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EatingWell Blogs (Page 251)

December 14, 2009 - 12:07pm

I come from a long line of holiday-cookie bakers. My great-grandma baked oodles of cookies each year for the grand cookie platter that served as the only dessert on Christmas Day. My mom started her own cookie-baking tradition when she got married 30-plus years ago. On Thanksgiving weekend we’d pick out all the holiday cookie recipes she was going to make and then for weeks she baked one kind of cookie a day. She hit her peak when my sister, Jennie, and I were kids, baking 1,000 cookies or more each holiday season, at least 100 of each variety. Crazy, huh?

While I’m not going to bake quite that many cookies this year, today marks the last 12 days before Christmas and I plan to bake one cookie recipe a day until the big day!...

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December 11, 2009 - 12:17pm

The other night on my drive home, I heard something on National Public Radio that really got under my skin. Some schools across the country are outlawing flavored milk. And crusading for the cause is Ann Cooper, who I must admit, I generally respect as a school-lunch-reform maven: she called chocolate milk "soda in drag." Cooper, Nutrition Services Director for Boulder Valley School District, has outlawed flavored milk from her district, just one of many other schools to do so. (Enough have banned the drink to prompt the dairy industry to rally the many pediatricians and dietitians who vehemently oppose the ban on chocolate milk for a new campaign called Raise Your Hand for Milk...

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December 10, 2009 - 10:58am

I have a tight budget for Christmas this year, but my gift giving isn’t going to suffer. All it takes is little creativity to put together some holiday gifts from the kitchen. This way, I can get into the spirit of giving by delivering healthy homemade gifts that everyone appreciates without worrying too much about blowing my budget.

One of my favorite kitchen gifts to give is pasta sauce—every year I make a huge batch, divide it up into jars and give it to friends and family with storage instructions and a few ideas for how to use it. This year I’m going to make Salsa alla Capricciosa; for more ideas, check out these...

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December 9, 2009 - 12:01pm

Every year when I was a kid, my mom, my sisters and I baked dozens of rich, buttery cookies to fill our famous holiday gift tins. I still love giving homemade cookies as gifts to friends and family, but I don’t want to feel like I’m sabotaging someone’s diet with my present. So this year, I’m going to fill my cookie tins with healthier cookies, like these delicious Boot Tracks and 9 more irresistible cookie recipes for 100-calories or less.

To make the cookies in your holiday tin healthier (and still use your favorite recipes), try my ...

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December 8, 2009 - 11:52am

Even though I’m not Jewish, I have a soft spot for Jewish cuisine. I learned to love matzo ball soup and knish when I waited tables at a deli in college, but my real Jewish-food obsession is latkes.

I love fried foods and think it’s pretty neat that they’re served during Hanukkah to celebrate the miraculous way that one day’s worth of consecrated olive oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. But all that frying doesn’t exactly make latkes low-cal. Luckily for my waistline, the EatingWell Test Kitchen has come up with ways to make our favorite fried foods taste delicious without a lot of extra fat, including...

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