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    If you're anything like me, you can fall into a food rut. You know, when you wind up eating the same thing time and time again? It's not the food's fault, but day in and day out, eating the foods -- even ones we love -- can start to feel like a really boring routine. It's not our fault either. We lead busy lives, and sometimes it's easier to just go ahead and pick the fast, easy, well-known option than it is to spend even five minutes doing something to spice up your food-life.

    But it doesn't have to be that way! Our once-favorite foods can be something we look forward to once again, and all it takes is just a little bit of imagination. We're here to help! You don't need to scour the web looking endlessly for new ways to turn stuff like oatmeal or macaroni and cheese into novelties -- because we've done the heavy lifting for you! 

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    At this point, we all know that buying organic foods whenever possible is definitely the way to go. But going full-on organic can be so expensive. Where can we cut corners without risking our health?

    When it comes to produce, it's best to operate using the thin-skin rule. If the food has a thick skin you peel and discard (like say that of a banana or an orange), you can get away without buying the organic iteration. With fruits like apples, grapes, and tomatoes, it's better to spend more for your health.

    But what about dairy? Standing in front of the cheeses, creams, and milks, there isn't a set-rule for when going organic is a must. A new study might have just made things a little easier for us. What they found out about milk will change the way you shop organic forever.

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    We all have to eat to live. That doesn't mean we can't have fun doing it. I mean, why else would cakes exist (see also: fudge)? With home movies easier to make and share than ever before, the way we enjoy our food is changing.

    People are eager to share and trade not just baking tips, but hilarious kitchen disasters. They are also keen to showcase just how much fun you can have doing something as simple as eating. Playing with your food isn't just for toddlers anymore! Check out four videos all about having fun with your food!

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  • Cookie Bake Bonanza (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin March 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM in Food & Party
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    I'm well aware that the following concept may seem kinda odd to most families, and quite honestly, it seems kinda odd to ME to write about it ... because it's such a normal part of how we do things here in Gosselin Land.

    About three times a year, typically in August before school starts, in November or December around the holidays, and sometime over spring break, I pull out the large mixing bowls, the huge stand mixer (I think I need a restaurant grade mixer because that thing is just never big enough!), and rally all of my willing kids and, almost, in the blink of an eye, together we turn into a full blown bakery! The goal is to fill our freezers with hundreds of prepackaged school lunch desserts! And that, with eight kids eating school lunches for about 180 days a year, is quite a feat! In fact, by my quick calculations, I pack 1,440 lunches each and every school year!

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    The other day I bought some fruit punch ‘drink’ boxes to put in my kids’ school lunches. As I was unloading groceries, my husband made a comment along the lines of, “I could have mixed some sugar and water together for a lot cheaper than whatever you paid for these.”

    He’s probably right. At that moment in the store, I just didn’t really care that much. They were on sale, and even if they were full of sugar, at least I knew my kids would drink them. Score a point for hydration!

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    Here at The Stir, we love finding the easiest and yummiest recipes to feature daily on the site and on our Recipe a Day Facebook page. We're always hoping readers are loving them and sharing them with their families, and recently, we got concrete proof that some of you out there in the CafeMom community are doing just that!

    CafeMom member and mom to Claire, 20 months, flowerfunleah from Pueblo, Colorado is a mega-Recipe a Day fan. She even raved in the forums that we really should put out a cookbook. And when she explained that she "actually makes almost everything The Stir puts out as far as recipes go," we were so flattered that we asked her to share her notes on her top tried and true Recipe a Day recipes. Check 'em out!

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  • 10 Items Every Home Needs for the Holidays

    posted by Maressa Brown December 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Food & Party
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    As cheesy as it may sound, there's nothing like being home for the holidays. And I don't necessarily mean that one house that is your main address. Anywhere can feel like home, if you have the right people around you. Still, it doesn't hurt to have the right accoutrement -- aka holiday supplies! -- around, as well ... especially if you plan on entertaining! There really are certain must-have items every home must have this time of year. Here, 10 you should check your cupboards and shelves for STAT -- or else run out and pick up -- to better celebrate the "hap-happiest season of all!"

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  • Starbucks Hidden Coffee Fees Shouldn't Shock You

    posted by Kim Conte November 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM in Food & Party
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    Loyal Starbucks customers across the country were shocked, horrified, and outraged to read the news this morning that the coffee giant has been -- wait for it -- charging a hidden fee on some bags of coffee beans. *Gasp!*

    For years, the company has been tacking on a service charge of about $1.50 to the price of a bag of coffee beans weighing less than one pound, and failing to put up signs in the store about the fee or itemizing the extra charge on receipts. Starbucks patrons were largely oblivious of the secret charge -- that is, until a state consumer agency in Massachusetts fined five Starbucks locations near Boston for not notifying customers about it. Now, Starbucks has agreed to drop the extra charge nationwide, but customers are still all kinds of angry.

    Is a hidden coffee fee really so very shocking?

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    Even a famous TV chef needs to have a quick, easy "guilty pleasure" snack or dinner recipe he can throw together in minutes after a long day of grueling interviews. I have a feeling celeb chef Curtis Stone may be in the mood for something like that tonight, being that he's currently on the road doing loads of back-to-back press. (I actually hung out with him this morning -- jealous?)

    Stone's recipe for Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas is a quick way to get a savory, tangy, ooey-gooey cheesy fix and use up any leftover roasted chicken you've got hanging out in your fridge. In minutes, you'll have a gourmet quesadilla that will put certain Golden State-inspired pizza chains' specialties to shame!

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  • Lean Cuisine Recall Makes Me Sick

    posted by Maressa Brown March 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM in Food & Party
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    Were you planning on eating a Lean Cuisine for lunch today? You may want to reconsider that choice after hearing about the latest food recall. Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti With Meatballs has been recalled -- specifically some packages that have already been shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rockies.

    The recall was spurred by complaints about red, hard plastic in the product from consumers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. No injuries have been reported, but ewww!

    The recalled packages bear the UPC code 13800-10390 with the production code 0298595519 P, according to Lean Cuisine maker, Nestle.

    Nestle assures that customers who bought the entree can contact the company at 866-606-8264 or by e-mailing leancuisine@casupport.com for more info and to receive a coupon for a replacement entree.

    But would you really want a replacement?

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