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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 10)

November 15, 2010 - 1:32pm

I have a confession to make: I never liked sweet potatoes growing up. It wasn’t until I was working as an assistant in a cooking school many years later that I decided to give them a try again. The sweet potatoes were roasted until caramelized, which intensified their sweetness without making them cloying and fake. That super-simple preparation hooked me on sweet potatoes!

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Since Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, you might be wondering how to prepare your sweet potatoes. Here are 5 fantastic ways to make sweet potatoes for your holiday meal.

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November 11, 2010 - 11:23am

There are always two kinds of pie at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner: pumpkin and apple. My husband, Dan, and I have totally different opinions about which is tastier and for each of us there’s no hesitation. He loves pumpkin pie—and if you asked him he’d say that it’s his favorite pie year-round. Me? I’m an apple pie lover. So it’s not tough for either one of us to choose what to enjoy for dessert when that time comes around.

Our debate got me wondering: is one a better choice nutritionally than the other? So I took a look at two EatingWell recipes: Deep-Dish Apple Pie and Holiday Pumpkin Pie. They both start with inherently healthy ingredients, and with EatingWell’s lighter touch they’re better for you than traditional recipes. Here are the recipes and how they stack up against one another.

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November 5, 2010 - 12:34pm

If I had to choose the one kitchen appliance I couldn’t live without, it would definitely be my slow cooker. I turn to it on the busiest days to prepare a healthy meal when I don’t have the time to—I can fill it in the morning with some staples like beans, broth, whole grains and whatever vegetables I have on hand, and arrive home to a hearty meal that’s ready to eat.

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Plus it saves me money because it makes inexpensive cuts of meat meltingly tender. I save up to $78 a year if I replace 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99) with 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs ($3.49) once a week for a year.

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October 28, 2010 - 12:01pm

Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. I love it so much that we not only spend the big day with our family, we also host a Thanksgiving party for our friends the weekend before the real deal so we can have that yummy meal two times each year.

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After testing a few Thanksgiving stories in the EatingWell Test Kitchen and hosting my own pre-Thanksgiving dinners, I realized that there are three tools that make getting the feast on the table a whole lot easier. Are they in your kitchen?

Here are my top picks.

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October 21, 2010 - 11:29am

I was at my mother-in-law's last weekend and she made an amazing apple crisp for dessert one night. Mmmmmm, apple crisp! I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when fall comes around, I start craving apple crisp, apple pie, apple bars—pretty much any kind of apple dessert.

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As we were cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I took a peek at the recipe on her windowsill. The first ingredient? 1 1/2 sticks of butter. For a crisp that filled a regular-size pie plate. I could feel my arteries...

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