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Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 10)

December 13, 2012 - 11:30am

Just in the last few months, two or three new artisanal steak restaurants have opened in town. I’m usually the last to know that something is trendy, catching on just as it goes from cool to cliché—but even I can notice that locally sourced steak is a hot food trend right now. A hot and expensive trend. Happily married as I am, thinking about going to a nice restaurant for a fancy steak dinner makes me wish I were still dating (it’s not as much fun when you have to pay for both dinners: “Oh, I’m not that hungry—I’ll just have a salad.”)

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November 29, 2012 - 10:22am

Quick. Easy. Tasty. There’s just something about casseroles. People love them: we’re all just looking for comfort and deliciousness in one dish. While the word might conjure nostalgic memories of a well-coifed 1950s housewife in a frilly apron combining cans of creamy soup with leftovers to make dinner, our palates today call for dishes that are healthier and even more delicious.

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November 20, 2012 - 11:40am

You heard the buzz (Everybody’s talking about quinoa!) and succumbed to the lure of its popularity (Everybody’s eating quinoa!), so you bought some quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a delicately flavored grain and one of the only plant foods that is a complete protein, meaning it has balanced quantities of 9 essential amino acids. Both white and red quinoa are available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances its flavor and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering.

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November 14, 2012 - 10:08am

We have an open-door policy when it comes to Thanksgiving: we welcome in anyone who turns up. Especially this year, when the wild fall weather has made travel planning difficult and unpredictable, chances are a lot more people will be staying closer to home. Their last-minute plans mean I’ll want to cook a big turkey, to make sure we have enough. Chances are good that I’ll go overboard (Thanksgiving math always trips me up—is it 20 ounces per person or 20 minutes per pound?) and that means leftovers.

Good—I love leftovers. They call for creativity and resourcefulness so it doesn’t taste like you’re eating the same thing night after night. Here are 5 dinner recipes that use leftover turkey in deliciously new, healthy ways.


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November 7, 2012 - 1:20pm

An invitation to dinner is just about all the appetizer I need—I’m so happy to have someone feed me that I’m not fussy about what’s on the menu. But if, when I arrive, there are little nibbles to start things off, it’s a delightful bonus. Appetizers really take gatherings up a notch, showing an attention to detail I appreciate.

And hors d’oeuvres don’t have to add a lot of time to your meal prep—here I’ve picked 5 no-cook appetizers that are practically ready in an instant. There’s at least one thing these 5 easy appetizer recipes have in common: an instant (read: store-bought) foundation. The part you make rests on a tasty cracker, chip or toasted baguette you buy. Think of that box of fancy crackers as a lifeboat full of party-savers. You can top the crackers with just about anything and...

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