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Articles by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

(NAPS)—During the bustling holiday season, it can be challenging to balance an organic lifestyle with holiday parties, decorating decadence and comfort food. This year, make sure your family is living organically—even during the sweetest season of the year!

Here are five simple tips for living organically this holiday season:

(NAPS)—Another spirited holiday has arrived, heralding months of twinkling lights, festive celebrations and delicious food. As festivities begin and hosts contemplate their holiday menus, it’s important to remember that a bountiful holiday table deserves to be paired with a bright and crowd-pleasing wine.

(NAPS)—Here’s sweet news: This delicious dessert can be easy to make and elegant to serve.


Chocolate-Covered Cherry Fudge


                  20                  maraschino cherries with stems

(NAPS)—Popcorn, enjoyed every day but celebrated in October during National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, existed long before today’s dizzying array of snacks, tracing its roots back thousands of years. Yet, throughout the ages, this enduring fan favorite has remained relatively unchanged. Popcorn kernels are the seeds of a large-grain plant also known as maize. Once the kernels are stripped from the cob and dried to 14 percent moisture, they can be popped and eaten.

(NAPS)—There’s good news for parents who are looking for ways to help their teens make healthier choices when it comes to eating and exercise.

There is a brochure from the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, called “Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers.”

By Marcus Samuelsson


(NAPS)—As a child, I learned to cook by following my Grandma around in the kitchen. Without her, I don’t think I would be a chef today. The bond we shared in the kitchen changed my life and is a bond I hope all kids can share with a loved one. My desire to create family bonds and spread the love created through cooking is a key reason why I’ve returned to partner with the UNCLEBEN’S® Brand and the 2014 Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest.

NAPS)—For the perfect juicy turkey this holiday or for your next tailgating party, cook a flavorful, deep-fried turkey in 100 percent peanut oil in half the time. Roasting a turkey can take many hours, making it hard to get a crispy skin without drying out the meat. Deep-frying a turkey in 100 percent peanut oil produces a delicious, tender and juicy bird with crispy skin in much less time and frees up oven space.

(NAPS)—With football season under way, why not take your tailgating eats up a notch? Angry Orchard Crisp Apple is a crisp and refreshing hard cider perfect for any palate no matter what team you’re rooting for. The cider’s fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor complement the bold flavors of game day fare and also make for great cider cocktails.

By Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN


(NAPS)—According to recent data, whole grain breads are flying off the shelves and into homes more than ever before. Why the surge? One reason may be that consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of whole grains. The superstars—and superfoods—of the whole grain family are ancient grains and seeds, which date back to when our ancestors lived off the land.