Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 10)
Whether I’m looking for a gift or a fantastic addition to a holiday brunch, I often turn to quick breads and muffins during this season. I particularly like to bake this Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread recipe, studded with tart cranberries and walnuts with a touch of orange zest. But this recipe is built to be flexible, so feel free to swap your favorite fruit and nuts—try pears and hazelnuts for an unusual twist or blueberries and almonds for a familiar combination. It’s a great way to use up any really ripe fruit—bananas in black-spotted jackets and too-soft pears make perfect quick breads!
Despite my best efforts to keep things simple, my holiday gift-giving often turns into some sort of tortuous math equation. The amount of time I spend racking my brain for “The Most Perfect Gift Ever” seems to be inversely related to the look of joy on the recipient’s face. So this year I’m keeping things simple and giving everyone something they’ll love: food.read full post »
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.
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....read full post »
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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