Simple Wine Resolutions for 2013

Simple Wine

Early January is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the new one. For those of us who take wine seriously — or at least want to — it’s smart to include wine in our New Year’s resolutions. So here are three simple resolutions that’ll heighten your wine appreciation in 2013.




For a classic party dish that’s popular at today’s gatherings, choose charcuterie- a platter of cooked and dry-cured meats, sausages and smooth pates accompanied by crusty baguettes, pungent mustards and other savory morsels. It can make a great appetizer, entree, picnic staple or the main attraction at a tailgating party. What’s more, it’s easy to create and transport to holiday parties.


A Healthier Burger


Grilling is a rite of passage during warmer months, with hamburgers arguably being Americans’ favorite food to grill. However, hamburgers are often high in calories and fat. How do you make this American staple healthier? Try seafood, which is low in fat and calories and filled with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Because of seafood’s many benefits, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends people should eat at least 8 ounces a week.


Start Your Day With Peanut Butter


If you’re looking for a better way to start the day, try some peanut butter. This nutrient-dense food is a smart option for breakfast because it’s filling and tastes great. Two tablespoons of smooth-style peanut butter offers 8 grams of plant-based protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. “Making time for breakfast and choosing a meal that has fiber, protein and good fats can play a role in maintaining a healthy diet,” said Registered Dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins. “Research shows that a balanced breakfast including fruit, whole grains and protein such as peanut butter gives you the fuel and nutrients needed to stave off hunger until lunchtime.”


The Power Of Plants


For countless health reasons, including weight loss and improved heart health, an increasing number of Americans are setting aside one day a week or more to go meatless. Fortunately, those seeking plant-based recipes that the whole family will love can look to USA-grown rice for inspiration.


Get Your Plate In Shape For Nutrition


For more than 30 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has sponsored an annual public education and awareness campaign to remind people of the importance of making smart food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Get Your Plate in Shape,” supports the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and MyPlate, and encourages Americans to get back to the basics of healthy eating.


Bird’s Nest Coffee Cake

A delightful way for your family to greet the end of winter can be by getting together and baking up tasty treats that signify renewal, such as Sweet Chicks and Bird’s Nest Coffee Cake


Sweet Ways To Celebrate The Season

Sweet Ways

A delightful way for your family to greet the end of winter can be by getting together and baking up tasty treats that signify renewal, such as Sweet Chicks and Bird’s Nest Coffee Cake.


Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or a crowded schedule, pot roast can be the answer. There’s no more traditional dish than Irish Soda Bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


A Flavor That Makes The Heart Grow Fonder Year-Round


If love had to be summed up in a flavor, these cinnamon hearts would say it all. These mouthwatering treats melt into a com-forting sweetness, making them a heartfelt gift for those in love. For a gift straight from the heart, nothing quite says “love” the way that dessert does. To deliver an endearing message to friends or family celebrating an engagement, bridal shower, or wedding-related activity, you may want to whip up some scrumptious cinnamon hearts.

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