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What we eat and drink strongly impacts our mood, energy levels, and health. Choosing delicious, healthy foods can boost metabolism, raise happy emotions, and even ward off disease. From wine reviews to beer recommendations, from wonderful recipes to healthy advice, our BellaOnline editors are here to help!

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Slow Cooker Yams & Apples Recipe
Quick Cooking - Karen Hancock, Editor

Here is a delicious and unique way to serve yams (or sweet potatoes) on Thanksgiving, and right through the Christmas and New Year's celebration feasts. It can be made ahead, doesn't take up oven space, and is delicious.

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Condensed Turkey or Chicken Stock Recipe
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking - Allyson Elizabeth D´Angelo, Editor

Whenever you roast a turkey or chicken, never throw out the bones. Follow my directions and you can use these to make your own delicious condensed stock, saving you lots of money at the grocery store. This recipe can be made vegan or vegetarian-friendly by omitting the bones and using veggies.

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The Best Almond Biscotti Recipe
Home Cooking - Allyson Elizabeth D´Angelo, Editor

This Almond Biscotti recipe has the perfect texture. They won't break your teeth and won't fall apart in your coffee when dunking. It's a delicious cookie, especially for the holidays when you want to donate something classy to the table. This recipe is easy and fun to make.

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Gingerbread Men Cookie Recipe
American Regional Cuisine - Allyson Elizabeth D´Angelo, Editor

Making Gingerbread Men are always a lot of fun around the holidays. But why wait until Christmas to devour this delicious recipe. This dough freezes great, so we can enjoy Gingerbread Men Cookies all year long.

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Desi Mac & Cheese Recipe
Indian Food - Sadhana Ginde, Editor

Macaroni & Cheese is a classic American dish loved by both children & adults alike. Okay, so I admit it – I messed with a true classic but the results were well worth every delicious bite! Mac & Cheese on its own is tasty but my Indian version is just plain out of this world. Try it soon :-)

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Apple Cranberry Caramel Crumble Recipe
Desserts - Karen Hancock, Editor

While pie is the traditional dessert after the Thanksgiving feast, it's nice to have a few different desserts for those who don't want pie. This dessert is perfect, and it may turn out to be the favorite dessert.

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Visiting Chrysalis Vineyards, Virginia
Wine - Peter F May, Editor

Peter F May visits the world's largest Norton plantings at Chrysalis Vineyards in Virginia and meets its charismatic owner, Jenni McCloud. Jenni has a new tasting room and shares her vision for developing a complemenatry farm around the winery

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Red Cooked Pork Belly Recipe
Chinese Food - Lila Voo, Editor

Red cooked pork belly is a traditional Chinese recipe in which pieces of pork belly are braised in a sweet soy sauce broth, which is then thickened coating each piece of pork creating a deep red color. This is the perfect comfort food dish for the colder months.

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Sugary Sodas and Heart Failures
Low Carb - Lisa Shea, Editor

A study from the British Medical Journal finds that drinking sugary drinks or sodas can increase the risk of heart failure by nearly 25%. Why is this, and what can you do to protect your heart health?

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Gluten Free Brownie in a Jar Gift Recipe
Gluten-Free - Gillian Scianna, Editor

I like to keep a few gift jars around the house during this time of year, I actually make small gift baskets that contain Gluten Free Hot Chocolate mix, cookies and gifts in a jar. If someone comes over unexpected I have a little bit of Christmas cheer for them to take home.

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Rustic Salsa Verde Recipe
Mexican Food - Mickey Marquez, Editor

A hot salsa recipe that is bursting with rustic goodness. Plus a little background on one of Mexico’s most important ingredients - chile. Salsas or sauces are a fundamental part of Mexican food and this article is a good start to mastering salsas.

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Full Bodied Fall Tea
Tea - Mary Caliendo, Editor

Including Fall flavors into your tea, and experimenting with tea blending

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Why Style and Etiquette is Right for You
Etiquette - Lisa Plancich, Editor

Etiquette seems out of date, but really it is more necessary and useful than ever

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When You Mess Up a Recipe
Sandwiches - Connie Mistler Davidson, Editor

Creating new recipes is a lot of fun and a great way to use up ingredients that are taking up space in the refrigerator. What happens when the new recipe doesn't quite work out like you planned? Here are some ideas for salvaging your ingredients.

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Budweiser Attacks Craft Beer
Beer and Brewing - Carolyn Smagalski, Editor

I had an Italian friend who once shared a fable with me. I’d like to share it with you ... Once upon a time, there was a snake who lived among the fall leaves, rocks and grasses in a large field by a river.

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Arrosto - Italian Pot Roast Recipe
Italian Food - Cinzia Aversa, Editor

Arrosto di carne, Italian for pot roast, can be prepared also on the stove top using a large pot or a Dutch oven.

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Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Foods - Megan Mignot, Editor

Here's a tasty way to enjoy the benefits of blueberries!

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Authentic Southwestern Fajitas Recipe
Southern Cooking - Cati Arcuri, Editor

Fajitas don't come to mind as traditional Southern food, but they do hail from the American Southwest. Juicy, marinated strips of meat grilled to perfection, wrapped in warm tortillas and served with fresh salsa, lime and guacamole...a perfect meal any day of the year.

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Cheerleader Theme Party Ideas
Party Planning - Shalia Hayes , Editor

Here's a birthday celebration that will leave everyone cheering! Girls love to imagine themselves cheering their team to victory. Pom poms rustling, cheers being chanted, and spirit in the air! So what a great idea for a birthday party, a cheerleading theme!

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Freezer Drinks
Cocktails - Sandy Hemphill, Editor

Some cocktails are best served very cold. Freezer cold. Martini, anyone? These are serious cocktails you can make right in the liquor bottle. Store them in the freezer for a quick individual cocktail and, prepped in advance as they are, they make easy work of serving a party crowd.

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Red curried Duck
Thai Food - Mary-Anne Durkee, Editor

One of my favourite Thai Curries that is perfect for family and friends. The exotic Thai Flavoursl meld with fresh pineapple and duck. I have used French style Canard Confit with rave reviews!



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Giada´s Kitchen
In this book each recipe is a burst of taste, colors and combination of flavors; the instructions are really easy to follow for anyone, and the final result of virtually every dish is presented in a beautiful arrangement of photographs.


Lidia´s Italy
A great Italian cooking book, with a diverse selection of Italian recipes that will takes the readers on a journey through some of the most beautiful areas of Italy and their grand culinary traditions.


Low Carb Charts
A must have reference guide for any low carber. Keep the carb counts of fruits, veggies, meats, alcoholic drinks and more at your fingertips.



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