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Articles by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

(NAPS)—What can kick off any season better than the arrival of fresh, juicy apples. This year, more than 14 billion apples will be handpicked in Central Washington, the sweeping landscape where the Columbia River flows through the Cascade Mountains. With the sun shining more than 300 days of the year, conditions are perfect for apple growing, and have given rise to the most talked-about new apple variety, Ambrosia™ apples.

(NAPS)—To make your fried chicken one for the history books, chef Kevin Houston offers this advice:

(NAPS)—If you’re like a lot of people, you may be uncertain about how to eat right and get and stay fit, so a few facts from the expert research may be good news.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, they say, isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

(NAPS)—If you’re like many Americans, you have a favorite neighborhood restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food and an attentive staff—and now you can give them more than just a good tip. You can help shine the spotlight on your local treasure with the “Neighborhood to Nation” Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice.

NAPS)—Here’s an idea many families may warm up to: You can cook up some togetherness and nourish your relationships when you create great, comforting and wholesome meals together as a family.

Why To Dine Together

(NAPS)—Here’s a canny idea: home canning and pickling. This tasteful pastime for preserving food at home has soared in popularity, especially as part of the burgeoning Farm-to-Table movement.

Now, preserving food can be easier than many people realize, and vinegar is a key ingredient. For example, “refrigerator pickling” (also known as “quick pickles”) takes just four simple ingredients and three easy steps.

(NAPS)—You can give your next get-together a new twist on an old treat as a unique appetizer or dessert with Honey Cinnamon Pita Chips with a Honey Yogurt Dip. Here’s how:

 

Honey Cinnamon Pita Chips

Yields 32 pieces or
4 (8-piece) servings

 

     2  pita pockets

     1⁄4  cup Domino or C&H Honey Granules

(NAPS)—If the terms “hybrid,” “heirloom” and “GMO” have you stumped, you’re not alone. When it comes to buying seeds and plants, there’s a lot of confusion, even among seasoned gardeners. Here are a few facts that may help.

Hybrids

First things first: Hybrids are not the same thing as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Thanks to pollinators such as bees and butterflies moving pollen from plant to plant, hybrids occur naturally in nature.

(NAPS)—If your family is like most in America, you’ve been throwing away about $2,000 every year. That, according to the USDA Economic Research Service, is the cost of what the average family of four throws away as spoiled or suspect food. In fact, over 90 percent of Americans may be prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret expiration dates, according to the study by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic. Fortunately, you may not have to.

(NAPS)—Lunch is important to power kids through their school day, explains Dr. Kurt Hong of the Center for Human Nutrition and director of Huntington Medical Foundation.

He recommends combining complex carbohydrates with lean protein—nonfat yogurt and granola, a lean turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, low-fat cottage cheese with fruits and vegetables—for a concentrated, long-lasting source of energy (consider Crispy Fruit from Crispy Green when fresh fruit is not available or a convenient option).