National Clean Your Refrigerator Day (Nov. 15)

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Today (November 15) is National Clean Your Refrigerator Day! The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home — and one that often takes a beating. With the holidays around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to go over some helpful tips and tricks to clean your refrigerator before your prep work for entertaining begins. A clean refrigerator promises to keep food fresher and diminish your chances of growing mold or bacteria, so do your best to maintain the cleanliness of this kitchen workhorse. Cleaning Tips… 1. Take out all the food. If you’re worried about spoiling, store the perishables in a cooler while you clean. You’ll want to see every crevice that’s in need of a scrub down. 2. Pull out your drawers. There’s no point in bending over backwards to get in those hard-to-reach places. If possible, take each of your drawers out so you can wash (Read More)

Healthy Thanksgiving Favorites

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A healthy Thanksgiving might sound like an oxymoron, but we’ve put together a list of healthy, yet satisfying twists to some of the holiday classics. So even if you stuff yourself to discomfort, you can save yourself the guild trip. Try swapping several of these recipes at your Thanksgiving celebration next week. Maybe your family won’t even notice! Pear, Prosciutto & Hazelnut Stuffing Ingredients: 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, cut into ribbons 2 cups onion, chopped 2 cups diced fennel bulb 1/4 cup minced shallot 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 8 cups stale baguette, preferably multi-grain (not sourdough), cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 Bosc pears, ripe but firm, chopped 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Preparation: (Read More)