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Here’s Why We Put Oranges in Christmas Stockings

[brightcove:5121563588001 default] This article originally appeared on realsimple.com There are competing theories behind this sweet tradition. Certain Christmas traditions span geography and generations: singing carols throughout the season, leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve … and finding an orange in your stocking come Christmas morning. While many families from different parts of the world honor this sweet citrus-centric holiday tradition, there isn’t one specific known origin story behind it. Here are three common theories of where that orange in your stocking came from, according to the Kitchn. From the original story of St. Nicholas The practice of receiving
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3 Holiday Treats Packed With Superfoods (Including No-Bake Cookies!)

[brightcove:5461514884001 default] When you think about holiday treats, you probably don't think nutrients—but Christmas cookies, bites, and chocolate balls can be a great opportunity to squeeze in seasonal superfoods! Check out three of my recipes for enjoying a little sweetness bundled with antioxidant-rich, disease-protecting goodness. Each one is plant-based, bite-sized (for built-in portion control), and perfect for sharing. These are all splurges you can feel really good about. Ginger-Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Balls Nutrition info: Ginger, cinnamon, and dark chocolate are all potent sources of antioxidants. Ginger and cinnamon are also immune supporters and anti-inflammatory metabolic boosters. Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, provides copper, manganese,
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I Tried 11 Peanut Butters and Here's the Best One

[brightcove:5484723533001 default] This article originally appeared on Extracrispy.com I am a peanut butter devotee, and have been for basically ever. There is no time of day that peanut butter doesn't sound like the right call, or a great foundation for a meal. I will spread it on toast or rice cakes, smear it on apple slices, and mix it into curries and sauces and marinades. At this point, peanut butter is likely coursing through my veins.  The nutty spread has a rich history, going back to the Ancient Aztecs and Incans, who roasted peanuts and ground them into a paste.
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I Tried 12 Cheap Sparkling Wines and Here's the Best One 

[brightcove:5667161411001 default] This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com. For my 21st birthday, I had a “Champagne” party. I asked people to bring cava or prosecco or any other type of inexpensive sparkling wine, and we spent the evening dancing to a lot of Robyn. It seemed appropriately grown-up, and like just the kind of twinkly, fun thing to kick off my years of legal imbibing. And it was! But that night, I also learned the hard way that not all sparkling wine is created equal. There is a very wide range of cheap bubbly—from truly disgusting to very good.  So,
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The Surprising Ingredient You Should Be Adding to Your Eggs

[brightcove:5536926282001 default] This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. It’s likely already in your refrigerator. No matter how you’re cooking them (some prefer runny, others very well-done) scrambled eggs need little more than butter for the pan and a dash of salt and pepper. We’ve never asked you to add more than that (well, except, maybe some grated Cheddar), because the whole point of scrambled eggs is that they’re so darn simple. So what, then, do we mean by a new surprising ingredient? We’re simply asking you to add the sodium in a different form—instead of kosher salt, try seasoning with
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These 2 Fake Burgers Taste Remarkably Like the Real Thing

[brightcove:4911606166001 default] Veggie burgers can be a great substitute for meat, but if you’re only a sometime/flexi-vegetarian, you might still be tempted to cheat with the real deal. These days, though, a wave of high-tech products simulate meat so well you might be willing to leave the real thing behind forever. The big innovations are in flavor and presentation, in the way the fake burgers brown, sear, and even “bleed.” I tested out the two most compelling entrants to the real/fake burger market, the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger, to see if there was more to them than marketing
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Why You Shouldn’t Participate in the ‘Secret Holiday Wine Exchange’

[brightcove:5660508911001 default] This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. Wine lovers, beware! Receiving up to 36 bottles of wine in the mail—after shelling out cash for just one bottle—sounds like a holiday miracle. But according to the Better Business Bureau and US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), it could be illegal. So next time you see a “Secret Holiday Wine Exchange” pop up in your Facebook feed, you might want to ignore it. In these posts, Facebook users share information like the one featured below, promising that if you “Buy ONE bottle of wine valued at at least $12 and send it
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We Just Found Out Pitless Avocados Exist, and Our Minds Are Blown

This makes guacamole so much easier. It appears avocado news isn’t slowing down any time soon. Earlier this week, everyone was buzzing about a massive 5.23 lb. avocado found in Hawaii. Before that, the news of low-fat avocados took the Internet by storm, as did the idea of replacing cheese with avocado in a mac and cheese recipe. Today, avocados are making headlines for an entirely new reason: pitless avocados are being sold at Marks & Spencer, a supermarket/department store in England. Considering there’s now a term (“avocado hand”) for cutting yourself while trying to pit an avocado, pitless avocados
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3 Holiday Cocktails Starring Seasonal Produce and Superfoods

[brightcove:5041671372001 default] With the flurry of festivities in the weeks ahead, you may be toasting with family, friends, and colleagues … and feeling less than cheery the mornings after. But imbibing doesn't have to be overindulgent! Below are three of my personal recipes for holiday cocktails that incorporate both seasonal produce, and aromatic, antioxidant-rich herbs and spices. They don't require mixers made with added sugar, cream, or artificial ingredients. And they're fancy enough to sip leisurely (which helps slow your drinking pace). Each recipe makes one drink, but you can double or quadruple if needed. Cheers! Apple Spice Celebration 1 small Fuji apple 1 tsp. fresh
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I Had No Idea You Could Make These 4 Things In an Instant Pot

[brightcove:5622866263001 default] This article originally appeared on Realsimple.com Cornbread Making cornbread in the Instant Pot ensures it doesn’t bake up dry—and we especially love the addition of cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Lasagna Instant Pot lasagna is definitely having a moment. People seem to have the most success layering the lasagna in a spring form pan, loosely covering it with foil, adding the trivet to the Instant Pot insert, pouring in water, then placing the covered pan on top of the trivet. If I try it, I’ll stick it under the broiler after it’s finished so the cheese browns and the
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