugary pastries, cereals and bars – or worse yet, nothing in their stomachs at all. Children who eat breakfast perform better... More >>

Food safety tips for the summer cookout
(BPT) - Summer’s here - it’s time to slip on a pair of flip-flops and don your favorite grilling apron with that one-of-a-kind catchy slogan. You know the one. Maybe it’s “King of the Grill,” “Come and Get It” or “Grill Sergeant.” It’... More >>

Budget-friendly tricks for serving meals your family will love
(BPT) - Mealtimes – they can be both the blessing and curse of family life. At their best, meals bring families together to share time with loved ones. But, in today’s recovering economy, the pressures of putting food on the table, without busting budgets can make mealtime a source of s... More >>

How old is that food? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Do you know what the dates on your food containers really mean? Use by, sell by and best by dates often lead to lots of wasted food in the United States and worldwide. Read on to understand what these terms mean, and actions that can be taken to reduce the amount of food thrown away each ye... More >>

Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to t... More >>

Make your big day as unique as you are
(BPT) - Weddings are steeped in tradition – no matter whom you are or where you live. But what if you’re not interested in wearing the same dress your mother did, getting married in the same location your sister did or wearing something blue?Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Pl... More >>

Grilling enhances the flavors of summer
(BPT) - This summer, take advantage of grilling fresh seasonal produce as well as meats, chicken and fish and trying some new marinades.To make the most of your grilling, Chef Larry Matson, academic director of culinary at The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, recommends:* Gril... More >>

5 dietary habits of healthy kids
(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and ... More >>

Meatless options for the grill
(BPT) - Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs and hot dogs are common fare at summer barbeques, but what about guests who are looking to reduce their meat intake? In addition to traditional meat dishes, there are many ways to prepare meals on the grill that everyone can enjoy, including vegetarians.“... More >>

How to make the start of the school year healthy and happy
(BPT) - The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities. Making healthy choices can take a back seat to convenience when on the run. While pre-packaged foods ar... More >>

Secrets to the perfect backyard grilled menu
(BPT) - The grill is a big part of summer fare, whether you’re enjoying a delicious dinner in a restaurant or barbecuing in your backyard. If you want to increase your expertise in perfecting flaky-tender fish or mouth-watering steaks at home, here are some industry secrets that will have you... More >>

Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.Some people think harvest season is when the wor... More >>

Refreshing salads for warm days
(BPT) - Nothing says “summer is here” like a fresh salad bursting with garden-fresh vegetables, herbs and flavors. So how do you toss some zing into your salad to get your family and friends craving more? Follow these five simple steps to create eye-popping, mouth-watering and crowd-ple... More >>

Top time-saving kitchen appliances to help unleash your inner chef
(BPT) - Do you dream of being the next contestant on a reality cooking show? Think your culinary skills could take on Chef Gordon Ramsay? You’re not alone. There are millions of aspiring, in-home chefs who want to improve their skills.Whether you are a self-proclaimed expert or new to the kit... More >>

Planned or spontaneous, pull off your next party with ease
(BPT) - Football parties, back-to-school cook outs, Halloween celebrations and cooler temperatures – there’s so many reasons to plan a fun fall gathering at your house, or spontaneously invite your friends over for the afternoon. No matter if they’re planned or spur-of-the-moment,... More >>

Smart parent tricks for cutting chaos, streamlining school days
(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.“By adopting good habits as soon as school starts, you’ll set the stage for ... More >>

Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce
(BPT) - Warm weather months bring an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty?Chef Daniel Re... More >>

Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
(BPT) - No matter the occasion, parties are good opportunities to relax with friends and family, step outside the normal routine and just have a great time. Hosting a party at home requires some extra prep work, but the reward is often worth the labor. Before you throw your next gathering, try thes... More >>

8 cool treats for one hot summer
  (BPT) - After one of the coldest winters in years, everyone has been looking forward to a little sunshine and warmth. Now, with the heat upon us, it seems we’re all pining for a little chill. These cool, tasty treats will help you survive summer ... no sweat.1. No-bake Cookie Doug... More >>

Improve your entire day with these easy breakfast ideas
(BPT) - Want to keep the weight off? It starts at the breakfast table. Seventy-eight percent of those who successfully maintain their weight loss eat breakfast each day, according to the National Weight Control Registry. Why does breakfast seem to make the difference?Anika Christ, registe... More >>

5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
(BPT) - Did you know the food you eat can literally make you feel happy or sad? Nutrition is one of the main components of mental health, so it’s important to stock your plate with good food while cutting some of those less beneficial alternatives.“Food can definitely alter your mood,&r... More >>

Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... More >>

Think hosting a dinner party is difficult? Think again
(BPT) - Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one mi... More >>

Spice up your menu with these unique recipes
(BPT) - What fun is life without a little adventure? An amazing trip is more appealing than a staycation, a new workout routine beats running the same old mile, and the hot new comedy club is more interesting than watching TV reruns.The same is true in the kitchen. New recipes are more exciting tha... More >>

Escape a cooking rut with bold flavors the whole family will enjoy
(BPT) - Between busy schedules and family member’s picky eating habits, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut where you’re preparing the same five recipes every week. Break out of this cycle with a few easy tips that will have you exploring new flavors in no time.“A well-stoc... More >>

Learn more about the smoothie sensation sweeping the nation [Infographic]
(BPT) - The hottest thing to eat is actually a drink. Smoothies are customizable and offer an easy option for packing nutrition and great taste into a single drink. Learn more about just how big the smoothie craze has gotten in this infographic. ... More >>

How to get your kids to eat the food you've prepared
(BPT) - Do you have a standoff with your children each night at the dinner table? Are you encouraging them to eat the foods you’ve prepared while they’re suspiciously eyeing it, refusing to eat a bite? Many children go through picky eating stages, and parents typically need to be a bit ... More >>

Healthy lunch and snack ideas for back to school
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, art... More >>

Mint lightens and brightens summer dishes
(BPT) - The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new and un... More >>

Add a burst of flavor to summer meals with grapes
(BPT) - With warm summer weather comes the desire to lighten family meals and impress guests with thoughtful fare for backyard entertaining. Call on the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables for inspiration. For instance, simply adding a handful of grapes immediately adds taste, color, freshness an... More >>

Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may h... More >>

Why a powerhouse breakfast should always include eggs [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pass up breakfasts with added sugar to avoid the morning sugar high and afternoon energy crash. Instead, opt for energy-packed breakfast options for your family that include protein-rich eggs. Ultra-versatile, there’s plenty of ways to serve up eggs to please any palate. Visit www.Inc... More >>

Elegant summer entertaining with fresh, seasonal cocktails
(BPT) - Summer is synonymous with entertaining and for good reason. Warm summer days and long summer evenings make the perfect backdrop for gatherings with friends and family to enjoy delicious food and drinks. As Memorial Day, Independence Day and long summer weekends come and go, keep in mind som... More >>

5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
(BPT) - The summer months are over and the school year is in full swing. As a parent, this means you’ve traded those lazy summer days for school sports and activities, colder temperatures and the morning rush to the bus stop. If you feel like your home’s organization is hanging on by a ... More >>

Grown up snack substitutions to satisfy your inner child's taste buds
(BPT) - When you were a child you could eat anything you wanted without worrying about the result. The calories never stuck around.Now, not so much.And so you’re following the steps. You’re eating right, you’re exercising and you’ve given up the snacks. But wait a minute, wh... More >>

Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet
(BPT) - No one questions that fruit is an essential part of the diet. But did you know that more than 70 percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruit? One hundred percent juice is a convenient way to help you get the important fruit nutrients you need.Juice doesn’t just tas... More >>

Boost kids' nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate
(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the e... More >>

Try these ideas for light and simple cookout fare
(BPT) - Whether enjoying a summer holiday, celebrating a recent graduation or simply relaxing with friends and family on a lazy Saturday afternoon, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy nutritious eating wherever you are. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, fresh produce makes delicio... More >>

3 expert tips for starting a successful vegetable garden
(BPT) - Warm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season’s plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it’s something you’ve been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, includi... More >>

Find out the tricks to make your next BBQ amazing
(BPT) - With the temperatures inching up, BBQ enthusiasts are looking to turn up the heat. You can jumpstart the BBQ season by perfecting your skills and experimenting on the grill.Charlie Torgerson, Famous Dave’s Restaurant Executive Chef and Pitmaster, has compiled 20 years of BBQ expertise... More >>

Back-to-school snacking done right
(BPT) - As the school year begins, some parents may find that the most chaotic time of the day is around 3 p.m. when class is dismissed and the juggling act of homework, soccer practice and piano lessons begins. With so much going on, it’s important to keep kids energized and focused by provi... More >>

Calling all junior chefs: Expert tips make cooking an enjoyable family affair
(BPT) - There’s a place in the home that is full of endless fun and family bonding potential: the kitchen. When kids learn to cook – from meal prep to cleanup – they gain valuable skills and make lifelong memories. Fortunately, inspiring kids in the kitchen is simple with a few ex... More >>

Disconnect to reconnect: Ideas for memorable outdoor family vacations
  This summer, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with family. There’s no better way to do this than with a family vacation that brings everyone closer to nature. A trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia will connect you to the great outdoors while bri... More >>

Fun twists for festive fall recipes
(BPT) - When fall arrives and the temperature cools, it’s a great time for families to get together and spend more time enjoying delicious home-cooked foods. This season, look for fun ways to put a twist on your favorite recipes, or try new recipes to bring some seasonal flavors into your hom... More >>

Preserving heirloom vegetables for future generations [Infographic]
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means farmers markets are back for the season with fresh produce. With the growing focus on heirloom fruits and vegetables, TERRA real vegetable chips unveiled a new infographic on the importance of saving heirloom seeds in conjunction with Seed Savers Exchange, a nonp... More >>

Tips to avoid the kitchen heat during the hot summer months
(BPT) - During the heat of summer, no one wants to spend time in the kitchen when the stove or oven is in use. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools again – don’t sweat it. From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty... More >>

Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country
(BPT) - With summer finally here, many will take the opportunity to spend more quality time with family, and dining out in restaurants is a perfect way to spend that time together.In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants - in h... More >>

Back-to-school nutrition primer: Give kids a healthy head start on academic success
(BPT) - Parents arm their kids with a plethora of school supplies, new attire and the latest technology to prepare them for a successful school year. But one of the most important components of academic success is often overlooked: nutrition.“Having adequate nutrition provides children with t... More >>

Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates
(BPT) - Patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don’t fret; outdoor events don’t have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at a... More >>

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