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March 18, 2009 - 4:36am

It’s sugaring season in Vermont and here at the heart of Maple Syrup nation my neighbors are tapping the trees, pulling out 40 gallons of sap to boil down to one gallon of syrup. While most people just use maple syrup on pancakes, I find its sweet, earthy flavor pairs well with all sorts of foods. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using maple syrup:

Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu: This quick and healthy dinner pairs creamy tofu and crispy snap peas with a tahini-maple sauce. Serve with udon noodles and Green Tea-Poached Pears for dessert.

Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding: Turn comforting tapioca pudding into a special dessert for two by spiking it with pure maple syrup and finishing it with a...

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March 17, 2009 - 4:36am

I get excited for March Madness not because I like college basketball (to be honest it’s really lost on me): I like the excuse to get together with friends, drink beer and eat some seriously junk-a-delic food.

Chile con queso is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, along with homemade pizza and my favorite beer. If you’re not familiar with chili con queso, it’s a cheesy, gooey dip usually served in a crockpot to keep it hot. My family (the half from Texas) makes it with Velveeta, jack cheese, salsa (preferably Herdez brand) and maybe some green chiles.

Get the recipe: Chile Con Queso

Last fall the food...

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March 16, 2009 - 4:36am

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But are the days of getting sloshed on green beer in a packed pub behind you? Instead throw a dinner party at your place. The highlight of the meal is one of our easiest recipes ever: Irish Lamb Stew. Full of potatoes, leeks and carrots, it will cure what ails you. And since it’s made in traditional Irish fashion (i.e., nothing is browned first, just all thrown together), all you do is cut up the ingredients, put them in your slow cooker and turn it on. When you get home, dinner is practically done for you.

Get the recipe: Irish Lamb Stew

Not into lamb? Try our beer-lover’s...

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March 13, 2009 - 4:36am

My secret weapon for quick weeknight meals? Frozen wild salmon. I buy individually packaged portions in bulk and can quickly defrost a few pieces in water or the refrigerator to make easy salmon recipes for dinner. Plus, I’m doing my body good by eating this fatty fish packed with EPA and DHA—omega-3 fatty acids that help heart health by slowing growth of arterial plaque, lowering triglyceride levels and reducing the risk of irregular heartbeat.
A few quick recipes to try:

Get the recipe: Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter...

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March 12, 2009 - 4:36am

I love those stretches when my eating is nearly picture-perfect: yogurt and berries for breakfast, salads for lunch, fish for dinner; plus, plenty of water and a couple of healthy snacks in between. (You know what I’m talking about, right?)

But inevitably something—like the candy dish at work—breaks my stride. On my way to a meeting, I’ll help myself to a few peanut M&Ms. On my way back from the printer, I’ll snag another handful. And so it goes. Before I know it, I’ve easily eaten more than a serving. Ick.

In the past, this sort of unplanned eating might have led me to throw in the towel for the day and just eat whatever I wanted and as much of it as I liked. But now I know...

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