Jessie Price's Blog
For me the best part of potlucks (besides how easy they are) is the fact that you get to nibble on a bunch of different things. I always head straight for the salads. Broccoli-bacon salad is one that appears over and over on potluck lineups. But usually it’s made with too much mayonnaise and bacon. (Bacon really seems to play an important role in potluck lineups…and for good reason. It’s delicious, but needs to be used judiciously to keep things healthy.) We made a healthier broccoli-bacon salad this summer with less bacon and low-fat mayonnaise. Our version has only 1 gram of saturated fat and 200 mg of sodium.
Get the recipe: Broccoli-Bacon Salad
When we got a request from a reader begging us to “please reduce the fat and sodium” in her recipe for seven-layer salad, we...read full post »
The weather’s warm, the shorts are out and school’s almost over. That means it’s party season. Here in Vermont, we love to throw potlucks, where everyone comes and brings a dish. I’ve been attending an annual potluck here in Charlotte for about 30 of my last 35 summers that usually gets about 200 people. It’s a blast and everyone shares in the cooking. The funny thing is there are certain things that always appear on these potluck spreads. (Check out this collection of potluck recipes for a sampling.) They’re things like potato salad or pasta salad, carrot cake and Waldorf salad. And then there are the casseroles. This happens to be my personal favorite category. I love them because they’re homey and comforting and so often topped with cheese. What’s not to love?...read full post »
I love strong flavors and plenty of heat. So Sichuan food, known for its spices, is one of my favorite Chinese regional cuisines. Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most well-known Sichuan dishes. It is super-popular on most American Chinese menus. But there’s no reason to wait until you go out to enjoy this dish. You can make it at home in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Kung Pao Tofu
And when you make Chinese food yourself you can keep it healthy with less oil and soy sauce. Plus you can bump up the amount of vegetables in it. A combination of broccoli and peppers is delicious. To cut down on prep time I like to use broccoli crowns, which are the tops of the bunches, with the stalks cut off....read full post »
Cinco de Mayo means it’s time to bust out some of your favorite Mexican recipes and start pouring the margaritas. I like my margaritas on the rocks, with salt, please. And I prefer to make them with fresh lime juice—forget the premade mix. You probably have your own favorite take on the margarita…and I’m not going to say it’s wrong, but I would like to suggest a few other delicious drinks that are equally wonderful for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The photo above is the Salty Chihuahua. It’s sort of a cross between the salty dog (vodka, grapefruit juice and a salt rim) and a margarita. It has tequila, Cointreau and grapefruit juice. Go for a good-quality juice like Odwalla or squeeze your own....read full post »
I adore the nutty flavors and toothsome textures of whole grains. I always have. When I was a kid, my mom always served barley with her roast leg of lamb and it became my favorite side dish. Often we added mushrooms and topped it with gravy from the lamb. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Now, for a treat, I make EatingWell’s barley and mushroom risotto.
I’m lucky that I was trained from an early age to embrace whole grains, from barley to whole wheat. Now that I am an adult, I’m enjoying new whole grains, such as quinoa and farro, and using EatingWell’s Whole Grain Recipe Collection nearly every day. Why? Because whole grains are just plain healthier than refined grains. On...read full post »