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Easy & Elegant Cranberry Sauce Recipe {learn about cranberry health benefits}

Cranberries are in season October through December and are always a favorite during the holidays. Cranberries are are richly hued, rich in flavor and rich in nutrients. In fact, cranberries have some of the highest antioxidant levels among edible…
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How to Cook Dried Beans in a Slow-Cooker {my super simple zippy pinto bean recipe}

Dried beans are an economical source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dried beans are also much cheaper then canned beans and when using dried beans instead of canned beans, you and you can control the amount of sodium you use and limit…
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How to Make a Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe (cooking video)

Fall is in the air, and with the change of colors sometimes the desire for heartier foods comes right along. And for me that means I am hungry for hearty soups and pumpkin pie! And of course, some Fall flavored teas from Teavana, while they're…
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How to Offer Healthier Halloween Treats – without being the neighborhood Witch!

Every year about this time, grocery store shelves are lined with delicious little treats for the spooky little ghosts and goblins that will soon be knocking at your door. And although occasional treats can be enjoyed by everyone, it seems to…
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How to Freeze Fresh Corn: Sweet creamy, buttery sweet corn recipe…Yum!

It's that time of year again when we start to wrap up our gardens here in Minnesota and finish up canning and freezing our extra produce. This corn recipe is so good, that although I didn't get free sweet corn this year, I wanted to have this…
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Black Tea, Green Tea? How to Make Chai Tea

Tea is one of the most popular beverages around the world and with the cooler weather settling in here in Minnesota, it time to start enjoying this delicious beverage. But what’s the difference between black tea, green tea, or even oolong…
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Spaghetti Squash 101 {How to cook a spaghetti squash}

Spaghetti squash are a type of winter squash that gets its name from the pale-yellow flesh that can be fluffed into stringy, spaghetti-like strands.  These squash are loved by gluten-free, paleo and Primal dieters because of their ability to…
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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! {Easy Baked Apple Recipe with Cinnamon | Microwave Baked Apple Recipe}

Delicious and crunchy, apples are one of the most popular fruits in the US, and many varieties are created nearby at the University of Minnesota. In fact, the honey crisp apple is a Minnesota University winner! It’s also quickly becoming a…
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Pick Peppers! Recipe for Stuffed Green Peppers {Green Peppers, Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers}

The bell pepper, also known as a sweet pepper, is the most popular member of the Capsicum family. They have a characteristic bell shape with a crunchy, firm texture and sweet, delicate flavor. They aren’t hot like other peppers, making them…
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A Basil Appraisal: Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe {Basil recipes | recipes with basil | sweet basil recipes}

Basil is an herb that is a member of the mint family. It is most commonly found in Italian dishes like bruschetta or pizza, and it’s the main ingredient in pesto. Basil is fragrantly sweet, with a slight tea-like scent.Basil has a…
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Beet you to it! Are Beets Healthy? Beet Recipes {roasted beets | roasting beets}

Are beets healthy?With their deep, ruby color and natural sweetness, it’s surprising that the humble beet doesn’t get more attention! The rich colors are a good indication that the beet is chock full of nutrients. But which is more nutritious,…
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The Squash Scene: Parmesan Zucchini Recipe {Healthy Zucchini | Summer squash recipes}

Summer squash are members of the gourd family, and come in many varieties including zucchini in various colors, yellow crook neck or straight neck varieties, and pattypan, which are a small round squash with a scalloped edge that are generally…