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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 23)

June 2, 2009 - 4:36am

I ate vegetarian for a while, and perhaps the most annoying thing about it was going to a barbecue and seeing that a plain-Jane-veggie-burger-from-a-box was my only option for dinner. Now don’t get me wrong, a veggie burger can make a mighty fine meal. But when my meat-eating friends were enjoying smoked ribs slathered with homemade barbecue sauce, I felt like my meal was simply an afterthought.

Get the recipe: Black Bean & Hominy Succotash with Barbecued Portobello Mushrooms

But these delicious vegetarian recipes for the grill are anything but afterthoughts. Who needs ribs when you can have...

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May 26, 2009 - 4:36am

For me, summer entertaining means I pull out my favorite grilling recipes. But many of these use smaller cuts of meat, which isn’t really the best way to go when you’re throwing a party. See, when you have individual pieces of chicken, chops or steaks, you are essentially tied to the grill, turning and taking them off as they (unevenly) finish cooking. I hardly have time to chat with my friends! So when I read this story and recipes by master cooks Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough in the most recent issue of EatingWell about roasting larger cuts of meat on the grill, I was intrigued. Their recipes work, serve 6 or more and only require that I turn things occasionally because the meat cooks over low, indirect heat, which means I can actually have a cocktail with my friends. These recipes are going to change the way I entertain this summer. Thanks, Bruce and...

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May 22, 2009 - 4:36pm

Make a fresh start this spring and learn to cook. And while you're at it, you can learn to cook more healthfully. I know, I know, if you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, cooking can seem a bit overwhelming. But if you’re armed with some basic knowledge and the right tools, cooking is easier than you think—really! And when you cook your own meals, you’ll eat better and save money—both good things, right?

1. Get the right tools. Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs to be equipped with the right tools, such as comfortable knives, mixing bowls and cutting boards. Use EatingWell’s Tools for the Healthy Kitchen as a checklist to see what you have and what you should consider investing in. You...

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May 14, 2009 - 4:36am

One of my favorite things about warmer weather are the garden-fresh herbs I plant in enormous pots that line my porch and walkway. I love that I can pluck some basil to make pesto whenever I feel inspired. Or snip some cilantro to garnish a Mexican dish or mix up a mojito with a sprig of mint. The best part? Fresh herbs add a lot of flavor with barely any calories and absolutely no fat. Get great recipes and tips for how to use other herbs, such as lemon verbena, marjoram and sage in EatingWell’s Guide to Fresh Herbs. Here are 5 of my favorite herbs to cook with.

  1. Basil: No other herb epitomizes the taste of summer like basil. In...
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May 4, 2009 - 4:36am

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo—olé! We’re way too busy this week to throw a proper dinner party on a Tuesday night. Plus it’s a “school night,” so we’re just going to have friends over for a low-key margarita and chips-and-salsa party on our deck. It’s a good excuse to get together and unwind after work. And since most salsas taste better with age, I can make them tonight. (And if you do have time to throw a dinner party, check out our Healthy Mexican Recipe Collection!)

My favorite salsa is Salsa Rojo. It’s a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods—it even works as enchilada sauce.

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