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Hilary Meyer's Blog

April 7, 2009 - 4:36am

I love Easter brunch, but I always thought it was stressful to pull together. I got up at the crack of dawn to get everything on the table by midmorning. Sure, it tasted great but I was always too tired to really enjoy it. This year I’m going with a new strategy. All the recipes for my holiday table can be made ahead of time (with the exception of the drink, but that takes only 10 minutes from start to finish). That way I can relax a little and free up some time to enjoy the day.

Here is my easy Easter Brunch Menu:

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole: This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and-cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg...

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April 3, 2009 - 4:36am

At long last spring is here (though it sometimes feels like it takes an eternity!) and for me that means one thing: time to break out my grill. Some of my favorite spring recipes are great for the grill, which keeps me out of the kitchen and enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Take full advantage of the nice weather with a few of my favorite spring grilling recipes:

Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad: This grilled pork dish offers a triple hit of the fruit with an apricot preserve glaze for the tenderloin plus a grilled apricot and watercress salad with an apricot-spiked vinaigrette. Serve with grilled whole-grain country bread and a chilled Chardonnay, which will...

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March 24, 2009 - 4:36am

When I see patches of green finally return to the otherwise brown and dreary landscape, I know it’s early spring in Vermont. It’s a sign of rejuvenation and a reminder for me that it’s time to dig out some of my favorite spring recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter stews and warm casseroles. But I’m ready to sink my teeth into something light and fresh, and spring gives me plenty of options.
Here are a few of my favorite spring recipes:

Green Salad with Asparagus & Peas
Here’s a salad where we’ve combined two stars of the spring garden, asparagus and peas. Since the asparagus goes into the mix raw, you’ll want to look for the freshest,...

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March 18, 2009 - 4:36am

It’s sugaring season in Vermont and here at the heart of Maple Syrup nation my neighbors are tapping the trees, pulling out 40 gallons of sap to boil down to one gallon of syrup. While most people just use maple syrup on pancakes, I find its sweet, earthy flavor pairs well with all sorts of foods. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using maple syrup:

Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu: This quick and healthy dinner pairs creamy tofu and crispy snap peas with a tahini-maple sauce. Serve with udon noodles and Green Tea-Poached Pears for dessert.

Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding: Turn comforting tapioca pudding into a special dessert for two by spiking it with pure maple syrup and finishing it with a...

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March 3, 2009 - 3:36am

When I skip breakfast, I suffer. I’m ravenous by midmorning, dragging my feet and setting myself up for overindulging in foods that I shouldn’t eat. Recently I’ve been trying out some new healthy breakfast recipes, and there are some that are quick enough to pull together even during the morning dash out the door. If I can have a healthy breakfast pulled together in 15 minutes or less, then I’m less likely to skip out on the most important meal of the day.
Here are a few of my favorite sweet and savory quick breakfast recipes, all done in 15 minutes or less:

Quick Breakfast Taco: A smaller cousin of the breakfast burrito, the breakfast taco made with reduced-fat Cheddar and egg...

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