Friday, July 21, 2017


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The goal here was pretty simple a chicken kebab that was as flavorful and tender as a beef version.

Getting that would call for an acidic marinade with some seriously oomphy flavor. For the base, I turned to the classic oil and vinegar. Not wanting to discolor the chicken, but wanting the flavor of balsamic, I used white balsamic. You also could use cider.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer is a busy time for our family and we were digging for fast, simple recipes every night last week. Thanks to some creative planning, each meal took 20 minutes or less to prepare and used inexpensive ingredients we had in the pantry or freezer.

My favorite trick is to plan meals that work together throughout the week. Instead of planning five to seven separate meals, use the ingredients from one in one or two other meals.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hosting a summer bash? You don't need to throw your healthy-eating goals out the window, or make guests feast on carrot sticks. Make cookout classics with better-for-you ingredients to create a spread full of slimmed-down favorites. It will be so flavorful that your guests won't miss the extra fat and calories.

Here are some tips to slim down cookout favorites.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For the past few months, I've told you how to juggle work schedules, busy family lives, and a tight budget to achieve the nearly impossible prepare a healthy meal without breaking the bank. Now it's time for a reward. It's time for takeout! Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for your next night out.

Spend locally

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My search for a tender, juicy and flavorful breaded chicken sandwich took me to the place where so much great thinking begins the beer aisle.

After playing with various ways and ingredients for imparting flavor and moisture to this most ubiquitous of bird meats, I discovered that a beer bath had the biggest payoff in terms of big flavor with almost no effort.

Dump beer in bowl. Add chicken. Refrigerate. Drink more beer while waiting.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bringing home the bacon used to be a noble thing. Today, it's considered a health hazard.

What's a bacon lover to do? Read nutrition labels and use common sense.

The good news is bacon is so loaded with flavor a little goes a long way. Using just a bit to garnish a salad or speckle a meatloaf or burger can feel indulgent without ruining a diet.

Also look for center-cut varieties, which often have less fat and fewer calories per serving than the regular stuff. Low-sodium variations also are available.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We went on a short vacation this week and spent four days away from home. Because I was busy preparing for the trip, I didn't bother going grocery shopping except for a quick stop for milk.

Did we starve? Of course not. I used the week to "thin out" our pantry and freezer, planning our meals around staples and frozen foods that were nearing their expiration date or taking up valuable space.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whether you're woefully inadequate in the kitchen or an accomplished culinatrix looking for new challenges, some not-so-light summer reading will help you recapture the lost kitchen arts.

Start with "The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook," which sounds like the kind of thing new brides were given circa 1950. For years, an earlier edition has been my go-to source for sour cream pound cake, macaroni and cheese, casseroles with condensed soup (yes, really) and other traditional American fare.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cold peanut noodles already are among the healthier choices when it comes to Asian takeout, yet there still is plenty of room for improvement.

While nuts are an excellent protein and can be part of a healthful diet, peanut butter is relatively high in fat and calories. Plus, if you're counting carbs, the noodles won't do you any favors.

But turning this decadent noodle dish into a meal rich in nutrients, complex carbohydrates and healthier fats is easy when you make it from scratch.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Unless you're reading this in Alaska, you know that our area suffered through a brutal heat wave this month. It's important to stay hydrated during the heat but buying bottled water and fancy drinks can get expensive. Read on for tips to keep cool and save money on beverages this summer.


Don't pay for bottled water. Period.