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The Taste

Family foods with a weight loss focus

FAMILY FEATURES — Losing weight and focusing on a healthful diet may lead you back to the same tried-and-true tricks, however, conventional wisdom doesn’t always pay dividends. Some eating plans may offer up new twists to help you and your family eat meals you enjoy without forgoing your ...

The Recipe Gals: Fresh takes on simple classics

The Recipe Gals are back with some fresh twists on a few classics — this week, try out crustless quiche, zucchini pancakes, sloppy Joes and scrumptious peach pound cake. This healthy, easy-to-make crustless quiche is full of fresh veggies. Great time of the year to utilize those fresh ...

An altered summer classic: Caprese salad

I hate the summer. At least, I feel like I have for a long time now. Something about being a chef, working long days that turn into long nights, working in an especially warm environment even without the help of Mother Nature, working nights and weekends when you know all your friends are ...

The Recipe Gals: Refreshing salads to help you beat this heat

With the summer heat upon us, the Recipe Gals have a few cool salads to go along with whatever you are preparing for dinner. A bean and corn salad, beet salad with spinach, cashews and goat cheese — and a honey-lemon dressing to boot, quinoa salad and a kale salad with a warm cranberry ...

Central PA Food Bank teaches kids how to cook

Brittany is a mother to four kids. When the schools shut down due to the coronavirus, she found herself in the full-time roles of teacher and lunch lady to her children, all various ages from pre-school to high school. Brittany had a stay-at-home job lined up before the virus shut the state ...

Le Jeune Chef earns Wine Spectator award

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a live learning laboratory for culinary and baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recognized with a “Best of Award of Excellence” as part of Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2020 Restaurant Awards program. The casual fine-dining ...

Easy breakfasts to take on the go

FAMILY FEATURES — If you’re in need of a quick breakfast, consider starting your day with one of these tasty breakfast ideas. This on-trend acai bowl with whole-wheat toast provides a flavorful serving of fresh fruits while overnight oats can be made the night before for a grab-and-go ...

Don’t forget to put bananas on the grill

In this pandemic summer, who doesn’t want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you’re firing up the grill, don’t forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant favorites and remind you of classic desserts. And there are so many variations: You can make ...

Deliver delicious maple flavor in the morning

FAMILY FEATURES — It’s hard to beat a fresh, oven-baked breakfast to start the day, especially one loaded with sausage and eggs complemented by the sweetness of diced apples and maple syrup. This maple breakfast braid delivers a tempting flavor combination perfect for a weekend morning with ...

Add seafood to summer meals

FAMILY FEATURES — Grilled meals provide a summer escape for many families by offering opportunities to spend moments together while enjoying flavorful dishes. As Americans face uncertainty in many aspects of life, one place they should be able to turn to for normalcy is food. One option ...

Bigger, better breakfast bites

FAMILY FEATURES — If you need an on-the-go breakfast option, wake up your morning with bacon, eggs and a biscuit in these simple, tasty breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches 1 16-ounce can buttermilk biscuits 1 12-ounce package bacon 8 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ...

Flavor fusions: Update summer classics with Asian-inspired flair

FAMILY FEATURES — A distinctive and unexpected ingredient like rice vinegar is an easy way to bring faraway flavors to your favorite summer dishes. This pantry staple adds an Asian-inspired flavor to recipes of all kinds, from marinades to high-end meals. Explore a new way to enjoy steak ...

The Recipe Gals: Summer flavors for lunch, dinner and dessert

No matter the meal, this week’s recipes add a taste of summer to whatever you may be planning. Try making lemon blueberry muffins, Mediterranean chickpea salad, turkey bolognese with pasta and broiled cherry tomatoes or a frozen strawberry pie. We hope these dishes become part of your recipe ...

Practical Plates: Leafy greens and healthy benefits to choosing spinach

Why did Popeye the Sailor eat so much spinach? Did he know something we did not back then? Healthy benefits Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is needed to help clot your blood, important for vision, immune function and skin and bone health. Spinach is an excellent ...

Try an ethnic entree for intermittent fasting

FAMILY FEATURES — With so many eating plans and diets to choose from when looking to lose weight, it can be challenging to make the decision that’ll end in the best results. If your goal is to shed extra pounds, consider an option that still allows you to eat meals you enjoy. Written by ...

Classic tacos with a flavorful twist

FAMILY FEATURES — Combine the best of both worlds this summer with an ethnic favorite straight off the grill. These Asian carne asada tacos require less than half an hour of prep and cook time for a quick, easy family meal. Skirt steak is marinated in a seasoned rice vinegar-based marinade ...

Lovely lemons: Add a classic citrus burst to summer desserts

FAMILY FEATURES — While lemon is a traditional summer flavor, you can add a little extra to your gatherings — from picnics and brunches — with these classic desserts. You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious, lemony desserts. Quick and easy to make, these lemon bars ...

Nutrition Nuggets: Safe recipes for kids in the kitchen

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank knows learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for healthy, nutritious food. During a regular school year, school meals can reach many children with programs like free breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals. But during the ...

Now’s the time to teach at-home nutrition

FAMILY FEATURES — With a lot of parents facing the challenge of keeping housebound kids happy and healthy, this is the perfect time to teach kids the basics of nutrition and eating right. Consider these simple suggestions from Melanie Marcus, MA, RD, health and nutrition communications ...

Simple recipe hacks for time-saving meals

FAMILY FEATURES — With many families spending more time than usual at home, scratch cooking trends are popular among home chefs. From homemade sourdough to elaborate multi-course dinners, the kitchen has become a place for creativity for many. However, since summer brings all sorts of fun ...