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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 25)

April 22, 2009 - 4:36am

There’s only one thing I love more than eating salad and that’s growing salad greens. Even though the property where I live is too polluted to grow food on (a buried heating-oil tank leaked more than 50 years ago), we have several containers that we grow salad greens in. I recently went through my seed packets and noticed we’ve accumulated over 20 varieties of lettuce seeds. It’s pretty cool that we’ve begun to grow things that we definitely can’t get at the grocery store or have a slim chance of even finding at the farmers’ market. Then there’s the satisfaction of growing our own food. Nothing is more awesome than going out to snip some fresh salad greens when I’m...

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April 6, 2009 - 4:36am

I’m so glad that spring is (finally!) here and my farmers’ market is back in the swing of things. I can get my favorite salad greens (here's a recipe for my favorite dandelion-greens salad), garden-fresh rhubarb and fresh-from-the-oven bread directly from the best local purveyors. But shopping at the farmers’ market isn’t the only way I eat local. Here are 5 ways you can eat local beyond the farmers’ market from our new book, EatingWell in Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook.

Get the recipe: Dandelion Salad with Goat Cheese & Tomato Dressing

1. Join a CSA: My husband and I have had a community...

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March 31, 2009 - 4:36am

Are you a vegetable-phobe? Or maybe you have a kid who won’t eat anything but iceberg lettuce in a salad or your husband (like mine!) swears that parsnips are only good for the compost bin. Let me offer you a glimmer of hope: it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a person will learn to appreciate a new flavor, so don’t give up just yet. Use April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to add some vegetables to your picky eater’s diet. Here are a few ways to sneak some vegetables into meals so good they will ask for seconds (don’t miss our video that shows you how to make Baked Mac & Cheese healthy). And in case you were wondering, I’ve been stealthily adding parsnips to a blend of...

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March 25, 2009 - 4:36am

I love spring, but there are some things about spring I don’t love so much. Being woken up in the middle of the night by the oh-so-loud chorus of peepers (aka cute little frogs), for instance. Or walking my dog through ankle-deep mud at the park so she doesn’t destroy our apartment due to lack of exercise. But things start to look up a bit on those walks when I see the first bright red buds on maple trees and smell that iconic “spring” smell in the air. Then I see them: my neighbor’s first stalks of asparagus poking through the ground. That’s my signal to get to the farmers’ market for the first local asparagus of the year.

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March 16, 2009 - 4:36am

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But are the days of getting sloshed on green beer in a packed pub behind you? Instead throw a dinner party at your place. The highlight of the meal is one of our easiest recipes ever: Irish Lamb Stew. Full of potatoes, leeks and carrots, it will cure what ails you. And since it’s made in traditional Irish fashion (i.e., nothing is browned first, just all thrown together), all you do is cut up the ingredients, put them in your slow cooker and turn it on. When you get home, dinner is practically done for you.

Get the recipe: Irish Lamb Stew

Not into lamb? Try our beer-lover’s...

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