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November 14, 2011 - 9:00am

Q: “I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year—how can I plan a menu and my day to get the meal ready on time?”

A: First off, it’s my great pleasure to welcome you all to our 10-Day Thanksgiving Countdown. Each day we’ll be answering one common reader question about how to plan and cook a delicious but healthy Thanksgiving feast.

For first-time turkey chefs, planning a complex Thanksgiving dinner where all parts arrive on the table at exactly the right moment can seem virtually impossible. But (take a deep breath) it’s not! The big challenges when it comes to Thanksgiving prep are time and oven space. Since most people only have one oven, the easiest way to plan and schedule your menu is to focus on timing. Our...

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October 26, 2011 - 11:39am

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved the smell of roasted pumpkin seeds that followed our Halloween pumpkin carving. It was such a fall ritual in my house: after a clear, cool day picking pumpkins at a local farm, we’d spread crinkly newspapers on the kitchen table before cutting open our pumpkins, the rich leafy smell emerging as we scraped out the seeds and pumpkin goop and lit the first candle inside our newly finished jack-o-lanterns. And then, of course, we’d roast the pumpkin seeds.

Don’t Miss: Halloween Party Treats and Recipes
Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Bread & More Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Now if your family was anything like...

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October 18, 2011 - 11:06am

Add to your list of fall’s simple pleasures—along with turning leaves, apple cider and professional football (Go Giants!)—the return of pumpkin-flavored foods. I love pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer and even pumpkin candy when I can find it. What a great flavor! Pumpkin balances the sweet, light taste of squash with a decadent rich texture that feels almost velvety on the tongue.

Recipes to Try:
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes for Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies & More
Roasted-Pumpkin Apple Soup & More Pumpkin Recipes

Of all my beloved pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin bread has got to be top of...

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October 11, 2011 - 11:07am

On the days my wife and I get home late from work, the temptation not to cook can be almost overwhelming. Why dirty up pots and pans, stand in front of a hot stove and fuss with spice combinations when a hot, tasty meal can be delivered to our door within the hour? But then we remember the beauty of stir-fries.

Recipes to Try: Healthy 30-Minute Stir-Fry Recipes

Forget Chinese takeout: homemade stir-fries can be whipped up in about 30 minutes, with healthy ingredients and minimal mess. As cookbook author and wok evangelist Grace Young wrote in the current issue of EatingWell Magazine, by focusing on fresh veggies and a few staple spices and sauces, stir-fries are a simple way to pack your meal with bright, zingy flavors and essential nutrients. You...

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October 10, 2011 - 11:27am

Visiting my parents last weekend, I came to a realization: we’re a bunch of cheapskates. Really! Half of my family’s conversations revolved around how we saved $2 buying slightly used socks last week or found a perfectly good blender at the recycling center... It was just sitting there! I’d like to say I’m different, but deep down I know that tendency to save money is hewn into my DNA. Let’s put it this way: I’ve been comparison shopping for a bicycle on Craigslist for 4 months now.

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Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to eat well. And though the thought of shelling out only $1 per serving for dinner sets my pulse...

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