Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 4)
This morning my 2-year-old daughter, Lila, walked over to the kitchen island and yelled, “Nana!” while pointing to the last banana in the fruit bowl. My husband tried to tell her that the black-spotted banana was destined for the compost bucket, but it’s hard to reason with a toddler—so I peeled it and gave her a chunk. She thought it was a perfectly acceptable breakfast, mushy spots and all.
Many people (like my husband) don’t have time for overripe bananas. But here’s the real secret: those past-their-prime ’nanas are actually a true culinary treat.
Overripe bananas have an over-the-top essence that’s perfect for flavoring baked goods, pancakes, smoothies and more. When I don’t have time to turn them into something special right away, I peel them, pop them in a bag whole and freeze them for future cooking endeavors. Or I freeze slices on a...read full post »
I don’t know a soul who will pass up a slice of yummy ice cream pie. I have a friend who requests it for her birthday in August every year, but it was also the first dessert that disappeared at a dinner potluck I attended last year—in the dead of winter. They are just that good! The only thing about ice cream pie that isn’t so stellar is the fat and calorie counts in the pies you pick up at the grocery store or your local ice cream shop. But lucky for us, it’s super-easy to make a homemade ice cream pie—and when you make the EatingWell version, you’ll save about 150 calories and half the saturated fat per serving.
Follow these four easy steps for a perfect Strawberry-Lime Ice Cream Pie:
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I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.
Now I let my slow cooker do most of the work. If I’m having what feels like the whole neighborhood over, I can free up space on my packed grill by using this handy tool to make one of the main courses. Who doesn’t love fork-tender brisket piled on a sandwich and topped with pickles and garlicky mayo or chicken drumsticks coated in sticky honey-orange sauce? I can also use the slow cooker to prepare great sides like a tangy, warm German potato salad starring fresh fingerling potatoes or Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole....read full post »
Between my community-supported agriculture share and my small container-gardening project, I have enough salad greens to feed a small army. Luckily, my husband and I love digging into salads for dinner. And not just as a starter or a side dish, but as our main meal. The trick is building a satisfying salad that won’t have us searching for a snack an hour after we eat dinner. Here are 4 tricks to building a salad packed with staying power.
Recipes to Try: Loaded Spinach Salad, Chopped Greek Salad & More...read full post »
I really love the whole experience of making coffee: the aroma of a freshly brewed pot wafting through my house, the smell of it as I raise a cup to my lips, the warmth of it filling my body and the flavor—oh, the flavor!
But if you’re a...read full post »