EatingWell Blogs (Page 11)

November 23, 2016 - 9:22am

From undercooked fowl to burnt-to-a-crisp birds, tales of Thanksgiving turkey fails are hilarious—until they happen to you. One year in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we watched a turkey go up in flames (too much booze in the roasting pan). Still, what can you do but laugh about it? In this spirit, we asked our readers to fess up and share their biggest holiday cooking disasters, sparing no details. Here are some of our favorite responses:

"My first time preparing Thanksgiving dinner on my own: After 50 or so calls to my mother for advice, all the sides were in the oven and the turkey was resting. I decided to give Mom one last call to tell her all was well, but I couldn't find that phone to save my life! Opening the oven, there it was. Broccoli, Rice...

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November 22, 2016 - 9:54am

It's easy to feel like healthy habits take a backseat this time of year with the onslaught of holiday parties. There are sure to be plenty of cookies, eggnog, chocolate and cocktails. You may try to convince yourself that these treats are limited-time-only specials—that come January, the healthy eating will start. That attitude can set you up for an all-or-nothing gorge on treats during the holiday season with plans to abstain next year.

Instead, say to yourself, "I can have it some other time." That simple phrase may help you overcome your cravings, says a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. When people were served M...

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November 21, 2016 - 9:00am

Whether you need a homemade gift idea or you're looking for more natural skincare products this Cranberry Coconut Salt Scrub is the perfect thing to whip up. The recipe comes from Lily Diamond, of the popular L.A.-based food and lifestyle blog Growing up, Lily Diamond worked alongside her mother, a developer of all-natural massage oils for spas across Maui, Hawaii. Her mother's love for plants struck a chord. "I understood how important it was for what I put on my body to be as pure as what I ate," she says.

"Everything is completely edible," Lily says of the masks and scrubs she makes, though she doesn't recommend actually eating them. (Some of her scrubs are salt-based—exfoliating, but not exactly tasty.) For Lily, inspiration comes from volunteering at her community garden and...

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November 17, 2016 - 11:42am

What’s the best part of Thanksgiving? The turkey? No way. It’s the stuffing. And to think there was a time when I thought stuffing could only be made from a box! Don’t get me wrong—boxed stuffing is good, but premade packages of stuffing are a real damper in the creativity department. (Not to mention they’re loaded with sodium and other not-so-wholesome ingredients in the form of preservatives.)

Recipes to Try: Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Homemade stuffing is ridiculously easy to make, but there are a few things you can do that would ruin a perfectly good stuffing. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when you’re making stuffing from scratch, and tips to fix your stuffing.

Mistake to...

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November 4, 2016 - 9:51am

Most people worry about the food safety of thawing and refreezing, but as long as it's done right, it's perfectly safe. The only risk you'll take is ruin­ing the taste and texture of the food.

Related: Our Top Picks for Healthier Frozen-Food Dinners

Air exposure is the enemy when food is in the deep chill. Air trapped in the package or that seeps in from the freezer causes the moisture in the food to evaporate—making the food overly dry. Freezer air can also impart off-tasting flavors. Pack foods in airtight containers that are just a bit bigger than what you're freezing (leaving a little room for expansion as the foods freeze) or pack in freezer bags, squeezing out as much air as possible. Meat in plastic-wrapped...

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