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Wendy Ruopp's Blog

November 2, 2012 - 10:30am

Chicken potpie is the epitome of comfort food for me. I think fondly of the frozen chicken potpies I would eat as a kid when Mom and Dad went out for the evening and our babysitter needed something easy to feed my sisters and me. I haven’t had one of those in years, but I still remember the long wait for it to bake! The finger-burning spot between the edge of the crust and the little aluminum pan when you quickly grabbed it to flip the whole thing over onto your plate. The steam escaping when you punctured the bottom crust with your fork, and the tongue-burning first bite because you just couldn’t wait another minute. Crust! Gravy! Perfect little squares of chicken, potato and carrots!

OK, nostalgic interlude over. “Chicken potpie” still sounds comforting, only now I require more nutritional wholesomeness from my food and more...

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October 30, 2012 - 12:46pm

On a late-fall afternoon, as the little light of the day leaks out through the darkening clouds, one of my favorite things to do is to warm things up inside by baking. When my kids were little it was one of those activities that made me feel like a good mom (especially when I reminded myself not to freak out about flour showers and random bits of eggshell). When I have apples (or pumpkin, squash, zucchini, bananas…) lingering on the counter, I am inspired to bake.

But how often have you been in the mood to bake a loaf of quick bread or batch of muffins, only to be stopped in your tracks by the multiple sticks of butter called for in many recipes? What’s the point of taking one of the healthiest foods of the season so suited for muffinhood and turning it into a saturated-fat delivery vehicle? I’ve found some EatingWell recipes to...

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October 18, 2012 - 3:32pm

We went apple picking on Saturday and got a little carried away. It was a day that captured the essence of Autumn in New England: that “snap” in the air that puts color in your cheeks; the reds, oranges and yellows of fall foliage just like in a picture postcard; and apple trees weighed down with deep red, ready-to-pick fruit. We just meant to pick a few…and now we have so many apples we hardly know what to do with them all.
Somebody had the bright idea of making a whole dinner featuring our apple haul, to really celebrate fall. So when Sunday turned out to be cool and rainy and just right for cooking, we decided to prepare an apple-centric feast. Here’s the menu.

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October 8, 2012 - 10:41am

From chuck wagon to roadside diner to epicurean cook-off, chili has been an all-American favorite for well over a century. Here at EatingWell, we haven’t been making chili for quite that long—but we do have some recipes that date back to the 1990s. We have chili recipes made with beef, lamb, chicken, and even some excellent vegetarian chili recipes too. Many of these recipes involve long, slow cooking on the back of the stove—just what you want on a chilly (get it?) fall weekend. (Got more time? Make chili in your crock pot.) There are times, though—and tonight is one of them—when I want to go home and make chili for dinner. In 30 minutes. (In the...

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October 1, 2012 - 11:06am

It’s a busy time of year—the weather is getting cooler and everything just seems to speed up. It affects people differently: while I’m just trying to keep warm, for instance, my sister works hard and likes to get things accomplished. Although she doesn’t come right out and say it (very often), I think she thinks I’m a little bit lazy. Just because my motto is “There must be an easier way to do this,” that doesn’t mean I’m lazy: I just appreciate a good shortcut. This month’s shortcut: dinner recipes with an ingredient list I can count on one hand.

Each of the dinners here has just five ingredients (not counting oil, water, salt and pepper, which I don’t—those are just things you never seem to run out of). That kind of simplicity means a lot less work. I only have to remember five...

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