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‘5 a day’ still might not be enough fruit and vegetables

Not that most people are eating even five servings of fruit and vegetables every day, but it turns out that might not be enough to get the best protection from disease and early death, said researchers who also found that vegetables do more good than fruit.
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Summer sips: Mix, shake and pour your own refreshing cocktails

For bartenders, climbing temperatures are a cue that it’s time to scale back on deep red wines and heavy beers and start pointing customers to more refreshing options: crisp white wines, light beers and mixed drinks swimming with seasonal fruits, herbs and ice.
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Coconut oil’s surprising benefits

It can illuminate skin and hair. It can boost metabolism. It can even aid in killing bacteria — all while keeping you smelling like the tropics.
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Presto! Pesto! Create a simple penne pasta dish by adding this tasty green sauce

The beauty of pesto is that it’s simple to make: Add all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and hit pulse. Within a minute or so, you have this terrific tasting condiment/sauce with many uses, such as mixing it with pasta. You can simply add the pesto alone or gussy it up like we do in today’s dish with tomatoes and olives. Best of all, this recipe comes together in 30 minutes.
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One-two punch: Jalapenos and chipotles spice up burgers

Spiciness is in the palate of the taster: One person’s fiery dish is another’s too-mild disappointment. For the home cook, navigating heat levels can be tricky. One diner wants extra habaneros stirred into a dish, while the other can’t stand much more than a pinch of cayenne.
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Better than the restaurant: Mexican rice bowl

Now that one of my daughters is working at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mexican food is never far from my mind. I blame it on the fact that she comes home most nights smelling like burritos.
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Rhubarb upside-down cake

Orchids make me anxious. It’s not just the glamorous good looks, the frail stems, the supermodel attitude. It’s their habit of dropping dead. Or worse: near dead.
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The backbone of Washington wines

The Wahluke Slope is in the middle of nowhere and unlikely to be on many lists for a wine-touring destination.

College student’s sleep study taps subjects’ mindset

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — You’ve likely heard of the placebo effect, an outcome that cannot be attributed to a specific treatment or therapy but rather is caused by a patient’s mindset alone. As it turns out, the force behind the placebo effect — namely our beliefs and perceptions — might be one of the more powerful health tools in our arsenal.
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The basic tools for backyard grilling

Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer. With the smells of charcoal and propane beginning to perfume backyards across the nation, now is the perfect time to take stock of your equipment.

Value reds for summer enjoyment

Last week, we wrote about value white wines to enjoy as spring transitions into summer here in the Pacific Northwest. This week, we take a look at value reds.
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Value white wines for sunny days

As we get into mid-May and early June and begin to see more warmth and sunshine, we begin to think about more about enjoying chilled white wines.

Dining on foodie books: Decadent, juicy, filling

It’s hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we’ve already seen the full cycle of colonial development: discovery, exploration, exploitation.
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Grapefruit squared

Grapefruit, love child of an orange/pomelo hookup, flaunts one parent’s sunny nature and the other’s thick-skinned, rotund ways. The hybrid is all sunny bright, easy-peel, sweet and sour cheer.