Christine Dionese, health specialist and author of The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair, has long been suggesting prickly pear for its blood sugar lowering effects. Researchers at the University of Vienna in Austria have found in a small study that prickly pear decreased blood glucose by 11 percent. Read more about the Best Alcoholic Drinks for Your Diet.
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From the author of Robicelli's: A Love Story with Cupcakes. "Nothing says Christmas to me quite like lasagna. I know it doesn't sound super traditional to most people, but for Italians from Brooklyn, every meal starts with pasta, and every major holiday starts with one that normally too much of a pain in the butt to make every Sunday. For us, lasagna started two days ahead when my grandmother would start the gravy — a tomato sauce full of pork shoulder, braciole, sausage, and meatballs that simmers for a minimum of eight hours.  The next day, the lasagna would be assembled, baked, and then chilled, as with lasagna a 24-hour rest period is essential so the flavors and textures meld. Then finally, the day of, we'd finish cooking in a hot oven, preferably burning the corners just enough to my liking. No one would ever eat the ham, or turkey, or whatever — we were always too full from the lasagna."
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Sweet Corn and Clam Chowder
This signature chowder has become very popular at Fire. We serve it with wild Alaskan halibut, manila clams, and sautéed spinach; it is also delicious with sautéed diver scallops. The result is a rich, thick, and spicy chowder with a great kick!— Douglas Katz, executive chef-owner at Fire Food and Drink, Cleveland, OHClick here to see Corn for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert.
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Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili
There’s nothing better on a cold night than a big bowl of chili, except maybe a big bowl of chili that requires virtually no effort to cook! This chili is incredibly easy to make (just brown some ground beef and chop a few vegetables before simmering the chili in your slow cooker) and full of sweet, smoky, and slightly spicy flavor. Click here for our best chili recipes.
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