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When is store-bought better than homemade?

Cooking a meal from scratch can be a truly rewarding experience. It can also make you want to toss up your hands in despair, throw the uncooperative dough in the trash (for the third time) and go get take-out instead….

How to prep a week's worth of soups in no time

Meticulous meal planning and strategic Sunday prepping for the week ahead have, so far, been merely aspirational, though noble, pursuits to me. I yearn to be the home cook who goes to the grocery store once a week, with plenty…

12 tips for kicking the refined sugar habit

There’s so much news about how bad sugar is for you. It’s been linked to everything from obesity to some types of cancer. Yet, we average 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day. That doesn’t count the sugar found naturally…

How safe are edible, homemade gifts?

After one too many tacky ties or too-small sweaters, a gift of homemade jam or salsa can be a welcome respite from the overconsumption that permeates this time of year. But whether it’s chutney, relish, pickles, condiments or nut butters,…

6 winter root vegetables you should know

Pity the poor root vegetable. Dirty, misshapen, they have none of the tantalizing sexiness of tomatoes, the trendiness of kale, the smooth beauty of eggplants. Nope, root vegetables look odd, and people have no idea what to do with them….

'Tis the season for setting your food boundaries

Are you familiar with the term food pushers? It might sound a bit silly, but it’s the people in your life who like to force food upon you, even if you’re not hungry or don’t particularly like the dish. They…

Why you should consider eating the whole banana — skin and all

Peeling a banana doesn’t require the nimblest of fingers. It’s basically Nature’s version of a twist-off bottle cap. Anyone with any kind of digits can get to the tasty slip of sweetness inside. But what if even that was too…

The health benefits of green tea

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with some reports stating that tea is second only to water in worldwide beverage consumption. Tea is embedded in culture: the British have tea time, and Asian communities still…

We're celebrating 'Friendsgiving' in rural America

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

'Alice's Restaurant': It's a Thanksgiving music tradition

Thanksgiving is full of traditions. With a few exceptions, the food on my Thanksgiving table looks almost exactly like the food that was on my parent’s Thanksgiving table year after year. It’s tradition. When my son was 3 years old,…