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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 25)

June 23, 2009 - 4:36am

My poor husband. He grew up in a family full of sweet tooths, a family who always ate dessert after dinner. I, on the other hand, was raised by a mother who always had a bag of Cheetos stashed in the corner cupboard and a father who is psyched when he can get a cheese plate for dessert when we go out to dinner.

So when we first moved in together I was just plain confused when I’d watch him root around the cabinets looking for something sweet after dinner. Dessert? Every night? Really?

I could only take his pitiful pillaging for so long. I decided it was time to whip up some healthy fruit desserts. Not only does he get a serving of fruit from his dessert, but they’re all ready in 15 minutes or less, so I don’t spend too much extra time in the kitchen. And I...

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June 15, 2009 - 4:36am

The idea of making jam used to freak me out a bit. (They didn’t exactly teach us how to make jam from scratch in culinary school.) A few years ago I decided it was time to overcome my fear. Luckily, my friend had already made a batch that summer, so I had someone to hold my hand through the process.

Get the recipe: Fresh Fruit Jam

It seems that I had nothing to be nervous about after all: it was way easier than I thought. And the jam was truly better than anything I had tasted.

Making homemade jam—or chutney or fruit butter—is a great way to preserve the best fruits of summer. You don’t need to go to culinary school either. Just follow these easy tips and you’ll never be afraid of...

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June 11, 2009 - 4:36am

I love eating local in the summertime, but living in Vermont there are very few local wines to drink. So I started looking for great-tasting “green” wines to pair with my summer suppers. And, of course, I wanted to save some green too!

I tried some of the earth-conscious wines recommended by master sommelier Andrea Robinson in the latest issue of EatingWell Magazine and found 3 summer wines I love—and they’re all under $15! Plus, these wines are made with grapes grown according to certified-organic standards and processed in certified organic facilities.
Try these 3 summer wines under $15 paired with healthy EatingWell recipes:

  1. Bonterra Chardonnay,...
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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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