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Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 13)

August 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

When I stay up past my bedtime (ahem, fall asleep on the couch) it reminds me of being a kid and thinking, “When I grow up, I’ll stay up as late as I want—and I’ll eat ice cream for dinner!” Turns out being a grownup isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But at least in summertime there are opportunities for the rules and restrictions that often bind us to loosen, and the EatingWell Test Kitchen is ready with easy, no-cook sandwiches and salads (if not ice cream) for some more-free-time suppers.

Don’t Miss: Our Top 50 Recipes for Summer

One recipe I like to make for a cool supper on a hot night is our updated Waldorf salad—something I grew up on—now with chicken and more fruit (and less mayo) than Mom used to add...

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July 30, 2012 - 3:03pm

There’s something about a warm summer night that makes the idea of savoring a cold, frosty beer so enticing. Could it be the way the tangy smell of the hops wafts about in the humid air? For me, it’s that tingle on my tongue that comes with the first refreshing sip.

Don’t Miss: 5 Perfect Pizza & Beer Pairings

Well, here’s another way to enjoy summer’s favorite beverage—use beer in cooking! Beer lends a unique and alluring flavor to foods. Whether it’s pork, poultry or seafood, a splash (or more!) of beer will add a special kick to your meal that diners of all ages will rave about.

Here are 4 recipes that will get you to see your next beer as more than just a drink.

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July 24, 2012 - 10:00am

In the summer I like to eat light, fresh meals, which means I have more than enough room for a tasty dessert. But I don’t want to pile on a bunch of calories at the end of a meal. So I like to turn to my repertoire of super-easy low-calorie desserts. As long as they’re not loaded with tons of cream, it’s easy to make them delicious but still relatively slim. Here are some of my favorites.

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas
Kids will love dipping bananas in melted chocolate and rolling them in coconut to make this tasty frozen treat.
Calories per serving: 100

Watermelon Slush ...

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July 18, 2012 - 1:00pm

A 15-minute no-bake chocolate pie? Yes, it is possible! We cut down on time by using a food processor to mix everything together. All you need to do is melt some chocolate chips, whiz them together with the secret ingredient, add a splash of maple syrup and a capful of vanilla, stir in raspberries and just 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and dump it all (decoratively, of course) in a graham cracker crust. (See below for the recipe.)

Don’t Miss: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake and More of Our Best Picnic Desserts

No one who takes a bite of the resulting luscious chocolate-ness will guess what the secret ingredient is that makes this pie so creamy and healthy. This chocolate raspberry pie gets an amazing smooth, rich, creamy texture from—wait for it—silken...

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July 12, 2012 - 11:58am

“Eat dessert first” is a motto I can really relate to—and when it comes to summer desserts, it’s also good advice. That’s because some of the best summer desserts are frozen desserts, and nothing stays frozen very long on a hot summer day. As the sun continues to blaze hot this season, I know that fresh, frosty treats are just what I want to make and eat right now.

Here are 6 very cool recipes to enjoy right away.

Watermelon-Yogurt Ice
Watermelon is one of summer’s most refreshing and iconic fruits. Inspired by creamy watermelon sherbet, our light and refreshing dessert truly captures the essence of summer.

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