Melon Salad with a Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

I don’t know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!

This simple melon salad is easy to make but completely delightful to your tastebuds! It cools you down with the watery melon taste but adds a splash of flavor with the citrus honey mint dressing! Pair this with our burgers, corn, and some lemonade. These 4 recipes will create a summer meal for the books!

A bowl filled with different types of melons topped with a dressing.

Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

Summer brings with it the desire to be outside, enjoying the refreshing sun on my face. There is always excitement in the air for all of the vacations and holidays and outdoor activities! I catch the summer bug and will do just about anything to hold on to that feeling! Making delicious … Read more

Cyclospora infections continue to increase; no common source found yet

The number of reported cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis illnesses has increased by 254 cases since the last update on July 14, 2021. Cases continue to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of July 27, there have been 462 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset. The ill people have been reported to CDC by 29 jurisdictions, including 28 states and New York City.

Illness onset dates range from May 1 to July 16. However, there are likely more infected patients, officials say, because of the lag time between a person becomes ill and when confirmed test results reach federal officials.

At least 41 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.

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Cyclosporiasis illnesses develop from infections by the Cyclospora parasite, a microscopic organism. Illnesses are … Read more

Now Is the Time to Make Your Kitchen More Sustainable. Here’s How.


Even renters with gas stoves can make meaningful changes now

For decades, Americans have punted on the climate. But in 2020, as the pandemic trapped folks inside, the weather raged outdoors: fires in California, snow in Texas, hurricanes in the Gulf, the hottest year on record. Now, as many cities excitedly burst out of COVID restrictions, the weather forecast for 2021 may put a damper on that jubilation.

“There is an ongoing conflict between the level of commitment you have to make and the convenience-sacrifice for environmental action that feels pretty real,” says Sarah Rich, a freelance editorial director who has written extensively at the intersection of food, design, and sustainability. “If you have to spend more money on something, or if it takes too long, or if it’s difficult to figure out, or requires a huge change in habits, then those are all barriers to adoption.”

COVID took … Read more

Banana Cream Pudding Cookies

Banana Pudding Cookies are soft, chewy, and absolutely scrumptious. With all the banana flavor of a banana cream pie wrapped in a cookie.

Pudding creates the moistest, most tender desserts ever! Just try these other pudding-infused delights, Funfetti Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip, and even Chocolate Pudding Pie.

Banana pudding cookies on a wire rack.

Banana Pudding Cookies Recipe

I am a lover of all things banana cream. I simply love bananas! Just try these fan favorites like Banana Bread, Banoffee Pie, and Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding! So, I had to give these banana pudding cookies a try! The result was fantastic! These cookies have just the right amount of banana ratio and I loved the white chocolate chip chunks throughout. The white chocolate is like having real cream in the cookies. It is so scrumptious. Honestly, I couldn’t stop eating them.

Pudding is the secret ingredient here. It creates a cookie that is moist, tender, and absolutely heavenly. … Read more

Bakery-Style Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

These gluten free carrot muffins look and taste like they just came out of your favorite bakery! And a pretty, light sprinkling of brown sugar on top adds lots of flavor.

Make them with or without raisins. You can even add chocolate chips!

What’s special about these gluten free carrot muffins?

Muffins from a bakery always have a big, bold dome on top. There are usually tiny crumbs of something especially delicious, too.

These gf carrot muffins are perfectly browned all around, and have an extra sprinkling of brown sugar on top of a lovely dome. They look like they came out of your favorite bakery, but they came out of your own kitchen!

Once you see how easy the batter is to make in just one mixing bowl, you’ll make this recipe again and again.

Carrot muffin batter in a metal bowl with a mixing spoon

Do these gf carrot muffins taste like gf carrot cake?

These muffins taste similarRead more