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Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 3)

January 18, 2011 - 10:57am

Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl this year? I am. But I don't watch the Super Bowl for the football—or for the commercials. I do it for the food (and the company, of course). I love football food. My favorite? Dips. Any kind of dip you can imagine. I love bean dip with tortilla chips. I love creamy dips with crunchy vegetables. I love guacamole with... anything! My husband’s favorite is blue cheese dip with Buffalo wings.

But here’s a stat I read recently that made me rethink my dip cravings: the average football fan takes in an estimated 1,200 calories while watching the big game. Plus many store-bought dips can be loaded with saturated fat, salt and additives. I’m not a linebacker—I don’t need to eat like one either!

So I’ll pass on the store-bought...

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January 13, 2011 - 10:41am

I’m trying to eat more healthfully in the new year and that means trouble-shooting one of my problem areas: snack attacks. I usually come home from work ravenous. Like clockwork, I’ll walk in the door, drop my things, reach into the snack drawer and grab the first snack-like thing I see. Then I’ll proceed to munch, munch, munch, all the while standing up, in the kitchen, more likely than not with my hat and coat still on. (Healthy 5-Minute Snack Ideas)

My husband likes to poke fun at...

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January 11, 2011 - 10:41am

At my house, anytime we’re expecting a crowd for dinner, we make homemade pizza. It’s way cheaper than ordering delivery and it’s the easiest meal to serve a lot of people. You can choose the toppings based on who you know is coming. My foodie book club group? Probably something super-healthful with lots of fresh veggies. A roomful of my husband’s rowdy friends? Something a little more traditional (read: meaty).


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December 22, 2010 - 10:45am

I think most people are afraid of pasta, especially in January when some of us swear off tempting, indulgent foods in favor of lettuce and carrots. Pasta tastes so good—but it’s soooo bad for you. Or is it? Would you believe me if I said that pasta can actually be a healthy choice for dinner—even when you’re watching your weight? Because it’s true. The trick is to keep the portion size of your pasta under control and add lean protein and vegetables to the mix so you feel satisfied.

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December 20, 2010 - 3:59pm

I have a girlfriend who is like a real-life Martha Stewart when it comes to throwing parties. She greets you at the door, hands you a glass filled with her latest signature elderflower-pomegranate-spritzer-with-a-twist cocktail and draws you into her cozy home filled with candles-a-burning, fire-a-blazing and an oh-so-perfect tablescape that would give even Sandra Lee a run for her money. The guests are always beautiful, perfectly chatty and nice. The food is always gourmet, always delicious.

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I love my friend’s parties, but I also know that she goes to great effort to make them as perfect as possible. And there are times when that is totally appropriate, especially for more intimate...

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