After college I moved to San Francisco where my Texas-born, steak-loving friend Amy introduced me to the city’s manly steakhouses. We may not have looked like we fit in—two young, single, wine-sipping women perched in the high-backed leather booths, surrounded by dark wood, ornate carpets and groups of men slugging back straight Scotch. But when the bone-in rib-eyes arrived, we could hold our own. I blush to think of the huge slabs of red meat I put away at each sitting.
But age brings…if not wisdom, then a realization that there is not only virtue but enjoyment in moderation. Now I take a more sustainable approach to steak. Smaller portions of interesting cuts of beef—from pricy filet mignon to the humble cube steak—teamed with a variety of sauces, seasonings and plenty of vegetables, make steak a perfect addition to any healthy diet.
I happen...read full post »
Anytime we talk about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) at EatingWell, we get a lot of passionate input from our readers. Some thank us for our careful reporting, while others argue that we got the story all wrong—and some are just confused. Sometimes they get HFCS mixed up with plain old fructose, and sometimes they assume that HFCS and corn syrup are the same thing. (Both are mistakes.)
So in this final installment of our 5-part series on HFCS, we’re simply going to tell you the real truth about what HFCS is and what it is not. The easiest way to do this is to define HFCS and all the other sugars that you...read full post »
I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to summer sweet corn. And living in Vermont, the season starts much too late and ends much earlier than I’d like. When corn season hits, I’m the first in line at my favorite corn farmer’s stand at the farmers’ market. I also stop at a farmstand on my way home from work when I see the plump, bright green husks piled on the table. (You might even say I brake for corn.)
Then at home, the culinary alchemy begins. For starters, I’ll cut the kernels off an ear so I can snack on it raw while I make dinner. I might cook up one of my all-time favorite recipes, Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette. The roasting corn gets super-sweet...read full post »
When I was a kid, our 4th of July recipes were pretty straightforward—mostly burgers and hot dogs. But now that my parents have moved to coastal Maine, the typical 4th of July fare has gone out the window. Goodbye hot dogs, hello lobster. Lucky for lobster lovers like me, lobster is pretty inexpensive this year, and even if you don’t live on the coast, you can still find it at well-stocked grocery stores.
Here is my complete 4th of July menu with tips on how to shell a lobster:
Stovetop Clambake: Lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn star in our stovetop clambake. Serve with flavor-packed sauces, like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, and there won’t be a need for...read full post »
I first fell in love with rhubarb during a summer break from college. My mom had moved to a farm and I went to help her with her plans to grow and sell vegetables. One of my jobs was to harvest rhubarb and deliver it to the local market. I didn’t so much “harvest” as “attack.” Rhubarb is a beast of a plant—the leaves are enormous, it grows like crazy and you have to reach way into the giant leafy plants and get to the bottom of them, then hack their stalks off with a knife.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Waffles with Rhubarb Sauce
Eventually I got good at harvesting and even thought it was fun to whack at my food. Along the way I fell in love with the stuff too. Strawberry-...read full post »