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Best 1-Bowl Holiday Cookie Recipes

by Gail Belsky

There's the warm and fuzzy image of holiday baking with your kids, and then there's reality: smeared hands, gloppy spills and flour everywhere. You can't escape the mess altogether, but these one-bowl cookie recipes will help you minimize it -- while maximizing the fun. They're quick, easy and virtually stress-free. Try them:

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Creative Kids in the Kitchen

Young chefs give PB&J a makeover

Everyone loves a classic PB&J sandwich. Now, with a little culinary creativity, your family can liven up lunch and win money for college.

Over the past 10 years, Jif(r) Peanut Butter has inspired thousands of kid chefs to reinvent the peanut butter sandwich for the chance of earning a fund for college. This ... Continue reading Creative Kids in the Kitchen

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Thanksgiving--It's All About the Side Dishes!

Do you make a side dish that's been a family fave for years? Or are you bored with the same old sides? Let's join up & share Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Maybe you'll start a new tradition or wake everyone from their tryptophan stupor with a new taste.

Here's how:
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Summer Salads--It's Too Hot to Cook


1   bag (10 oz.)  washed salad greens
1   can (15 ¼ oz.)  Whole Kernel Sweet Corn , drained
1   (7 oz.) pouch or 2 (3 oz.) pouches  Tuna, (Chunk Light or Albacore)
1   can (15 oz.)  50% less salt black beans , rinsed and drained
½   cup  low-fat ranch dressing
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Healthy Summer Sweets--Peach Yogurt Pops

Bypass the usual sugar-laden, fat-filled desserts this summer and try something ompletely different!

1    can (15 oz.) Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches or Peach Halves
1    ctn. (8 oz.)   low-fat vanilla yogurt
8    (4 oz.)   plastic or paper drink cups
8  wooden sticks or plastic spoons

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The Dish on Dairy

Did you know that milk delivers more than just calcium to your diet? Not everybody does.

"Many consumers know about milk's calcium benefits, but most are unaware that dairy foods deliver eight other dietary nutrients considered 'essential' by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)," says Nikki Stahr, a registered dietitian with the Midwest Dairy Council.

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What's Cooking This Month

Check out Jessica Mostak's Monthly Meal Planner, filled with menu ideas & recipes for every day of the month. Right now, you can see what's cooking in December.

Jes Mostak, a Twin Cities resident and creator of Monthly Meal Planner has this to say about the all-important family dinner: ... Continue reading What's Cooking This Month

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Pan-Broiling Steak: Beef 101

Pan-broiling on the stovetop is especially handy for quick and delicious steak dinners. Simply place the meat directly into a preheated nonstick skillet - that's it, nothing more! Keep the heat setting at medium to guarantee even browning.

The Featured Cut
"The flat iron steak originates from the chuck and is well-marbled and tender - holdin ... Continue reading Pan-Broiling Steak: Beef 101

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Signature Sandwiches to Make at Home

America has been called a sandwich nation - and with over 45 billion sandwiches eaten each year, it's easy to see why. They are portable, nutritious, satisfying and offer a variety of tastes to suit just about every palate.

The sandwich's lasting popularity derives from the creativity food lovers have shown over the years to find new ways to house a meal betwe ... Continue reading Signature Sandwiches to Make at Home

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Spring Celebrations

If you're looking for a way to jazz up a bridal shower or graduation party without spending a lot of money, give your guests a fun spread of finger foods. Appetizers that are easy to make and easy to eat can pack a lot of flavor - and fun - into any gathering.

Set out some colorful bowls, trays and baskets and have fun filling them with things such as:

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Ham and Egg Breakfast Burritos

Chock-full of ham and eggs, these tasty burritos are a welcomed treat for the first meal of the day. For the family on the run, no need to skip having a hot, nutritious breakfast. Make a batch of these burritos and wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then freeze. On those mornings when you're in a hurry, just unwrap a burrito from its plastic wrap and re-wrap it in a white pap ... Continue reading Ham and Egg Breakfast Burritos

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March Madness: Mix it Up With Jenny

Jenny Harper

I don't know about you, but things get a little crazy at my house this time of year. Between basketball fever and the early onset of spring fever, the excitement keeps us buzzing!

That's why I like to put a little excitement on the table, too. After a long winter, we're ready for something warm and lively. Nacho-Style Soup ... Continue reading March Madness: Mix it Up With Jenny

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Baking From the Heart

What better way to be a good friend on Valentine's Day than by baking up some chocolate treats? This big, frosted chocolate chip Heart Cookie is a perfect way to appreciate a teacher, coach or friend. Using refrigerated dough and a heart-shaped pan mean it's no trouble at all to make. And it also leaves time to make some gorgeous Red Velvet Cupidcakes for an extra special Valentin ... Continue reading Baking From the Heart

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Quick Fix Dinners

Explore new ways to make cooking at home simple, satisfying and nourishing with time-saving tips and recipes from Robin Miller, bestselling cookbook author, nutritionist and host of Food Network's "Quick Fix Meals."

"I've teamed up with the Almond Board of California to demonstrate how to take wholesome ingredients like almonds and transform them into practical and ... Continue reading Quick Fix Dinners

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Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice

This candy recipe is so easy even the most timid candy-makers among us can whip up festive and yummy Marzipan Mice---courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

Prep Time: 45 min (plus chilling)

One 7-ounce package marzipan, such as Odense
48 almond slices (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups s ... Continue reading Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice

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Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Looking for a perfect sweet ending to wow guests? Peppermint Chocolate Cookies are a rich treat for indulging--courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

Prep Time: 30 min (plus chilling and cooling)
Bake Time: 20 min

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confe ... Continue reading Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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The Recipe for Bite-sized Holiday Baking

The holidays supply an endless array of mouth-watering treats. Miniature versions of favorite desserts are perfect for holiday entertaining, especially when grouped together on a dessert buffet. This season try bite-sized, scrumptious cookies and candies to share new flavors with your friends and family.

Instead of baking massive batches of cookies, your dessert bu ... Continue reading The Recipe for Bite-sized Holiday Baking

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Gallo Pinto (Rice and Beans)

Have you had just about enough cooking, baking and then eating heavy holiday food? Here's a quick and different dinner idea--just right for a turkey-tired palate and a nice break from winter foods.

You cannot talk Costa Rican cuisine without including rice and beans! For a Caribbean twist, add coconut milk.

Servings: 6

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Erwtensoep (Split Pea Soup)

With all the heavy holiday cooking and eating, simplify a few meals by serving this traditional version of pea soup. Tasty, warming, filling and easy.

Today's Erwtensoep is a Dutch classic, and is often served as a main dish. It makes a fine dinner on its own, with thick slices of buttered pumpernickel or rye bread.

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