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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

August 27, 2014 - 9:23am

While you may not follow a Paleo or gluten-free diet, here’s a takeaway from both that will help get more veggies into your diet: use vegetables to wrap up your meal.

Bread, wraps and tortillas may be the first things you think of to “contain” sandwiches, tacos and more, but lettuce, dark leafy greens and cabbage do the trick just as well.

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Lettuce for Lunch Wraps
Different types of lettuce work best for different purposes. For instance, tender...

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August 26, 2014 - 12:29pm

I love pie, particularly ones bursting with summer fruit, but I rarely have the time to make one. That means pie is more of a special-occasion dessert—unless someone’s made it for me. But I found a dessert that satisfies my craving for pie with a lot less fuss: a luscious fruit crisp topped with nutty streusel.

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At this time of year, Pennsylvania peaches have started creeping their way into local farmstands, while the local berry farm has put out its raspberry sign—and that’s enough to inspire me to make raspberry-peach crisp with wild abandon. Have other summer favorites? This recipe is so versatile that you can make it with whatever fruit suits your fancy—just substitute 6 cups of sliced...

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August 7, 2014 - 11:26am

When it comes to ice cream, I’m what you might call a “goodie miner”—I dig out all of the chunks of yumminess and eat them first—so the more “stuff” in my ice cream, the better. Since I often feel that ice cream makers don’t add quite as many treats as I’d like, I’ve been known to take it upon myself to get the right ratio at home. I just buy some plain light ice cream, let it soften up for a few minutes, then stir in my own combination of nuts, fruit, chocolate or whatever suits my fancy that day. If this idea piques your fancy, here are some serving-size guidelines to follow, as well as a few of my favorite combinations to get you started.

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July 7, 2014 - 4:29pm

I love summer. There’s just so much going on. Summer concerts in the park. Hikes and bike rides. Barbecues with friends. Trips to the ice cream stand.

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What I don’t love, though, is the hit my bank account seems to take right about now. Rather than cutting back on summer fun, I put my grocery budget on a financial diet. All these recipes clock in at $3 or less per serving, so I can spend more money on those fun summer activities. Added bonus? Not a one takes more than 30 minutes to get on the table, so we can play outside to our hearts’ content.

Here's what's on my menu this week:

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July 7, 2014 - 3:54pm

While I always have a decent selection of craft beers and a few bottles of wine in my fridge for the times when friends drop by for an impromptu summertime shindig, I’ve decided to make this The Summer of Sangria.

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I’ve never been much of a sangria fan. I’ve found most restaurant variations to be sickeningly sweet, so it wasn’t my first choice for summer drinking. What changed my mind? The killer sangria recipes the EatingWell Test Kitchen created for the July/August issue of the magazine. They skipped the sugar altogether and used zesty wines, flavorful liquors and tons of fresh fruit to make these sangria recipes a delight to all the senses. Worthy of a summer-long celebration of the original...

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