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November 27, 2014

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Inspired Holiday Treats

(Family Features) Cookies, cakes and pies are the typical treats associated with the holidays, but there are other ways to celebrate the sweetness of the season. Flavorful appetizers, beverages and snacks can also carry those richly sweet tastes you crave.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Spice Up the Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re preparing for a big gathering or hosting a small dinner with loved ones, make any get-together a special occasion with a twist on delicious, seasonal classics.

Healthy Holiday Tables
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for excess: too much spending, too much stress and, if you’re like most people, too much munching. Make no mistake, it’s called a holiday “feast” for a reason. The average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 230 grams of fat while enjoying a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

Turkey Talk: Take Leftovers Beyond a Sandwich
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) After spending hours roasting your turkey to perfection, it (and you) deserves more than a sandwich the day after. With a little creative pre-shopping and stocking of refrigerators and cupboards, you can take your day-two turkey from boring to amazing - and nutritious.

Spicy Ideas for Holiday Dinner
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday season tends to overflow with traditions – recipes passed down through generations, annual family gatherings, tree trimming parties and gift exchanges, to name a few.

Giving Thanks with Flavor
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As the holidays draw near, we all look forward to delicious food and creating memories with family and friends. It’s also a time to give back to those in need.

Make It a DIY Holiday
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you're a do-it-yourself beginner or experienced crafter, show off your personality with simple DIY projects to make your home shine this holiday season.

Savor Pumpkin Pie Spice All Season Long
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Fall has arrived, and with it comes the king of all seasonal flavors – pumpkin pie spice.

Eight Coconut Milk Recipes To Go Crazy For This Thanksgiving
Posted: November 24, 2014

(Family Features) From pies to drinks, coconut milk – one of the hottest staples in cooking today – adds a delicate flavor and rich texture to every dish it meets. Made from the first-pressing of fresh, ripe coconut meat, Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk is the perfect go-to ingredient for this year's big feast. And it's naturally dairy- and gluten-free, which means everyone can enjoy it.

Simple Basics Become Simply Magical this Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holidays are that special time of year when ingredients are more than just ingredients - they're what you make of them. The secret to amazing appetizers, memorable meals and fantastic celebrations can be as simple as a few key basics. That's why Safeway is making it easier to find value and the essentials you need all season long, so you can create your own holiday magic.

Turkey Transformations
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) After the big day has come and gone, most holiday hosts find themselves still talking turkey. What to do with all that leftover bird?

Friday 11/21/2014
Three Creative Ideas for Holiday Party Themes and Décor
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The look of your holiday party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic holiday “tablescape.”

Food and Wine Pairing Tips for the Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) One of the most important aspects of holiday entertaining is sometimes overlooked -- proper pairing of the food and wine. Even if you have a bottle of top quality wine and an amazing chef-inspired dish, without considering how the food and drink combine, you can ruin the taste of both, say experts.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Eye-Opening Tips On Pleasing Coffee And Tea Lovers
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Any time is the right time to treat the coffee or tea lovers in your life to an unexpected gift, but the holidays provide an excellent excuse to show them how much you care. Follow these tips and soon you’ll be known as having the gift of gift-giving.

Infuse Pears With Wintertime Flavors
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It’s peak pear season, and with it comes an endless variety of ways to enjoy this versatile fruit, like sliced into salads, layered in sandwiches or simply enjoyed, fresh and ripe, with a napkin in hand. Multiple varieties of USA-grown pears are available in markets from coast to coast nearly year-round. Reach for everyday favorites like Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou, and experiment with the delicate flavors of Starkrimson, Forelle and Comice.

Grand Prize-Winning Recipes By Young Chefs
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—You could have a secret weapon for keeping your family healthy right in your own home: your kitchen table.

Spiced Cranberry-Apple Iced Tea: A Frosty, Fun Treat
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to beverages, cold is hot this holiday season. Iced tea appears to be America’s favorite, representing 85 percent of all U.S. tea consumption. With so many wintry and seasonal tea flavors available—including gingerbread, cranberry, peppermint, spiced apple cider, citrus almond, pumpkin spice, candied apple and more—iced tea is becoming one of the most popular beverages at the holiday table.

A Wine And A Tattoo Artist Create A Collectible
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A California wine is celebrating its rebellious roots by partnering with a well-known tattoo artist. The result is a commemorative limited-edition bottle created by Dead Bolt wine and artist David Hale.

Baking Powder Pointers
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time, successful baking is more important than ever; favorite recipes, family dinners and annual traditions count on it. With baking season right around the corner, here is a fresh idea for better baking: Start the season with new ingredients. For the best baking results, ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, and flour must be fresh.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Television Best Bets: Streaming Programs Worth Watching
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - By now, most households are familiar with the streaming television services like Netflix and Hulu. They are the major players in the shift of television viewing from traditional networks to streaming TV.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Modern Farming: Technology Helps Keep Food on the Table
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - From farm to table, much about food production has changed -- for both farmers and consumers. Like any other business, farmers must adapt to a changing world -- one that will see its population grow to 9.6 billion by 2050. With finite resources, it will take innovation and a variety of technologies to meet the world's food demand. This includes using new technologies like biotechnology (also referred to as genetic engineering), which can help produce more food on the same amount of land, without having to destroy wildlife habitats.

Monday 11/17/2014
Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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Turkey Transformations
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) After the big day has come and gone, most holiday hosts find themselves still talking turkey. What to do with all that leftover bird?

Celebrate Special Moments on a Cruise
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in sea-going vacations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. To commemorate this important milestone, the company is honoring the iconic TV show, “The Love Boat,” which first introduced viewers to Princess Cruises and the art of cruising.

3 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The holidays are a time for connecting with friends and enjoying quality time with family, but if you find yourself hosting an endless stream of guests, it can also be a time of hectic preparation and hours spent in the kitchen. Make your life easier with three tips for easy, elegant entertaining.

Make Your Holidays Sweeter
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) From neighborhood parties to cookie exchanges with your closest pals, the holidays are all about sharing the sweetness of the season.

Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Sweet Ideas for Holiday Desserts
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The highlight of many a holiday meal, desserts are adored by young and old alike. This year, complete your festive celebration with delightful desserts that feature California Dried Figs.

Back to Basics: Gifts That Inspire the Imagination
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.

The Holidays Call for Turkey
Posted: November 17, 2014

(Family Features) Whether it's roasted, deep fried, smoked or grilled - Americans love to serve up juicy, flavorful turkey as the highlight of holiday meals.

Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

Celebrate and Create
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Be a ‘Sweet’ Holiday Host This Year
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Festive holiday parties are a winter staple. But how do you put a twist on the annual tradition? To add new flavor and excitement to your holiday gathering this year, consider incorporating a series of sweet surprises to delight your guests.

Mushrooms Make for Fast and Easy Holiday Side Dishes
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have only a few minutes to put together a meal this holiday season or days to prepare, mushrooms are a great addition for marvelous flavor and minimal fuss.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Easy Ways to Make an Impressive Cheese Plate for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Anticipating holiday guests? By keeping a few flavorful, unique items in the pantry and refrigerator, entertaining can both look and be simple and innovative. One easy, yet impressive way to entertain your guests’ taste buds is with a cheese plate.

Game Day Party Tips for Football Fans
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) During football season, many fans are looking for ways to host the perfect party without fumbling a lot of cash. Luckily, there are many ways to host the game at your house on a budget.

Monday 11/10/2014
Crank Up the Heat This Tailgating Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

A Tropical Twist on a Traditional Dessert
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) There's no time like the holidays to enjoy the sweetness of the season. Incorporating a fresh, fruity flavor, such as the versatile Piñata® apple, is one mouthwatering way to create a crisp, new spin on your favorite holiday recipes ranging from salads to entrees to desserts.

Score Big With Game Day Snacks
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) The game is on, and your home is filled with friends decked out in those familiar colors, ready to cheer their team to victory. Now there’s only one more thing you need to make this game day gathering great — a feast of delicious, easy to enjoy goodies.

Port: An Unexpected Wine Pairing for the Holidays
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) This holiday season consider trying an unexpected wine pairing and surprise your guests with a bottle of port.

5 New Twists on Traditional Holiday Recipes
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves traditional holiday fare – mom’s stuffing, grandma’s sugar cookies, or that best-kept secret recipe that keeps friends and family coming back for more. But where does tradition end and boring begin?

Fuss-Free Festive Appetizers
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you've planned a gathering with loved ones, or friends and family drop by for some impromptu celebrating, the holiday season is filled with festive entertaining. Having a ready supply of snacks and finger foods will let you spend more time enjoying your guests and less time fussing in the kitchen.

Serve in Style for the Holidays
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Make entertaining during the holidays easier, whether you're preparing for a large buffet or an intimate dinner. The solution is simplifying your food preparation with all-in-one bakeware that's stylish enough to show off.

Nostalgic Desserts to Celebrate the Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Fondly reliving the nostalgic memories of years gone by is an integral aspect of many family gatherings and celebrations. This year, relive history in the sweetest way with a dessert table that pays homage to traditions while also helping your family create delicious new memories to cherish.

This Holiday, Create a Colorful Feast
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) As you prepare for this season of celebrations, consider recipes that offer a fresh approach to the traditional holiday menu.

Holiday Gift Idea for Grandparents
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tired of purchasing toys that break or that her grandchildren will outgrow, 62-year-old Barbara Carlson* decided the holidays were a perfect time to purchase a gift that will continue to protect both of her grandchildren well into their futures.

Holiday Tablescapes
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday home entertaining season is gearing up, which means it’s time to take your entertaining dreams and inspirations and make them a reality. As you begin planning for the next time you play host(ess) with the most(est), don’t let the creativity stop with the food. Create a holiday tablescape to set the mood and serve as the focal point so you can have the prettiest and most festive holiday party possible. 

Saturday 11/08/2014
Simple, Thoughtful Recipes Work Best for Holiday Feasts
Updated: November 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) A holiday feast is one meal you’ll want to ensure includes flavorful, thoughtful dishes. Unfortunately, it’s one of the busiest times of year, and sorting through  recipes, especially for dessert, may get pushed down the to-do list.

Thursday 11/06/2014
A Stress-Free Dessert Can Make The Season Sweeter
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here is some news that can help to make the winter season more comforting and holidays less stressful.

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