Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 7)

June 1, 2011 - 10:01am

The burrito joint I frequented in college boasted a sign on its window that said, “Burritos as big as your head!”® And were they delicious! Lots of juicy meat, seasoned rice, all the accoutrements your heart could desire. And, yes, I measured once, and one of their burritos was about as long as my head.

Don’t Miss: 9 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating

That was many more years ago than I’d like to remember, but apparently that idea caught on because...

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May 16, 2011 - 11:19am

My go-to side dish to bring along wherever I’m invited—pasta salad—is simple to make and easy to tote. It seems to have been invented for summer picnics, potlucks and backyard barbecues!

Recipes to Try: Our Best Pasta Salad and Potato Salad Recipes

But typical versions consist of white pasta drowning, often tastelessly, in a heavy mayonnaise dressing. Luckily, it’s easy to make a light and creamy pasta salad with a lot less fat that’s still super-yummy!

Here are 4 of my simple tips to help you make your favorite pasta-salad recipes healthier.

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May 13, 2011 - 3:21pm

I don’t care what the trendsetters say about whether cupcakes are hot or not, they are—and forever will be—my go-to dessert when I’m entertaining. They don’t take as long to bake and cool as a cake does. Plus decorating a cupcake is a lot less intimidating than decorating a cake—I just need to swipe on a dab of frosting rather than getting all artsy-fartsy with a layer cake. And, for whatever reason, if I’m seeking variety, preparing more than one kind of cupcake seems like a lot less work than baking and decorating two cakes. (Not Intimidated? Try: Banana Cream Layer Cake and More Light and Luscious Spring Cakes.)


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May 6, 2011 - 11:14am

Because I’m a food writer and recipe developer, my friends and family ask me for lots of cooking and recipe advice. More than half the time, those questions are about seafood, particularly oysters, clams and mussels. What should I buy? How do I know it’s sustainable? How do I know if it’s fresh? What do I do with it once I get home? Oh, and do you have a good recipe for it?

Don’t Miss: The Top 6 Fish & Shellfish You Should Eat—and 6 to Avoid

I can’t say I blame them. If you haven’t cooked shellfish at home, it can be intimidating the first time. But once you get over that hump, you’ll be doing it all the time. Here’s some...

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May 4, 2011 - 11:12am

Before I went to culinary school, I worked at a recreational cooking school and event center. The center hosted singles parties complete with a make-your-own-appetizer station. At one of these events, we decided to make spring rolls. It’s a popular Thai restaurant appetizer, but we knew many people had no idea how to make them. What better way to get people talking to one another, we thought.

Recipes to Try: Thai Takeout Favorites Made Healthy

We were right, it definitely got people interacting. Those who had made spring rolls before swooped in to save the poor souls who ended up staring perplexedly at a pile of ingredients sitting on top of a dry rice-paper wrapper, wondering what the heck...

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