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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 2)

February 6, 2016 - 2:09pm

My husband, Dan, actually likes Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark holiday of holidays. Flowers, cute cards, a little gift, a fancy dinner out or one made together at home (with plenty of good wine, of course). And maybe a back rub while we’re binge-watching Netflix, if I’m lucky.

But now we have an almost 4-year-old. Forget spending all day cooking fancy Valentine’s Day recipes. Rarely are we afforded the luxury of lingering over three-hour candlelit dinners. (Heck, we’re lucky if we can have a five-minute-long conversation while the kid is awake, these days.) But we’d still like to enjoy a nice meal together as a family. We’re fortunate that our daughter, Lila, loves to cook and eat. So I’m planning a menu that we can enjoy together.


So what’s on my Valentine’s Day menu?

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February 4, 2016 - 11:02am

Unfortunately for my husband, I wasn’t born with a sweet tooth—I was born with what I like to call a salty-fatty tooth (mmm, chips...) But I do like to make him sweet treats every once in a while. We’re trying to save money this year, so I decided that in lieu of a gift for Valentine’s Day, I’d give him what he really wants.

And what my man really wants is really simple (whew). He wants chocolate. He’s not too picky about the kind of chocolate, though he prefers it dark, and he’ll eat it plain, with fruit or with nuts. So when he’s out skiing with his buddies the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I’m going to...

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October 16, 2015 - 1:00pm

I have a thing for chowder.

I am lucky that my mother-in-law lives year-round on Cape Cod: we visit there several times a year and I get to eat some of the best clam chowder—or as we say in some parts of New England, clam chowdah. (She’s in Massachusetts, after all.) In Maine, where I lived until recently, I consumed gallons of chowder in varying forms—clam chowder, corn chowder, seafood chowder, the list goes on.

I love to make chowder at home, too, and when the weather cools down, one chowder recipe or another appears on my weekly menu along with some homemade bread. (This one’s my go-to chowder recipe.)

Make It a Meal: Whip up one of these 10+...

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August 27, 2015 - 1:18pm

I love butternut squash. But since I commute an hour a day and have a 3-year-old to feed ASAP when walking in the door (plus a hangry husband), I try to keep weeknight dinners to 30 minutes, tops. Since it takes about 15 minutes to peel, seed and cut up a whole one, squash is usually designated to weekend duty at my house.

So discovering precut butternut squash was pretty awesome. And while convenience products can be more expensive, this one costs a mere $1.50 more to buy it already prepped, which is worth it to me and my weeknight sanity.

In the past I’ve avoided precut vegetables because I’ve had a few purchases go awry—slimy chopped onions and desiccated broccoli come to mind. But when developing and testing recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we never came across a spoiled bag or box of precut squash.

When shopping...

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August 25, 2015 - 1:25pm

My husband and I are immersed in what seems like an endless struggle to lose stubborn pounds. You too? Well, Lainey Younkin, M.S., R.D., reported some news in the September/October 2015 issue of EatingWell that could be game-changing for us.

Did you know that how you store your food can influence how many calories you consume? “You’re three times more likely to grab the first food you see than the fifth food,” says Brian Wansink, Ph.D., author of Slim by Design. In one study, people ate almost twice as much candy from clear vs. opaque bowls—55 extra calories daily, which can add up to 5-6 pounds of weight gain per year.

So I’m on a mission to make healthy foods easier to see and tempting foods not so much. Here’s how:

Super-healthy foods that we should eat more of, like cut-up fruits and vegetables...

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