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Wilburn: Planning on baking for the holidays? Chill out

Instead of baking to a frazzle this holiday season, try chilling out. Bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Packing safe 'bag' lunches

Are you looking for a way to save money at work? One way to save an average of $5 a day is to bring your lunch from home instead of eating out.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Slow cooked dinners can be easy, nutritious

Many consumers prefer the convenience of a slow cooker for preparing soups, stews and other favorites. These appliances cook foods slowly at a low temperature, so vitamins and minerals are retained. Also, less expensive cuts of meat are tenderized and meats shrink less. Best of all, the slow cooker can do all this while you're away from home.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Try a trial run before freezing your pies

As filled pies are higher in moisture content and take longer to cool/heat/reheat than many baked goods, pies can be trickier to freeze than many foods. The best advice: Do a trial run with freezing a favorite pie BEFORE you freeze it for a special event. Here are an assortment of tips that may help you decide how to most successfully freeze your favorite pies.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Holiday weight gain can come in form of drinks, not just food

During the holiday season, many people expect that they will gain weight. What they may not know is that what they are drinking is affecting those added pounds.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Hone relationship skills before dating

David Elkind, professor of child study at Tufts University and author of "The Hurried Child," lists several reasons why early dating is a problem for young people. He says youth younger than age 14 do not have the social and interpersonal skills that are required in dating situations.

March 13, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Get in shape before spring is sprung

Two simple facts we know of affect weight loss: take in less calories when eating and burn more calories with physical activity.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: A few extra tools in the kitchen can simplify cooking

Have you ever felt like a circus juggler trying to do everything at the same time in your kitchen without dropping the ball? Here are some kitchen items you might want to add to your kitchen to reduce the number of balls you're trying to keep in the air!

March 02, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: 20 tips for higher fiber meals

1. To determine whether a product is made from a whole grain, always look for the word "whole." Check the ingredient list for the words "whole grain" or "whole-wheat." Look for "100 percent whole-wheat" on the package when buying bread and other whole-wheat products.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: To make a relationship work, it takes two

Both partners in a marriage are equally responsible for nurturing the relationship and "keeping the spark alive."

February 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Hearty whole grains reduce health risks

Currently most Americans consume less than a single serving of whole grains daily. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 diet recommends eating 6 ounces of grain products every day, and at least half (3 ounces) of this amount should be whole grains.

February 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Winter squash liven up this season’s table

I love fresh vegetables, but they are not as plentiful or as affordable in winter. But thank goodness for winter squash.

February 03, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Walk off those funnel cakes at the fair

I am sure with fall right around the corner that you will be heading to some of our wonderful North Georgia festivals and fairs, and of course you will be faced with many food temptations.

October 21, 2007 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Keep hot dogs safe when enjoying fall activities

Weekends during fall can include outings to view foliage, go tailgating or enjoy harvest festivals. Many of these activities include a traditional favorite, hot dogs with all the trimmings.

October 14, 2007 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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