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The ultimate guide to your first stress-free Thanksgiving
Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Sour Cream + Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.

6:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Maybe it's your first time cooking for Thanksgiving. Or maybe you're hoping this is the first time you'll prepare it without inviting stress into the kitchen, too. Whatever the case, I have just the meal for you - along with the strategies to back it up. This lineup feels familiar...
Sourdough pancakes and biscuits: Secret weapons for holiday guests
Sourdough pancakes make the cook looks like a hero because most of the preparation is done the night before. When overnight guests come to the breakfast table, the house smells delicious from the pancakes on the griddle. (Mark Graham / food styling) (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

6:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Because we have always been big fans of San Francisco-style sourdough bread, our Alaskan tour guides made our mouths water every time they referred to the common nickname for a Klondike prospector, a sourdough. Turns out, the prospectors traveled with a pot of sourdough strapped...
Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes
This combination of images made from Nov. 13, 2017, surveillance video released by the United Nations Command shows a North Korean soldier running from a jeep and then shot by North Korean soldiers in Panmunjom, North Korea, before collapsing across the border in South Korea. A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (United Nations Command via AP)

2:06 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom. His dark olive-green jeep speeds down a straight, tree-lined road, past drab, barren fields and, headlights shining, across the...
POINT OF VIEW: Florrida farmers typically look to help others

12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time for expressing our appreciation for the many blessings we enjoy. The food that is a central part of the celebration is one of those blessings. Our farmers and ranchers provide us with an abundant supply of nutrition throughout the year. According to the U.S...
Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N. Korean defector
This image made from Nov. 13, 2017, surveillance video released by the United Nations command shows a North Korean soldier, second right, running from a jeep and later shot by North Korean soldiers at right. A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (United Nations Command via AP)

9:01 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A North Korean soldier races for the border in a jeep and then on foot before his former comrades shoot him at least five times as he limps into South Korea, where he collapses and is dragged to safety by southern soldiers on a dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command...
Holiday help
Roasted turkey with traditional sides. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

6:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oh, the holidays. They can sabotage the greatest of intentions when it comes to healthy eating.  On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn't dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over...
Thanksgiving stuffing is the dish that best reflects America's diversity
Charleston Rice Dressing. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.

6:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Despite its reputation, Thanksgiving dinner is not a one-size-fits-all meal, a table set in brown from coast to coast. America is too vast, too inventive and too flush with immigrants from around the globe to subscribe to a single, unified vision of the holiday feast. The evidence...
You can cook risotto in a pressure cooker, but should you?
Risotto made in a pressure cooker, styled by Mark Graham, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

12:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017

You can fuss up risotto with flavor-packed meats or pristine seafood, but it’s important to note that the dish consists mostly of rice and stock. While everyday ingredients, these two need a little coaxing before they transform into the comforting Italian dish. Just tossing...
Energy drinks pose serious and scary health risks, scientific review shows
What You Need to Know: Energy Drinks

12:35 pm Monday, November 20, 2017

Although energy drinks may provide the boost you need to make it through a long day, that extra push may come with far more negative side effects than you realized. Mental health problems, risk-seeking behavior, increased blood pressure, obesity, tooth erosion, adverse cardiovascular...
This creamy squash soup has kick, and a few surprises, too
Squash, Spinach and Coconut Soup With Ginger. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post.

6:00 am Monday, November 20, 2017

Even though this is a simple recipe, it has a lesson or two that you can apply to the creamy soups you make down the road. The first has to do with pre-cut butternut squash chunks you can find in most supermarkets these days. The trade-off in using them is that they can have less...
What to do when family recipes call for processed cheese? Give thanks.
The cauliflower casserole, dubbed Company Casserole on the original recipe card from grandma, called for Old English cheese slices and canned mushrooms. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

6:00 am Monday, November 20, 2017

When I was a child, I loved Thanksgiving morning best: I’d awaken to the staccato banging of mom’s Chop-O-Matic — an avocado-green cylinder of plastic fitted with spring-loaded blade — and the toasty aroma of dad’s coffee. We’d flip back and forth...
The morning after Thanksgiving, let them eat . . . cookies
Holiday Breakfast Cookies. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.

6:00 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

A handful of fresh cranberries, part of a can of pumpkin puree, extra chopped nuts and a lone apple that didn't make it into pie - after hosting a holiday feast, it's inevitable that you will wind up with tasty odds and ends like these. But instead of throwing them out, contributing...
Surgeons remove worms, parasites from N. Korean soldier
FILE - in this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, medical doctor Lee Cook-jong describes the parasites found inside the body of a North Korean soldier at Ajou University Medical Center in Suwon, South Korea. Hospital officials say on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, the condition of the North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it's too early to tell whether he makes a recovery.(Kim In-chul/Yonhap via AP, File)

9:10 pm Friday, November 17, 2017

Surgeons treating a North Korean soldier who was severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea have removed dozens of parasites from his body, including presumed roundworms as long as 27 centimeters (11 inches), hospital officials said. The soldier, whose name and rank...
The stuffed-pumpkin dish that will make vegans and everyone else happy
Biryani Stuffed Pumpkins. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.

6:00 am Friday, November 17, 2017

If you're cooking for vegetarians at Thanksgiving, it's hard to resist the stuffed-pumpkin idea. The vegetarians have their main dish, everyone else has another side, and all is right with the world. As tempting as it is to stuff a single large pumpkin, though, the degree of difficulty...
Minnesota football unveils renderings of Athletes Village

2:47 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017

In an effort to keep up with the arms race in college athletics, Minnesota plans to build Athletes Village, a complex featuring an extended academic center, a nutrition and dining space, and a leadership space. The $166 million project isn’t finished yet and is...
POINT OF VIEW: SNAP is critical for Florida families in crisis

11:25 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Sunshine State is disaster prone. While most of the time we live in paradise, every year during the Atlantic hurricane season, Florida is one of the states most likely to suffer the ravages of storm surge, power outages, flooding and major evacuations. Hurricane Irma has shown...
Can’t seem to lose weight? You may have this special gene

9:20 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are you envious of your friends who seem to eat whatever they want without gaining a pound, while a single slice of pizza causes you to gain several? Genetics may be related to the difference, according to a new report.  Researchers from Duke University and the University of...
Running through the heart of Navajo
Runners compete in the Canyon de Chelly Ultra, a 34-mile trail race, in Chinle, Ariz., Oct. 14, 2017. The race, started in 2012  by Shaun Martin, a Navajo and the athletic director at Chinle High, draws runners from across the nation, and Australia, France and England. (Caitlin O'Hara/The New York Times)

6:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

A sliver moon dangled overhead. Cedar and pinyon logs had burned to embers in the desert chill, blue corn mush had been spooned out and a Navajo medicine man had waved an eagle feather fan and offered blessings to the dawn. About 150 runners began to slog through miles of sand toward...
What is pumpkin pie without its crust? A one-pan, stress-free dessert.

6:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

Even the most traditionalist fan of Thanksgiving can see that pumpkin pie has a problem. It is neither its overexposed blend of spices nor its reliance on whipped cream to hide cracks and help the spoonfuls go down. It is that soggy bottom crust, which is often underdone to boot...
Are Honey Nut Cheerios healthy? A look inside the box
A bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios in New York, Nov. 1, 2017. America's best-selling breakfast cereal has about nine times as much sugar as normal Cheerios, with sugar, brown sugar and honey among its top six ingredients. (Jens Mortensen/The New York Times)

6:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

I had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios recently. It’d been awhile. Regular Cheerios are more my thing. But sometimes I finish my box faster than my kids do and find myself straying to their side of the cupboard. Honey Nut is America’s best-selling breakfast cereal, and by...
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