For Healthy Summer Fare,Try U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For a savory, healthy meal this summer, prepare light and flavorful catfish with a Mediterranean twist.

U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish are raised on a special diet to ensure a uniformly mild flavor, making them one of the most versatile fish available. Embrace the spirit of heart-healthy Mediterranean cuisine by looking for this sustainable fish raised closer to home.

Baked Mediterranean Catfish

Serves 4


4 U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Fillets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup zucchini

1/2 cup red onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup mixed Mediterranean olives, halved

1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon capers

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the zucchini, onion and garlic. Cook for five minutes or until the onions become translucent. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the olives, tomatoes, basil and capers.

3. Lightly brush the catfish fillets with olive oil, then season them with salt and pepper. Place the fillets into a lightly oiled baking dish. Spoon equal amounts of the vegetable mixture on each fillet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and serve.

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Revamp Your Pantry For Healthier Meals

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In an ideal world, you’d shop every day for the freshest ingredients to make gourmet meals for your family. However, family obligations keep you so busy that dinner often means fast food or take-out.

Fortunately, there is a happy medium between healthfulness and convenience. With a well-stocked pantry, it’s easy and less expensive to create healthy meals in minutes without extra trips to the grocery store.

Elizabeth Ward, a registered dietitian and nutrition book author, provides these tips for creating the perfect pantry:

* Keep supplies for healthy last-minute meals on hand. Pantry staples like whole-wheat pasta, eggs, tomato sauce, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, canned salmon and canned beans (such as black beans and garbanzos) can make quick and healthy sandwiches, soups, omelets and more.

* Stock up on natural foods. Many common pantry supplies, like canned soups, crackers and sugary cereals, contain large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats and sodium. Choose more nutritious alternatives. For example, start off your day with a healthy breakfast including Mom’s Best Naturals ( cereals. This line comes in delicious family favorite varieties, and unlike a lot of natural/organic cereals, this brand is affordably priced so it’s a good, budget-friendly option for families.

* Choose whole grains. Oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice are healthy staples, but you can also create quick, easy meals and side dishes from grains like bulgur wheat, buckwheat, quinoa and whole wheat couscous. Snack on popcorn (a whole grain) instead of fatty chips, and make a delicious trail mix with whole grain cereal, dried fruit and nuts.

* Spice it up. With a well-stocked spice rack, you can prepare simple dishes such as beans and rice with an Indian, Mexican or Mediterranean flare. Stock dried rosemary, thyme, tarragon, dill, cumin, cinnamon, sage, chili powder, turmeric, bay leaves, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder and black and red pepper. Toss dried herbs and spices after a year, as their flavor fades.

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Miami Turns Up the Heat for a Celebrity-Style Vacation Destination

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Travelers looking for luxe, hip beach destinations have to look no further than Miami’s South Beach, where top celebrities, models and fashion photographers unwind after the sun goes down.

South Beach is famous for its superb beaches, mouth-watering cuisine and infinite celebrity hot spots. One such hot spot is the Maison d’Azur Restaurant at Hotel Astor on South Beach. The French restaurant’s Mediterranean-style decor and candle-lit garden set the tone for a splendid evening and is ideal for both large groups and intimate occasions.

Start the evening off with drinks and caviar sliders — a decadent twist on a standard appetizer — then choose a fresh seafood entrée. Maison d’Azur’s “Market,” located right in front of its open kitchen, allows diners to choose the fish they want prepared. The ratatouille provides a flavorful, yet light, side. For dessert, don’t miss the créme brûlée. Served with shaved lemon ice, the creamy, sweet indulgence is one of the best you’ll find this side of the Atlantic.

On Saturdays, the Maison d’Azur offers a deejayed brunch starting at noon. With bellinis and fresh French-style pastries served on a jasmine-scented patio, there’s no better way to start off your Saturday.

The restaurant also provides ample celebrity-spotting. Fran Drescher and Gloria Estefan have dined at the Maison d’Azur, as have Stefan Fortier and various socialites.

Layla Lounge, also located at the historical 1936 Hotel Astor, brings Moroccan flair to South Beach. The sensuality and warmth of Layla will make you feel temporarily transported to a North African jungle surrounded by resplendent cocktails and a charming garden annex with jasmine trees and bamboo walls.

Cuisine and celebrities aren’t the only things happening on Miami Beach. Step outside the Hotel Astor, and you’ll find yourself in the Art Deco Historic District. Spend an afternoon strolling down Lincoln Road Mall and Espanola Way to browse the many galleries displaying exciting work from contemporary artists, or get tickets to a show at the historic Filmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

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Tips to Plan the Perfect Get-Together

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Hosting family and friends for a special holiday occasion can become a major source of stress. But you can pull off any party, from an elegant dinner to a casual potluck, without requiring post-holiday psychotherapy.

Here are some tips to make your holiday party a success:

– Choose your party theme. Different types of parties suit different spaces, personalities and budgets, so decide carefully. If you’re on a budget, a potluck might be a great idea -; just ask your guests to bring a dish and a bottle of wine or champagne, then provide punch, dessert and appetizers. Coordinate with your guests, though, so you don’t end up with five or six seven-layer dips at the buffet.

Pick foods to fit the theme. Serve tapas at a Mediterranean party or samosas at an Indian one. Holiday-themed parties delight everyone. Decide whether children will attend -; if so, you should provide kid-friendly finger foods.

Typically, this is not the time to try out some elaborate new recipe for the first time. Go for family favorites that you can make in your sleep. Better yet, choose dishes that you can prepare ahead, so that you can actually spend time with your guests. You can also hire caterers or buy pre-made foods.

– Serve options. Make sure your guests will arrive home safely by providing non-alcoholic options. One great option, Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice Cocktail (, comes in red and white grape flavors, and it lets kids, mothers-to-be and designated drivers participate in holiday toasts.

If you serve coffee, make sure to have decaffeinated coffee and black tea on hand as well, especially because many people now steer away from caffeine for health reasons. Make sure you have a way to keep coffee warm for your guests such as in an urn or carafe.

– Decorate to please. You need to create a festive mood, so pick decorations that match your party’s theme. Poinsettas or winter gourds make elegant center pieces, while holiday-themed plasticware might better suit a casual New Year’s get-together. Accidents can happen, so you might want to consider purchasing microfiber tablecloths, which resist spills.