Carolyn Malcoun's Blog
I’m a bit of a CSA junkie.
I’ve been a CSA member for the better part of the last 12 years. I love supporting local farmers and being challenged to sometimes cook things I don’t typically buy or finding ways to make my family love certain veggies (or at least accept them for that meal).
For those new to the idea, CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. Here’s how it works: You pay a local farm up front, usually in the spring when the farmer has lots of expenses—seeds, soil amendments, etc.
Then once the farmer starts harvesting, you get a weekly pickup of freshly picked produce. Sometimes the pickup is at the farm, sometimes it’s at a local business. Some farmers bag everything up for you in advance—this makes pickup fast but you don’t get any choices. Other farmers set up tables and provide...read full post »
I love enjoying an ice-cold beverage on my deck in the summer. But I hate when the ice meant to keep my drink cold melts and waters it down instead. Flavored ice cubes to the rescue!
Don’t Miss: Our Best Summer Cocktails & Mocktails
The “it” bartenders of the world got the memo and have for years been making ice cubes with neat ingredients to chill down their well-crafted libations. As these creative ice cubes melt, another layer of flavor gets added to your drink. Genius!
I’ve already been freezing leftover coffee and tea in ice cube trays to cool down my favorite nonalcoholic summer beverages. But now I’m pushing the envelope a bit further. Flavored ice cubes can jazz up...read full post »
When I entertain, I often make Mexican food. It’s easy, budget-friendly and everyone loves it. Plus I can please vegetarians, vegans, omnivores and even kids without making myself crazy, and the leftovers are always welcome.
With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, I’m already planning my next Mexican fiesta. Lucky for me (and you!), I have the perfect Mexican menu all queued up. Fresh salsas, melt-in-your-mouth steak, creamy black beans, zesty shrimp and more recipes that seem impressive, but are actually incredibly simple, will line my table and fill my friends’ plates. Huge bonus: Almost everything can be made in advance, so you have little to do but enjoy hanging out with your guests.
This menu comes courtesy of Mexico City-born chef Roberto Santibañez. He now calls New York City home and cooks up delicious Mexican fare in his Fonda...read full post »
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been ready for flip-flop season for at least a month. I may still have a 4-foot-high snowbank at the top of my driveway, but the songbirds are my new alarm clock and all I can think about is spring. And after a long winter of hearty stews, rib-sticking chili and all things roasted, I’m craving the fresh, light, refreshing vegetables of spring. Luckily the best ones are showing up at farmers’ markets across the country: snappy peas, refreshing baby lettuce, spicy radishes and more. Here are 5 of my favorite spring veggies and amazing ways to cook them.
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We love a good Thai curry. And if you frequent Thai restaurants, you probably do too! You can put just about anything in a Thai curry, so we Test Kitchen cooks always keep curry paste on hand so we can whip up a curry with whatever we have hanging out in the fridge.
When we decided to use Thai curry paste in the March/April 2015 issue for our Market Pick column (that’s where we do four different takes on one ingredient), we in the Test Kitchen thought it would only be prudent to try as many curry pastes as we could get our hands on.
We tend to use red curry paste, which is the middle of the road in terms of heat. But you can also get yellow curry paste, which is milder than red, and green curry paste, which is hotter. Green and red get their color from chiles, the yellow from turmeric.
Most large supermarkets carry at least...read full post »