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Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Paula’s Rib Roast

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 15, 2010

Paula's Standing Rib Roast

Paula’s Foolproof Standing Rib Roast is a holiday favorite. With only 4 ingredients, there’s not much more to the recipe than tossing this bad boy in the oven.  Making this recipe healthier is also pretty simple.

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Healthy Swaps: Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 13, 2010

cocktail party

Typical holiday cocktail parties are overflowing with alcohol and high calorie foods, but you can be festive while watching your figure. These 5 swaps will save you a whopping 1000 calories at your next shindig.

Healthy cocktail party swaps »

Make Your Own Flavored Oils

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Recipes, December 12, 2010

flavored oils

We’ve served up 12 days worth of homemade holiday gifts! Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Instead of forking over tons of cash for fancy oils, make your own custom blends. Jazz up everything from salad dressings to late night snacks with these flavorful infusions — and get a dose of heart-healthy fats while you’re at it.

Get our flavored oil ideas »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: DIY Limoncello

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 11, 2010
Homemade Limoncello

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

When life gives you lemons—make Limoncello!  This classic Italian liqueur is mainly produced in southern Italy and is traditionally served as a sweet after-dinner digestif.

Made from pure grain alcohol or sometimes vodka, this sweet beverage has a powerful kick, but a smooth flavor. This Christmas, I’m giving my friends small individual bottles of Limoncello that I’ve had fermenting since earlier this fall. It only takes one month to make, but the longer it sits the smoother it gets!

Try this smooth spirit as a holiday gift, or make some to bring in the New Year.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Crackers

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 10, 2010
Whole-Wheat Tortilla Crackers and Parmesan-Oregano Crackers

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’ve got the cookie recipes covered, try a savory twist on your holiday gifts with homespun crackers. We’ve got two basic recipes you can use to create all kinds of festive flavors.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Caramels

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 9, 2010
Ina's Salted Caramels
Ina Garten's Salted Caramels - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Sure, you can buy candy for friends and family this holiday season, but why not add a special homemade touch? We’ve got 3 winning caramel recipes and a video from Alton Brown to help walk you through the simple steps.

Make your own homemade caramels »

Healthy Eating for Holiday Shopping

by in Dining Out, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010

holiday shopping

It’s the heart of the holiday shopping season: Malls are flooded, parking lots are jam-packed, and your inbox is overflowing with e-coupons. Whether you’re hitting up the food court or doing your shopping online, keep these tips in mind.

You wouldn’t fall for an overpriced sweater deal, so don’t fall for these food traps while you’re out shopping. Plus, how to keep your appetite at bay while you’re bargain-hunting.

Dos and don’ts for healthy holiday shopping trips »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Giada’s Bellini Kit

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010
Giada's Bellini Kit
Giada's Homemade Bellini Kit - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Instead of arriving at a party with the same old bottle of bubbly, Giada suggests showing up with a Bellini kit, complete with fruit purees, an ice bucket and a bottle of Prosecco. Here’s how she puts it together.

Giada’s DIY Bellini kit how-to »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Spiced Nuts

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2010
Toby's Spiced Nuts Recipe
Toby's Spiced Nuts

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

In the midst of all the holiday sweet treats, sometimes you just need something savory to munch on. Making your own spiced nuts is simple and a not-so-expensive holiday gift. Make a double batch and serve some up to guests this holiday season.

Make your own spiced nuts »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Aida’s Fruit Chips

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2010
Fruit Chips
Aida Mollenkamp's Fruit Chips

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Help a friend get their apple a day this holiday season with a container of Aida’s easy spiced fruit chips. These festive chips are super-simple to make, and they’ll stand out from the crowd of cakes, candies and cookies.

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