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(NewsUSA) - It's an undeniable fact. Among cash, gift cards and the "toy of the moment," kids want to see video games under the Christmas tree. Rail against it all you want, that's the reality. But take heart, parents, today's video games can teach kids valuable life lessons not learned in a…

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(Family Features) Bringing an element of elegance to your holiday celebration is easy when you start with party-pleasing ingredients, and great tasting food often starts with dairy. Foods like milk, cheese and yogurt not only enhance the flavor and texture of dishes everyone loves, but they …

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(Family Features) The holidays are the time of year when families and friends come together, and when special moments and memories are plentiful. This year, instead of just letting the holidays happen, make them happen by embracing the season.

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(Family Features) With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, the craving for savory comfort foods is almost sure to follow.

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(Family Features) A holiday season filled with gatherings and celebrations with friends and family calls for easy dishes that bring exquisite flavor to your festivities. One way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating is to plan for quick-prep dishes you can have on the t…

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(Family Features) Some foods just seem to evoke the smell, taste and feel of chilly weather months.

(StatePoint) As the holidays approach, you’re probably starting to think about ways to make the season a little bit sweeter for friends and family. After all, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge your sweet tooth.

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(BPT) - The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time surrounded by loved ones. For hosts and hostesses, however, planning a memorable dinner party can be a bit daunting. Will everything be prepared in time? Will your guests enjoy themselves? Will you have a moment to escape the kitchen…

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(NAPSI)—During the busy holiday season, many families find they’re looking for quick and easy meals that are both comforting and festive. Fortunately, following these four hints can help.

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(NAPSI)—If life for your family sometimes seems to be all work and no play, The Genius of Play wants to remind you why it is so important to make time to play every day—and how to achieve it!

(StatePoint) The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in delicious traditional or seasonal food and wine pairings. To guide you through the planning of your festivities, here is some expert advice on how to alleviate the potential stress of being a host.    

(StatePoint) Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, one that can shape and transform an experience, while creating new traditions and memories along the way.

(Family Features) The trend of farm-to-table foods is becoming increasingly popular, leading many to ask: Where is my food really coming from? With so many available options in the grocery store, it is important to serve your family nutritious, high-quality foods to ensure healthy eating habits.

(Family Features) With baking season here, it’s time to turn on the oven, bring out the recipes and enjoy the spicy aromas wafting from the kitchen – a promise of delicious treats ahead.

(Family Features) As millions of families across the country prepare to share holiday meals together, sometimes all it takes to perfect those revered moments is a twist on a timeless classic.

(Family Features) Creating baked goods to show your love for family and friends is one of the most thoughtful ways to display care and friendship any time of year, but especially during the holidays when they are typically shared and enjoyed the most.

(StatePoint) A chill is in the air, string lights sparkle around every corner and holiday cheer spreads from ear-to-ear of adults and children alike. Thoughts of bonbons, gingerbread houses, decadent cakes and fresh-baked cookies weave in and out of dreams.

(Family Features) Preparing the perfect ham for all of your holiday guests to share can feel like a lot of pressure, but complementing the main dish with sides, snacks and desserts can help take a bite out of that overwhelming feeling.

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(NAPSI)—For many clever cooks, the secret ingredient in spectacular stuffing is dried cranberries. Long a Thanksgiving favorite, cranberries can add great taste and festive color to stuffing, as in this mouthwatering recipe:

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(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 150 million women who’ll have a urinary tract infection (UTI) this year, you may be relieved to know that cranberry juice may be a nutritional approach to help avoid the infection in the first place.

(StatePoint) Grandma in town? Unexpected guests? No problem! With a little planning and the right ingredients, holiday entertaining is a snap.

(StatePoint) As most holiday hosts know, it’s not unheard-of to spend the majority of your party in the kitchen, while guests laugh together down the hall.

(StatePoint) This football season, bring family and friends together for a day of festivities.

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(BPT) - The quintessential comfort food — chicken noodle soup — most often comes from a can, a retail food counter or a school cafeteria. We may romanticize the fresh taste and aroma of the homemade version, but busy schedules put a premium on time-saving convenience. For anyone who doesn’t …

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(BPT) - Creating a festive atmosphere is key to putting on a great dinner party. Whether you’re settling into a new home, newly engaged or hosting a holiday party for the first time, you’re likely feeling pressure to impress— especially when it comes to setting the table. Understanding the a…

(Family Features) Delicious and nutritious, it’s no wonder potatoes are a menu staple for many. Everyone craves meal variety, and potatoes offer a perfect canvas to inspire new flavor exploration so you can enjoy something different every day. From russets, reds, yellows, whites and purples …

(Family Features) A delicious and nutritious dinner seems like the last thing on everyone’s mind during busy weeks throughout the year. Between sports, school, extracurricular activities, work and everything else going on, sitting down together for dinner seems to be a rare occasion for many…

(Family Features) The air is getting cooler, leaves are changing colors and days are getting shorter. All of these seasonal changes signal that the holidays are fast approaching. While many people love gathering with family and friends at this time of the year, entertaining can take the joll…

(Family Features) There are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashed-potatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish.

(StatePoint) This holiday season, hospitality industry veterans, such as Andy Seymour—a top bar educator—are encouraging hosts to use Port wine as the focal point of their festivities in both food and drink menus.

(Family Features) Transforming that leftover holiday turkey or ham from an ordinary dish you heat up in the microwave or let go to waste into an extraordinary meal may be easier than you think.

(Family Features) Planning ahead for family meals around the holidays can be a headache-inducing practice, but putting to work recipes that everyone can enjoy makes it a much more enjoyable process. By planning out an evening’s worth of courses, you can take care of hungry pre-dinner guests,…

(Family Features) For most people, the day after a big holiday gathering means two things: a refrigerator filled with opportunity and a marked lack of energy. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make the most of the remnants of your holiday meal so you can take it easy and enjoy a day filled…

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(BPT) - Today’s family is incredibly busy. When the kids get home from school there's homework, soccer practice and violin lessons. Somewhere in there you need to sneak in a wholesome dinner, but you're short on time and the pantry is bare. What do you do?

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(BPT) - Sick of reaching for your office’s less than stellar coffee pot for a morning buzz? You could swing by the over-priced coffee shop down the street, but daily store-bought java takes a serious toll on your wallet. Instead, consider these three modern brewing methods to improve your at…

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(BPT) - Tea has been a beverage of choice since ancient times, although it is not immune to changing tastes. With the introduction of new microbrews joining the craft movement, tea is the latest category to bring blending to a new level.

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(BPT) - Holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions are often celebrated with a delicious meal. Whether a rare indulgent treat or a classic comfort food, these meals make the moment that much more memorable.

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(BPT) - Celebrate International Tempranillo Day by picking up a bottle and learning more about Spain’s noble grape. Spain’s famous Rioja region is renowned for its vibrant and expressive wines made from Tempranillo, which tend to be aromatic and spicy with red fruit aromas and flavors, such …

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(BPT) - If you love pumpkin spice, and you love frothy hot chocolate, why not enjoy both at once? Capresso shares an easy seasonal recipe for Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, along with tips for whipping up creative frothed concoctions at home.

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(NAPSI)—What is so fascinating about unlikely friendships? Is it that opposites attract? Does it point to hidden mutual respect? Unlikely animal friendships have long held a particular fascination, documented with countless funny and adorable videos: a cat adopting baby ducks, a Labrador and…

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(NAPSI)—Busy consumers today expect a lot from their food-it needs to be convenient, tasty and enhance physical and mental performance. To this end, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have created an innovation to chew on: A gummy cube that combines the caffeine kick (and taste) of coffee with…

(Family Features) Want to spend more time with loved ones this Thanksgiving? Ditch the perfectly timed oven schedule and put your slow cooker to work. It’ll deliver the familiar flavors of your favorite holiday stuffing, sauces and desserts in a new, more convenient way.

(Family Features) There is no time like the holiday season to get together and make memories with family and friends. Nothing brings people together quite like an elegant meal featuring a standout main dish – an exceptionally prepared entree that pays true homage to the season and all that y…

(Family Features) During the holidays, the main dish usually steals the spotlight. This year, turn the tables in your own kitchen and make the sides the stars of the show with just a couple everyday ingredients.

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings call for an extra touch to make the celebrating special. Since many holiday festivities are centered on food, focus some attention on the refreshments for a simple way to upgrade your next holiday party.

(Family Features) For this year’s special holiday spread, impress guests with elevated dishes and cocktails worthy of the occasion. You can make the ordinary extraordinary by using a secret ingredient to enhance familiar flavors and favorites.

(Family Features) For many families, the opportunity to host cherished relatives and house guests is a treasured holiday tradition. This year, take your entertaining to a new level with distinctive recipes and decorating ideas featuring a signature ingredient.

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(NAPSI)—Knowing the story behind the Christmas card helps make sending and receiving them feel even more special.