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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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Girl Scouts stir up baking mixes for home cooks

A new line of baking mix available at grocery stores bears the Girl Scouts' trademark. Can it help the organization expand its brand and boost sagging revenue from cookie sales?

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Boosting the prospects of foster children: Ohio ups the age limit

Foster children, often having suffered trauma at a young age, frequently lose their support system when they turn 18. Ohio, in part of a growing trend, has extended its foster care services up to the age of 21.

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Orlando attack: How to talk to kids about terrorism

Parents and teachers can help young people deal with terrorism or national tragedies by starting a conversation – and helping them find ways to help others.

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Abandoned as punishment? Japanese boy's disappearance sparks questions.

The disappearance, and eventual safe return, of a young Japanese boy prompted a national conversation in Japan over parental discipline and childrearing.

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12 ways to serve up hot dogs and hamburgers

Summer isn't really summer without a hot dog or burger on the grill. Here are 12 recipes (including vegetarian options) to kick off the season, including fresh takes on traditional favorites.

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12 stir fry recipes

Stir fry is one of the most popular dishes to make, particularly among young adults, because it's so versatile. Ingredients can be mixed and matched according to taste, and combined to build new combinations. It's also one of the fastest dishes to throw together, perfect for weeknights or for when your fridge needs emptying out. Here are 12 stir fry recipes running the gamut from the familiar to the unexpected.

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15 easy biscuit recipes

What's better than a warm biscuit straight from the oven? Easy to mix together, biscuits can be served up for breakfast or brunch, make a side for a warm bowl of soup, or added to a hearty dish for dinner. Whether savory or sweet, hardly anything is more satisfying or homey. Here are 15 biscuit recipes sure to satisfy.

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10 rhubarb recipes for spring

Some people claim rhubarb is a vegetable, others say it is a fruit. It's now grown year-round in greenhouses but late April early May is when many gardeners start to harvest the thick, red stalks to make a range of sweetened desserts and dishes. Rhubarb compote is delicious on vanilla ice cream. Strawberry rhubarb pie is a classic favorite. See if you find a new favorite among these offerings from Stir It Up! bloggers.

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20 pasta recipes to simplify your weeknight

Pasta could be the ultimate comfort food. It also serves as a blank canvas for all types of flavors from hearty tomato sauce to sauteed vegetables and more. And when you are in a hurry and have no idea what to make for dinner? Pasta can bring it all together quickly. Here are 20 pasta recipes sure to satisfy on fast-paced weeknights or the next time you host friends and family for a leisurely dinner.

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Why my children demanded to attend a Bernie Sanders rally

This Norfolk, Va., mom couldn't get her children to go to any political rally – until Bernie Sanders came to town. 

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Mom of triplets thanks Delta Air Lines: A victory for breastfeeding?

A mother of triplets thanks Delta Air Lines for accommodating her breastfeeding needs. Is this a sign of a societal shift toward nursing mothers? 

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15 recipes for National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)

National Chocolate Cake Day is celebrated on Jan. 27. Here is a collection of decadent recipes from Stir It Up! to find a chocolate cake that's just right for you.

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7 chicken soup recipes

A soothing bowl of soup is a go-to meal whether you are looking for some relief from winter's cold weather or a simple recipe in the middle of a busy week. It seems almost every culture has a recipe with rich chicken broth as its base. Keep this list handy for the next time you want to slurp up a delicious bowl of homemade soup.

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Is the Polar Vortex driving comfort food cravings?

As winter has returned to the central and eastern United States, many of us head to the kitchen for some of our favorite dishes.

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Toast for the new year

Sample two food trends at once with this twist on a century-old French comfort food. 

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