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Warm Up with Hot Salsa

If it's chilly (or downright frigid!) outside, warm up inside by cooking with jalapeño peppers.All about jalapeños The jalapeño is a variety of chili pepper. Jalapeños and other chili peppers are unique foods because when eaten they produce a sensation of heat or burning in the mouth, which is called piquance (pronounced peek-antz). When most people think of jalapeños, [...]

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Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bar Recipe

Here in Minnesota we are deep into winter, which means we won't see fresh fruits for quite some time. One way to enjoy fruit when it is out of season where you live is to use preserved fruits, such as jams or jellies. Here's a delicious way to enjoy preserves that will make a great [...]

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Relaxing and Mindfulness in the New Year

Happy New Year's from Ingredient! The hectic holidays are over, and many people are taking the change in year as an good excuse to pick up a new healthy habit. May we suggest relaxing? Learning how to relax is an important skill but is often overlooked. Not being able to relax can cause stress, and physical effects [...]

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The Perfect Cup of Cocoa

Get warmed from the inside out with a rich, creamy mug full of hot cocoa. It's the perfect treat to make after coming in after winter break sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, or whatever you do in the great outdoors! Though it takes some extra work, this beats an envelope of instant hot cocoa mix hands [...]

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How to Make Classic Christmas Cookies

Start a family tradition by making classic cut-out cookies! When most Americans think of Christmas cookies, butter cookies in festive shapes topped with icing is what most often comes to mind. Christmas cookies were not always such sugary sweet confections. In Medieval Europe, spicy German gingerbread called lebkuchen was first associated with Christmas. It was often [...]

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Edible Gifts

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that you make yourself! Whip up a batch of something sweet or savory to give to your family and friends. Get creative by using interesting cookie cutters or digging up an old family recipe. Find fun ways to wrap your gift. Your gift will be an original and fully [...]

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Latkes for Hanukkah

Did you know that Hanukkah began on Sunday? Jewish people celebrate the Festival of Lights to commemorate the rededication of the Jewish Temple. Learn more about the holiday here.During Hanukkah, many people make latkes (or potato pancakes). Here's how to make them.Latke recipe Serves 6.Ingredients •1 pound potatoes, peeled •½ cup finely chopped onion •1 large egg, beaten •2 tablespoons [...]

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Savory Pumpkin Quesadilla Recipe

Looking for a quick and savory snack to make? Here's a recipe that features everyone's favorite squash. Pumpkin Quesadilla Makes 1 servingIngredients 1 large tortilla 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree a sprinkle of taco seasoning 2 tablespoons of your favorite shredded cheese tiny bit of vegetable oil salsa sour creamInstructions Spread pumpkin on tortilla, sprinkle with taco seasoning, top with cheese and fold over. Brush outside [...]

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Turkey Facts and a Fun Alternative to Black Friday

The fourth Thursday in November is always Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Family and friends gather from near and far to share a festive meal. The meal’s usual showstopper? The succulent, golden turkey! But, turkey has only been popular since the mid-1800s when a magazine suggested it, and the idea caught on. If you were [...]

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Hydroponic Farming: An Intro for Kids

Close your eyes and imagine what a farm looks like. In your mind’s eye you probably see rows of plants in a field, a tractor with muddy tires and bunches of fresh produce. What if it was possible for a farm to produce tons and tons of food, but had no dirt at all?Hydroponic farming Hydroponic [...]

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