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January 13, 2016 - 12:13pm

Love bananas? Toffee? How about whipped cream? Then you’ve got to try banoffee pie, one of Great Britain’s sweetest contributions to the confectionary world.

No denying that it’s irresistibly creamy, caramelly and sugary. But it’s also usually quite a calorie bomb, so we’ve taken the classic and given it a little nip-’n’-tuck.

The result: Our pie has half the calories, over 65 percent less saturated fat and 40 percent less sugar than a traditional version. Don’t worry—it still delivers all the amazing taste of the original.

Here are five ways we made banoffee pie healthier:

1. We piled on the potassium-rich bananas, which also add natural sweetness.
2. For the filling we use half as much sweetened condensed milk (it's loaded with calories) and choose the nonfat kind to...

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January 6, 2016 - 12:18pm

During the Super Bowl, while my husband is in front of the television yelling about bad play calls, I’ll be in the kitchen enjoying some of my favorite Super Bowl recipes. I’m going to make chips and dips, onion rings, jalapeño poppers and chicken wings just to name a few. Some of our recipes for these favorite snacks use an easy, mess free oven-fry technique that gives food a crispy golden crust and moist interior. It tastes like fried food, but it’s better for you. Score!

What’s your favorite Super Bowl Snack? Share your comment and take our poll!

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May 22, 2014 - 1:21pm

A wedding without a wedding cake? A birthday party without a birthday cake? That’s like a party balloon without air. Just picture the moment when the lights dim, the crowd sings and a cake with swirls of frosting and glowing candles makes its way to the table for that special someone. Cakes make that magic moment of every great celebration. And the one sure way to really amplify the “oohs” and “aahs” is to bake a cake from scratch.

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So we turned to Nick Malgieri, award-winning cookbook author and director of the baking programs at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. His uncomplicated approach to cakes is reason enough to celebrate. If you can handle a spatula and an electric mixer,...

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January 15, 2014 - 12:25pm

Even if you are experienced in the kitchen, there are always a few recipes that can throw you off your game. I went to culinary school, I’ve worked in restaurants and bakeries, and I’ve been testing and developing recipes for six years in the EatingWell Test Kitchen—and still I struggle with a few things. For me, they mostly involve desserts, because a dessert is often less forgiving if you make a mistake. There’s no magic fix if your chocolate mousse deflates or you overbake a meringue. Sometimes the challenges stem from trying to make dessert a little healthier—as is the case with pie crust. Fortunately, along the way I’ve learned a few helpful lessons from my mistakes. Below are 5 recipes that used to trip me up, but I’ve since learned to master. With the help of some insider tips, I now end up with spectacular results, and so can you!...

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January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

If your recent restaurant dining involved a super-savory dish that made you drool or a salad dressing that knocked your socks off, the chef might have been using a secret ingredient: anchovies. These tiny cured fish pack a wallop of flavor in tiny amounts and because of that, chefs like to add them to everything from salad dressing to beef stew. You might be turning up your nose, thinking of those salty, shriveled bits on pizza. However, canned or cured anchovies are a totally different taste experience. That’s because they deliver umami—a taste that’s loosely defined as particularly “savory” (the other tastes are bitter, sweet, salty and sour). Umami is an mmm-inducing flavor with multiple layers. Give anchovies a try and wow the eaters in your home. Here are five ways you can use anchovies in obvious (and not so obvious) ways to pump up the flavor...

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