Emily Mckenna's Blog

June 15, 2012 - 9:42am

During summer, when it’s hot and humid at dinnertime, the last thing I want to do is go inside and turn on the stove to cook. As an alternative, I often turn to salads, which are not only quick and easy to pull together, but also lighter and don’t require the stove. Of course, I want a little variety at the dinner table, and sometimes a big bowl of raw greens and veggies just doesn’t make the cut.

So to give my salads some flair, I’m turning to the grill. Yes, you heard me right. Here are 5 EatingWell recipes for healthy grilled salads—with accompanying tips for salad-grilling perfection—that go beyond the usual sliced, grilled steak or chicken on greens. You do have to cook the components of these salads, but at least you can do your cooking outside, watching the sunset and, I hope, with a cocktail in hand...

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June 6, 2012 - 9:11am

My husband and I are salsa addicts. We eat it with chips and quesadillas, on our burgers and stuffed inside grilled cheese sandwiches.

Lately, though, we’ve wanted more variety than traditional tomato-based salsas and have started to experiment with fruity, summery ingredients like cherries, mango, pineapple and nectarines that make great fresh salsas! Here are 6 surprising foods to make salsa with and sensational salsa recipes from EatingWell that we love and now make all the time at home.

Serve with Your Salsa: Healthy Margarita Recipes and More Mexican Drinks
Healthy Homemade Chips and Dip Recipes


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June 1, 2012 (All day)

About this time every year, I get excited for all the delicious, sweet summer fruit that’s showing up at my local farmers’ market. Apparently so do my friends and family, because they ask me for my best tips for buying, storing and cooking berries, stone fruit and other summer fruits. Here are my tips for choosing the best fruit at the market and for storing the fruit once you get home.

How to pick ripe raspberries: Raspberries do not ripen once they are picked, so you want to choose plump, brightly colored berries. Skip any berries with the hull still attached, as this is a sign that the berries were picked too early and might be sour. As with all berries, check for any juice or mold, which are signs of spoilage, in the container.

How to store raspberries: Fresh...

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May 24, 2012 - 11:42am

For some reason, food eaten outdoors under the sun tastes better. There is nothing like a burger or hot dog cooked on a grill with a side of macaroni salad, coleslaw or watermelon to celebrate summer.

Don’t Miss: Best & Worst Foods to Eat at a Barbecue

Unfortunately, the longer cooked and raw foods sit outside in the sun (such as at a Memorial Day picnic or any warm-weather cookout) the higher the chance for food-borne bacteria to multiply. To keep you and your family safe this summer, we have compiled a list of the 5 most common picnic hazards to avoid—along with our easy tips for safely preparing, cooking and storing food for picnics.


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May 15, 2012 - 11:24am

This Memorial Day I'm hosting a picnic and each of my friends is going to bring a dish. I am in charge of dessert. Lucky for me it is cherry time—the few wonderful weeks in between spring and summer when fresh cherries are available at my farmers' market. (Sweet and tart cherries are also available year-round canned or frozen.)

Recipes to Try: Delicious Cherry Recipes including Dark Cherry Bundt Cake

I've already chosen my dessert—No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars from our article about cherry season in the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine. This recipe is part bar, part cherry pie and...

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