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September 7, 2012 - 2:42pm
By Nicci Micco in EatingWell Blogs

Welcome to the final week of our Keep It Fresh Challenge. We’re glad to have you along on our a 5-week journey to becoming (or celebrating your status as) a fresh-food aficionado, one who plans meals—and forages snacks—from the healthy ingredients stashed in your fridge.

This Week’s Focus: Host a Dinner Party

Yes, summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the fun of entertaining has to end. Early fall, in fact, is a great time to host a dinner party for friends… you know, now that everyone is back from their vacations! But don’t let planning a fantastic food-focused evening stress you out. Your dinner party is sure to be a success if you follow these tips:

1. Celebrate the season. Planning your menu...

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August 27, 2012 - 3:00pm
By Nicci Micco in EatingWell Blogs

Food doesn’t have to come in shelf-stable packages to be convenient. And in the next few weeks, we’re going to continue to transform you into a fresh-food aficionado. Soon enough, you’ll be planning meals—and foraging snacks—from the healthy ingredients stashed in your fridge. It’s that simple. We’re taking it in steps, offering up a new focus each week. Last week, we encouraged you to Visit a Farm or Farmers’ Market; the week before, we helped you Stock Your Fridge with Fresh Foods.

This Week’s Focus: Clean Out/Refresh Your Fridge

A clean fridge is important for good health and healthy meals. And...

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August 17, 2012 (All day)
By Nicci Micco in EatingWell Blogs

Food doesn’t have to come in shelf-stable packages to be convenient. And in the next four weeks, we’re going to continue to transform you into a fresh-food aficionado. Soon enough, you’ll be planning meals—and foraging snacks—from the healthy ingredients stashed in your fridge. It’s that simple. We’re taking it in steps, offering up a new focus each week. Last week, we helped you Stock Your Fridge with Fresh Foods.

This Week’s Focus: Visit a Farm or Farmers' Market

I’m a huge fan of farmers’ markets. In fact, that’s where you’ll find me with my family most Saturday mornings. Why? Well, for one, I like to go straight to the source for the freshest produce possible. But there are lots of other good reasons...

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May 23, 2012 - 10:25am

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and that means it’s time for picnics (or, depending on where you live, you might call your outdoor gathering a barbecue or a cookout). I love the traditional foods of summer: burgers and dogs, creamy salads, yummy desserts.

Must-Try: EatingWell’s Top 50 Healthy Summer Recipes

Unfortunately, these foods tend not to be the stuff that's going to win any nutrition awards. But you can partake at a picnic and still walk away with your shorts buttoned. It just means making the right choices—and no, you don't have to limit yourself to corn on the cob and watermelon.

Don’t Miss:...

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February 16, 2012 - 11:59am

Every year, 76 million Americans get sick from food, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against foodborne illness, but taking certain precautions can help reduce your risk. Some of these protective steps are common sense, like washing your hands before you eat. Others aren’t so obvious. Read on to discover five surprising sources of foodborne “bugs” in your kitchen, we’ve written about in EatingWell Magazine, and how to protect yourself.
Related: 10 Rules for a Healthy Kitchen

Kitchen threat #1: Your kitchen sponge. When participants in a study from NSF International (an independent public health organization) swabbed various...

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