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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Crab legs for a birthday. Scallops for an anniversary. Salmon for when family are in town. Many people enjoy eating seafood at restaurants as it is a favorite choice for celebratory meals. However, when it comes to cooking seafood at home, it can be intimidating. Seafood — fish and shellfish — is surprisingly simple to cook with a few tips and tricks.

Monday 01/04/2021
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Wednesday 12/30/2020
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Tuesday 12/22/2020
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Monday 12/21/2020
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(BPT) - While consumers have been in their homes more in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USAA wants consumers to be aware of the potential increase in thefts during the holiday season.

Saturday 12/19/2020
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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - During a year that has been like no other, one thing is clear — family is more important than ever. Between the family members you’ve spent every moment with to those you dearly miss, the bonds between you are stronger than ever. What better way to celebrate your loved ones than to have a professional portrait taken?

Friday 12/18/2020
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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

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Wednesday 12/16/2020
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Tuesday 12/15/2020
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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Uncertainty continues into the holiday season, with limited travel, canceled events and strict budgets changing how Americans will celebrate this year.

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Friday 12/11/2020
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(BPT) - This holiday season, it seems more important than ever to give meaningful gifts to the people we care about. Because 2020 has been so stressful and challenging, a gift full of hope for the future can feel even more special. Consider ways to help further the education of your family and friends as you celebrate the holidays this year.

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Thursday 12/10/2020
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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

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Wednesday 12/09/2020
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Tuesday 12/08/2020
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Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

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Monday 12/07/2020
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Friday 12/04/2020
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Monday 11/23/2020
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Friday 11/20/2020
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Thursday 11/19/2020
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