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Environmental Nutrition: The caveman cometh

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Environmental Nutrition

Since the first paleo diet book hit store shelves nearly two decades ago, this eating plan has skyrocketed in popularity. On paper, the paleo diet, (aka the "caveman" or "stone age" diet) encourages consumption of foods that would have been hunted or gathered by our ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Last-minute holiday gifts for your favorite cooks

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Let's face it. Holiday shopping can be a tedious, exhausting experience. I've done some digging and found some great items in every price range for the cook or wine lover on your list. You can order from your bed and have that extra cup of coffee for a truly stress free experience. Look no further than,...Read more

EatingWell: A party on a plate

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Roasted beets, sweet dates, tangy oranges and juicy pomegranate seeds make this quinoa salad recipe festive. It pairs beautifully with turkey or roast pork.

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Serves 8

Active Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

3 medium beets (about 1 1/4 pounds)

2 cups vegetable broth

1 1/2...Read more

Awesome-sauce! Making marinara has never been easier

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Knowing how to make a good tomato sauce is rewarding, given all the ways you can use it. Pizza, pasta, sauce for grilled or roasted vegetables. All you need is a few essential pantry ingredients: oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes and salt. It's the kind of recipe that can get you out of the "I ...Read more

The Kitchn: A quick way to feed a hungry crowd

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My love of tater tots is eternal. I'll gladly eat them any time of day, including for breakfast. They're basically hash browns, right? So, of course, I think using them to crown an egg casserole is ingenious. In the following recipe, the tater tots bake up golden-brown and crunchy, covering ...Read more

The Kitchn: The only way you'll ever eat carrots again

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Once you've tasted these roasted carrots bathed in a honey-garlic butter sauce, you might proclaim (like both my husband and I did) that it's the only way you'll ever eat carrots again. The combination of nutty brown butter, fragrant garlic and sweet honey is basically the dream team, so it'...Read more

Surf and turf is delicious way to bring in the new year

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New Year's Eve gives us one more time to splurge. If you plan on spending it at home and quietly, I've got a dinner idea for you. I can't think of anything better to splurge on than surf and turf. Beef and lobster scream special and go hand-in-hand.

Seafood is always popular during the holidays because it's considered a treat. My preference for...Read more

Demoralized Mushroom Spread: a recipe from the Northwest arts community cookbook called 'Cook'

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From a cookbook put together by artists, gallerists, curators and more, this recipe is perfect for a party snack or just to eat happily all by yourself.

By artist Shannon Eakins, this easy, funny and forgiving recipe appears in the splendid Northwest arts community cookbook called "Cook."


Don't let the brown-grey ...Read more

Test Kitchen recipe: Salmon and chopped vegetables: Sheet pan supper is ready in 30 minutes

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With the holiday rush under way, there's no time to ponder what's for dinner. That's why a sheet pan supper can be a big help at this time of year. If you're not familiar with the trend, allow me to introduce you.

A sheet pan supper is smart and simple. You cook your main dish and veggies on one baking sheet so they're done at the same time. ...Read more

Best Bites: Fit & Active Cheddar Cheese Rice Snacks

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Face it, rice snacks usually taste like cardboard. Even if you like the light and crispy texture, the flavor is usually lacking. But these rice snacks from Aldi brand Fit & Active are loaded with cheesy flavor, so much, it feels like you are eating cheddar popcorn. They are immensely satisfying and only 70 calories per serving (8 crisps).

Size:...Read more

Spicing up butter chicken with chipotle chiles: Chandra Ram offers modern take on Indian Instant Pot cooking

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CHICAGO -- Like a lot of people, Chandra Ram got an Instant Pot because of peer pressure. "I'm not a gadget person by any stretch of the imagination," says Ram. "I live in Chicago, so I don't have room for a bunch of things." But friends kept telling her how useful the device was, and she eventually relented.

Ram already knew how to cook. She ...Read more

Give the gift of homemade food for the holidays

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When you care enough to send the very best, you know that the very best is often homemade.

A box of candy is a lovely gift, and so is a big tin of flavored popcorn. But they just don't have that personal touch.

To show your friends and loved ones that you care, make them a gift yourself. Homemade food gifts are always appreciated, and they can...Read more

How to win entertaining season: Chile-crusted pork roast and au jus

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Gathering around the table with friends and family should never stress the host. At least that's the plan. I try to remember the reasons we gather: friendship, camaraderie, laughter, holiday cheer. Still, menu planning puts pressure on even the most accomplished cook.

Slow-cooked, tender and tangy pulled pork proves the answer to many of my ...Read more

Fizzy seltzer water gives welcome lift to oatmeal griddlecakes

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The pancake labors under the burden of stereotype: flat. Which isn't nice. Just as the bold sheep may resent "sheepish," and the strident cow may balk at "cowed," so the pancake cringes at any sentence that starts "flat as a." Everyone knows what comes next.

It's also unfair. Perhaps the crepe and blintz, European imports, cling to the pan ...Read more

10 (mostly) chef-driven cookbooks for your holiday gift-buying needs

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Restaurant folks produce some of the most compelling cookbooks, and this year's bumper crop is no exception. Let the gift-giving begin, but don't overlook your own kitchen library.

Atlanta chef Todd Richards combines the traditional with the unexpected in "Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes" (Oxmoor House, 370 pages, $35), ...Read more

This casserole recipe has three key words: cheese, chicken and spaghetti

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You can never have too many casserole recipes, right?

Here's a tip for this one: Omit browning of chicken and add about 2 cups of rotisserie chicken that has been removed from the bone and cubed.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces boneless, skinless ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: In support of mixed nuts

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Environmental Nutrition

We dietitians hear this question a lot: "What's the healthiest type of nut?" Well, just like with other food groups, there is no single nut that reigns supreme. Each type has a unique array of nutrients and phytochemicals. Here, EN summarizes what you can gain when you...Read more

Seriously Simple: 2018 holiday books for cooks

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Every year I sift through hundreds of cook books that come across my desk for me to review. It's not easy to pick out the best of the best, but here are my picks for the cooks and food lovers on your gift-giving list this year.

Everyday cooks

"The New Essentials Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Better Cooking" by America's Test Kitchen (America's ...Read more

EatingWell: When I dip, you dip, we dip

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This healthy squash dip recipe, spiced with curry and made creamy with the addition of coconut milk, is a delicious alternative to hummus. You can also use other types of winter squash, pumpkin or sweet potatoes in place of the butternut squash in this dip.

Curried Butternut Squash Dip

Serves 14

Active Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours (...Read more

The new scone in town

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I love scones, sweet or savory, and I find it next to impossible to pass one up; especially when they're still warm. This is why I delivered freshly baked scones to my neighbors after testing this recipe a few times. It was either that, or be tempted to eat them all.

Generally when I ...Read more


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