Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 2)

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:
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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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March 16, 2011 - 9:58am

My parents were back-to-the-land kind of folks, so I grew up eating all sorts of interesting whole grains. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually heard of quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”). And it wasn’t until the last several months that I’ve noticed a growing buzz around this quite petite, mild-flavored grain. Quinoa is everywhere. Some would say it is, in effect, one of the “hot” foods you should be eating this year. (See more trendy foods to watch for here.) But quinoa isn’t exactly new. It was, in fact, a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet. So why has this very old grain been given a new second life in 2011? Why quinoa and why now? full post »
March 1, 2011 - 11:44am

The way I see it, you’re either a coffee drinker or you’re not: you unequivocally love it or you avoid it completely. And wouldn’t you agree that what kind of coffee drinker you are says a lot about who you are as a person? I love the coffee die-hards at EatingWell Magazine where I work as a Web writer and producer—joined at the hand with their trusty old mug. They’ll drink their coffee any old way so long as it’s constant and caffeinated. On the flip side, there are the coffee purists who scoff at cream and sugar (let alone mocha frappuccino with extra whipped cream and caramel sauce!).

How healthy is your coffee habit? 4 benefits and 4 cons to know about...

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February 16, 2011 - 11:04am

I learned everything I know about baking from my mother. When I was a little girl, I loved getting up super-early on weekend mornings and helping her in the kitchen. I would measure and mix the dry ingredients (my favorite part was making the well in the middle) while she whisked the eggs. I was still in elementary school when I baked my first banana bread. It was from an old edition of Joy of Cooking and it was pretty basic and it was fine, but other than bananas it was made with mostly not-so-healthy ingredients, such as refined flour and shortening, which don't really provide much nourishment.

Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread...

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