Benjamin Plackett
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Recipe of the Day: Pickled Ginger Cucumbers

Don’t let the word “pickled” fool you–this recipe is quick and easy to make. With just 6 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of chilling, this tasty dish is ready to serve. All you need is cucumbers, fresh ginger, pickled ginger, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and pinch of crushed red pepper.

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Recipe of the Day: Royal Gin and Tonic

The 2012 Olympics ended with a bang this past weekend, in a closing ceremony that was a dizzying celebration of all things British, from Winston Churchill to the Spice Girls to Fatboy Slim.

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Recipe of the Day: Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger with Yogurt Sauce

Firing up the grill this weekend? Of course you are. And if you find yourself pondering the age-old question–seafood or burgers?–we’ve got the perfect solution. This recipe is the best of both worlds.

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Recipe of the Day: Yogurt Crunch Parfait

Simple and light, this yogurt parfait is a perfect way to start your day. It contains blueberries and cantaloupe, for a one-two punch of fiber and antioxidants before you’ve even finished your morning coffee!

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Recipe of the Day: Lavender-Scented Summer Fruit Salad

We love this recipe because it seems like the epitome of summer goodness. Plus, it contains no fewer than four superfruits: plums, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

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Video of the Week: A Farmer’s Market Guide

Farmer’s markets are trendy for a reason–they’re often the best places to get your hands on fresh and seasonal produce.

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Recipe of the Day: Turkey Meatloaf

What could be more comforting than the king of comfort food–meatloaf? We love the homespun goodness, but don’t love the potential for fat and calories.

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Recipe of the Day: Banana Blueberry Bread

What could be tastier–or easier to make–than banana bread? Plus, it’s a great way to turn overripe bananas into a tasty treat, rather than just pitching them.

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Recipe of the Day: Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

In this healthy dessert, the flavor of the antioxidant-rich blueberries is complemented by sweet peaches and creamy buttermilk. Both of these fruits are in season, so now is a great time to bake this cobbler.

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Recipe of the Day: Strawberry Zinfandel Trifle

The summer strawberries are looking super delicious in the local markets right now, and this trifle recipe–which uses dry red Zinfandel wine instead of the traditional sherry–puts them to good use.

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Recipe of the Day: Arugula Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

Arugula! This peppery salad green is now in season–in fact, it’s growing like a weed in my garden at the moment, quicker than I can eat the stuff. I’m always on the lookout for things to do with this spicy leaf, and fortunately there’s no shortage of great recipes that feature it.

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Video of the Week: Craziest. Workout. Ever.

How risky is your workout? If the most tough-guy thing you’ve even done is a Zumba class or pedaling down your city’s streets (assuming it’s not New York City’s streets!), you may be too scared to watch this workout.

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