Gingerbread Decorating Day 2nd Saturday in December

(PCM) Gingerbread!  The very thought of it brings to mind the scents of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and let’s not forget ginger.  Gingerbread is part of our culture.  We, of course use it as food, but it plays a part in stories such as The Ginger Bread Man and Hansel and Gretel.  We see it in art first as illustration for the stories mentioned above but also in art as part of Christmas Cards or paintings …

Cookie Exchange Tips

HOW TO COME OUT ON TOP WITH YOUR COOKIE SWAP

Snowflake shaped Gingerbread cookies stacked and tied with a red ribbon.

(PCM) Whoever invented the holiday cookie exchange was either a sadist or a genius – maybe both.

On the one hand, participating in a cookie exchange means you’ve got to stop and bake something (something pretty enough to share, no less) right in the middle of gift-shopping, house decorating, holiday concerting, family visiting, nervous breakdown-ing, and whatever else you’ve got on your chaotic December schedule.…

Why It’s Perfectly Safe To Sometimes Ignore That Sell-By Date

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(PCM) Each and every year American’s will throw away an estimated $160 billion dollars worth of perfectly good food when they believe it is expired based upon the sell-by date printed on the container. There is a big difference between the sell-by date and/or expiration date printed on the packages and the actual time frame in which the food will go bad.

Many people often confuse the sell-by date to be the actual expiration date …

What Does 80/20 Ground Beef Really Mean?

beef photoDo you know what you’re really getting when it comes to your ground beef? Many people make the mistake of thinking 80/20 ground beef means that only 20 percent of the calories come from fat. However, that’s not the case. There’s actually way more fat in that burger than you thought!

The 80/20 percentage refers to the proportion of fat and protein in the grind – not the proportion of calories. According to CookingLight, 20% …

The Truth About Why Turkey Makes You Tired

(PCM) One of the top complaints from people after a big Thanksgiving celebration is how tired they feel after consuming such a large and hearty meal. Most people blame the sleepiness on everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving food choice… the turkey.

People believed that the amino acid tryptophan found in turkey was attributed to a tired or drowsy feeling. It was thought that the tryptophan which is converted to serotonin and then further broke down into melotonin …

Dishes, Sides, and Desserts to Avoid this Thanksgiving

The average person eats 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving!  If you’re trying to lose weight, or simply stay on track this holiday season, you’ll want to avoid the dishes with the most calories, fat and sugar. But remember – it’s all about moderation! You can have your favorites – even the offenders below – but the key is to indulge in small portions, and without all the fixings. Instead of eating …

8 Tips for Eating Well While Dining Out

Eating out at a restaurant doesn’t have to mean you’re cheating on your diet or forgoing your health. In fact, you can still stay on track when you’re eating out. How would anyone survive otherwise? Eating out – whether it’s on the go or sitting down with friends – is a part of life, and having a social life is just as important to a healthy lifestyle as eating a healthy, balanced diet.

It’s slowly …

The Delicious History Of Nachos

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(PCM) Who doesn’t love a large plate of nachos covered with melting cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream? Nachos have become one of our go to snack foods and it an incredibly popular appetizer at many restaurants and sports bars. They are one of the number one picks for a stadium snack, especially during sporting events.

Just what is it about nachos that make them just so darn irresistible?

Nachos were first …

Ever Wonder Where S’Mores Originated?

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(PCM) Once the weather starts to get chilly we begin to think about warm and delicious treats that can satisfy our sweet tooth on those cold winter nights. The first treat to come to mind is a warm and gooey s’more. No bonfire or camping expedition is complete without someone breaking out the chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows to create a batch of s’mores. But, just where did s’mores come from …

Celebrate The End Of Summer With Some Easy Sangria Recipes

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(PCM) We are quickly winding down to the end of summer, as there are only a few short weeks left. It is definitely time to make them count and we can’t think of a better way to send-off the summer in style than with a fantastic party paired with some amazing sangria. Seriously, who doesn’t love this stuff?

For most people the thought of crafting up a batch of sangria can seem …

Would You Like Fries With That? A Look At Some Of The Oddest Celebrity Food Endorsements

(PCM) Over the years celebrities have endorsed a multitude of various products, however when looking for the most popular our attention generally drifts towards food. Many celebs are quick to hop on the bandwagon and lend their name/likeness  to weight loss products such as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, while others have had more signature food dishes created in their honor.

We have taken a look at many celebrity inspired food items and compiled a …

Is Slim Fast The Right Diet For You? A Look At The Pros And Cons

(PCM) Slim Fast is one of the oldest and most trusted diet programs on the market. The company initially began selling their meal replacement shakes back in 1977, however the FDA did hesitate a bit before allowing the company to move forward. It took about two years for the Slim Fast company to really gain their footing and it was not until 1979 that they really came on strong in the weight-loss department. Over the …