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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 18)

November 25, 2009 - 10:42am

I grew up in a football-loving family. As a kid, my family traveled to most of the University of Michigan games and I loved tailgating (and eating the the yummy tailgating snacks) as a student at University of Wisconsin. When I lived in Minneapolis, I became a fan of the Minnesota Vikings (Go Adrian Peterson!) and ended up getting really into fantasy football.

Even though I love the game dearly, I love the game-time snacks even more. But my husband and I are watching our waistlines, so instead of super-greasy fried food and creamy dips, I like to make these healthy low-cal football snacks.

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November 18, 2009 - 10:46am

The first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner I was terrified. Mostly I was terrified about the prospect of roasting a turkey. Thankfully, that ended up being the easiest part of my day. With my 3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey and delicious Thanksgiving recipes, menus and planners, it will be the easiest part of your Thanksgiving day too.

First, you need to pick a turkey recipe. EatingWell’s 7 perfect turkey recipes use flavorful herbs and spices and fresh fruits and vegetables to add a lot of flavor without a lot of fat. ...

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November 17, 2009 - 11:04am

For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is all about turkey or pumpkin pie. For my sister and me, it’s all about mashed potatoes. The first thing we put on our plates is a big pile of potatoes—everything else is just garnish. When it’s time to dig into leftovers, I always heat up mashed potatoes and gravy. (...

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November 10, 2009 - 11:27am

Several years ago, my sister, Jennie, and I almost walked out on Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t because the turkey was overdone or that we ran out of wine. No, it was a way bigger deal than that. My mom, for the first time that we could remember, did not make green bean casserole. We freaked. But we’re probably not the only ones who would miss this Thanksgiving classic. Green Bean Casserole is one of our most popular Thanksgiving side dishes.

Our healthier version skips the canned soup and all the fat and sodium that...

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November 2, 2009 - 10:45am

For several years my husband and I have hosted a big pre-Thanksgiving bash for our friends. Until we started throwing these parties, I had done little but set the table for Thanksgiving dinner. I had never carved a turkey before or made gravy, and my pie-making skills were a joke. Now I have it down to a science.

Here are 5 steps to help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving:

1. Have a game plan. I used to make fun of my mom for all the lists she wrote before a party. A list of what she was making. A list of who was coming and what everyone was bringing. A grocery list. A list of what she would do when. As much as I hate to admit it, she was right. It’s so much less stressful when you have a plan. Get recipes, full...

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