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Jen’s Candy Jar

Jen’s Candy Jar is a unique collection of recipes that celebrates the comeback of the artisanal candy-making tradition and embraces its author’s distinctive taste in sweets. Artisanal candy-maker and author Jen Laskey has honed in on her 10 favorite confections and given them a distinctly epicurean upgrade. This 78-page, richly-photographed eBook provides easy-to-follow step-by-step recipe instructions, candy-making tool and tip suggestions, as well as guidance on how to vary the base recipes with extracts, herbs, botanicals, nuts, seeds, spices, and spirits, to create your own unique confections.

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Girl Scout Cookies, Ranked From Better to Worst - NBC News

We're in the thick of Girl Scout cookie season and the boxes are rolling in. Are you looking at the nutrition labels and having buyer's remorse? Well, don't panic! Girl Scout cookies are treats; they're not meant to be healthy staples in your diet. Find out what three nutrition experts have to say about which ones are better for you and which are the worst....

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How to Start a Tasting Room | SevenFifty Daily

Mari Jones of the Emeritus winery in Sonoma, California, shares her tips for starting a tasting room from scratch....

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Wine Guide to Burgundy | SevenFifty Daily

Burgundy, known as Bourgogne in France, is one of the world’s most revered wine regions—it’s also one of the most complicated. It may seem deceptively simple at first, particularly when you consider that only two varieties make up 90 percent of the grapes grown in the region. White Burgundies are typically made from Chardonnay and red Burgundies, from Pinot Noir. However, you won’t find either of these varieties listed on Burgundy wine labels....

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Wine Guide to Napa Valley | SevenFifty Daily

Napa Valley is America’s most celebrated wine region. It was officially recognized for its high-quality wines and distinctive regional terroir when it became California’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1981. But it was five years earlier that the region gained international notoriety for beating out French wines in blind tastings in both red and white categories during the 1976 Judgment of Paris....

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Wine Guide to Tuscany | SevenFifty Daily

In addition to being the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is central Italy’s most important wine region—and the country’s sixth largest wine-producing region. It offers a diverse selection of internationally recognized wines from both indigenous and international varieties in an array of styles. Stretching from the Tyrrhenian coastline inland toward the Apennine Mountains, Tuscany spans multiple elevations, expositions, soil types, and climatic conditions....

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Wine Guide to Piedmont | SevenFifty Daily

Piedmont is Italy’s second largest geographical region and the country’s seventh largest wine-producing region. Approximately 45,000 hectares of Piedmont’s 25,399 square kilometers are under vine. Piemontese wine makes up 5 percent of Italy’s national production and almost 18 percent of the country’s total exports. Most of the region’s wine comes from small vineyards in which the growers also make the wine. In Barolo and Barbaresco, the region’s most revered winemaking areas, the average vineyard is only about five acres with an output of approximately 10,000 bottles a year....

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8 Lemon Hacks for Boosting Health and Flavor | Everyday Health

The vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in fruits make them an essential part of a healthy diet. Lemons, in particular, are rich in vitamin C, which means they’re a great source of antioxidants. Research suggests that antioxidants can decrease the damaging effects of free radicals, which may help prevent certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses....

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4 Ways Grapefruits Can Boost Health and Flavor | Everyday Health

Grapefruits may help strengthen your immune system, reduce your risk of asthma, prevent certain eye diseases, help manage high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of some types of cancer....

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6 Ways to Use Turmeric to Boost Your Health | Everyday Health

Turmeric is an ancient spice known for its vibrant golden color. It comes from a flowering plant with a root-like stem that looks like ginger. Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian, Asian, and Central American cuisines, especially in curries. It’s commonly used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to treat digestive issues, liver problems, skin conditions, and wounds. In fact, it has been used medicinally for more than 4,500 years....

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The Best Teas for Your Health | Everyday Health

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. More than 158 million Americans drink tea each day....

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12 One-Minute Tricks That'll Boost Your Health in 2017

There’s no time like the New Year to jump into action and recommit to better health. But leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t just a matter of making big, sweeping resolutions at the beginning of the year to eat better, exercise more, or lose weight. It’s really about the little things we do and the choices we make every day that help us develop healthier habits, and that ultimately lead to better overall health....

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8 Weight-Loss Trends to Try and 4 to Skip in 2017

Eating healthier, exercising, and losing weight are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, so there’s always plenty of hype around diet and fitness fads in January. Some of these weight-loss trends will give you the tools you need to tackle those extra holiday pounds and get your body back into shape, while others are unsustainable, or worse, just plain unhealthy....

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Crohn's Vocabulary: The A to Z of Understanding Crohn's | Everyday Health

When you start researching your Crohn’s diagnosis, it may suddenly feel like you need to learn a whole new language. But don’t worry — this guide will help you learn all the new words to add to your vocabulary....

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Would You Swallow a Worm to Treat Crohn's? | Everyday Health

Studies are investigating the potential benefits of helminthic therapy for people with Crohn’s disease. Would you consider a treatment that involved parasitic worms?