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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

November 5, 2010 - 12:34pm

If I had to choose the one kitchen appliance I couldn’t live without, it would definitely be my slow cooker. I turn to it on the busiest days to prepare a healthy meal when I don’t have the time to—I can fill it in the morning with some staples like beans, broth, whole grains and whatever vegetables I have on hand, and arrive home to a hearty meal that’s ready to eat.

Related: Easy Slow-Cooker Soups and Stews

Plus it saves me money because it makes inexpensive cuts of meat meltingly tender. I save up to $78 a year if I replace 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99) with 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs ($3.49) once a week for a year.

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October 28, 2010 - 12:01pm

Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. I love it so much that we not only spend the big day with our family, we also host a Thanksgiving party for our friends the weekend before the real deal so we can have that yummy meal two times each year.

Related Link: Recipes, menus and step-by-step planners so you can have the easiest, healthiest Thanksgiving ever

After testing a few Thanksgiving stories in the EatingWell Test Kitchen and hosting my own pre-Thanksgiving dinners, I realized that there are three tools that make getting the feast on the table a whole lot easier. Are they in your kitchen?

Here are my top picks.

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October 21, 2010 - 11:29am

I was at my mother-in-law's last weekend and she made an amazing apple crisp for dessert one night. Mmmmmm, apple crisp! I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when fall comes around, I start craving apple crisp, apple pie, apple bars—pretty much any kind of apple dessert.

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As we were cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I took a peek at the recipe on her windowsill. The first ingredient? 1 1/2 sticks of butter. For a crisp that filled a regular-size pie plate. I could feel my arteries...

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October 14, 2010 - 11:23am

One of my favorite things about going to the farmers' market in the fall is seeing all the cool varieties of winter squash. I love their funky shapes and stunning colors.

Related: How to Choose 7 Types of Winter Squash

Though I usually declined winter squash as a kid (so often drenched in brown sugar and butter, it didn't please my salty-tooth), I'm a huge fan of it now. Added bonus: A cup of cooked squash provides more than twice the recommended daily value of vitamin A, plus plenty of vitamin C.

Winter squash's creamy texture is versatile in so many applications. Here are my favorite squash to sauté, stuff, make soup with and roast. With recipes this delicious, squash may become a regular on...

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October 7, 2010 - 12:16pm

There are some vegetables that are pretty easy to love—red bell peppers and carrots come to mind. But many people have hangups about certain vegetables. Sometimes it just takes the right preparation of one of those vegetables on your “nasty” list to change your mind.

Related Link: The Easiest Ways to Cook 20 Vegetables

Take my husband, for instance: when I met Dan, he hated Brussels sprouts...until one fine fall day. I braised them in a little chicken broth with fresh thyme and sliced shallots until they were perfectly tender. Dan whined a bit when he saw them on his dinner plate, but he’s good about trying things he doesn’t like. His eyes lit up after his first bite. He now...

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