Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 5)

December 21, 2010 - 11:05am

I’m hosting Christmas at my house with my family and my parents this year. One of the things I remember about Christmas vacation as a kid is the yummy breakfasts we’d have together before heading outside for some sledding. My dad would make his special “Mickey Mouse“ pancakes and my sister and I would wait at the table for our flapjacks, warming our hands around our candy-cane Christmas mugs filled with hot chocolate.

It’s one of the things I love most about all the time off over the holidays—the cooking (and eating) we do together. We still make great breakfasts, since we...

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December 16, 2010 - 12:28pm

It's been a big year in food news. Here's a look, in no particular order, at 5 of the food trends of 2010, the stories that propelled them to the top and what you can learn from them:

1. Cutting Back on Salt and Sweeteners—The year started with New York City's call for food manufacturers and restaurant chains to voluntarily curb sodium in their foods, with a goal of a 20 percent reduction in the amount of salt in packaged products and restaurant food in the next five years.

That's a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams—the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt. Reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to...

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December 3, 2010 - 12:07pm

If you’re eating with my husband and me you need to be quick to get what you want when it comes to certain foods. He’s a chunk hunter and I’m a cherry picker. His ice-cream-scooping power has laserlike accuracy when it comes to finding and extracting the delectable bits of sinfulness from cookie-, candy- and swirl-packed ice creams. When it comes to nuts, I like to scavenge around the nut bowl to pick out just the varieties I want to eat. (Yes, I’m that girl.)

Related: 5 Super-Easy and Tasty Spiced Nuts Recipes

Turns out my habit may have some health benefits. All nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats. But some picks rise about the rest in terms of nutrition benefits, as...

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November 24, 2010 - 10:30am

It's not the presents I remember most about the first Hanukkah I spent with my now-husband's family, it's the latkes. Golden and crispy-crunchy on the outside, hot, tender and creamy on the inside, touched with just the right amount of salt. Mmmmm. Leave it to me to have fonder memories of potato pancakes than pearls, or whatever lovely gifts I received that year. Actually, I think it would make my mother-in-law proud that her crispy, golden cakes stand out most in my mind.

A Lighter Classic Latke Recipe and 3 Yummy Variations to Try
Homemade Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life

That year we were...

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October 13, 2010 - 12:10pm

My husband works late two nights a week, which leaves our year-and-a-half-old son and me on dinner duty together. Sounds like a sweet mommy-baby date, right? It often is, especially on the nights when dinner is super-simple: minimal cooking, mostly reheating, a leisurely meal (ha!) and lots of playing. My solution: meals I can make ahead, freeze and then just reheat. (Eggs and toast are always a backup!)

Related: 25 Healthy Recipes You Can Make Ahead and Freeze

The thing about cooking ahead is that I have to set aside the time to cook at some point. But then, on crazy nights when we just need to eat, we have a meal that’s all ready to go. That’s an investment that pays off big for my sanity and satisfaction (usually...

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