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The Greatness Of Gumbo
Perhaps nothing is better known as a staple of Cajun cuisine than gumbo, a spicy, hearty stew or soup whose name literally means “okra”. Called one of the greatest contributions of Louisiana Cajun kitchens to American cuisine, it came to that state with the first French settlers, who loved bouillabaisse, a highly seasoned French stew.

How to Cook a Really Crispy Duck or Chicken
If you’re like me you love the skin on the outside of duck, if it’s crispy. The texture of the meal can totally be changed with a crispy skin.

Who Says Vegetables Have To Be Boring?
Here are some recipes for greens that will tickle your taste buds and make your heart happy!

Healthy Eating Shopping List
Healthy eating starts with careful planning and organization. Since fresh produce has a very limited shelf life, regular grocery shopping is a must.

Choosing Foods For Your Special Event
Choosing the right menu for a special event can be just as important as choosing a location. Food can communicate a theme, convey a feeling or set the mood of an entire night.

Chinese Food
Why is Chinese food so popular? Is Chinese food healthy? What is the history of Chinese food?

Don't Burn It - Roast It!
Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, I still see recipes that insist you should cook meat at high temperature for the first twenty minutes or so to seal it and then lower the level for the rest of the cooking time.

Oil or Butter? They Are Both Fat!
I like olive oil as much as the next person and I use it extensively in my cooking. However there are alternatives and there are very good reasons for using some of them.

The Perfect Omelet(te), How to Cook It
Omelet(te)s. They’re easy to cook, right? We’ll see.

Alcohol-Free Drinks Spice Up the Holidays
Warm or cold, these delicious non-alcoholic holiday drinks are perfect for a party full of guests or a cozy twosome in front of the fire.

Make Special Holiday Treats
It's easy to add a sparkling holiday touch to your cooking - and the kids can help, too! 

Santa on a Shoestring
According to a recent survey, American families intend to spend an average of $483 on gifts this Christmas. To help keep the costs down this Christmas season, Sue Hannah offers some money-saving gift ideas.

How to Make a Menorah Candle Necklace
Celebrate the festival of lights with this fun craft idea from Penny Warner, author of “The Big Book of Party and Holiday Fun.

10 Tips To Reduce Fat In Your Diet
Simple steps every one can practice.

Making Incredible Sauces at Home
As a home cook, one of the hardest things for me to accomplish when first starting out was making a rich velvety brown sauce to serve on steak, lamb, veal, pork, or even chicken.

Easy Snack Ideas for a Healthy Diet
Most experts agree that snacking is a part of a balanced and healthy diet, as long as the snacks don't pile on empty calories. Like any other part of your diet, it's important to put some thought into what kind of snacks to have on hand; otherwise it's all too easy to pick something high-calorie, high-fat, or high-sugar.

Beyond the Casserole: Quick, Healthy and Tasty Tuna Recipes
The tuna casserole has been a favorite dinnertime standby for many years. And for good reason - canned tuna is cheap, easy to store, nutritious, quick to prepare, and appeals to kids and adults alike. As good as a tuna casserole can be, when served too often - eyes can begin to roll! Here are several ideas for using our favorite fish in new dishes.

10 Guilt-Free Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Many of us work very hard to eat healthy meals, but struggle with the urge for candy, cookies, cakes, ice cream and anything else full of sugar and sweetness! If you're trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, this can be a problem.

5 Healthy Dinners That Will Satisfy Your 'Meat and Potatoes' Man
Healthy doesn't have to mean not tasty. Here are some tips for tasty meals.

Eating Well When You Eat Out
Most people who are trying to eat nutritiously and maintain or lose weight will tell you one of the hardest times to be 'good' is when you eat out at restaurants. It's true - restaurants and fast food joints don't usually cater to health-conscious consumers. Here are some tips for making the most of these 'dangerous' mealtimes!

How Your Grill Can Help Your Diet
Summer is a great time to break out the barbecue grill and lighten up your diet! Grilling season doesn't have to only mean hamburgers, bratwurst, and steaks. There are many great choices for the grill that will keep you in great shape for all those fun summer activities.

Plan Ahead for Healthy Road Trip Snacks and Meals
Taking a long car trip can wreak havoc on your diet. If you don't plan ahead, it's very likely you will spend a day living on fast food, candy bars, bags of chips and soda. However, there are several smart choices that travel well and will keep you feeling good on your journey.

Ten Things You Can Do To Make Any Meal Healthier
When your best efforts go awry, and you order pizza or serve another meal that doesn't exactly fit into a healthy diet, you still have many options for making it healthier.

Tips for Including More Delicious Fruits and Vegetables in Your Diet
Just about everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet. Even though we know this to be true, many of us still find it hard to include the recommended 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit per day in our diets. Once you learn a few easy tricks, soon you'll have no trouble eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.

Weeknight Meal Help
Does it seem like you never have the time to serve healthy meals during the week? Do you rely on takeout, the pizza delivery man, macaroni and cheese? If you learn just a few new techniques and tips, you can be on the road to easily planning and preparing healthy meals for your family with very little effort and time. 

More Delicious Polish Dishes
Here's a complete meal you can make with ingredients you generally have around the house -- the main dish, the salad, and dessert. Not only is it delicious, it's economical and nutritious, too.

Pasties, Calzones, Bierrocks - Food in Pastry
If I had a dollar for every Hot Pocket my children ate as teenagers, I could probably take an early retirement! Bake your own filled 'wraps' and save a bundle. Bake a bunch and freeze, so your kids can pop one in the microwave when you aren't at home.

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