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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 18)

January 5, 2010 - 10:35am

My BFF Jessica e-mailed me yesterday: she and her husband are trying to lose weight. To make their resolution a reality, Jessica decided she’s going to change what she makes for dinner, so she asked me for quick, healthy dinner recipes they can learn to make this year to eat healthier.

Well, let me tell you, picking just 5 quick dinner recipes is hard for me because I really love our recipes. So I picked recipes that will teach Jessica and her husband a few healthy cooking techniques that they can use to make other meals—like searing a chicken breast—or are super-flexible so she can tweak the recipe using what she has in her kitchen. These 5 recipes represent some of the essential basics of cooking—recipes (and...

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December 23, 2009 - 3:26pm

I love throwing parties. It’s a great way to get all of my friends together without all of us ringing up a hefty bar tab at our favorite watering hole. (Plus, we can listen to music we like!) The key to being the hostess with the mostest is being armed with some ridiculously simple crowd-pleasing appetizer recipes that come together in minutes. That way you don’t have to stress out doing anything too complicated before the party starts, and once your friends come over you can actually spend time hanging out. These 5 appetizers are perfect any time of year.

Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon Tartare
Smoked salmon gets an added crunch...

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December 23, 2009 - 2:48pm

I am a graduate of a university that is almost always near the top of the lists of binge-drinking schools. Needless to say, I’ve had my share of hangovers. and I’ve tried my share of hangover cures to help me get to class. One of my friends who was a nursing student told me that her professor swore by a bowl of chicken soup, a glass of milk and a Snickers bar to cure a hangover. (Everyone seems to have an opinion, right? Take our quiz to see how much you know about hangovers.) It turns out her professor might’ve been onto something. Just in time for the party season, I offer you a few food cures that may help you get over your hangover a bit quicker.

Eat or drink some fruit—One study conducted in the...

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December 14, 2009 - 12:07pm

I come from a long line of holiday-cookie bakers. My great-grandma baked oodles of cookies each year for the grand cookie platter that served as the only dessert on Christmas Day. My mom started her own cookie-baking tradition when she got married 30-plus years ago. On Thanksgiving weekend we’d pick out all the holiday cookie recipes she was going to make and then for weeks she baked one kind of cookie a day. She hit her peak when my sister, Jennie, and I were kids, baking 1,000 cookies or more each holiday season, at least 100 of each variety. Crazy, huh?

While I’m not going to bake quite that many cookies this year, today marks the last 12 days before Christmas and I plan to bake one cookie recipe a day until the big day!...

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December 8, 2009 - 11:52am

Even though I’m not Jewish, I have a soft spot for Jewish cuisine. I learned to love matzo ball soup and knish when I waited tables at a deli in college, but my real Jewish-food obsession is latkes.

I love fried foods and think it’s pretty neat that they’re served during Hanukkah to celebrate the miraculous way that one day’s worth of consecrated olive oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. But all that frying doesn’t exactly make latkes low-cal. Luckily for my waistline, the EatingWell Test Kitchen has come up with ways to make our favorite fried foods taste delicious without a lot of extra fat, including...

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