Today (December 4 ) is National Cookie Day! What's your favorite?

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For me, there's no more decadent combination on earth than a fresh pie made with sweet summer fruit and topped with cold — but quickly melting — ice cream. More at http://www.12newsnow.com/story/26569703/story

Bold pie and ice cream pairings

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Shotgun ammo is in the midst of a renaissance right now. About a month ago we showed you some rounds loaded with wildflower seeds that you can blast into your garden, and now we just got word of another brilliant ammo innovation: shells filled with herbs and spices. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ MORE: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24509565/season-shot-lets-you-spice-up-your-dinner-with-a-shotgun

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Before you head out with your date or loved-one wrapped around your arm, take a moment to consider a few of these tips to keep your special, Valentine's Day dinner a little more heart-healthy. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ ARTICLE: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24580880/10-heart-healthy-valentines-dinner-date-ideas

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Some years ago I was sitting in a Chinese restaurant in my hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, drinking pineapple martinis with my friend Samantha. I picked up a menu. "What's egg foo yung?" I asked. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ MORE: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24532556/orient-express-egg-foo-yung

Orient express: Egg foo yung

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It's hard to say exactly when I fell in love with okra. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where the viscous vegetable claimed a regular spot on our dinner table. It stars in a spicy, savory side dish called ila asepo, a soup strewn with chunks of meat, dried shrimp, tomatoes, and peppers. Follow this link to read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24474391/okra-revisited

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Veggies in the raw When I was seven, thanks to the spiral-bound 1965 edition of the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook — my mother's childhood copy — I was introduced to the extraordinary notion that radishes could become roses. I learned to carve thin petals into them and drop them into ice water, where they would blossom. I'd savor them with a little sprinkle of salt. Follow this link to read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24350038/veggies-in-the-raw

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When I was seven, thanks to the spiral-bound 1965 edition of the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook — my mother's childhood copy — I was introduced to the extraordinary notion that radishes could become roses. I learned to carve thin petals into them and drop them into ice water, where they would blossom. I'd savor them with a little sprinkle of salt. Follow this link to read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24350038/veggies-in-the-raw

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Followers of the Paleo Diet may go prehistoric on U.S. News & World Report this week. The publication has ranked the controversial diet last on its "Best Diets Overall" list for 2014. Follow this link to read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24388247/paleo-diet-ranks-last-on-best-diets-list

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Come winter, almost every brewery in the Western world makes a special beer for the holiday season. In Europe, the tradition of Christmas ales dates back centuries. In the States, with the current infatuation with craft beer, the convention thrives. READ MORE: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24264926/3-favorite-holiday-beers

3 favorite holiday beers

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We love a good homemade pie crust — but when you're short on time and juggling a long list of holiday kitchen tasks, ready-made, frozen pie shells can be a huge time-saver. Read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24207376/the-best-frozen-pie-crusts

The best frozen pie crusts

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8 great pie tips http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24207072/8-great-pie-tips

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It’s tough not to have food on the brain during the holidays. Walk into a store, open a magazine or sneak a peek at just about any site, and you’ll see photos or displays featuring endless varieties of treats READ MORE: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/23919494/3-holiday-goodies-that-are-actually-good-for-you

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Miss American pie http://www.12newsnow.com/story/23908515/miss-american-pie

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the annual tradition of making Christmas cookies — the feel of the flour-dusted rolling pin in my hands, unpacking my vintage tin cookie cutters, nibbling on scraps of dough, the dazzle and glitz of decorating sugar and dragées. http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24146775/gluten-free-classic-christmas-cookies

Gluten-free classic Christmas cookies

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Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life. LINK: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/21543494/processed-meat-may-play-a-part-in-early-death-study

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We've heard it before -- fatty foods are bad; they'll make a person fat and cause heart disease. But research is finding that this is not entirely true. Follow this link to read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/global/story.asp?s=19307115

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4 superfoods for a healthier spring

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It's a brisk November morning, and I've just arrived in Lisbon Falls, a small town 25 miles outside Portland, Maine, where I've come to learn more about one of the earliest and, in my opinion, most delicious American dishes—baked beans.

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Nutella, Nutella, Nutella food

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African spice: Nigerian meat pies

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Glorious mess -- Rochester's 'garbage plates'

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