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The Best and Worst Trader Joe's Yogurts

[brightcove:5561341238001 default] This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com. American consumers have approached a golden age of yogurt, and like any good grocery train, Trader Joe’s fully embraces its spot on the bandwagon. In the years since the American Yogurt Enlightenment dawned, the beloved retailer has helped transform the unfamiliar into everyday, adopting varieties from the old continent (Kefir! Skyr! Greek!) and novel flavors like Avocado Citrus. All those options can be a little overwhelming, especially if fermented milk doesn’t make up at least 20 percent of your diet. Luckily, we’ve spared you the cost and effort of trying every store-brand
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Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She'll Eat: 'It Was Julia Child's Favorite Too'

[brightcove:5476567384001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com. She’s a queen in the kitchen, but even Ina Garten stops in the drive-thru from time to time. “I have to say I don’t eat fast food at all, with one exception,” the Barefoot Contessa star told Today. “When we’re in California doing book tours, we always have to go to In-N-Out burger.” Garten can justify her love for the West Coast chain, she says, because one of her idols felt the same: “It’s so good and I know it was Julia Child’s favorite too, so it’s okay,” she says. The author
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6 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

[brightcove:5638008512001 default] This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com When unpacking from a trip to the grocery store, it can be tempting to put almost any perishable in the fridge. But for some products and produce varieties, that only speeds up spoilage. See below to learn the half a dozen foods that should never be put in the refrigerator. Winter Squashes Squashes that are in season during the winter months will last significantly longer outside of the fridge. Varieties like acorn, delicata, butternut, and spaghetti are fine when put out at room temperature for several weeks. Potatoes When refrigerated, the starch
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The Plastic Wrap Trick Restaurant Pros Swear By

[brightcove:5474371697001 default] This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com Some call it “hotel wrapping,” others say “banquet wrapping,” (depends on which restaurant industry veteran you ask), but whatever you call it—this is the only way you should be plastic wrapping your food. It’s a technique the pros swear by and it’s so easy to adopt into your own plastic wrapping practices. Basically, instead of laying a single sheet of plastic wrap over the opening of a container, to shield the exposed surface of food, you are tightly gift wrapping the entire container (bowls, casserole dishes, sheet pans, stock pots, etc.) with
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Chefs and Servers Reveal the 15 Things They'd Never Order at a Restaurant

[brightcove:5439631649001 default] Sometimes seeing how the sausage gets made makes you want to avoid the sausage. In a recent AskReddit thread, a user posed the question, "Chefs and waiters of Reddit, what type of dish do you always avoid when eating at another restaurant and why?" The responses from users, who claim to have worked in restaurants, were empassioned, to say the least. Here are the 15 types of foods that restaurant industry insiders say they'd never dream of ordering. 1. "I don't trust hollandaise sauce to not come from a jacuzzi of aged bacterial growth." 2. "I avoid something
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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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