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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 10)

April 13, 2011 - 11:25am

While I always do some sort of grand spring-cleaning project, usually involving the basement, garage and my closet, I never think to clean out my pantry. But when my friend Lucy told me that she found a bottle of vinegar that expired in 2006 and boxes of gelatin with a use-by date in 2008 when she cleaned out her kitchen, I thought perhaps it was time to take a look.

Luckily, it was easier than I thought. Here’s how I did it (and if you use these guidelines it’ll just take you a few minutes, since you won’t have to spend time debating whether to keep or not to keep).

• Almost everything in my pantry was tagged with a date and one of these phrases: “Use By,” “Best By” or “Use Before.” I ditched everything that was past its date (see ya, chicken...

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March 25, 2011 - 12:47pm

One thing I love about working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen is that we can make just about any recipe healthier. Even though Asian food in general has a healthier halo (often lean meat or fish and lots of vegetables cooked with little fat, over rice or noodles), it’s easy to end up with a plate piled with chunks of fried meat drowning in a sauce sweeter than fake maple syrup over a pile of white rice.

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March 22, 2011 - 1:38pm

On a cold, rainy, early spring day last March, assistant food editor Hilary Meyer and I were testing recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Conversation segued into Whine Fest 2010 about our gardening prospects for the upcoming season—I had moved into a new apartment that didn’t have any space to garden and she was sick of trying to coax tomatoes and other sun-loving plants from her decidedly shady garden. Then, a eureka moment: there was plenty of flat, sunny, open land right next to our office. Why not plant a garden there?

With the help of our husbands, we transformed a pretty substantial chunk of land into a really amazing garden. We wrote about our EatingWell garden in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine, where Hilary compiled this list of 5 essential tools to help you get your garden off...

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March 10, 2011 - 11:03am

If you’re like many women, I’m going to venture a guess that you fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon once every, say, 28 days, give or take a few. Am I right? You know what I mean. PMS cravings. Even my super-clean-eating friend told me, “I’m not big on food cravings, but that’s the only way I know that I’m PMS-ing.” Ain’t that the truth. As I write this blog, I’m working my way through a bowl of spicy baked cheese puffs and waiting for Aunt Flo’s monthly visit.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants to “be good,” but every hormone and emotion in her body is screaming, “BE BAD! BE VERY BAD! EAT THAT!”?

I started off by asking my favorite gal pals what they craved most when they’re PMS-ing. Although a...

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March 4, 2011 - 11:42am

My cousin lives in New Orleans and just about every year my husband, Dan, and I talk about heading down there for Mardi Gras. For some reason we can’t seem to get it together enough to actually make it happen. But we still like to celebrate, so we invite a few friends over for a no-fuss Fat Tuesday celebration.

Since Fat Tuesday always falls on a weeknight (duh), I like to whip up a batch of this Sausage Gumbo for the festivities. It’s much healthier and easier to make than a traditional gumbo, which takes hours of cooking plus involves making a black roux that’s loaded with saturated fat (and needs careful attention). One recipe I found had 480 calories and 40 grams of total fat per serving—eep!

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