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4 festive salads for healthy holiday eating

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4 festive salads for healthy holiday eating

When you think about food that's popular around this time of year, salads don't usually come to mind. With all the traditional cookies, candy and meat-heavy meals, you could easily go the entire season without touching a leaf of lettuce. However, for those of us who prefer eating healthy, or simply for a palate-refresher after all that heaviness, there are a whole bunch of seasonal salad recipes that combine the flavors of the holidays with essential veggie-borne vitamins and minerals. Here are just a few: Spinach pomegranate salad: For this particularly easy salad option, toss together spinach, crumbled walnuts, pomegranate seeds and...

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How to carve a turkey like a pro

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How to carve a turkey like a pro

Thanksgiving's here, and you've followed all your family's traditional recipes, or maybe just looked up how to cook a turkey online. In any case, you've just pulled the bird out of the oven, it's sitting imposingly on your dining room table: Now what? If you've never carved a turkey before, approaching it from the first time can be a harrowing maze of sinewy, bony roadblocks. Here's our step-by-step advice for getting the most meat out of your bird: Set the bird down breast-side up and remove the legs. Use the carving knife to slice the skin between the legs and the...

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3 things to do before you host Thanksgiving

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3 things to do before you host Thanksgiving

Continuing in the Thanksgiving vein, let's talk about the confusing and intimidating process of preparing to host the big meal. Especially if this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a large group, the sheer amount of food and supplies needed combined with the exhausting preparation process can leave your head spinning. To make sure you don't find yourself missing some crucial element on Thanksgiving itself, follow this list of things to take care of before hosting: Make sure you have all the necessary cookware and serving items. Once you have your menu planned out, mentally walk through the preparation...

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Don’t show up to Thanksgiving empty-handed: 3 great host gifts

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Don’t show up to Thanksgiving empty-handed: 3 great host gifts

When you spend Thanksgiving at someone's home, you know they've spent all day cooking up a feast and preparing the house for guests, so you'll want to bring something along to show your appreciation of their efforts. When choosing a host gift, it's important to consider your host's particular tastes, but there are a few categories that many good host gifts fall into. Useful in many situations, sometimes even during the meal itself, these versatile host gifts will make your hosts want to invite you back next year: A serving bowl: Oftentimes, hosts who are taking on the Thanksgiving meal for...

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Geographic facts about wine

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Geographic facts about wine

Wine is virtually a culture of its own. As much a science as it is an art, culture, agriculture, geology, genetics and history all play a role in the creative process of making wine. Furthermore, for as intricate as the development of a good wine has always been, time has only added to its complexity. For centuries wines were known by the region where they were made, but with wine now being a global product, geography is no longer as secure of a way of identifying it as it once was. Here are a few geographical facts about wine: Changes in taste: Occasionally,...

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