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Jessie Price's Blog

April 9, 2009 - 4:36am

I adore cake…a little too much. If it’s in my house, I can’t resist it, even for breakfast.

A few years ago I had a piece of coconut-and-pineapple cake at my grandpa’s 80th birthday party in Midland, Texas. It started a little obsession for me. I decided I wanted to track down that cake recipe, to have at my wedding. Unfortunately the baker was uncooperative. So I decided the next best thing was to enlist my sister Katie, who works here at EatingWell, to come up with a recipe for Pineapple-Coconut Layer Cake. And even though the final cake would certainly be healthier than the original, I wanted to make sure that it was still rich and delicious. It needed to have layers filled with a sweet pineapple curd and covered in frosting. Katie ended up working through endless...

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April 1, 2009 - 4:36am

About 15 years ago I was at a small café in Rome with my sister. I ordered a sandwich with prosciutto, cheese and tomatoes. They pressed it. It was my first panini. I needed more. I was in love. Thankfully, since then the panini has made it big here in the U.S. You can get them at local delis, the airport and if they’re not there already, they’ll certainly make it to your favorite donut shop soon.

They’re also super-easy to do at home. I make them for a quick dinner. The Southwestern Cheese Panini in this picture is one of my favorite combinations. It includes shredded carrots, zucchini, salsa, cheese and the crowning touch….pickled jalapeños. And I always have tuna on hand so I often make our ...

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March 27, 2009 - 4:36am

I’m really into salads. I don’t mean I like to eat them a lot. I mean I’m totally salad-crazed to the point where it’s a little embarrassing. Most days I bring a salad for lunch. I toss it with dressing in a big bowl and then I try and put it on a plate. But inevitably my salad is so large that it’s hanging off the plate and I’m losing lettuce off the side as I go sit down to eat.

Around the EatingWell Test Kitchen, when we decide on serving sizes for our salad recipes, we often judge them on whether they’re a “Jessie-sized portion” (falling-off-the-plate) or a normal portion. We usually come up with a reasonable compromise that’s plenty generous and will fill you up. To me the fact that you can have a big delicious serving of salad without going overboard in terms...

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March 17, 2009 - 4:36am

I get excited for March Madness not because I like college basketball (to be honest it’s really lost on me): I like the excuse to get together with friends, drink beer and eat some seriously junk-a-delic food.

Chile con queso is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, along with homemade pizza and my favorite beer. If you’re not familiar with chili con queso, it’s a cheesy, gooey dip usually served in a crockpot to keep it hot. My family (the half from Texas) makes it with Velveeta, jack cheese, salsa (preferably Herdez brand) and maybe some green chiles.

Get the recipe: Chile Con Queso

Last fall the food...

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March 11, 2009 - 10:36am

I’m bonkers for all the mushrooms, beef and creamy sauce in beef stroganoff. I could just bathe myself in it. OK…maybe not bathe. But how about bathe a bunch of egg noodles in the luscious sauce and then chow it down! That sounds like a serious comfort-food dinner to me and one that’s an easy crowd pleaser. Plus our recipe only takes 40 minutes start to finish.

Get the recipe: Beef & Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Our secrets to keeping it light are:

• We use flank steak, which is a relatively lean cut of beef.
• We make sauce with beef broth thickened with a little flour.
•...

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