Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - When it comes to creating a dish that’s nutritious, delicious, economical and a real crowd-pleaser, it’s a good idea to go with the grain. Grains of rice, that is.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - During the holiday season, many creative cooks find ways to make their guests feel special by giving them something new to try. With some clever recipe tweaks, it can be easy to improve on traditional holiday favorites. Sometimes all it takes is a simple ingredient substitution to take a dish from “the usual” to “surprising and memorable.”

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - When friends and family get together, snacks are usually a big part of the fun. From the big game to the big moment on the red carpet, most agree that it’s not a party without snacks adding to the occasion.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - These days, Santa’s elves have their work cut out for them as this season’s wish lists are dominated with requests for iPads, iPods, iPhones and other smartphones, eBooks and other gadgetry. As the holidays undergo a technology takeover, there are ways parents can give kids what they really want without breaking the bank.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Here’s news you can take comfort in: Not only are comfort foods gaining in popularity, many are also losing some of the fat and calories they once had while retaining their flavor.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Even with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, showing your children the true spirit of the season can be done-and be fun. Here are eight easy ways parents can help children experience the joy of giving during this holiday season and throughout the years to come.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - The holidays should be a time to reconnect with our loved ones, not exhaust our energy and financial resources. If the season has become more stressful than joyful, it’s time to get back to holiday basics.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Once you’ve found the perfect presents for everyone on your list, you can have fun wrapping and decorating the packages. Here are hints on how:

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - There are more small and medium-sized cash transactions during the holidays than at any other time of the year, making November to December “prime time” for counterfeiters.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - For the holidays or any occasion, you can give the kids you care about a truly precious present: the gift of the love of reading.