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December 23, 2009 - 2:58pm

Other than my cat’s birthday, I don’t throw many parties. Most nights my husband and I are content with our quiet unsocial life and casual approach to dinner—it only has to please us. But since the holidays are here, I’ve got the urge to throw another leaf in my dining room table, get out the matching plates and invite people over for dinner.

Easy, fast and delicious: that’s my kind of entertaining. Here are a few fabulous easy quick dinners that are festive enough for a holiday dinner party:

Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu: To make traditional cordon bleu, you layer prosciutto (or other ham) and cheese in between...

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December 23, 2009 - 2:48pm

I am a graduate of a university that is almost always near the top of the lists of binge-drinking schools. Needless to say, I’ve had my share of hangovers. and I’ve tried my share of hangover cures to help me get to class. One of my friends who was a nursing student told me that her professor swore by a bowl of chicken soup, a glass of milk and a Snickers bar to cure a hangover. (Everyone seems to have an opinion, right? Take our quiz to see how much you know about hangovers.) It turns out her professor might’ve been onto something. Just in time for the party season, I offer you a few food cures that may help you get over your hangover a bit quicker.

Eat or drink some fruit—One study conducted in the...

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December 23, 2009 - 1:36pm

Last year’s food trend predictions were all tied to the struggling economy: cooking budget-friendly recipes at home, dining out on the cheap and shopping for bargain ingredients. This year, the trends on the National Restaurant Association’s list of the Top 20 Food Trends for 2010 suggest we’re making decisions based on our health and the environment.

I’m glad that I can see the things I believe in—local foods, healthy meals and sustainable seafood—on this top 20 list, which is based on a survey of chefs across the nation. Here’s our take on the top trends, which we hope are here to stay:

Trends #1, 2, 5—Local-grown foods and drinks: Staying in touch with the seasons...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:49pm

My sister is trying to quit smoking for good. I know it’s really hard for her to kick the habit, so when I found out we were doing this piece in EatingWell Magazine that certain foods can help—or hurt—your chances of quitting, I knew I had to pass it on. Here’s the scoop:

According to a study out of Duke University, these 4 foods make cigarettes taste terrible:
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Dairy Products
• Noncarbonated beverages, such as water and fruit juice

These three foods make cigarettes taste better (avoid!):
• Meat
• Coffee
• Alcoholic beverages

Researchers can’t explain why, but they think...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:41pm

We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the holiday season. There’s still too much holiday chaos to fully commit to my “healthier me” New Year’s resolution, but I’m ready to feel healthier and I do have a little black dress I have to get into for New Year’s…

So to detox from all that calorie-laden holiday fare I’ve eaten, I’m increasing my daily fiber intake in the form of nutrient-rich high-fiber foods. Why fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams...

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