Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

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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April 19, 2011 - 11:23am

When I was a kid, I loved hunting for Easter eggs and searching for my Easter basket. But now I look forward to Easter for a completely different reason—the leftover ham. After all our guests depart, I slice and dice up the leftovers. Some of it gets transformed into other recipes the following days. I tuck the rest away in my freezer for when I have a hankering for ham. When I feel like firing up the grill, I make Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers. Ham & Swiss Rosti is a fast and satisfying dinner on a busy weeknight. Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad is perfect for potlucks and picnics; leftovers make a terrific brown-bag lunch. Ham & Red Pepper Spread is a tasty snack or appetizer; I like to spread it on cucumber slices or toasted baguette. And don’t...

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April 13, 2011 - 11:25am

While I always do some sort of grand spring-cleaning project, usually involving the basement, garage and my closet, I never think to clean out my pantry. But when my friend Lucy told me that she found a bottle of vinegar that expired in 2006 and boxes of gelatin with a use-by date in 2008 when she cleaned out her kitchen, I thought perhaps it was time to take a look.

Luckily, it was easier than I thought. Here’s how I did it (and if you use these guidelines it’ll just take you a few minutes, since you won’t have to spend time debating whether to keep or not to keep).

• Almost everything in my pantry was tagged with a date and one of these phrases: “Use By,” “Best By” or “Use Before.” I ditched everything that was past its date (see ya, chicken...

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March 25, 2011 - 12:47pm

One thing I love about working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen is that we can make just about any recipe healthier. Even though Asian food in general has a healthier halo (often lean meat or fish and lots of vegetables cooked with little fat, over rice or noodles), it’s easy to end up with a plate piled with chunks of fried meat drowning in a sauce sweeter than fake maple syrup over a pile of white rice.

Don’t Miss: Pork Chop Suey Plus Recipes for More Chinese Restaurant Favorites Made Healthy
Easy Stir-Fry Recipes

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