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When counting calories, you need to think before you drink

When counting calories, you need to think before you drink

The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don't. Surely you've heard that Americans get way too many calories — and nutritionally empty calories at that — from alcohol.
Cross-country patchwork of happy hour laws bars cut-price cocktails in some states

Cross-country patchwork of happy hour laws bars cut-price cocktails in some states

During "happy hour" at the Summer Winter bar in Burlington, Mass., the bargain is on the bivalves, not the brews. That's because Massachusetts legislators passed a law in 1984 banning bars from offering cut-price drinks.
Eat healthily and save money by brown-bagging lunch

Eat healthily and save money by brown-bagging lunch

TORONTO - Tightening purse strings and eating healthily are on the minds of many now that the holidays are over. Toting your lunch to work or school is a way to achieve both of those goals.
THE HEALTHY PLATE: Recipe for smoked salmon Reuben panini

THE HEALTHY PLATE: Recipe for smoked salmon Reuben panini

Allow me to confess right at the start — this is not your grandfather's Reuben sandwich. The legendary Reuben of yore was built on corned beef, but I swap that out in favour of smoked salmon.
COOKING ON DEADLINE: Recipe for creamy brown rice risotto two ways

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Recipe for creamy brown rice risotto two ways

I'm always searching for ways to make a healthier version of risotto, one of my favourite winter Italian dishes. Risotto traditionally is made with starchy white rice. That starch is essential to producing a creamy, thick risotto.
From doughnuts to decorative trees, wedding trends offer twist on traditional

From doughnuts to decorative trees, wedding trends offer twist on traditional

TORONTO - Couples seeking to stray from wedding traditions may want to consider noshing on a coffee shop favourite instead of nibbling on cake at their reception.
OFF THE BEATEN AISLE: Turning chopped turkey tenderloin into a moist, delicious burger

OFF THE BEATEN AISLE: Turning chopped turkey tenderloin into a moist, delicious burger

If you think you've done nearly everything a cook can with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, it might be time to talk turkey.
THE AMERICAN TABLE: Recipe for loaded sweet potatoes with roasted garlic

THE AMERICAN TABLE: Recipe for loaded sweet potatoes with roasted garlic

Much as I love mashed white potatoes, my favourite "potato" is the sweet variety. I've been cooking and eating sweet potatoes as long as I can remember.
Tasty gluten-free foods on horizon while vegetables move to centre of plate

Tasty gluten-free foods on horizon while vegetables move to centre of plate

TORONTO - An increase in gluten-free cuisine that has fabulous flavour is going to be a big trend in 2013. Quince and cauliflower should be on your radar, along with finger limes and such delicacies as octopus and grits.
Italian twist lightens classic French onion soup recipe

Italian twist lightens classic French onion soup recipe

Everybody loves French onion soup, and with good reason.
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