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Hilary Meyer's Blog

February 26, 2010 - 11:41am

We’re officially midwinter and I miss the produce bins at the grocery store during midsummer that overflow with fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness. Right now the produce section looks more like a compost pile than anything else. If I have to put one more anemic tomato in my grocery cart, I think I’ll scream.

I can’t just stop eating fruits and vegetables for the winter, so I’ve turned to frozen for the time being. But when it comes to fresh vs. frozen, are we giving up nutrition for convenience? As it turns out, maybe not (especially when it comes to “out of season” produce).

Frozen vegetables may be even more healthful than some of the fresh...

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February 25, 2010 - 11:26am

Last week I blogged about the one pot I couldn’t live without, my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. And that got me thinking about more kitchen tools that I hold near and dear to my heart—one in particular, my cast-iron skillet. Some of my all-time favorite recipes are made in a cast-iron skillet.

I love cooking in cast iron because it conducts heat beautifully and, if given a little TLC, the skillet will last a lifetime. Its straight high sides are the perfect vessel for a one-skillet meal, which is great for easy cleanup, and you can even use it to make dessert. A cast-iron skillet may not be fancy, but it...

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February 10, 2010 - 10:55am

If my house ever caught on fire, I wouldn’t be scrambling for my wedding album or my jewelry box. Of course I’d rescue my husband and pets, but the one item I’d fight to save is my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s the perfect vessel for cooking up a warming winter supper. It conducts heat evenly, which is perfect for braising. It goes from stovetop to oven with ease and the enamel surface makes it a breeze to clean.

Some Dutch ovens can be on the expensive side, but the truth of the matter is that many of them last forever and if they don’t, many companies will send you a replacement. Mine has taken a lot of abuse and it keeps on ticking. In...

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February 3, 2010 - 11:01am

I like to make salsa at home—it’s simple and I can make it just as I like it: red or green, hot or mild, lots of or little cilantro, with a little fruit thrown in, or simple tomato like this Salsa Rojo recipe. But there are also some great jarred salsas on supermarket shelves, which are handy to have in your refrigerator for a quick appetizer when all your friends decide at the last minute, that they’ll be watching the Super Bowl at your house.

(For more recipe ideas for your impromptu fiesta, check out our Chips and Dips, Super Bowl favorites and...

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January 22, 2010 - 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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