Mad Delicious Lesson: Yes, You Can Steam a Steak!

This is a counterintuitive little recipe for Port-Stained Beef Medallions. Indeed, you’ll get some squished faces if you tell your guests you’re serving them steamed beef. But this is delicious. Promise. So why are we steaming prized beef tenderloin? Because gentle steaming honors the delicate nature of the cut and the mildness of the flavor, and it allows the tender […]

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Books for Cooks: Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts

This book sets itself apart in the category by providing recipes that don’t require specialty flours, gums, or starches. A flawless angel food cake uses cornstarch; intense chocolate cookies rely on egg whites. Nicole Spiridakis, Chronicle Books, $28, 192 pages  

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John Oliver to Big Sugar: #ShowUsYourPeanuts

Halloween week is primetime for chocolates and candies, lollipops and licorice sticks. That also means it’s the ideal week for some real talk about sugar. You may have heard about John Oliver’s challenge to food companies (watch it below) on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver called out the confusing and often illogical food rules that dictate food labeling, […]

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Get Inspired with These Spooky Halloween Treats

In honor of Oreo’s incredibly adorable new ad for their Halloween “Nomsters,” we decided to scour the Internet for some fun ways to kick up our festive food decor. We’re going beyond the dry ice in punch bowls and candy corn figurines (though we still love those too). Share links to your favorite spooky food ideas in the comments at the […]

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6 Stellar Toppers for Butternut Squash Soup

Simple butternut squash soup is a perfect base for both creamy and crunchy toppers. For Simple Butternut Soup: Combine 3½ pounds cooked peeled butternut squash; 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 1 cup water; and ¾ teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Ladle soup into 8 bowls; top with one of these finishers. SERVES 8 CALORIES 92; FAT […]

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What are dried red lentils?

These legumes cook to a creamy texture that enriches many dishes. –by Naomi Duguid, award-winning cookbook author I love having a stash of red lentils (actually they are a gorgeous orange-pink color) in a glass jar in my pantry—they are just so beautiful. They are also a flexible go-to ingredient: They cook quickly in boiling water (about 20 minutes), provide […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus–October 27-31

As Halloween approaches, it may be worth taking a break from the frantic sewing of costumes to enjoy a little fall comfort. While kids get ready to run door to door, this week’s menu honors the inner kid in you—the old school favorites that make you look forward to the end of every busy day. Get the plan now, skirt […]

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Three Steps to Slowing Hair Loss

STEP 1: EAT HEALTHY Maintaining a balanced diet can be crucial to slowing hair loss, according to Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist. “Your diet should include adequate protein and nutrients ideally, but if not, consider a vitamin targeted to hair and nail health,” she says. STEP 2: NOURISH Take care of the hair you have. “A well-nourished […]

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3-Ingredient Pancakes for 1

Pancakes shouldn’t be complicated. Most recipes out there are pretty uncomplicated, in fact, and yield delicious pancakes for the whole family. To simplify things even further, this recipe only requires 3 ingredients (not including add ons like berries, butter, etc), and takes only a few minutes to throw together. Since my other half doesn’t do pancakes, I am the solo pancake […]

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Booze Blog: A Different Look at Hard Ciders

Last year, Angry Orchard, the household name for hard apple ciders, decided to release a collection of ciders that offer an exciting alternative to craft beer and wine. With a focus on tannins, acidity and sugars, the delicate blend of apple varietals challenges the way that we view traditional ciders, even those that think ciders are too sweet and syrupy. […]

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