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Using the slow cooker

Jan 19, 2011 ● By Ashley West

Confession: I don't own a slow cooker.  

A healthier fettuccine Alfredo

Jan 12, 2011 ● By Ashley West

Who here doesn't love fettuccine Alfredo? I know I do—but I certainly don't love how much time I have to spend at the gym to burn off those calories!  

Giftable Holiday Goodies

Jan 07, 2011 ● By Ashley West

Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like sharing some homemade goodies with friends and neighbors.

Make Your Holidays Healthier

Jan 07, 2011 ● By Ashley West

While the average holiday weight gain is only one pound, too many people gain that pound and never lose it. From cheese-laden appetizers to sugar-filled desserts, it’s easy to pack on that single pound and plenty more.

Christmas Brunch Recipes

Jan 07, 2011 ● By Ashley West

Christmas is a time of giving gifts, being surrounded by family, and eating delicious food. Instead of spending Christmas morning in the kitchen, prepare a make-ahead breakfast casserole. By preparing most of your holiday brunch the day before, you won’t have to miss more than a minute of your family’s holiday fun.

Maintain Healthy Habits Year-Round

Jan 07, 2011 ● By Ashley West

According to the National Pork Board’s “Healthy Habits 2011” survey, while 60 percent of dieters have made a health-related resolution, sticking to that goal will be harder than quitting smoking or even winning the lottery.

Sea Bass in Crosta all’Arancio

Jan 07, 2011 ● By Ashley West

For authentic Italian food, look for a restaurant with roots in the country. You’ll find one on Main Street—Heading up Osteria 177 is Arturro Ottaviano, who hails from Verona, Italy, and right beside him is Chef Maurizio Cotti, born in Brescia in Northern Italy. Both men have culinary degrees from Italian institutions—Ottaviano from the Bardolino Culinary Instittue Lake of Garda in Veronia and Cotti from the Recoaro Culinary Institute in Brescia—and they use their culinary skills and personal styles of cooking to come up with creative, interesting dishes, such as the Sea Bass in Crosta all’Arancio.