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Secrets to healthy, creative school lunches
Edward Dray, 4, uses the fun shaped cookie cutter idea for his sandwich that will be part of his balanced, nutritious packed lunch for school. JIM WITMER / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Like conscientious parents across the country, Melanie Lewis is determined to pack nutritious lunches for her kids. But the daily routine can prove challenging. “It can be the most stressful time of day,” admits the Englewood, Ohio, mother of three, who has been assembling take-to-school meals for the past five ...

Drink the rainbow of fruits and vegetables
Juicing is a way to get fruits and vegetables — and their nutrients — into your diet. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/MCT)

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Last year, Kim Wilcox and his wife, Tamara, were flipping TV channels when they stumbled on a movie with an attention-grabbing title: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” The 2010 documentary follows Australian entrepreneur Joe Cross as he reboots his health with a 60-day fruit and vegetable juice fast. After watching ...

Flower-infused cocktails for when you're feeling fancy
(Photo: Greatist.com)

1:25 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

Now that summer is in full bloom outside, take some time to stop and smell the roses—and then mix them into your drinks. Summer is the perfect time to spruce up classic cocktail recipes, from gin and tonic to Tom Collins, and flowers are an easy, flavorful way to feel ...

Ways to eat watermelon at every meal
Watermelon and Feta Salad at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

6:53 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feeling a bit parched? Here, let us pass you a hydrating recipe (or 34). At 92 percent water (no wonder its name), watermelon is nature’s thirst quencher. This isn’t a one-trick fruit, though. Chc vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, ...

Secret ingredient for a light, frothy summer cocktail: Greek yogurt
Joaquín Simó’s Pearls Before Swine cocktail is light and frothy thanks to a surprising ingredient: Greek yogurt. (James Ransom/Food52)

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It’s a good thing you have a tub of Greek yogurt in your fridge right now, because it’s going to rock your summer cocktails. Feeling a little funny about that? You’re not alone. When I asked Jeff Morgenthaler, who was visiting our office last week and knows good drinks, how ...

Hemingway’s favorite burger is a moveable feast
Papa’s Favorite Wild West Hamburger, a creation by Erest Hemingway, features more than a dozen incredients. (Sacramento Bee/MCT)

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014

He was a soldier, a boxer, a hunter, a fisherman, a drinker, a father and the writer of words and stories that aimed to be, above all else, true and honest and pure. He also knew how to make one hell of a hamburger. Ernest Hemingway would have turned 115 ...

Celebrate World Cup with Brazilian custard
Quindins (pronounced keen-DEEN) are traditional Brazilian custards with a crunchy coconut base. (Staff/Connie Post)

Updated: 10:41 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In honor of the World Cup and the team that has won the most titles in the history of the international soccer tournament, I offer you Brazilian Quindins (pronounced keen-DEEN). These traditional little egg custards have a crunchy coconut base. They’re so revered in Brazil that they’re immortalized in a ...

A whole-grain, gluten-free, life-changing loaf of bread
No need to knead this bread. Just assemble a handful of ingredients and stir directly in the pan. (Mark Weinberg/Food52)

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You might not think you have the time or baking skills to make whole-grain, nutty, seedy bread at home — the sort you can feel propelling you through your day, a dense, rugged loaf like you’d expect to find in a bakery somewhere in Scandinavia where everyone is beautiful. But ...

Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than ...

Bison ranchers finding a growing number of hungry customers in SW Ohio
Dan Accurso, owner of Running Bare Ranch, has raised bison for years on his Clark County ranch.

9:06 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014

One entrepreneurial group of southwest Ohio specialty-meat ranchers is enjoying a surge in demand for their very American product: bison meat. Family-owned bison ranches, where the buffalo really do roam, are thriving in several corners of the region, and their owners are finding creative ways to connect with consumers. Grassroots ...

A yolk of a different color?

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Talk to a backyard chicken farmer long enough, and you’ll eventually hear about the color of their egg yolks, and how those of the $2-a-dozen commodity eggs literally pale in comparison. You’d think hipster hen keepers invented brightly colored yolks, but consumers have shown yolk color preferences for at least ...

“ManBQue!” essential recipes for the modern man
Wicked Lawbstah. Credit: Clayton Hauck/Running Press.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father’s Day marks unofficial start of grilling season, with new gadgets and cookbooks aimed at dads debuting every year around this time. One of the most pleasant surprises among this year’s crop is “ManBQue!” (Running Press, $22). With the provocative subtitle, “Meat, Beer, Rock & Roll, 120 Essential Recipes for ...

Picnic for your health
Dayton chef and creator of HouseMade Sriracha, Lee Anne House, says that picnics are all about easy, neat food, and kebabs are a great choice. Pictured is House’s recipe for Chilled Chicken Kebabs and Slaw with Pomegranate Brown Sugar Vinaigrette. LEE ANN HOUSE/CONTRIBUTED

12:00 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014

On the brink of summer, finding ways to enjoy time outside can be as simple as a picnic in the park or even on your front lawn.Grab a basket, tote or cooler, a blanket, friends or family, and let a shady spot serve as your restaurant. To ensure a healthy ...

7 most interesting facts about Sriracha hot sauce
(Source: White Castle’s Facebook page)

Updated: 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014

White Castle is jumping into the Sriracha fire.With the introduction of its Sriracha Chicken sandwiches, the Columbus-based chain is the latest to incorporate the spicy chili garlic sauce into its menu.The Sriracha Chicken Slider, $1.38, is seasoned with Sriracha and comes topped with a chipotle mayo and served on White ...

Briefly: apple chips, new Lunchables, 10-minute skillet dinner

1:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BEST BITES: BARE FRUIT APPLE CHIPS Some snacks taste great. Some snacks taste healthy. But it is a rare snack that is both. Bare Fruit Apple Chips come close. At their most basic — the Fuji Red and Granny Smith varieties — they are just thinly sliced, dehydrated apples. The ...

Scientists say you really can get kids to like veggies
Fruits and vegetables for sale at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, which ends the season Saturday.

6:07 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014

Having trouble getting the kiddos to eat their vegetables at dinner time? Well apparently you really can teach children to like the healthy stuff, and the key is starting early.  "A team from the University of Leeds gave artichoke puree to more than 330 children and it said that two in five of ...

Sharing heritage through food
 Simple dishes full of flavor include fried plantains, pan fried talapia, shown here, mango salad and arepas corn cakes. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

12:12 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Like many folks living in the Miami Valley, Carolina Ascanio came to town as part of a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base military family. Dayton’s a long way from her native land of Venezuela, but through her passion for cooking and her food blog, Ascanio has found a creative way to ...

What’s the trick to cooking without recipes?

12:57 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014

Maybe we should call it “cooking without a net.” That’s when you hit home at the end of a day with no meal plan, no recipe, and only a vague idea of what you’re going to do. Of all the cooking instructions I give, the ability to cook without a ...

Sharing her heritage through food
Carolina Ascanio’s food is full of color and influences from her native country of Venezuela. Simple dishes full of flavor include fried plantains, pan fried talapia, mango salad and arepas corn cakes. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Like many folks living in the Miami Valley, Carolina Ascanio came to town as part of a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base military family. Dayton’s a long way from her native land of Venezuela, but through her passion for cooking and her food blog, Ascanio has found a creative way to ...

Check out Jessica Garringer’s Couponing Deals of the Week
Pillsbury Heat-n-Go pancakes

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Benadryl Allergy Relief This week at Walgreens, Benadryl allergy relief is on sale for $4.99. Visit www.HealthyEssentials.com and you can print off a coupon good for $2 off of two Benadryl or Children’s Benadryl product. When you checkout ...

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