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Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 6)

March 18, 2013 - 9:57am

I used to do my own taxes, but in the last few years, with the complications of kids in and out of college and so on, I (gratefully) handed everything over to a professional. I’ve just dropped off everything with her for last year’s taxes—and immediately resolved to get our spending under control. Starting with grocery shopping. My idea of shopping within a budget is typically to ask the budget to look the other way. (After all, it doesn’t want me to go without good bread and wine, does it?) Is it any wonder that now I’m afraid I’ll be digging through the couch cushions to pay our taxes when I should have been saving money all along?

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March 13, 2013 - 10:57am

Slow cookers seem to have a season. They’re used all fall and winter like a favorite down jacket, then tucked away once the crocuses start pushing up through the ground. But the best part about the slow cooker is that it’s convenient. And, surely, convenience has no season. Why pack it away just because it’s T-shirt weather?

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If you love your slow cooker and want to keep using it as often as possible, I suggest rethinking what you cook in it. Lighter dishes are what I’m in the mood for now. And because I want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside, I want crock pot recipes that let me skip precooking and browning ingredients...

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March 7, 2013 - 4:53pm

A few years ago we asked some of our favorite EatingWell contributors to share healthy breakfast recipes from their part of the world. Darina Allen—chef, cookbook author and director of the legendary Irish cooking school Ballymaloe in County Cork—sent us her recipe for Irish Soda Bread, with this letter:

“On Sunday morning I love to cook a huge Irish breakfast—rashers and sausage and some lovely fresh eggs from the “Palais de Poulets,” our swanky sounding but rather ordinary hen house here at Ballymaloe…. Perhaps best of all, the meal is completed with fresh-baked Irish soda bread.
“While the kettle of spring water on our ancient Aga cooker is coming to the boil, I start by measuring out some flour for the soda bread, then go to the pantry for the jug of thick buttermilk from our Jersey cow....

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February 22, 2013 - 10:58am

Maybe you are like me: the very rare times you settle for fast food for dinner, you think you can at least make a healthier choice by ordering the fish sandwich. But it turns out that may not necessarily be better for you after all. Sure, fish on its own is healthy: low in fat and often high in omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart and your brain. The problem is, once fish gets deep-fried, slathered with tartar sauce, covered in cheese and piled onto a white bun, it becomes a calorie bomb. In fact, a classic fried-fish sandwich you might get at one fast-food restaurant (I’m not naming names) can weigh in at 590 calories and 30 grams of fat.

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February 5, 2013 - 3:29pm

If you do a search for jambalaya recipes, you’re going to find more to choose from than you know what to do with. There are lots of great Cajun cooks out there—and lots of jambalaya recipes full of personal expression and ingredient lists as long as your arm. (What Makes Cajun Food So Great? Top Chefs Share Their Secrets.)

But say your intention is just to tip your hat (or dinner plate) in the direction of New Orleans during this Mardi Gras season, while still getting dinner on the table tonight in just 25 minutes. In that case, you’ll want to make what the EatingWell Test Kitchen calls Express Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya.

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