TIP OF THE DAY: What’s The Best Candy For The Diet-Minded?

October 31st is Halloween, and November 4th is National Candy Day. What’s a calorie-counting candy lover to do? Here are some of your best candy choices. Note that this is not permission to gorge on anything on the list. You should limit yourself to 150-calorie portions daily—and limit gorging to lettuce and celery.    …
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TIP OF THE DAY: Stenciled Cheese For Holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas…)

Add a little luck of the Irish to cheese and other foods, by creating a shamrock garnish made of herbs. You can apply the same technique to other themes: Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day hearts, stars for Christmas, Independence Day and New Year’s, pumpkins for Halloween, and so forth. You also can use edible glitter,…
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RECIPE: Pumpkin Tacos

What kind of tacos are right for the season? Pumpkin tacos! Or at least, butternut squash tacos. PUMPKIN: AN ALL-AMERICAN Pumpkins and all other squash species originated in Central America more than 7,500 years ago. The oldest domesticated pumpkin seeds found to date are from the Oaxaca Highlands in southwest Mexico. The original pumpkins bore…
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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Pumpkin Martini

[1] Pumpkin Pie-tini. Photo courtesy SandAndSisal, which uses a different recipe from ours, with whipped cream vodka, pumpkin eggnog and a rim of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. [2] Pinnacle is one of the brands of pumpkin-flavored vodka on the market. Pumpkin is a seasonal offering.   Today is National Vodka Day, and it’s…
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RECIPE: Pumpkin-Apple French Toast

For seasonal brunching, we like this Pumpkin-Apple French Toast by Serena Wolf of the blog Domesticate-Me, sent to us by grocery delivery service Peapod.com. Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time is 15 minutes. This recipe works best with slightly stale (day-old) bread.For a richer French toast, replace half of the milk with half-and-half. If…
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