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Breana Lai's Blog

March 7, 2016 - 9:48am

There's nothing more comforting than coming in from a cold day to a bowl of piping-hot soup. And this Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup recipe has become my go-to. Here's why.

My family has their favorites—Dad always wants chicken noodle soup with matzo balls and Mom prefers seafood-heavy cioppino—but since learning to make French onion soup in culinary school, I can't get enough of the cheesy-topped broth. It only requires a few staple ingredients, but every bite feels so luxurious.

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January 27, 2016 - 12:54am

My first cooking class was with my mom at Lan’s Chinese Cooking School in Durham, North Carolina, when I was 8 years old. My mom and I were excited to learn how to make authentic Chinese food because my Hong Kong-born dad and I preferred it to all other foods. I was the youngest student to ever enroll and I had to stand on a stepstool to be tall enough to mix the ingredients in the wok. It was here I first kindled my passion for cooking. I also learned that Chinese cooking isn’t difficult as long as you have the right ingredients.

Even though I am now a professionally trained cook, to this day my friends and family request I make the Chinese food I learned to make as a kid. With just a few basic pantry staples, you too can make Chinese dishes that are quick, healthy and crowd-pleasing.

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January 22, 2016 - 9:15am


I love any excuse to throw a party. More specifically, I love any excuse to cook, invite all my friends over and crack open some local beer and cider. Even though I'm not the biggest football fan, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to get everyone together...

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December 18, 2015 - 5:06pm

Eating clean may seem like a trendy idea, but in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, it’s what we always think about when we develop recipes—and how we like to cook at home. It’s simply a healthy—and sustainable—way to approach all your meals. “Clean eating means filling your plate with real, whole foods, eating a variety of fruits and whole grains, moderate amounts of lean meats and sustainable seafood, dairy, nuts and seeds and healthy oils,” says Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. And, she adds, “Notice how you don’t eliminate food groups?” Now that’s good news!

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June 29, 2015 - 12:33pm

It’s summertime and that means it’s very likely that a friend will drop by unexpectedly for a drink and conversation. To make sure I’m prepared, I always stock a few nibbles—cheese, crackers, olives and fruit—and my favorite drinks. Now that I live in Vermont, I do have a few craft beers in my fridge, but what I really stockpile is wine.

As a former sommelier, I get caught up in finding the “perfect” wine for every occasion and meal. I love Prosecco for celebrations, and dry Italian and Alsatian whites for seafood dinners. I pair Cru Beaujolais with chicken and Rioja with steak. I don’t mind spending a little more on a special bottle for dinner. But if friends are just dropping in for a drink, I open up a delicious, easy-drinking wine that doesn’t break the bank.

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