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Find the perfect wine based on personality [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to wine, each variety has subtle hints of flavors and aromas that characterize the wine’s personality. Not surprisingly, these personality traits can be reflected in the preferred tastes of individuals when it comes to choosing a wine. This infographic provides a fun, un... More >>

How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a p... More >>

Expert tips to curb food cravings during times of stress
(BPT) - Do you reach for comfort foods or junk food when you’re stressed? You know you shouldn't, but you probably feel you need something to help you during that intense period. With a few tips from culinary experts, you can cut the cravings and find healthy ways to manage nutrition during s... More >>

Now's the time for peppermint [Infographic]
(BPT) - Few flavors define a season like peppermint and the holidays. In the following infographic you’ll see just how popular peppermint is during this season and just how people like to enjoy it. So take a look, to see how you might incorporate peppermint into your holiday traditions. ... More >>

A great reason to warm up to frozen meals [Infographic]
(BPT) - The next time you reach for a meager meal replacement bar, freeze! Research shows a single-serve frozen meal may be more satisfying.... More >>

More reasons to skip the drive-thru and opt for a frozen meal [Infographic]
(BPT) - Finding time to eat well doesn’t mean you have to resort to eating out or going to the drive-thru. New data analysis indicates that people who reported dining on frozen meals ate fewer calories per day and consumed less saturated fat than those who reported eating fast food meals, als... More >>

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
(BPT) - Math, science, English and history – every day, children learn these important lessons in school. But every day at lunch, they walk into their school cafeterias to learn another important lesson: how to make independent nutrition choices. It’s like going to a restaurant without ... More >>

How to be host or hostess with the most(est) with these delicious seasonal recipes
(BPT) - This time of year is all about the people you love — when you invite old friends or beloved family members into your home to celebrate and make lasting memories.A good host always has coffee in the home, but if you really want to wow your guests this season, offer Coffee-mate’s ... More >>

Tips for determining pet food quality
(BPT) - Because pets are such beloved members of the family, it isn’t a surprise that pet parents want what is right for the health of their furry friends. In fact, nearly four out of five pet owners say they choose a pet food based on how nutritious or how healthy they think it will be for t... More >>

The perfect recipes for the season's top events
(BPT) - Baking season has officially arrived, and with it, a host of activities that will have you donning your favorite apron and whipping up something scrumptious. And you won’t be alone – nearly six in 10 Americans say they plan to give homemade gifts during the holiday season, such ... More >>

4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of ... More >>

A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie
(BPT) - Many of our fondest childhood memories consist of spending time with friends and family, baking delicious holiday cookies and eyeing the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.Embrace nostalgia and create the perfect holiday cookie that tastes delicious and is easy to decorate. Instead... More >>

Five small steps to green the big game
(BPT) - The big game is just around the corner, and it’s an exciting time to plan and attend parties, gather with friends and enjoy the most-watched television event of the year. But did you know that the average big game party with 30 guests can create up to 80 pounds of waste? While the pla... More >>

Give holiday dishes a flavorful twist with gourmet cheese
(BPT) - Winter holidays conjure up cravings for our favorite comfort foods - from the aroma of fresh-baked apple pie to the taste of tender roast turkey. This year, give holiday recipes a delectable new twist by incorporating the flavors of imported gourmet cheeses.“Creatively crafted cheeses... More >>

Add a touch of Tuscany to your dinner table
(BPT) - A recipe that is ideal for any occasion, from weeknight meals to Sunday suppers to get-togethers with friends, can be hard to come by. Tuscan Brined Pork Chops with Salsa Verde is a near-perfect answer for all of these occasions.Created by food blogger Karen Tedesco of the popular blog Fami... More >>

7 tips for scoring a tailgating touchdown
(BPT) - It's tailgating season and you know what that means: Hauling lawn chairs, grills and a cooler packed full of your favorite foods and drinks to a stadium parking lot full of people. The game plan is to eat, drink and mingle until it’s time to head in and cheer on your favorite team. Th... More >>

Fabulous fall fare for families
  (BPT) - Crisp days and nights are nearing, school is back in session, youth activities and football season have arrived. Oh, and dare you say it – the holidays are not far away. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle, so the growers and shippers of the National Onion A... More >>

The key to an easy, stress-free and great Thanksgiving: a to-go feast
(BPT) - More than half of all Americans will feast on takeout this Thanksgiving, according to the National Restaurant Association. It’s easy to guess why. All the things we love about takeout – such as convenience and time-savings – are doubly valuable during the busy holiday seas... More >>

Easily impress with delicious, seasonally inspired flavors this holiday
(BPT) - The holidays are here and that means it’s the season for parties, events and get-togethers. Put your best dish forward with seasonally inspired recipes guaranteed to tempt your guests’ taste buds.Packed with flavors that embody the hearty and warm tastes of the season, Butternut... More >>

Tempting and healthy holiday treats
(BPT) - The holiday season is a fun and festive time. It’s also a time when many people take a timeout from their daily routine to enjoy those tempting treats at family gatherings and office parties. This holiday season, end the year on a high and healthy note with the help of registered diet... More >>

The recipe of holiday tradition [Infographic]
(BPT) - Delectable food is as much a part of any holiday tradition as the destination, the events or the people themselves and many of the best dishes come from an old, family recipe. Follow this infographic to learn more about how recipes are passed down from generation to generation see if the pr... More >>

Millions of Americans would give up Facebook for Christmas sweets [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holidays are full of decadent sweets and gourmet desserts, and Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. This infographic explores that love of sweets and what most people would part with (or protect) to ensure they get the sweets they crave this season. ... More >>

Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well
(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment. If you have p... More >>

5 affordable entertaining ideas guaranteed to impress at holiday parties
(BPT) - The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you’re throwing a party for the first time or you’re continuing a long-running annual tradition, hosting a festive celebration with friends and family is a lot of work and alw... More >>

African Americans with type 2 diabetes take America's Diabetes Challenge and pledge to get to their goals
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 4.9 million African-American adults living with diabetes - that’s nearly 20 percent of the adult African-American population.In 2003, after having... More >>

The importance of maintaining family traditions through the holidays
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a time for family, food, and fun. Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year.Research shows traditions are important to families because they build strong relationships between generatio... More >>

How to make sure cleaning up isn't your only holiday activity
(BPT) - The holidays are upon us. It’s time for friends and family to gather, houseguests to move in, and marathon cooking and baking sessions to begin. Before any of these activities can start, and certainly once all of them are finished, there’s plenty of cleaning up to do.No one like... More >>

This holiday season, give your family the world - without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Everyone has special holiday traditions, from heirloom decorations to secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Whether your holiday celebration means an intimate family gathering or an elaborate house-filled party, why not add something new to your festive mix? Many authent... More >>

Simple tips to create the perfect holiday cheese platter [Infographic]
(BPT) - A delectable treat is a welcome addition to any holiday gathering, whether you’re attending as a guest or orchestrating the entire event as the host. Skip the chips and cookies and get creative by designing a delicious cheese platter. Your tasty plate will let loved ones sample differ... More >>

The real reason we entertain
(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.In fa... More >>

Holiday tech tips
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season?In a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft, Americans shared their anxieties and con... More >>

A year-round guide to beer and wine pairing
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibi... More >>

5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.“It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howar... More >>

The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a per... More >>

Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butt... More >>

Do your eggs come from happy hens? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to eggs and the hens that lay them, you hear a lot of terms bandied about: cage-free, farm fresh, organic and free range, to name a few. One term you likely haven’t heard is Hendependence. This means giving hens the freedom to enjoy the things that come naturally –... More >>

15 fresh and fabulous potato salads for fall
  Potato salads aren’t just a summer staple! Try one of these unique recipes compiled by the U.S. Potato Board, the nation’s expert on potatoes, for a fall twist on a comfort food favorite. Potatoes are a blank canvas for a world of flavors, so skip the mayo and load up on vin... More >>

Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.“The Mediterranean diet has been, and continues to be, studied widely,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard,... More >>

Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
(BPT) - An estimated 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). A wide range of reactions to food allergens can provide a unique set of challenges when dining out and even cooking at home... More >>

Inspiration for a simple and delicious Thanksgiving
(BPT) - Thanksgiving is all about abundance. It’s a time when Americans pull out the stops to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for with a big, delicious meal that will leave everyone at the table saying “Wow!”This year, with an incredible variety of convenient resourc... More >>

Pregnant women should eat more seafood, FDA says
(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, especially during pregnancy. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for visual and cognitive developmen... More >>

Heat or spice: The complex flavors of chili peppers explained [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are thousands of varieties of chilies, and this diversity, combined with their level of ripeness and whether they are used fresh, dried or even smoked, produce varied and unusual flavors. Follow this infographic to learn all about the flavors of four varieties of dried chili peppers t... More >>

Simple twists to enhance classic Thanksgiving fare
(BPT) - Family and friends make Thanksgiving special, but it’s the food that’s always the center of attention. From juicy turkey and creamy potatoes to zesty cranberries and buttery rolls, nobody leaves the table hungry. This year, delight guests by making the classic foods they love bu... More >>

Warming up to winter [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are many ways to stay warm this winter, and they don't all involve cozying up with a blanket. Check out these fun and delicious winter warm-ups that will have you feeling joyous and toasty all season long.... More >>

Fail-safe tricks for creating the perfect cheese platter
(BPT) - Your social calendar is packed to the brim with dinner parties and family activities. Whether you are hosting or attending as a guest, providing something delectable will always be a welcome addition to the celebration. Loved around the world, a scrumptious cheese platter is guaranteed... More >>

Keep your home comfortable for the holidays
(BPT) - Holidays make for hectic homes. With family and friends coming in and out, overnight guests staying for days at a time and holiday celebrations going on, it’s hard enough to keep up with it all, much less keep your home comfortable and welcoming for all who spend time there. Here are ... More >>

Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where you can save can make all the difference ... More >>

Don't set yourself up for a foul at your next sports-watching party
(BPT) - Game day is just around the corner. You and your friends have been talking about the upcoming football game on Sunday afternoon for weeks. You’ve rescheduled everything to keep Tuesday night free for the basketball matchup between top rival teams. You could spend a lot of money and tr... More >>

What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same h... More >>

Is fresher always better? 4 ways to know your produce
(BPT) - These days, when it comes to produce, the catch words are "local" and "seasonal." Local and seasonal, like fresh and organic, can mean a lot of different things, according to Jim Gallivan, department chair of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of At... More >>

Last-minute entertaining tricks for unexpected guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for joy, giving and, at times, unexpected guests. For even the most unanticipated of visitors, it is wise to always be ready to share the season’s cheer with a nice hot cup of coffee, freshly-baked cookies and a welcoming home.This year, follow these simpl... More >>

Meal-planning hacks to help you dine fast and healthy
(BPT) - A fast pace and busy schedule may make you think that frequenting restaurants and fast food spots is faster than cooking at home. But it is possible to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen – and the money you spend from your wallet. Planning meals ahead of time, making one large g... More >>

Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015
(BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and cu... More >>

American couples suffering from a serious dating problem [Infographic]
(BPT) - America has a serious dating problem, according to Outback Steakhouse’s New American Romance Study. The biggest problem? Remembering to plan a date night. So, in a mission to help couples sizzle not fizzle, Outback is making it easy for pairs to stake a date on the calendar with a spe... More >>

Think outside the pie tin: 3 surprising ways to savor pumpkin this fall
(BPT) - Few flavors say “fall” more clearly and tastily than pumpkin. The squash that’s synonymous with autumn is also packed with vitamins, fiber and protein, making it a perfect ingredient for a variety of dishes – not just for everyone’s favorite holiday pie. Canned... More >>

5 nutrition myths you won't believe are false
(BPT) - Sensationalized nutrition headlines are everywhere, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even in their own kitchens. Referred to as “sound-bite science,” much of the media reporting simplifies, sensationalizes and tailors headlines to get c... More >>

5 not-so-surprising seafood facts (that your mom already knew)
  (BPT) - Anyone who grew up in the latter part of the 20th century almost certainly heard their mom refer to fish as “brain food.” Maybe you even scoffed because – let’s face it – what could mom possibly know about science and nutrition? Fast forward to 2014... More >>

The nation's No. 1 cookie flavor celebrates 75 years [Infographic]
(BPT) - Invented 75 years ago by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, the chocolate chip cookie has been baked and enjoyed for decades. Among the many cookie flavors and combinations, chocolate chip ranks No. 1 in the nation. It's time to celebrate the key ingredie... More >>

Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
(BPT) - The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!With entertaining season approaching at warp speed, it’s time to get your home spruced up and looki... More >>

7 ways to have a spooktacular Halloween with olives
(BPT) - In addition to being a classic pantry staple, California Ripe Olives are the perfect versatile ingredient for all ghosts and goblins to enjoy this Halloween. From ghoulish cocktails to spooky spiders, olives can be transformed into a variety of creations for all of your gatherings.Californi... More >>

Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple exper... More >>

How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
(BPT) - It’s ironic that a time traditionally associated with good cheer and merriment can turn into a virtual nervous breakdown for so many people. High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don’t feel this way they then feel even worse because they ... More >>

Grape idea! One simple ingredient boosts nutrition and reinvents meals
(BPT) - As the days start to get shorter – and the evenings busier – families are always on the lookout for quick and easy go-to meals that will please even the pickiest eaters. A few tricks and time-saving recipes instantly reinvent family favorites and will receive rave reviews at the... More >>

Enjoy healthier comfort foods while keeping the comfort
(BPT) - Comfort foods remind us of home, warmth and family; they are often the creamy, rich and heavy everyday foods we had as children. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken may be soothing to the soul, but not to the waistline.“I happen to like my comfort foods... More >>

Let's connect over coffee [Infographic]
(BPT) - The world is in "digital overload." With so many new technologies connecting people, we are losing the importance of true interpersonal interaction. You have hundreds of Facebook "friends" and follow people you've never met on Twitter. You text your best friend daily and FaceTime with your ... More >>

Sweeteners 101: Your guide to baking with sweeteners this holiday season
(BPT) - With so many sweeteners on the market today, it’s hard to know what to buy. This holiday season is a great time to learn about sweeteners and get creative in kitchen. Understand the various natural sweeteners and what their benefits are, as well as the recipes where they work best to ... More >>

Pumpkin is the flavor of the season [Infographic]
(BPT) - These are pumpkin times. The nation is chatting and posting about, sipping on, baking and growing more pumpkin than ever. This fall it’s time to spotlight the No. 1 flavor of the season. The following pumpkin snapshot will have you thinking outside the pie. From dessert to dinner, the... More >>

8 Halloween hacks for throwing ghoulishly memorable parties
(BPT) - The costumes, the candy, the creative pumpkin carvings – Halloween has been steadily increasing in popularity, with the spooky holiday spend being second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation says the number of people buying sweet treats for Halloween actually beats out Ea... More >>

What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking... More >>

Tips for cafe-quality coffee without leaving your kitchen
(BPT) - A great coffee maker can go a long way toward crafting the perfect cup of coffee at home. A high-quality machine is just one part of the equation.“Everyone has their ideal cup of coffee based on their preferences,” says Pete Licata, 2013 world barista champion. “No coffee ... More >>

Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are... More >>

Help prevent and manage diabetes with an active and healthy lifestyle
(BPT) - There’s nothing better than sitting before a steaming plate of delicious-smelling food and taking that first, delectable bite. Now imagine joining your family every night and sharing that delicious meal you prepared yourself.Home-cooked meals are important to your family and their hea... More >>

Did you know cranberries were once called sassamanash - and other fun facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Cranberries are a popular food item served during the holiday season (and beyond). Did you know these delicious tart berries aren’t always red? And that they bounce? Check out these fun facts and more from the cranberry bog.... More >>

Clever holiday entertaining shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
(BPT) - It’s the season for entertaining. Between the holidays, family gatherings and just needing an excuse to socialize during the long winter months, you’ll probably be organizing several fun parties and gatherings at your home.If you’re dreading the season because it feels lik... More >>

The only secret you need to know for successful holiday meal planning
(BPT) - You don't need the juggling skills of a big-top performer in order to host a successful holiday gathering. Careful planning, time management and an eye for adding quick and easy 'homemade' touches will make your gathering one for the memory books, while still having plenty of time to enjoy ... More >>

Up your game: tips for tailgating
  (BPT) - Fall brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and most importantly (many will argue) football! Nothing beats rooting for your team with good friends and good game grub. Whether you'll be cheering from the couch or chanting in the stadium, you can easily up your game when it ... More >>

New ideas to bring your Halloween decor back from the dead
(BPT) - Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new direction.There are many directions you can go with a decoration the... More >>

5 quick, easy and delicious ways to entertain with olives
  (BPT) - Playing host this holiday season? Skip the complicated recipes that take hours of prep time and serve your guests easy, Mediterranean-inspired foods instead. Whether you’re throwing a lavish party or a casual get together, the simplest foods are often the biggest crowd ple... More >>

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