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What we eat and drink strongly impacts our mood, energy levels, and health. Choosing delicious, healthy foods can boost metabolism, raise happy emotions, and even ward off disease. From wine reviews to beer recommendations, from wonderful recipes to healthy advice, our BellaOnline editors are here to help!

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Arriving Early to a Holiday Party
Etiquette - Lisa Plancich, Editor

If you find yourself with a few spare moments before arriving at a party, consider what you can do before ringing the doorbell. Pick up a hostess gift? Make a phone call? Nothing? Then go ahead and knock on that door. Just be prepared to assist with the party prep.

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Christmas Pound Cake Recipe
Desserts - Karen Hancock, Editor

Here is a delicious, buttery pound cake that is festive and perfect for all those holiday parties that you are obligated to attend.

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Chocolate Fudge Pie Recipes
Chocolate - Brandii Lacey, Editor

Two easy recipes for a chocolate fudge pie, plus a cream cheese peppermint topping recipe that is the perfect accompaniment.

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Kolhapuri Chicken Recipe
Indian Food - Sadhana Ginde, Editor

Varhadi Chicken is a bold and spicy dish from the city of Kolhapur in Maharashtra state. Kolhapur is a ancient Indian city with a rich & vibrant history, culture & cuisine. I have lots of family in this lovely city and was lucky to visit here every summer.

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Hot Mushroom Dip Recipe
Quick Cooking - Karen Hancock, Editor

Looking for an easy, good appetizer to serve at your holiday party? This dip is luscious and addictive.

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Anise Seed Cookies - Biscochos
Mexican Food - Mickey Marquez, Editor

In the Christian world, Christmas is marked by special food and drink in every culture. The anise cookie simply called, "biscocho," in Mexico is among the season's favorites. A rich, dense, crumble of colonial flavors, it is lovely to give as well as to receive. Enjoy with coffee or brandy.

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Sweet and Spicy Ham Dip Recipe
Sandwiches - Connie Mistler Davidson, Editor

Sweet & hot with a deep smoky flavor, this ham dip is an addictive taste treat. Create sandwiches with Sweet and Spicy Ham Dip. You can make this into pinwheels, too! Serve an open-face sandwich with Sweet and Spicy Ham Dip on toasted sourdough bread, garnished with shredded lettuce. What a treat!

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Cleaned-up Chocolate Chip Muffins
Cooking for Kids - Kymberly A. Morgan, Editor

Who doesn't love muffins? Especially chocolate chip muffins! Here is a simple and healthy alternative recipe to bake for your kids. They will love these muffins and ask for them again and again! Make large batches and freeze them for up to 2 months. You won't believe they are healthy!

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Green Tea/Matcha Sugar Scrub
Tea - Mary Caliendo, Editor

Green Tea And Matcha skin care and DIY Green Tea/Matcha Sugar Scrub

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Restarting a Diet after a Vacation
Low Carb - Lisa Shea, Editor

We all know the challenges. We've gone on vacation. We've eaten a bit too much. How do we restart a diet when we're back home again?

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Gluten-Free Sweet Spot Cookies
Gluten-Free - Gillian London-Scianna, Editor

These cookies are the perfect addition to the upcoming Fall season. Perfectly balanced in every way.

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Popcorn Chicken Recipe
Chinese Food - Lila Voo, Editor

Crunchy bites of chicken that are twice fried and perfectly seasoned make a great lunch or anytime snack. Kids will love this popcorn chicken recipe.

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Low Fat Healthy Tortilla Lentil Soup Recipe
Home Cooking - Allyson Elizabeth DŽAngelo, Editor

Soup is an awesome way to make a nutritious meal with little or no fuss involved. Dried lentils cook up faster than most legumes and contain ample protein for this soup to be a meatless recipe. With the addition of tomatoes, onions, garlic and aromatic herbs, this soup is healthy and delicious!

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Callaway Winery Temecula CA
Wine - Peter F May, Editor

When Peter F May visited Callaway Vineyards and Winery in 2002 it was the largest winery in in California’s Temecula Valley. Now under private ownership it is a small boutique operation hand making quality wines. Peter took a tour.

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Toasted Coconut Macaroon Cookie Recipe
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking - Allyson Elizabeth DŽAngelo, Editor

If you are a coconut lover and you have never ever made coconut macaroons, then you have to think again and try my Toasted Coconut Macaroon Recipe. They are so easy and inexpensive to make. They are moist, chewy and decandant enough to add to any holiday cookie tray.

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Light & Healthy Southwestern Coleslaw Recipe
American Regional Cuisine - Allyson Elizabeth DŽAngelo, Editor

Are you looking for a lighter, healthier slaw version? If so, you have to try my Light & Healthy Southwestern Coleslaw recipe. It's packed with fresh ingredients, a light vinaigrette with a little hint of of the southwest. This easy to make slaw is mildly spicy, crunchy, flavorful and low cal!

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Budweiser Attacks Craft Beer
Beer and Brewing - Carolyn Smagalski, Editor

I had an Italian friend who once shared a fable with me. I’d like to share it with you ... Once upon a time, there was a snake who lived among the fall leaves, rocks and grasses in a large field by a river.

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Arrosto - Italian Pot Roast Recipe
Italian Food - Cinzia Aversa, Editor

Arrosto di carne, Italian for pot roast, can be prepared also on the stove top using a large pot or a Dutch oven.

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Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Foods - Megan Mignot, Editor

Here's a tasty way to enjoy the benefits of blueberries!

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Authentic Southwestern Fajitas Recipe
Southern Cooking - Cati Arcuri, Editor

Fajitas don't come to mind as traditional Southern food, but they do hail from the American Southwest. Juicy, marinated strips of meat grilled to perfection, wrapped in warm tortillas and served with fresh salsa, lime and guacamole...a perfect meal any day of the year.

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Cheerleader Theme Party Ideas
Party Planning - Shalia Hayes , Editor

Here's a birthday celebration that will leave everyone cheering! Girls love to imagine themselves cheering their team to victory. Pom poms rustling, cheers being chanted, and spirit in the air! So what a great idea for a birthday party, a cheerleading theme!

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Freezer Drinks
Cocktails - Sandy Hemphill, Editor

Some cocktails are best served very cold. Freezer cold. Martini, anyone? These are serious cocktails you can make right in the liquor bottle. Store them in the freezer for a quick individual cocktail and, prepped in advance as they are, they make easy work of serving a party crowd.

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Red curried Duck
Thai Food - Mary-Anne Durkee, Editor

One of my favourite Thai Curries that is perfect for family and friends. The exotic Thai Flavoursl meld with fresh pineapple and duck. I have used French style Canard Confit with rave reviews!



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