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I love to cook, but when it’s 100 degrees outside my desire to turn on the stove melts away like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. One good thing about summers in Texas, the heat seems to bring out my creativity. I’ve devised several ways to continue to enjoy my favorite meals without using my oven.

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Whether you're new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings!

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During the early 1900s, most chickens were raised on family farms for their eggs, which were sold as a source of income. Chickens were considered as a special occasion or holiday meal.

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When it comes to cooking and eating the freshest vegetables and herbs, we recommend growing your own. Make the most of your harvest this year by selecting plants that will thrive in your space. Container gardening is a great option, perfect for those who want to plant on patio or deck spaces…

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Kitchens may get a lot of love, but homeowners are lavishing more attention on bathrooms lately. That’s the major takeaway from a new poll that sheds new light on the latest preferences in bathroom redos.

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There’s a reason why Darth Vader is the most visually memorable character in the Star Wars universe: Yes, the dark side of the Force is alluring, but it’s Vader’s dark costume design that catches the eye and captures the imagination.

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If you’ve run out of ways to prepare starches like corn, potatoes or rice to serve as side dishes, you might want to try turnips. We have Charles “Turnip” Townshend to thank for elevating turnips to the dinner table. England was formally introduced to turnips when Townshend, a British politi…

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Many parents know it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy foods. Serving piles of vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins might be our goal, but it might not guarantee that children will actually eat them.

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You’ve switched from incandescent bulbs to low-wattage LEDs. You drive a low-emmissions vehicle and bring your own bags to the grocery store. You care about greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint, but what about your pet’s carbon paw print? Is your pet living a green, eco-friendly life?

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Today's chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that's high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respec…

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Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieti…

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If you’re hearing the people around you start to sniffle and hack, you may feel a sense of impending doom about your chances of avoiding a cough or cold.

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Donating to local food banks is one way to ensure that everyone in your community feels the warmth this winter. 

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The holiday season tastes like peppermint, and most of us can’t get enough. Peppermint mocha brightens the morning, peppermint ice cream makes us dreamy at night, and cute red-and-white-striped candy canes evoke festive childhood memories during the hours in between.

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You know those days when your normal schedule gets thrown completely out the window? You’re tired, overrun and can barely think about the next thing on your to-do list, let alone work on your larger goals or concentrate on your health.

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If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight you…

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A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.

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Sweet potatoes mirror the colors of autumn leaves. They can be incorporated into every meal, from sweet potato biscuits for breakfast, a side of sweet potato fries at lunch, or a roasted sweet potato for dinner with a smooth sweet potato custard for dessert. 

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Has rising market volatility made you more cautious? Or are you concerned about this fall’s midterm elections and the possibility of more policy changes ahead? Selling stocks in reaction to election uncertainty has been the wrong move in the past – making it important to keep election politi…

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Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the …

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Kids’ school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it’s important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child’s education during the day while they ca…

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Fall provides a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including orange-red persimmons. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in October and are available through December. If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimm…

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Jerk cooking dates back to the Carib-Arawak Indians who inhabited Jamaica in the 17th century. After capturing an animal and thoroughly cleaning it, the carcass was “jerked,” and the resulting holes were stuffed with a variety of spices. Hot peppers and herbs were plentiful on the island and…

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It’s been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world’s healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day. 

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As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a 5K or full marathon.

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My grandson Robby and I were driving along one of the most beautiful routes in New Mexico: State Road 117, south from Grants. Undulating bluffs and La Ventana Arch make for an enchanted landscape on the eastern side. To the west, the impenetrable and threatening lava flows of El Malpais, the…

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Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon, including thousands of children across the Albuquerque metro area. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.

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Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat. When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they e…

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Here’s good news about tasty treats: Adolescents at high risk for obesity significantly reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) by substituting peanuts and peanut butter for unhealthy snacks, according to a new USDA-funded study.

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On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are…

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The hope is my readers come away with the understanding that this column is my attempt to make gardening more enjoyable for the average homeowner. Navigating through the horticultural world can be intimidating, so having an expert simplify it is a good thing. 

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Even in the 21st century, with all of the high-tech gadgets that are available to monitor our health, a tape measure can be quite telling. We have seen the emergence of powerful electronic devices equipped with sophisticated sensors that check our heart rate, blood pressure, steps, etc. The …

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Obesity, with corresponding ailments such as heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, is a well-chronicled public health issue and has many communities looking for ways to positively impact their residents.

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Sixty-eight percent of people want to lose 10 pounds or more, according to a recent Harris Poll. So, should you focus on diet, exercise or both? When it comes to weight loss, the split should be roughly 80 percent what you eat, and 20 percent on exercise. The logic is simple, say experts.

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Rotisserie chickens are reasonably priced, convenient, come seasoned in a variety of ways and can be transformed into a multitude of quick and easy main-dish meals. 

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New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take toward their health goals, but there are other effective ways to improve your health — like adding probiotics to your daily regimen. You’ve likely heard of probiotics before, but do you know how they benefit your health and ho…

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Short of finding a way to strike it rich, saving money by seeking out spending reductions can still feel like a big win. Eliminating certain items from your grocery cart by using replacement items can earn you an increase on your bottom line.  

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When you take charge of your well-being, you feel healthier inside and out. Small efforts every day add up to a big impact. “By taking specific steps each day, you can optimize your beauty hormones,” says Dr. Shelena Lalji, medical advisor to Douglas Laboratories. “These hormones help boost …

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Another nominee for removing antiperspirant stains: meat tenderizer. Moisten the armpit area and then work in some meat tenderizer. Let it sit for five minutes, then launder in the hottest possible water.

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Here’s our tasty, family-friendly version of a “Minnesota Hotdish.” Hotdish, you say? If the term is new to you, think “casserole,” which is really the same thing — a baked main-dish combination of vegetables, meat and rice or potatoes, all mixed together with a cream sauce or canned soup. 

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“Nutrition is exciting. Just about every day there is new research about how certain foods work in our body,” says Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. “Over time as research is done, foods that were once considered unhealthy can be found to actually play a key role in…

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Many kids dislike the soft vegetables usually found in stew. If you’re having trouble getting your children to eat stew, try this saucy beef recipe — adapted from the wonderful cookbook “Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200-Plus Easy, Wholesome Recipes,” by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel. 

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Going to the grocery store hungry and cruising the store aisles while your stomach is growling could mean overbuying and bad news for your grocery budget. Here are a few more tricks that will help you cash in on savings when you are grocery shopping.

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Like many adults, I sometimes have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep serves critical functions and is necessary for optimal health. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to stress, depression, and mental and physical exhaustion. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

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Smoothie. It feels good just to say the word, doesn’t it? I used to think of the concoction of naturally sweet, fresh fruit flavors with crushed ice and yogurt as a magical summer thirst quencher, but with so many healthy and sometimes surprising add-ins nowadays — from kale to beets and avo…

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The optimum way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy when in season. They’ll be less expensive and at peak flavor. Keep this list to help you target the best deals this year.

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One thing I love about studying food is the insight that culinary traditions give you into history and culture. While researching the preparation for The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also know as The Vigil, which contains a unique way of preparing fish, I discovered a delicious recipe for Past…

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Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past – legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be…

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You may know Southwestern New Mexico for it’s million-acre forests and seemingly endless miles of desert, or perhaps you immediately think of Billy the Kid and hunting mule deer. But if you’re touring the Southwest and lack the inside scoop on where to dine, here are three deliciously wonder…

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Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by…