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Creamy Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Stew

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My 7 Reasons to Resolve to Eat Low Carb in 2020

When I was growing up, most people believed that losing weight was all about "calories-in, calories-out." Today, we know it's a lot more complicated than that. The key to successful weight loss is understanding that not all calories are equal. It's critical to understand what your body does...Read more

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When your freezer breaks, stop swearing and start cooking

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This most definitely was not the way I envisioned kicking off 2021 in the kitchen.

On the first Monday in the new year, I noticed my toes felt kind of wet when I stumbled to the fridge to fetch milk for my morning coffee. Glancing down, I immediately got a sick feeling. Water was drip, drip, dripping out of the bottom of the freezer into a ...Read more


Four chicken soup recipes to soothe the soul this winter

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Chicken soup won't cure COVID-19, but it might ease your sniffles.

After so many months of pandemic life, we're getting better at making ourselves feel as good as we can, even with the coronavirus knocking at the door. (Or maybe even coming right in the house.)

January is usually a time when we're brimming with excitement for the year ahead, ...Read more

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Maple syrup: It's not just for pancakes

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You may as well admit it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. You do it. We all do it.

When you cook with maple syrup, and some of the syrup clings tenaciously to the measuring spoon or cup, you wipe it out with your finger and then lick the syrup off the finger. Don’t you?

Of course you do. That’s the treat for the cook, a little something ...Read more


Quick Fix: Spanish-style omelet a tasty vegetarian dinner

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This is a quick and easy take on a traditional Spanish omelet (also called tortilla). It’s a traditional dish from Spain made with eggs and potatoes. I added cheese, tomatoes, scallions and smoked paprika to make a tasty vegetarian dinner. It can be served hot or at room temperature, making the omelet perfect for a do-ahead meal.

Helpful ...Read more

Improve your scampi game with this lively mash-up of two classic dishes

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Imagine a one-pot shrimp pasta dish: a cross between a garlicky scampi and a zippy, lemony piccata, with a little bit of creamy sauce tossed in for good measure.

That’s what we envisioned when we started work on this recipe. We wanted tender, succulent shrimp and lots of rich, silky sauce balanced with just enough vibrant lemon and briny ...Read more

The Cork Problem

You may recall the issue of so-called cork taint that ravaged the wine industry not so long ago.

Many natural corks were infected with a compound called TCA (short for trichloroanisole, which forms through interactions between plant phenols, chlorine and mold). TCA was a huge problem until recently, spoiling many bottles of wine, including ...Read more

EatingWell: Enjoy the taste of guacamole in a healthy salad

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All of the delicious guacamole flavors you love in a healthy veggie-packed salad. Want to pump up the protein? Add leftover roast chicken or sauteed shrimp. Serve with tortilla chips on the side (or crumbled over the top) to take it up a notch.

Guacamole Chopped Salad

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

2 tablespoons ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: A modern take on olden grains

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Conventional wisdom says that it’s good to be young. After all, youth is all about vigor and hope. But when it comes to whole grains, being age-old is something to celebrate. Thanks to newly “discovered” ancient grains like quinoa, teff and spelt, the diversity of whole grains available to us has never been greater.

Dubbed “ancient” ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to corn muffins

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These sweet little corn nuggets are a big hit on my table any time of year. Combining flour with cornmeal lightens the batter, and the sweet maple and brown sugar flavors bring out the inherent creamy sweetness of the corn. I use Albers cornmeal, but you can use any cornmeal as long as it isn’t too coarse. Some brands will tell you the texture...Read more

Kary Osmond: These aren’t your grandmother’s Brussels sprouts

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Did you know that Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family? They’re like tiny cabbages filled with vitamins A and C and loaded with fiber. And if you’ve never seen how they grow on a stalk, make sure to get out to a farmers market this summer to check it out; it’s super cool.

Brussels sprouts have become so trendy in the past ...Read more

The Kitchn: Is cooking with cast iron actually healthier?

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There are many benefits to cooking in cast iron. Some of the biggies include more even heat distribution, stovetop-to-oven cooking, and a reliably gorgeous sear. But we’re often told that cast iron cooking has health benefits — is this really true? I’ve operated under this assumption for over a decade, ever since a diagnosis of minor ...Read more

The Kitchn: Creamy chicken with potato and chorizo is my definition of a perfect meal

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I love the classic combination of chorizo and potatoes. But when paired with cream, wine, leeks and chicken — now that’s taking things to a whole new level. Needless to say, this creamy chicken dish is my definition of a perfect meal.

Before you start cooking, I have two tips to keep in mind. I’m calling for Spanish chorizo here ...Read more

The Chili Championships

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Beefy Chili with Roasted Poblanos and Chicken Chili -- Caribbean Style

One of my favorite Super Bowl parties was one I called the Chili Championship

Here’s how it works:

You set up a chili buffet with all the fixins. This works really well because people can get up from the TV viewing area and do self-service on the chili. At my ...Read more

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Restaurant-worthy brunch recipes re-create the weekend meal’s leisurely magic at home

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Brunch. The dine-in restaurant occasion I miss most during this pandemic.

I’m not really thinking of those all-you-can-eat grand buffets (although that sounds decadently delightful). Rather, those leisurely outings with good friends that involve waitstaff, luxurious food and a way-early-for-me cocktail or two. A stroll might follow to aid ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Tasty scallops dish requires very little cooking

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Sweet, plump scallops flavor this quick fried rice. Scallops, which need very little cooking, should be prepared so that the inside remains creamy. Prolonged cooking will shrink and toughen them. The secret to searing the scallops is to pat them dry with a paper towel and to make sure your skillet is very hot. They only need to sear for 2 ...Read more

An Alabama favorite that features old-world flavors in a wholly American way

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Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood, Alabama, is known far and wide for its Greek baked chicken, a super flavorful dish of marinated and roasted chicken with tons of herbs and lemon — a reflection of the chef’s Greek heritage and Alabama upbringing. Once our editors tried the dish on a recipe-research trip, we knew we had to create a version ...Read more

Big Winners of 2020

The many setbacks of 2020 notwithstanding, there were numerous bright spots for the wine industry over the course of the year.

As regular readers of this column know, I oversee four major international wine competitions. The insights I gain as I digest the competition results -- from new trends and developments to the confirmation of long-...Read more

EatingWell: Dinner-worthy nachos round out a perfect game day spread

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Make nachos dinner-worthy when you top them with an easy 30-minute chili. Serve with topping options such as sliced jalapeños and scallions and fresh cilantro.

Chili-Cheese Nachos

Serves 8

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

1 pound lean ground beef

3/4 cup finely chopped white onion

1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

4 ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The wide world of mushrooms

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Mushrooms have been consumed and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks believed mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle, and the Romans perceived them as “food of the Gods.” For centuries, the Chinese culture has treasured mushrooms as a health food, labeling them as an “elixir of life.” ...Read more