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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

October 16, 2009 - 9:59am

The weather may be cooling off but salad season is definitely not over. In fact, some of my favorite fall recipes are salads because there’s a huge variety of vegetables that are still fresh—from broccoli and cabbage to spinach and mixed greens. These dinner salads come together quickly and are an easy and delicious way to make good use of all the produce I get from my farm share. Plus with a little protein a salad is substantial enough for dinner and satisfies my hunger. To make our dinner complete, I just warm up a hunk of my favorite crusty bread and pour some wine. Here are 4 great dinner-salad recipes starring fresh fall produce.

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October 15, 2009 - 12:04pm

Some cooks swear by their steamer basket for quick vegetable side dishes. But I couldn’t live without my roasting pan. After a busy day at work, I just cut up whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, toss them with a bit of oil, salt and pepper and pop them in a hot oven. A stir or two later, I have roasted vegetables full of flavor you could never coax from a steamer basket.

Here are three secrets to roasting vegetables perfectly every time:

1. Make sure you cut the vegetables into equal-size pieces. That way they’ll all cook at the same rate.

2. Spread the vegetables evenly on your baking sheet or roasting pan so they don’t touch. Crowded vegetables just create extra moisture and steam in the...

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October 7, 2009 - 10:32am

My husband, Dan, has been charged with a mission: he has to lose 15 pounds in three months or the doctor ups his blood pressure medication. (Get a 28-day meal plan of delicious diet recipes for a skinnier you.)

Dan’s trying hard to lose weight: he’s exercising more, cutting down his portion sizes and drinking less beer. We’re also skipping easy but calorie-loaded takeout in favor of cooking more low-cal dinners at home. Here are 4 easy delicious dinners we’ve recently made that are 300 calories or less:

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September 29, 2009 - 10:38am

Whenever I see ground beef on sale, I stock up. Knowing I have a few packages stashed away in my freezer helps solve the nightly question of “What’s for dinner?” I just pull out some ground beef the night before I plan to use it and let it defrost in my refrigerator. When I get home from work the next day I can cook up any of these delicious recipes using ground beef in 45 minutes or less. Bonus: they’re all $3 or less per serving.

Hamburger Buddy: The simple one-skillet spin on boxed burger “helper” was developed with picky eaters in mind. To make this healthier version, we use 90%-lean ground beef and replace regular...

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September 21, 2009 - 12:05pm

What’s your favorite thing about fall? The answer for me is an easy one: it’s soup-making time again!

I’m well-known in my circle of friends for my stellar soups. Whenever we have a party and it’s cool out, it’s pretty much a guarantee that soup will be on the menu. I even made 3 different ones for my birthday party last year.

Here are my 5 favorite soups starring fall produce.

Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup. There’s no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a...

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