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Jessie Price's Blog

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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March 4, 2009 - 3:36am

Before I started working at EatingWell, I generally thought of tofu as an ingredient for Asian recipes. That changed when I met our Test Kitchen manager, Stacy Fraser. At a tender age, Stacy decided she wanted to become vegetarian. Then when she went off to college she took it a step further and became vegan. Anyway, she eats meat now, but she still has a real fondness for vegetarian recipes and has a flair for preparing tofu creatively.

One of the first recipes I tried was Stacy’s Italian-inspired concoction that she served with polenta: Tofu with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce. I was impressed. And this recipe for Tofu...

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February 23, 2009 - 3:36am

Almost any pasta qualifies as comfort food in my book. Give it a rich creamy sauce and plenty of cheese and we’re talking heaven. The problem is creamy, cheesy pasta dishes are tough on the waistline. Pasta on its own has plenty of calories—about 180 calories in a 2-ounce serving. Add a creamy sauce and you’ve just created a calorie bomb. Not to mention that those creamy sauces are normally full of saturated fat. (It’s best to keep sat. fat to a minimum for a healthy heart.)

The good news is that there are ways to “fix” creamy pasta dishes. And that’s just what we did with fettuccine Alfredo. Here are the changes we made:

* Swap whole-wheat pasta for regular pasta to increase fiber.
* Cut out heavy cream and butter to reduce calories and...

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February 16, 2009 - 3:36am

There’s something about layer cakes that I just can’t resist. Sure, those homey sheet cakes taste good, but a layer cake is cause for real celebration. And I love banana in any dessert recipe.

Many banana cake recipes are a butter-and-cream bonanza with just a bit of banana. Luckily this yummy cake already has a jump-start on being healthy. Bananas are one of the best dietary sources of potassium. So we set out to develop a banana cake recipe that kept the healthy ingredients and cut or reduced the less healthy ones to yield a cake that is low in cholesterol and sodium. Many of the healthier cooking tricks we used can be applied to other...

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