Supermarket Saturday: The Sea of Starbucks Packaged Snacks, Part 1

Starbucks offers as many (or maybe more) food options today as they do coffee.  There's the pastry case full of treats, the cold case full of bentos, sandwiches and salads, last minute entice-rs like biscotti and chocolate covered grahams and then the shelves and rounders of packaged snacks.  How in the wild world do you …

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Cooking Tip Tuesday: Secrets to perfect pasta

Young. Old. Single. Married.  We're a population who loves our pasta.  And while boiling pasta is an easy task, it's not void of controversy.  Here are a couple pasta water add-ins and a post-cooking procedure that spark some uncertainty: Salt.  Should you salt your pasta water?  The answer is YES.  Why?  It seasons your noodles …

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Sundays with Samantha: Coconut & Almond Bars

These amazingly delicious bars are a cross between a granola bar and dessert.  I wanted to create a kid-friendly snack or mid-afternoon treat as an alternative to packaged granola bars or cookies.  These bars would be great as a pre-sports-practice-snack, play date treat or dessert with friends.  They're loaded with good-for-you ingredients like oats, nuts, …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: 5 EASY bread and cheese appetizers

Fresh bread and good cheese are a match made in heaven.  Add a bit of fruit, a sprinkle of salt, fresh pepper and herbs and everyone's tastebuds are in for a serious treat.   These 5 bread and cheese apps are incredibly simple and perfect for your summer BBQ's, bunco nights, wine parties, office potlucks...you-name-it.   …

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