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What’s Date Sugar, and How Do You Use It? — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates seem to be having their time in the superfood spotlight. Full of potassium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, this sweet fruit is being churned into paste and syrup, and even being dried and turned into sugar. Does date sugar rival its granulated counterparts when it comes to baked goods, and does it hold the same nutritional power as whole dates? We did some digging to learn all about how date sugar is made and how we can (and cannot) use date sugar in the kitchen.


Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Veggie Kebabs — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

This really is the only recipe you need for grilled vegetables now through summer and into fall. Any vegetable wins when it's soaked in a sweet, tangy, and garlic-packed balsamic glaze and grilled on skewers until caramelized and tender. Grill Brussels sprouts now, while they still linger, and then move on to the summer bounty of eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and more. Serve them with other grilled fare, like burgers, dogs, or chicken, or bask in their heartiness and make them a vegan main course. Yep, it just might be time to start stocking up on wooden skewers.


The Most Cliché Fancy Foods, and Why We Still Love Them — Everyday Fancy

I am someone who stands among the canned beans at the grocery store, searching for the cheapest can. I mean, they are canned beans — they are all cheap! And yet, if I can get one that's a few cents less than the others, I feel like I've won. It definitely drives my fiancé (and probably anyone else around me at the store) nuts.

Being as frugal as I am, you wouldn't think I splurge on high-end food items — but I actually do. You see, there are a few things that, to me, are absolutely worth the extra cost because they make the average meal feel fancy. And eating should feel fancy sometimes.


Recipe: Smoky Trout Macaroni Salad — Salad Recipes

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If you're looking to take your macaroni salad game up just a notch, look no further than one of my favorite ready-to-eat ingredients: smoked trout. When smoke is added to this mild-mannered fish, exciting things happen to everything it's served with, including good ol' fashioned creamy macaroni salad. Throw in a few handfuls of crunchy celery, tart apple, and some chives for good measure, and you've got the next backyard potluck, barbecue, or picnic covered.


Why My Wedding Registry Was Private — The Happy Ever After Wedding Registry

I'll be honest: I didn't really want a wedding registry. The thought of my family and friends skimming a list of things to buy me, things I picked out, made me incredibly uncomfortable. But my mom was able to persuade me, arguing that people were going to give us gifts anyway and with no registry they'd have to spend time trying to figure out what we might want. Plus, "Everyone is going to end up calling me, asking what color your kitchen is, or if you need new towels," she told me. It was a valid point.

If you're on Team No-Registry: Wedding Registries Are a Necessary Evil. Here's How You Make Your Peace with Them.

With a glass of wine in hand, I pulled up the Williams-Sonoma website on my computer and began clicking, and told my fiancé to do the same on his laptop.


Trump’s Proposed Budget Cut Will Reduce SNAP Funding by $190 Billion — Food News

President Trump unveiled his first major budget proposal on Tuesday, called "The New Foundation for American Greatness," which included massive cuts to government programs that benefit low-income Americans. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — also known as SNAP and more commonly recognized as food stamps — has come under the commander-in-chief's chopping block.

As per the proposal, the budget will reduce SNAP funding by $190 billion over the next decade. SNAP currently serves 42 million Americans.


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