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Get ready for back-to-school with minivan meal makeovers
(BPT) - Back-to-school time can be hectic for busy, on-the-go parents. Between transporting kids to school, getting to work on time and never missing extracurricular events, the minivan can feel like a second home, making eating on the run a necessity. Whether planning breakfasts on the way to scho... More >>

Drink up; the world's largest glass of ice tea is created in Summerville, South Carolina
(BPT) - The world’s largest ball of twine is in Darwin, Minnesota. The world’s largest bicyclist is in Sparta, Wisconsin. And now the home of the world’s largest glass of ice tea is officially Summerville, South Carolina, fittingly the birthplace of sweet tea.The world-record sett... More >>

10 undeniable reasons kiwifruit is the next big superfood
  (BPT) - When selecting foods for you and your family, you want the most nutritional bang for your buck. And while superfoods are certainly the cream of the crop, picks can like wheatgrass and spirulina can be intimidating to prepare and unappealing to consume. Fortunately, the next big ... More >>

Slaw shines as a hot, fresh approach to summer salad
(BPT) - Nothing beats a refreshing salad in the summer, but even the most delicious fruits and fresh, seasonal vegetables can get dull if you eat them enough. These slaw recipes, however, can be a refreshing way to incorporate the season’s best veggies – and a surprising pop of heat &nd... More >>

Go ahead, play with your food! Turn snack time into fun time with creative recipes
(BPT) - “Don’t play with your food!” “Use the silverware!” You probably heard those directions from your parents when you were growing up. But times have certainly changed. Now you’re the parent, and TV, video games and numerous digital devices sometimes make it ... More >>

5 sure-fire, stress-free ways to make your summer gathering awesome
(BPT) - Summer is party season, and most people prefer outdoor entertaining during warm months. In fact, a 2014 survey by entertaining website TheSalonniere found that 50 percent of people prefer barbecues in summer, 19 percent like al fresco dinner parties and 12 percent favor a pool party. Many p... More >>

Flavor and fitness: Can they work together?
(BPT) - A common complaint among individuals who exercise frequently is the difficulty of balancing good nutrition with delicious flavor. These attributes are too often seen as opposing, with one unfortunately getting sacrificed. But what people may not realize is that there is a valuable resource ... More >>

Homemade spirits and cocktails are an easy, creative way to make the season bright
(BPT) - During the holidays, many people turn to homemade items to help personalize celebrations and gift-giving. If you enjoy holiday DIY, this year why not try making your own holiday spirits? Unique infusions and liqueurs are not only memorable gifts, but they also add a personalized flare to ho... More >>

Summertime tips and tricks to breathe new life into your healthy habits
(BPT) - Summer’s the perfect time to re-energize the health and fitness goals you started at the beginning of this year. Nearly 70 percent of Americans set a goal to stay healthy this year and 43 percent had the desire to lose weight by making healthier food choices, according to Nielsen data... More >>

Ready, set, grill [Infographic]
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10 Seasonal Tips: Simple ways to save time and enjoy the holidays
(BPT) - It may be the most wonderful time of year, but at times, it can also feel like the most stressful. This holiday season, take a fresh approach to your “to-do’s list” to save time and energy so you can be merry and bright. These 10 tips and tricks will help you relax, unwind... More >>

Nutritional secrets of Tour de France can fuel everyday athletes
(BPT) - Nutritional bars and packets of energy gel are what you might think of when you imagine a champion cyclist’s diet. But for the 198 men set to embark July 4 for the 102nd Tour de France, a balanced diet based in whole foods — and a lot of them — is critical.The 2015 edition... More >>

Not all tilapia are equal: Choosing good from bad
(BPT) - The right seafood can make for a nutritious and satisfying meal, but it’s not always easy to decipher its labeling. Wild-caught, farm-raised, all-natural and organic are just a few buzz words shoppers notice at the seafood counter, but relying on a one-off label alone won’t guar... More >>

4 cooking secrets to help you bake like a pro at home
(BPT) - When it comes to food and cooking, Americans are becoming more adventurous and inspired to try new things. They buzz about the latest food trends with friends, share picture-worthy meals on their social feeds, binge on cooking shows and aspire to bring the unique dishes they eat in restaura... More >>

How smart home chefs are going green with kitchen design
(BPT) - Home chefs everywhere are taking a new approach when designing their dream kitchens. Beyond upscale tools and high end appliances, they also want features that are eco-friendly and environmentally smart. Here are the top trends in eco-friendly kitchen design.Green countertops When it comes ... More >>

Superfood, not supersize your snacking
(BPT) - America is a nation of snackers, consuming an ever-increasing array of larger-sized food. You’ve probably heard of the trend “supersizing.” The challenge is that as our snacks have increased in size, so too have the number of empty calories we consume. Instead of supersizi... More >>

Breeze through summer with this quick and easy snack idea
(BPT) - The sun is out and kids are enjoying a much-deserved breather from their daily grind. Parents, on the other hand, must balance children’s summer activities, sports leagues, family summer trips and household errands.  As mom faces her busiest time of year head-on, quick meal and s... More >>

Breeze into summer with cool grape recipes
(BPT) - There’s something about summer that just makes everything feel brighter and lighter, more relaxed and less hurried. That’s how dinner should be, as well – minimal prep time and maximum quality time to sit and enjoy the company of those gathered around the table.Main dish s... More >>

Fun ideas to make your summer entertaining a hit
(BPT) - The sweet days of summer signal a long awaited transition for outdoor living. Combine food, family and friends with fresh ideas, and the possibilities for summer entertaining are endless.“There is something so magical about taking a meal outside in the warm weather,” says design... More >>

5 amazing things you didn't know about your favorite cup of joe
(BPT) - If your morning simply doesn’t begin until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Americans everywhere love their joe, and research shows 37 percent of American workers can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. Nearly half of ... More >>

Perfect portions make for a perfect party [Infographic]
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Seven ways to say 'Hello' ... with chocolate
(BPT) - Saying hello. It can be easy and comforting if it’s to an old friend, but exciting and even a little scary if it’s to someone new. It can also make for a super sweet connection, especially if you say it with chocolate. Here are seven fun ways to do just that!1. A sweet welcome f... More >>

How to snack better: Combat hunger between meals
(BPT) - Americans are changing the way they eat. Snacking is part of our daily lifestyles, making up half of all eating occasions, according to a 2014 report from The Hartman Group. With snacking on the rise, healthy eating is often a challenge. However, when done in moderation with nutritious opti... More >>

7 must-haves to summer like a pro
(BPT) - It’s summer, it’s hot and you’re in the mood to dress light, eat light and tote light. So, we found seven must-haves for a day at work, the beach or just chilling out reading the latest best seller. Grab the following basics when you’re heading out for a day on the g... More >>

Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your f... More >>

For Father's Day: 5 pieces of advice on how to seize the day
(BPT) - For more than three generations, the Louis M. Martini Winery and the secrets to making a perfect Cabernet have been passed down from father to son. Part of the winery’s success has always been a “seize the day” mentality where hard work and bold risk-taking create world-cl... More >>

Backyard barbecues just got easier with new digital electric smokers
(BPT) - Americans love barbecue — we just can’t help it. One whiff of that smoky meat is all many people need before their mouths start to water and they crave a stack of tender ribs. The food industry has taken notice, as smoked foods are all the rage these days. New BBQ joints are pop... More >>

Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, b... More >>

Trends turn to cozy and comfortable fall entertaining
(BPT) - As the glorious days of summer slip into crisp evenings, the changing colors trigger a transition in seasonal décor.“There’s an exciting mix of texture and color in fall fashion that’s extending into home decorating,” says designer Julie Robbins. “As for... More >>

Make-ahead appetizers your guests will go nuts over
(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of entertaining occasions like end of summer barbecues to plan for. Instead of focusing on several sides to accompany your barbecue favorites, consider offering your guests an array of seasonal appetizers to complement your main course.... More >>

10 ways to keep your cool with grapes
(BPT) - This time of year, nothing tastes better on a warm day than a refreshing cool snack – like grapes. Delicious and good for you, California grapes are the perfect finger food but they can also be so much more. If you’re looking to treat your palate to new taste sensations, here ar... More >>

Energize your meals with one versatile ingredient
(BPT) - When it comes to entertaining, each season has its own unique characteristics for traditional dishes and dinner party themes. But who says you can’t break the rules and step outside the box with a versatile and innovate menu item? Whether you’re hosting or simply making a fall f... More >>

Tailgate at your place with these easy party tips
(BPT) - Football season is here, and it’s the ideal time to throw a tailgate party in the comfiest and most welcoming place — in your home, in front of the TV, along with your best friends and your favorite foods.There’s no question that football, food and friends make a great com... More >>

Create the perfect cheese board in 4 easy steps
(BPT) - A delicious assortment of cheeses, paired with the right foods, is a feast for the eyes and the palate. You don’t have to be a professional chef to create a cheese board that looks and tastes like a culinary masterpiece.“For entertaining or just a quiet night at home, you can&rs... More >>

Can't make it to the tailgate? Host the ultimate 'staygate' instead
(BPT) - With college football season upon us, there’s no better way to enjoy time with family and friends than getting together to cheer on your favorite team. This year, with rising ticket, concession and travel costs, why not gather your friends and family together for a private “stay... More >>

5 trendy wedding registry gift ideas for casual lifestyles
(BPT) - While your wedding should be the happiest day of your life, it can also be the happiest day for your kitchen. With a well-planned registry, you’ll be enjoying the fun, creativity and bonding of cooking together at home for years to come — from leisurely weekend breakfasts to rom... More >>

5 surprising superfoods for baby boomers
(BPT) - An estimated 77 million baby boomers represent the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. Many are embracing their golden years and taking a proactive approach to their well-being. If you are a boomer, you understand nutrition is fundamental to maintaining your health. But do... More >>

Live longer, live better: Why the Mediterranean diet just may be the most delicious meal plan yet
(BPT) - Olives and olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fresh fish and seafood, lean meats, cheese and yogurt and red wine. This may sound like the grocery list for a delicious dinner party (and you wouldn’t be wrong), but these foods are also the staple compone... More >>

Spritzers That Pair Perfectly with Summertime Favorites [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Summer revolves around the next cookout, barbecue or picnic. Even a day at the pool becomes an opportunity to snack on all your seasonal favorites. Barefoot Refresh Winemaker Jen Wall suggests these perfect #SpritzerSeason pairings.... More >>

Tailgating Essentials: 7 Tips for Game Day
(BPT) - Along with the hard hits, the heartache and exhilaration, football is about getting people together —even if they don’t always root for the same team. If you’re one of those fans who made several mock drafts of your ideal fantasy football team or have the stats of your fav... More >>

4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor... More >>

6 tips to keep mornings moving for busy moms
(BPT) - The average American mother has a bazillion things to do every morning, and only two hands — and limited time — to get it all done. Finding some tricks and tactics to make the morning go smoothly can help ensure you accomplish everything, squeeze in a satisfying breakfast, and g... More >>

Five reasons soup is the new sandwich
(BPT) - In the era of insulated lunch bags, it’s time for lunch-packers to think outside the sandwich and opt for improved and wholesome lunch options like soup. Here are five “souper” reasons why:* Soggy bread relief: Juicy tomatoes and dollops of mayonnaise make the sandwich, bu... More >>

7 things you can do to bring "break" back to your summer
(BPT) - Ahhhh … summer break. The thought still sounds exciting, but the reality is adults really don’t get a break during the summer. While many people resort to “enjoying” the summer from their desks, you owe it to yourself to stop the cycle, get out and take back a littl... More >>

Gochujang 101: Everything you need to know about the 'hottest' sauce around [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Move over, Sriracha - Gochujang, a fermented red-pepper paste, has hit the market as the latest culinary craze and is here to stay. According to Korean culinary expert, Bibigo, this Korean staple was developed from an inspired recipe over 1,000 years ago and delivers dynamic and complex f... More >>

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