7/20: More Americans Enjoying an Evening Out

July 20, 2011 by  
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Fuzzy slippers, sweat pants, and tee shirts are the appropriate dinner attire for nearly six in ten Americans.  According to this Marist Poll, 58% of Americans eat dinner at home at least six nights a week.  Included here are 35% who report they dine in seven nights a week and 23% who do so six nights a week.  Nearly one in five — 19% — are stuck with the dishes five nights weekly, and 24% clear the dinner table four or fewer times a week. ©istockphoto.com/Alst Click Here for Complete July 20, 2011 USA Poll Release and Tables However, more Americans are dining out.  When Marist... 

7/2: Burgers, Ribs, and Steak Top List of Favorite BBQ Foods

July 2, 2010 by  
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If you’re planning to fire up the grill this holiday weekend, there’s something you should know.  Americans have varied food tastes!  Hamburgers and cheeseburgers edge out the competition as the favorite barbecue food with 22% of residents preferring this barbecue delight.  Ribs and steak come in a very close second with 20% each.  Chicken receives 19% while hot dogs are the “top dog” for 9%.  7% of the population enjoy fish the most while 3% prefer veggie burgers. ©istockphoto.com/morgan Men and women have different culinary tastes.  While men prefer ribs (24%) and steak (23%) the... 

7/1: Dining In

July 1, 2009 by  
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Seventy percent of Americans choose to eat dinner at home at least six nights during an average week.  And, when they do eat in, nearly all Americans, regardless of age, income, or region choose to cook rather than pull out the take-out menu. ©istockphoto.com/Demid Men more than women eat out at least two nights a week with one-third of men reporting that they eat at home 5 nights weekly or fewer.  This compares with 28% of women.  The take-out menu drawer gets slightly more action with men; 4% acknowledge that they order in more often than cooking. Maybe, it’s the chilly nights or just good... 

7/1: An Experiment of Gastronomical Proportions

July 1, 2009 by  
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Many Americans are mixing things up in the kitchen.  More than three-quarters — 77% — report that they’ve tried a new recipe in the past year.  Women tend to be more adventurous in their culinary experimentation than men.  85% of women compared with 68% of men say they’ve  cooked up a new dish. Table: Tried a New Recipe ©istockphoto.com/Fertnig If It Ain’t Broke… When it comes to creative cookery, Americans hesitate to mess around with dessert. 88% of those who tried a new recipe in the last year flexed their culinary muscle when creating a meal, while only 12% experimented... 

7/1: Pizza Pizzazz!

July 1, 2009 by  
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Americans are no strangers to rolling out their very own pizza pies.  In fact, 71% of U.S. residents say they’ve made a pizza themselves.  And, the number rises when looking at the number of parents who have baked this delicious Italian delight.  77% of Americans with children report they’ve made their own pizza. ©istockphoto.com/AlfPhoto But, gender, age, income, and geography all impact Americans’ culinary habits.  More women than men — 75% compared with 67%, respectively — have baked a pizza.  78% of Americans under the age of 45 have done the same compared with 67% of... 

7/1: Cooking with Grandma Ann

July 1, 2009 by  
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Theirs was an average-sized kitchen in Queens, New York.  But, the smells that wafted through my grandparents’ house were anything but ordinary!  Growing up, my family lived on the second floor of a two family house owned by my Grandma Ann and Grandpa Anthony.  The two floors, though, were connected by a door that rarely closed; family time was all the time. Grandma Ann My memories of my grandparents are countless — curling up with grandpa as he took a nap on the couch, watching The Today Show with grandma before I went off to school, and squeezing in between the two of them in the backseat... 

7/1: Featured Recipe: Megg McKMuffin

July 1, 2009 by  
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A Recipe by Meghan McKeever Breakfast is important. But, then again so is sleep. So, how do you ensure that you get a tasty balanced breakfast, while still allowing yourself those precious extra minutes under the covers? The Megg McKMuffin is my solution. A vegetarian delight, it is packed with protein to stave off hunger (about 13g), and prepared in about 3 minutes in the morning. I first heard of the concept at a Weight Watchers meeting, where they suggested using real eggs and adding turkey sausage or Canadian bacon. I modified it to accommodate my dislike of real eggs and my vegetarian diet.... 

Feasting for Less

March 30, 2009 by  
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These tough economic times require cost-conscious measures, but when it comes to the dinner table, a majority of Americans try not to end up being penny-wise and pound foolish.  In a March 2009 Marist Poll, 54% of Americans tell us they look for healthy alternatives in their everyday dinner recipes.  26% say their top recipe priority is its affordability, followed by 13% who want it to be fast, and 7% who need it to be kid-friendly. ©istockphoto.com/kkgas However, money does matter.  Households with a family income of less than $50,000 divide: 45% look for a recipe that is healthy but 40% say...