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Shelf Life of Foods Found in Your Refrigerator

Spring is here! The fresh scent of flowers blooming, the sun slowly coming out and the days are getting longer and warmer. And with spring comes spring cleaning. While you’re emptying the closet, and wiping down the house, don’t forget to clean out your pantry, and most importantly your refrigerator.

Foods tend to enter, but never leave. Bottle after bottle of condiments hidden in the dark corners of the refrigerator, miscellaneous foods in jars. This is the perfect time of the year to give your refrigerator a good scrub and emptying.

To help you with your spring cleaning we’ve put together a guide on knowing what to keep and what to toss when it comes to the foods found in your kitchen. With the help of the printed dates on the package, your eyes and nose, your kitchen fridge will be organized in no time. READ MORE [»]

Memories of Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! Today we are welcoming the year of the horse. All around the world, people are celebrating the start of a new lunar year.  Chinese new year is a time to  return home, to come together as family, and to share food. Accordingly, we’ve asked a few of our team members to share their Chinese New Year traditions and memories.

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Before Chinese New Year, preparations for family visits and gatherings begin. Clothing for this special occasion must be very neat requiring a new and colorful outfit and new shoes.  In a traditional Chinese family, usually the younger siblings will visit the elder ones. For the visit, a number of special foods are prepared for guests.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Soups

Winter makes us here at Fine Choice Foods HQ want to pull out the slow cooker and make some comforting and warm soup. Today we present to you delicious meatless soup options that you can make in your slow cooker. In a couple of hours with little work you have yourself a great meal.  Put everything into your slow cooker in the morning and when you get home from work, you’ll be greeted with a warm and bubbly bowl of soup.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Amuse Your Bouche

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All the flavor of a baked potato but in soup form. Top this soup off with your favorite baked potato toppings: sour cream, chives, cheese, or corn. Anything goes. READ MORE [»]

6 Foods to Soothe Your Cold and Flu

Winter is fully upon us and with it comes cold and flu season. With everyone suffering from sniffles and coughing fits, you’re bound to be caught in the crossfire. The good news is that there are plenty of foods that can help you to boost your immune system to help fight off a cold or flu before it has taken hold of you. Here are our top picks:

Foods for Cold and Flu

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10 Comfort Foods Made Healthy

With the cold weather it may be tempting to hunker down and eat all the comfort foods that you crave. But what about your New Year resolution to eat healthier? Here are some recipes for classic comfort foods that are full of flavor but also healthier for you. So get comfortable and hunker down for the cold that never seems to end. .

Meatloaf

Chicken & Turkey Meatloaf

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Foods to Try in 2014

Happy new year! 2013 was recognized as the International Year of the Quinoa by  the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. What will 2014 be? To kick of the start of a new year, we’ve picked out five foods that we think are worth trying in the next 365 days. We picked these items because of similar foods that rose to popularity in 2013 and because of the versatility of each of these healthy food items.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

With so many ways that you can prepare this versatile vegetable, the cauliflower’s popularity is only going to grow. Beyond just steaming and sautéing this cruciferous veggie, it has become a go-to when creating vegan pasta sauces and gluten free pizza crusts. You can even cut them to create cauliflower steaks. Try getting creative with your cauliflower and cook it with different sauces and preparations. For some additional color, you can try purple, green or orange cauliflower as well. READ MORE [»]

A Festive Holiday Menu

Welcome to the first of a monthly series where we help you put together a dinner party from start to finish complete with recipes. With a little effort and some planning, you’ll become a whiz at hosting parties with family and friends lining up to come for dinner (or lunch!).

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This month we’ve put together an easy and festive holiday menu for entertaining friends. While based on traditional holiday dishes, these offer a refreshing change from the typical. On the menu this month: READ MORE [»]

Tis the Season to Give Back

With thoughts of exchanging gifts and the mass consumerism during this time of the year, it can be easy to forget about a big part of the holidays: tis the season to give back! It’s the perfect time for giving back and supporting the community that you live in. This is a great time and opportunity to lead by example and show your children how to get involved.

My Heart Is Hers

There are so many possibilities for giving back during this holiday season. Here are some of our favorite ways. READ MORE [»]