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April 21, 2011 - 11:23am

Every year, right about this time, my birthday rolls around. Yup, it happens every year. And I welcome it. The change in season inspires me to have a fresh perspective on things. There is newness everywhere. (And it’s just warm enough to don a really fantastic birthday outfit!)

Even if it’s not your birthday, spring is such a wonderful time for celebrations. And for that reason, light, luscious cakes are always in order. Here are some of my favorite cakes from the EatingWell Test Kitchen. (See their 5 secrets for baking a perfect cake from scratch here.) There’s something for everyone here. Happy Birthday, Spring!

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April 12, 2011 - 11:36am

The other day, my sister called to tell me, “I had lamb. With mint sauce. And it was actually good!” You see, for us, such a meal brings to mind the traditional Easter dinner of our childhood: strong-flavored meat served alongside a glob of chartreuse-hued jelly. Granted, it was hard for us kids to appreciate when we had visions of chocolate eggs rolling around in our heads. But I think I tried just a little bit to like it for my mother, who loved the dish dearly and worked so hard to put a lovely dinner on the table.

In truth, though, it was the mint jelly that did me in. There was always a jar of that stuff in our cupboards, the sight of which, if it caught me off guard, would make my heart sink. I do love mint, when it’s the real deal. And I think folks are more daring these days, willing to try something new, something healthier...

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April 4, 2011 - 11:35am

Got a box of pasta in your cupboard? I suppose the easiest thing to do with it would be to boil it up and smother it with some sauce from a jar. But this is not the stuff inspiring meals are made of—let alone healthful or satisfying ones. With the right mix of ingredients, even a plain old box of pasta can be elevated to something truly wonderful, something you would happily serve to your family or even to guests.

No need to slave in the kitchen for days, either. The best pasta dishes are usually the simplest, in my opinion. It is pasta, after all.

Here’s how the EatingWell Test Kitchen makes sure pasta is healthful:

Try whole-wheat: Whole-wheat pastas have the benefit of retaining their magnesium, zinc and other nutrients. On average, whole-wheat pasta offers two to three...

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March 30, 2011 - 11:25am

If you’re like me, you probably feel slightly overwhelmed by all the things you could be doing to green-up your life. When it comes to having a healthy kitchen, the decisions we make on a daily basis can have a big impact on our health and the health of our planet. Fortunately, there are some pretty clever products available to help you ease into a greener, healthier lifestyle. Here’s a roundup of some of EatingWell editors’ favorites.
—Additional reporting by Carolyn Malcoun, Lindsey Tiberi-Warner, and Emilie Stigliani

More Ideas for a Healthy Kitchen:
5 Easy Tips to Eat Sustainably
12 Foods...

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March 24, 2011 - 12:04pm

I’m not French-Canadian, but the town where I grew up is in northern Vermont and on most nights you could see the bright lights from the Canadian border crossing just a few miles up the road.

When I was on the high school Nordic ski team, we’d drive up to Quebec City each year for preseason training. Two things I’ll never forget from my first trip there: seeing an otherwise super-fit, super-healthy skier stop in the middle of the trail to take a cigarette break, and the poutine.

Related Link: Classic French Recipes Made Healthy

Poutine (pu-teen)—fries topped with gravy and cheese curds—is a French-Canadian classic. But until that point, I’d only ever seen it...

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