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  • The Top Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

    Health Benefits of WineHealth Benefits of WineAfter a long day of work, when you finally kick off your shoes and lounge on the couch, do you like to enjoy a nice glass of red wine to help wind down?

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    If so, here's some good news for you: there are many excuses to enjoy every sip. Studies have suggested that in moderation, red wine can improve your health in many ways.

    Prevents heart disease

    Your nightly glass of red wine could keep your heart healthy, according to the American Heart Association. Moderate alcohol use can prevent atherosclerosis, or fatty deposits that form on the walls of blood vessels and often cause blood clots, which can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks.

    Though moderate intake of any type of alcohol can prevent atherosclerosis, red wine's effect on the development of the disease is stronger in comparison; AHA's studieshave also suggested that red wine prevents coronary heart disease and strokes more so than any other type of alcohol.

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  • 7 Great Tomato Soup Recipes

    Spicy Tomato Soup with Chicken MeatballsSpicy Tomato Soup with Chicken MeatballsSpicy Tomato Soup with Harissa and Farro Recipe

    Harissa is a spicy Tunisian chile paste often used in North African cooking. Here, a milder version spices up a tomato soup made with fresh vegetable stock, and a good amount of farro is thrown in for good measure, making this a light, nutritious meal. If you don't have access to farro, pearled barley would make a decent substitute.

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    Roasted Tomato Soup with Chile Cream Recipe

    A fantastic seasonal recipe that uses tomatoes in this warm and creamy soup that's perfect for any night of the week. This tomato soup tastes even better served with a warm, crusty bread and a bottle of wine.

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    Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

    A roasted tomato soup perfect for the cold wintry nights. With a delightful blend of tomatoes, garlic, herbs and spices - this soup will leave every belly happy and warm!

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  • 7 Mouthwatering Sausage Recipes for Fall

    Sausage RecipesSausage RecipesRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Sausage

    Brussels sprouts have seen a recent increase in popularity, and I'm happy to see this vegetable's renaissance. I've always been a fan of them. Even when I was child, when most children would push them aside, I would devour them.

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    Italian Sausage with Stewed White Beans


    Both sausage (in the freezer) and beans (in the pantry) are great bomb shelter foods. Keep them on hand at all times for emergencies, such as daily hunger. If you have access to a butcher, that's the best place to find good sausage; and if you must use chicken, use chicken. Just make sure it's Italian-style. Theoretically the beans serve enough for two; what's left will be delicious the next day (or the day after that), at room temperature. If you cooked an extra sausage, slice it and stir it in with the leftover beans before refrigerating.

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  • Skip the Extra Cup of Coffee: 5 Healthy Foods to Boost Your Energy

    Food for EnergyFood for EnergyWe're always on the go - whether it's packing the kids up for school, hitting the gym, or just getting through a project at work - and we constantly rely on high levels of energy to get through it all. Yet no matter how many cups of coffee we've had, there are times when we feel lethargic and at a loss for what we're looking for. In order to get through our busy and hectic schedules, it's important to turn to the right sources of energy, and not the high-sugar and caffeinated drinks that we usually depend on.

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    We know that food is our fuel, but there are specific foods that are great at keeping us energized. Protein-packed foods like kale, rolled oats, and beans are great for providing you with energy all throughout the day, and they carry additional health benefits, too. In addition to foods that can give you energy, there are certain things you should eat because they're great for helping to unlock energy

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  • An Insider's Guide: 5 Secret Menu Items from Your Favorite Fast-Food Chains

    Secret Fast Food Menu ItemsSecret Fast Food Menu ItemsWhat is it about secret menus at fast-food joints that gets us so excited? It must be the small thrill we get when we "beat the system," when we share a knowing glance with an employee, when we're privy to a secret that the other customers aren't aware of. And just about every fast-food stand has at least one off-menu item that they'll gladly prepare for you, from a peanut butter and bacon burger to a sandwich with four different types of meat. For your fast-food dining pleasure, we've tracked down the wildest menu hacks at all your favorite fast-food restaurants.

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    When we walk into a Chipotle and demand a Quesarito, the others in line instinctively think more highly of us. This is just a fact of life. Not only do we know that they'll make a quesadilla - another off-menu item - and then load it up with burrito fillings and roll it up like a burrito, the fact that we have the cajones to stroll up and actually order the thing puts us in a league above your

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  • 6 Healthy Salmon Recipes to Make for Dinner

    Salmon KebabsSalmon KebabsGrilled Smoked Salmon Pizza

    If you're looking to spice up your thin-crust pizza, you'll love this variation on the classic pizza recipe that uses garlicky Boursin cheese and smoked salmon.

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    Salmon BLT Recipe


    Rich salmon and crisp bacon are a natural pairing for a delicious sandwich that you'll want to make over and over again. Serve this with a side of tomato soup or a simple arugula salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice for a complete meal.

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    Grilled Salmon with Corn and Zucchini Salad

    This meal is all about keeping things fresh and simple. The salmon is simply grilled with lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and the corn and zucchini salad makes the most of late summer's bounty.

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    Black Pepper and Sea Salt Salmon


    Growing up, seafood was best made with as little as possible. The importance was always to taste the fish

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  • Fall in Love with These 5 Pumpkin-Themed Wedding Cakes

    Pink Cake BoxPink Cake BoxAs fall continues to become the trendiest season for weddings, there are more and more of autumnal brides looking to fashion the theme of their wedding around the season. It isn't hard to understand: the colors are vibrant and golden, the weather hovers between cool and comfortable, and the natural setting fall provides for pictures is astounding. And one thing that everyone, bride or not, goes gaga over is the return of pumpkin, well, everything. So why should wedding cakes not succumb to the trend, too?

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    While of course many brides opt for pumpkin-spiced cake flavors, we found a few couples who loved the fall staple so much that they requested their cake be fashioned like one. This iconic fall figure is easily replicated as a traditional tiered wedding cake, but it also drums up the potential for amazing artistry.

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    Cake sculptors across the nation (and even around the world) are erecting beautiful

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  • 7 Things You Didn't Know You Can Make in the Microwave (Plus Recipes)

    Microwavable Recipes Microwavable Recipes Microwaves are now used for far more than reheating last night's dinner - they have become a new method of cooking. And we're not talking about "nuking" a frozen dinner entrée. The recipes that we have compiled take real ingredients and transform them into meals and desserts with the simple push of a button. It seems like something straight out of The Jetsons, but cooking in the microwave is a simple and delicious way to get dinner on the table in a snap.

    Although the temperature inside a microwave oven doesn't rise as high as it does in a conventional oven, it still manages to cook a variety of foods (and you won't believe some of the foods on our list). Weeknight meals, breakfasts, and even desserts just got a whole lot easier when cooked in the microwave. From frittatas and English muffins to meatball stew and pineapple upside-down cake, the recipes that you can make in a microwave are surprising and endless.

    Food that is cooked in a microwave is heated quickly and efficiently,

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  • Tuna Melt, Patty Melt and 5 Other Amazing Melts to Make You a Lunchtime Star

    Prosciutto-Onion Patty Melt RecipeProsciutto-Onion Patty Melt RecipeClassic Turkey Melt Recipe

    There are about 1,000 combinations out there for matching up turkey, cheese, and bread. This recipe uses dill Havarti for its meltability and hint of herb-y sweetness, but you can try this with pretty much any other cheese and not go wrong. Either way, you'll have a superior turkey sandwich in the time it takes to preheat your broiler.

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    Grilled Patty Melt on Sourdough with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Ketchup Recipe

    Instead of grilled burgers, you and the kids will love this retro alternative. Refrigerate any leftover onions for future use.

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    Ham and Gruyère Melt Recipe

    To turn a ham and cheese into a bistro-ready Croque Monsieur, bring 1 cup of whole milk to a simmer in a saucepot. Mix together 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon flour to create a paste, and then whisk into the hot milk.

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  • 7 Delicious and Easy Casserole Recipes the Entire Family Will Love

    Ham and Potato CasseroleHam and Potato CasseroleEmeril Lagasse's Breakfast Casserole with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese

    This breakfast casserole is packed with broccoli, ham, and is lighter on the eggs than the usual savory bread pudding, so it won't fill you up before the big meal later in the day.

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    Sweet Potato Casserole


    Sweet potato casserole is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish, but you don't have to wait until then for it. It teams well with turkey, but it's also perfect with pork or chicken.

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    Cracker Barrel Hash-brown Casserole

    Delicious Cracker Barrel Hash-brown Casserole That You Can Make At Home.

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    Ham and Potato Casserole

    Searching for a way to breathe new life into some leftover ham? Give this easy casserole recipe a try, which has only five ingredients - ingredients you may already have handy. It's a hearty one-pot meal that's sure to stick to

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