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    Every Easter I spend a few minutes contemplating ham for Easter. And then I say no. Why? Because: LAMB. I just love it, especially roasted with herbs. So this year for my Easter dinner, I'm considering this roast leg of lamb with rosemary and lavender -- yes, lavender. I've had lamb with rosemary many times, but never lavender. Sounds so springy, even though lavender is actually a late summer bloom. If this sounds a little too exotic for you, leave out the lavender (and the jam) and this will still deliver a standout classic lamb main course that your family will love.

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    You know that feeling you get when you want to make something traditional for Easter dinner, but a little bit different from last year, but not too different? Well lucky for you, there are endless varieties of glazes for baked ham! Here's one we thought looked especially tasty, this recipe for brown sugar-bourbon baked ham. While I think the bourbon sounds promising, there's another fun surprise ingredient you may be tempted to sip while you bake your ham ...

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    My daughter HATES grocery shopping, so I try to consolidate our trips to the store. And I hate spending too much money on food and too much time preparing our meals. That's why I love finding ways to make what I do buy stretch.

    Recently I shared how to turn one chicken into three meals. You can do the same thing with a beef roast. Here's how! 

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    Hi, moms! Your Crock-Pot meals have been pretty good, for the most part. But there's a reason why that string bean and beef stew you served the other night made me (and your toddler too, I'm sure) throw everything from the table onto the floor. I didn't deserve a "time-out" for that. It's not my fault those string beans were so ... stringy. That the beef was ... too beefy? Chewy? I don't pretend to know enough about fine cuisine to tell you exactly what was wrong with it -- but I can tell you how to fix your mistake.

    Put away your slow cooker and make things even easier on yourself by serving this genius meal guaranteed to get any child eating: Chocolate Chip Waffle Lasagna With Medley of Cheerios. Doesn't that sound super yummy?! Read on for the easy peezy recipe.

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    March is supposed to roar in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but let's face it: a great many of us are still stuck dealing with ferocious temperatures. Instead of cursing Mother Nature, we should use the cold as a great excuse to keep whipping up hearty, delicious soups.

    Crock-Pot Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup was inspired by a similar dish served up at Panera Bread -- got to love that. It is dead easy to make and cooks in either 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high heat. Just pop all of the ingredients -- most of which you'll probably have in your fridge or pantry -- into your slow cooker and head off to work or, even better, hightail it to the salon for a pedicure since sandal weather has to be right around the corner.

    Here's how to make this perfect Crock-Pot soup.

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    I knew it when I saw it sprinkled all over the baked goodies at my favorite Parisian-style bakery. Amaranth is having a moment. Amaranth is one of those so-called "ancient grains" that have become trendy lately, in the wake of quinoa's success. Just a couple short years ago I was searching for it in vain. Now it's all over the place -- even on my damn croissants! So what's the hype all about? Here's why you may want to give amaranth a chance.

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    Poor microwave oven. It gets no respect! The stove and the oven get all the credit for doing the real cooking, while this unsung appliance is used mostly just to reheat. But if you sneak into your kitchen late at night, and you're very quiet, you may hear your microwave muttering to itself, "I coulda been a contender!" Turns out you can do so much more with that appliance than nuke your leftovers and frozen entrees. In fact, we found 13 recipes you can make in your microwave -- you'll be surprised at how much you can do with it.

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    A year or so ago, we heard that the five-second rule was bunk. According to science vlogger Michael Stevens, when you drop food on the floor, it becomes instantly contaminated. This is unfortunate news for those of us with kids who drop food on the floor and swipe that stuff back into their little maws faster than we can stop them. And, okay, maybe some of us have been ignoring Stevens' advice and calling the five-second rule for ourselves, too. Well wishful thinkers, we are in luck! Scientists have gone and proven that the five-second rule works after all.

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    We eat a whole lot of chicken in our family. There are several reasons why: Chicken is versatile, it’s affordable, and my daughter will actually eat it! Yes, all good, nay, great reasons. But here is my favorite thing about chicken: We can buy one chicken and create three meals from it.

    First, I should mention that our family is small -- there are just three of us. So this whole one chicken = three meals thing only works for families consisting of three or four members. If you have a large brood, you’ll need to use two or more chickens.Here's how to create three vastly different meals with just one chicken.

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    Did you know? The couple who eats pizza together every Friday stays together. Well, it works for one couple, anyway. As part of their relationship contract, "Newlyweds" TV show alums Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen vowed to always have Pizza Friday together. This means they agree to "keep this time free from all phone calls and other interruptions. No friends or business colleagues will be invited to Pizza Fridays."

    Wow, a tall order to follow for the modern couple. But I think it's a great idea. My son and I do Taco Tuesday, and we love it. (It's not just for Legos.) I think we're a bit looser on the rules -- friends are willing to join us. But the point is, it's our food ritual, and it helps us connect at least once a week. Over food. Which makes connecting awesome.

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