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Amazon ramps up research on pre-made meals, but will home cooks buy them?

The online retail giant may be hoping to access a market of customers looking for quick-and-easy meals using a technology originally developed for the military to extend the shelf life of foods while retaining flavor, texture, and nutrients. 

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Alexander Hamilton: statesman, dueler, birthday party theme

Projected to earn $1 billion and earning Tony-Award glory, 'Hamilton' the musical is still going strong in backyards and classrooms across the country.

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When it comes to 'sharenting,' new parents are divided over online footprints

Pop singer Beyoncé's recent choice to share a photo of her twin babies on Instagram highlights a debate among parents who were raised on digital media about how much to reveal about their children online. 

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Local food popularity grows further – but what’s ‘local’?

What does it mean to shop local? For some, local remains a matter of geography. For others, it is about supporting their local economy or a more sustainable food system. And for still others, it is about knowing where their food comes from and how it is made.

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14 recipes for lentils

Lentils are an easy-to-prepare dried bean (no overnight soaking) that blends well into other flavors and provides a nutritional boost. Sold either whole or split, lentils can be green, brown, or red. They are considered a year-round pantry staple that can be used in soothing soups for fall and winter, or give more heft to salads in spring and summer. They also pair nicely with meat, poultry, and fish. Here are 14 lentil recipes to try any time of year.

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US bacon reserves plummet. What's behind the rise of the rasher?

Once relegated to the breakfast table and seasonal BLTs, bacon has since penetrated fast food and gourmet restaurant menus.

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Grandparents find new – and longer – life in caring for grandkids

Researchers in Berlin have found that grandparents who take part in raising their grandchildren live longer than those who do not.

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10 recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers

You may have loosened your belt a few notches after Thanksgiving dinner thinking you'd never eat again – at least not until the next day. After outings for early holiday shopping or walks in the crisp autumn air with family and friends, appetites have a way of reappearing. Enter Thanksgiving leftovers, in some ways more enjoyable than the feast itself because the hours over the stove are done but all the fruits of your labor are available for grazing at your own pace. Here are a few leftover meals that come together quickly to feed any relatives who may still be lingering in your living room.

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8 recipes for pumpkin pie

Nothing quite says "harvest" or "Thanksgiving celebration" than the way "pumpkin pie" does. Uniquely native to North America, pumpkin is likely to have been part of the diet of the early English settlers. Pumpkins became an export to France and England, and in the 17th century was accepted as a pie filler. It wasn't until the 19th century that pumpkin pie in its custard form became associated with the Thanksgiving feast. Early, less sweet versions of pumpkin pie incorporated molasses. With the arrival of Libby’s canned pumpkin in 1929, came the annual tradition of baking a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Today there are many variations of pumpkin pie to choose from. One of these recipes may become a new favorite! 

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5 recipes for pecan pie

Pecan pie is a traditional pie served at holiday meals in the United States with the earliest traces of a recipe dating back to 1886. Since pecans are native to the American South, pecan pie is often considered a southern pie. There are many variations of the simple pie that combines nuts with sugar and eggs with sugar: corn syrup, or maple syrup, or brown sugar can serve as the sweetner. Chocolate, and in some cases bourbon, is also a popular addition. However you prefer it, make sure you top it off with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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7 recipes for green bean casserole for Thanksgiving

Whether you are looking for the classic Campbell's Soup version with cream of mushroom soup and crispy fried onions or alternatives for preparing a dish of green beans for your Thanksgiving table, here are seven different recipes to consider when planning your holiday menu. 

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15 favorite comfort food recipes

Feeling jittery about the election? Worried about the state of the climate? Bracing for a cold winter to begin? Sometimes all that's needed is some good comfort food. Whether it's a big serving of homemade macaroni and cheese, a piece of chocolate cake, or a soothing bowl of soup these simple comfort food recipes will hit the spot.

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Soul food tourism: Neiman's $66 collard greens are both a hit and a miss

High-end retailer Neiman Marcus is offering up a $66 order of collard greens as part of its Thanksgiving dishes. The greens have now sold out, leaving many wondering about how to appropriately represent and market dishes with cultural significance.

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15 apple dessert recipes

If your counter tops are overflowing with freshly picked apples there's no better way to use them up than with apple desserts for fall. The naturally sweet flavor of apples cuts down on the need for added sugar and pairs beautifully with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Either as a classic apple pie, an easy apple crumble, or even just baked apples stuffed with dried fruit you'll never get a refusal when you serve up a warm apple dessert – even better if it comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Will this be the last harvest for Michelle Obama's White House garden?

The garden has symbolized the first lady's effort to promote nutrition and healthy living, but it will be up to the next president to either keep the garden going or plough it under. 

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15 easy one-dish meals for weeknight dinners

With the return of busy fall schedules it can be hard to find the time to actually cook a family meal instead of resorting to eating out or heating up processed meals in the microwave. Making a one-dish meal is a simple answer. Low on fuss and high in flavor, most of these easy-to-assemble meals take less than 45 minutes from the time you begin food prep until you deliver a hot dish on the table. Our Stir It Up! bloggers love these kinds of meals. Here are a few of our favorites.

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National Waffle Day: 6 savory and sweet recipes

On Aug. 24, 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, N.Y., received a United States patent for his waffle iron design. This date has since been declared National Waffle Day in the US, most likely developed and promoted by eateries to entice customers to come in and enjoy a plate of hot Belgium waffles topped with seasonal berries and a huge dollop of whipped cream.

This is an all-day kind of celebration since waffles aren't just for breakfast anymore as "brinner" (breakfast for dinner) has become more popular as a fast way to put a meal on the table at the end of the day. Savory waffles (think salmon or mushroom) have also become trendy as a lighter meal. Or use two plain waffles to make your favorite sandwich. 

Here are savory and sweet waffle recipes from Stir It Up! bloggers to help you celebrate National Waffle Day.

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11 delicious scone recipes

Scones are similar to their American cousin the biscuit. They both have similar amounts of flour, rising agents, salt, butter, and milk. Even the way they are prepared are similar. Their no-fuss appearance and warmth evokes similar feelings of comfort. So what is the difference? Probably their greatest difference is found in how they are used. Biscuits are thought of as companions to soup and for mopping up gravy from a dinner plate. Scones, which often include a bit of sugar, are associated with British tea time and more as a treat on their own instead of rounding out a meal. To ensure the finest quality of your homemade scones follow three simple rules: (1) use self-rising flour (2) make sure your oven is hot (3) work quickly and lightly with the dough.  

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Ice cream museum is the latest flavor in pop-up cultural events

New York's Museum of Ice Cream encourages visitors to embrace indulgence and their inner child.

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Breakfast cereal cafe set to open in New York. Will Millennials care?

Kellogg's will open a new cafe in Times Square on July 4, serving only cold breakfast cereal. Will people actually pay $6 a bowl? 

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