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August 14, 2012 - 1:26pm

In the height of summer, most people have forgotten about their slow cookers. But my slow cooker never gets put into storage; I think of it as a year-round tool. (Don’t miss these 7 tricks for better slow-cooking in your crock pot.)

For starters, it never stops being convenient. Just the way it warms you up after a day skiing, your slow cooker can deliver an easy, nourishing meal after a soccer game or a day at the beach. And no, you don’t have to be eating beef stew in August. Recipes like Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions (pictured) are great for summer. Just top it with some cool and...

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August 8, 2012 - 12:48pm

A few weeks back I pledged to spend less on food, meat in particular. I’ve done well on my promise, and I’ve gotten to really enjoy some under-appreciated cuts of meat.

But I’ve realized that you do need to be careful about how you cook these budget-friendly cuts. Cheap cuts of meat (red meat in particular) can be either a) flavorless and/or b) very tough. So here are a few tricks to end up with tender, great tasting meat every time:

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1. Cut it across the grain:
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July 31, 2012 - 11:20am

For some reason, seafood seems to be one of the most intimidating foods to grill. Fish tends to be delicate and hard to maneuver without mishap, and smaller foods like shrimp and scallops are so small, that they can overcook in a flash or worse yet, fall through the grates into the fire. But truthfully, they’re all easy to master once you know a few tricks of the trade. Here are a few tips to help you achieve perfectly grilled seafood every time you grill:

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1. Keep the Skin on the Fish
Plenty of recipes call for your fish “skinned...

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July 23, 2012 - 1:58pm

I want to be better at saving money and one place I can start is with dinner. No, I’m not going to be serving my family ramen noodles every night. I’m still going to cook delicious, healthy dinners, but I’m going to be more savvy about the recipes I choose to make. To keep things simple (and cheap!) during the work week, I’ll stick to recipes with only 5 ingredients (not including the bare essentials like oil, salt and pepper). AND I’m not going to spend more than $50. Is it Dinner Impossible? No! Check out my menu (and my shopping list) for the week. It comes out to just under $40 for main dishes, leaving me $10 for healthy sides like salad greens, broccoli and brown rice. Maybe I’ll even be able to slip in a dessert.

Here are the recipes I’m making and how much they cost:

Monday:...

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July 20, 2012 - 9:46am

I love making ice cream at home, but have to say it’s been a real wake-up call. Somehow mixing egg yolks with more heavy cream than I would ever fathom using in any other circumstance makes me acutely aware of how much fat and calories are in each tasty bite. So instead of packing away my ice cream maker for good, I’ve decided to start making lighter ice cream at home. There are a few tricks to making it taste good, including an unexpected secret ingredient that makes it taste almost as rich as the full-fat stuff. Here are my tips for making great lighter ice cream at home:

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Recipes to Try:...

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