Now that summer has finally arrived in Vermont, my garden is planted, our farmers’ markets are in full swing and we just released our newest book, EatingWell in Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook. Good timing, huh? It’s all about savoring fresh fruits and vegetables while they’re in season.
The book is loaded with amazing recipes, such as Apricot-Almond Clafouti, and the good stuff that’s ripe at the market right now (cherries, strawberries, greens, sweet onions and radishes). Plus, there’s a whole section on which kitchen tools will make your life easier when you’re chopping, slicing, dicing, cleaning and pitting those delicious fruits and veggies.
I never really tasted a strawberry until I spent a summer visiting my grandmother on her family’s tiny island off the southeastern coast of Norway. Sure, I had eaten strawberries before. They usually came from a plastic container, picked out of season, underripe and shipped from some distant location. But after tasting the sweet real thing, I could hardly consider those strawberries anymore. Now, whenever berries are in season, I buy cartons of them (or pick them myself). I love to eat them fresh, but I also have a few great strawberry recipes that I go back to again and again.
Here are a few of my favorite savory and sweet strawberry recipes:
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I went to a cocktail party recently and brought along a platter of these EatingWell Deviled Eggs. Let me preface this by telling you that I made a double batch with 24 eggs (48 halves) and I went to a party with about 10 people. I have a hang-up about not making enough food so I always overcompensate and usually end up with lots of leftovers. But not so this time. (Going to a party? Here are 6 light and easy makeovers of my favorite potluck recipes.)
When I walked in, people started rushing me…not to say “Hi,” give hugs and kisses, etc. Instead it was more like a stampede with exclamations of “Oh my god, you made deviled eggs!” “I was...read full post »
Some people just love to gossip about the health benefits of certain foods (like eating oysters for better sex), but it’s not so great when they end up spreading food myths instead of truths. It’s not that they’re intentionally lying. It’s just that they don’t have the whole story. There are a few myths (or you might call them half-truths) that I hear again and again. Here they are, “busted” with the cold, hard facts.
Eating oysters helps get you “in the mood.” That oysters or other foods can spark your libido is more fable than fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which reviewed the science on the subject. So why, then...read full post »
For me, summer entertaining means I pull out my favorite grilling recipes. But many of these use smaller cuts of meat, which isn’t really the best way to go when you’re throwing a party. See, when you have individual pieces of chicken, chops or steaks, you are essentially tied to the grill, turning and taking them off as they (unevenly) finish cooking. I hardly have time to chat with my friends! So when I read this story and recipes by master cooks Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough in the most recent issue of EatingWell about roasting larger cuts of meat on the grill, I was intrigued. Their recipes work, serve 6 or more and only require that I turn things occasionally because the meat cooks over low, indirect heat, which means I can actually have a cocktail with my friends. These recipes are going to change the way I entertain this summer. Thanks, Bruce and...read full post »