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By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Serving fruit for dessert can be both virtuous and decadent

According to my grandmother, fruit is God’s candy, making it the perfect ending to a meal. I agree with Grandma ‚Äî fruit is a lovely, healthy way to end a meal. But I’ll also confess that the dessert lover in me sometimes craves something a smidge fancier. And by fancier, I mean with chocolate.

Embracing the baked dinner as your weeknight meal solution

People often ask me what my most-used kitchen tool is (a high-speed blender). But if you were to ask my mom that same question 30 years ago, I am sure she would have answered her Pyrex baking dish.

When I was growing up, probably 75 per cent of my meals were made in that thing. Baked fish. Baked chicken. Baked pasta. Baked rice casserole.

A slice of white bread is the trick to healthier Oscars food

Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavour often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I’m not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day’s worth of calories, just because, well, I’m hungry. And finger food is so, you know, small. So I eat a lot.