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Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 7)

April 29, 2013 - 10:01am

Does it ever occur to you to make Caesar salad at home? I never think of it until I’m at a restaurant and it suddenly looks like the best thing on the menu—especially with some grilled chicken on top (even if I have to pay extra for that).

With this recipe dreamed up by the EatingWell Test Kitchen, it’s not just the chicken that’s grilled—the romaine lettuce is too! (Another thing I’d never think of.) That lightly charred lettuce adds more delicious smokiness to the Caesar salad filling for this easy meal rolled up in a warmed spinach wrap.

New Recipes: Healthy Grilled Salad Recipes and More Unexpected Foods for the Grill

Because you can pick it up and eat it, this...

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April 24, 2013 - 2:27pm

Unpredictability may spice up a marriage, sure—but predictability can be comforting without being boring. For instance, when my husband and I go out to eat, we can predict with a pretty high degree of accuracy what each other will order. If we’re out for Asian food he’ll go for spicy and garlicky—and I’m going to want sticky chicken with sesame seeds.

Don’t Miss: Sweet & Sour Chicken and More Better-Than-Chinese-Takeout Recipes

The unpredictable part is that it turns out I can make sticky chicken we’ll both love at home (it’s so easy!). This EatingWell recipe for Oven-Barbecued Asian Chicken is everything we’re looking for. The sauce has fresh ginger and plenty of garlic and just enough...

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April 1, 2013 - 3:51pm

I just have two questions about this chicken recipe: Why is it called “Three-Cup Chicken”? And can I please have it for dinner tonight? It has the Asian flavors I love: Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, fresh ginger and fresh basil. And lots of garlic: 12 cloves plus 1 tablespoon minced garlic. That’s why Kathy Gunst included it in her story “A Fresh Look at Garlic” in the March/April issue of EatingWell. (Find 25 healthy garlic recipes, including more of her new garlic recipes for garlic scape pesto and more.)

According to her, the name of this classic Taiwanese dish comes from the combination of...

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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?

Don't Miss: Spring Slow Cooker Recipes for Your Crock Pot

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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