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From setting the table to serving the meal, we've got all the bases covered. Check out the articles in this section for tips and tricks to help you create the perfect menu for any occasion.

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5 Classic Halloween Candy Recipes

Packaged store-bought Halloween candy might suffice for the neighbors' kids, but for your own little pumpkins, you might want to whip up some homemade confections. These classic recipes are sure to please!

Is there a healthy kind of fast food?

With so much attention on food these days, many fast food restaurants are responding to consumer demand for healthier options. But some of those options can still be tricky when you're watching your waistline.

10 Healthy Frozen Meals

Quick meal options are a necessity for today's busy lifestyles and frozen meals are a great way to grab a quick bite. But just because they're fast, doesn't mean they have to be unhealthy.

Is there a secret to great lasagna?

Lasagna is a busy mom's secret dinner weapon. It's a great meal to cook at home because it's a relatively easy dish to prepare and it's filling, so a little goes a long way. But how do you make it great?

5 Weeknight Meal Shortcuts

Many of us feel virtuous if we manage to cook dinner two nights a week. Armed with these five strategies, you'll be preparing meals at home every weeknight -- in no time flat.

5 Creepy Cocktails

It isn't socially acceptable to trick-or-treat after puberty strikes, but that doesn't mean adults can't get in on the Halloween fun. Forego the candy aisle and stock up on spirits for a ghoulish good time.

Are bats a delicacy in some countries?

You might associate bats with Halloween and spooky caves, but in some cultures around the world, the word "bat" conjures up images of a deep-fryer. Where do you find bat on the menu? And is it safe to eat?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fast Food

Fast food is very much entrenched in our culture. But before there were lawsuits against McDonald's, there was the advent of the assembly line and the reinvention of the classic American hamburger.

The History of the Lunch Box

The lunch box was born in the 1800s. But it wasn't until the 1950s that it became the ultimate accessory for school children. How has this lunch container evolved over the decades?

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Food Allergies

Food allergies can result in hives, congestion, nausea, dizziness -- even loss of consciousness. What foods are people commonly allergic to, and how can you avoid them like the devil?

How to make a $100 meal for $20

A dinner for two with salads, an appetizer, two entrees and a modest bottle of wine can get you into triple digits by the time you figure in tax and tip. Why not make it at home for a fraction of the cost?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Edible Schoolyard

Who would have ever imagined that the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables would be to make them grow their own -- at school? It turns out that a trowel, some seeds and a little soil are great tools for budding veggie lovers.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cafeterias

Before chains and huge advertising budgets, you may not have gotten exactly what you thought you were getting when you went to a restaurant. But cafeterias took the guesswork out of ordering.

Top 10 Kids' Meals

Some kids prefer sandwiches without crusts, while others only like plain hamburgers. Kids can be picky eaters, but there are several meals that always seem to be winners. And you can make them healthy to boot.

History of TV Dinners

Today, TV dinners are fast, cheap and available in every variety -- from enormously portioned Hungry-Man sizes to gluten-free, vegan delights. But where did TV dinners get their start?

Is there a secret to great meat loaf?

Blame it on your childhood. Whatever meat loaf your mom made for you then is probably what you're trying to replicate today. So what are some tricks for baking that ideal comfort food?

10 Ways to Use a Potato

Baked potatoes always pair well with a juicy steak. But did you know that you can use the potato as a cold compress? Or to soothe a burn? Or to make a loaf of bread?

Who decides what goes into school lunches?

When school lunches consist of nuggets, French fries and other fried products, it makes you wonder who's deciding what kids eat. What kinds of rules do schools have to follow when they feed students?

What are the benefits of family dinner time?

Maybe you don't ring a cast-iron bell to signal that grub is ready. But you shouldn't underestimate the importance of your family gathering around a table and sharing a meal.

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Food Commissaries

Food commissaries are often confused with cafeterias. While both offer food, a commissary is typically associated with two very different industries -- the military and the movies.

Food Fighting 101

You've seen it in movies and on TV -- the high school cafeteria or the camp commissary, where bored kids pick up their food and fling it across the room onto their nemesis. But what really goes on behind food fights?

10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans

Gone are soggy tater tots and mystery meats from these schools' lunch trays. Could childhood obesity be eliminated if kids had no choice but to eat arugula salads, baby carrots and soy milk for lunch?

10 Allergenic Foods to Avoid

You may not like beans, but eating them probably won't kill you. On the other hand, your best friend has to avoid wheat like the plague. What are some of the most common allergenic foods?

What foods are good for a child's brain?

What foods do children crave? That's a no-brainer. But what kinds of foods (that they'll actually eat) nurture their gray matter?

Table Manners 101

If your elbows creep onto the table or you hijack the salt and pepper as it's being passed to one of your dinner companions, you're breaking etiquette. Sounds like you need to learn some manners.

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