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Latkes 101
December 2, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This week, Jewish homes around the world will be frying up latkes, also known as potato pancakes, in celebration of Hanukkah. Some foods are so delicious, though, they should be enjoyed year-round, and by everyone regardless of religion.

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Back to School
September 24, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

School lunch. In a perfect world, childhood nutrition would be a budget priority. All our kids would have access to healthful, tasty meals in their own school cafeterias. Until then, here are some time-tested tips for packing a healthy lunch your kids will actually eat.

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Under Pressure
September 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Between homework, shuttling to afterschool activities and playdates, dinner seems to be an elusive task this time of year. So what’s a busy person to do when they want home-cooking to be a regular part of their routine? The answer is as easy as investing in a pressure cooker.

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Breakfast for Dinner
September 7, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love eggs. My kids love eggs. Besides their great taste, there are plenty of reasons to include eggs in a balanced diet. At a mere 68 calories, a single one delivers more than 5 grams of protein and generous amounts of essential amino acids. If you’re worried about cholesterol, take heart that as with any food, eating them in moderation can be a good thing.

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A New Brew
July 29, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

It’s ironic that most people need a cup of coffee to get going, yet putting up a pot requires a caffeine-energy boost. A good answer to this early morning java dilemma is cold-brewed coffee. Just set up a pot of French press with ground coffee and water from your Cuisinart CleanWater, and all you’ll need to do in the a.m. is pour and enjoy.

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Farro: Whole Grain Goodness
June 21, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love white rice, and so do my daughters. I’m pretty sure they’d eat a bowl of it every night if left to their own devices. Since moderation is key, it’s important to find more nutritional grains to help satisfy their regular appetite for grains. Right now, I’d like to introduce you to a new staple to stock in your pantry: farro.

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Tale of Two Mayos
June 17, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

It’s the small things we tend to take most for granted. The same can be said about garnishes and condiments. Take mayonnaise for example. Even high-end sandwich shops use the standard jarred stuff, lavishing all the attention on the main ingredients. Being a purist, I set out recently to make mayonnaise from scratch.

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Banana Split, Coming Right Up!
June 10, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Are you one of those people who just can’t resist ice cream? Are you sick of feeling guilty for finishing that pint all by yourself? Not to worry, there is a solution, and it lets you eat as much ice cream as you want without thinking twice!

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The Lean Green Smoothie Machine
June 3, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

In the early morning hours our metabolisms are just as sluggish as the rest of our bodies. So why make their jobs more difficult by feeding them complex carbs that are harder to digest? Before overloading your system with pancakes, waffles, and bagels, try drinking one of my Lean Green Smoothies to bring you energy that will get your day going in the right direction.

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Jam Session
April 30, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I’m crazy about rhubarb and you should be too. Since it appeared last week, I’ve been making muffins mostly. Now I’m moving onto jam and decided to kick off the 2010 canning season. I decided to add in some frozen wild blueberries left from last year’s harvest. The result was a not-too-sweet jam perfect for toasted bread or warmed and spooned over Sunday brunch pancakes.

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Springtime Brunch
April 23, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Each passing weekend, I find myself competing for parking at the local farmer’s market. As the weather grows warmer and spring crops appear, everyone is ready to head outdoors from a long winter of root vegetables. While it does mean I have to set my alarm on a Saturday, the early wake up call means I also get to the market before the crowds and can have first pick of spring’s new arrivals.

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Wok This Way
March 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Wok cooking is a tasty solution to beating the clock and enjoying more time for fun in the sun as the weather warms up. Here are some of time-tested tricks for making stir-fries.

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Young at Heart
March 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Nutella has become such a favorite I decided to recreate the recipe by looking at the ingredients listed on the jar— except mine is free of the palm oil found in the domestically produced ones.

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Easy Asian
February 11, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A well-stock cupboard—that includes sauces and seasonings, and veggies in the crisper make for an easy dinner solution. I had all I needed to make a peanuty noodle dish.

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A Well-Stocked Pantry
February 5, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

What if I told you a handful of carrots, celery, onions and a few other easy-to-find ingredients could save you over $100 in grocery shopping?

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New Year, New You
January 10, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This granola and berry smoothie recipe is the perfect balance of fiber, calcium and fruit. It’s also a great on the go breakfast.

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Fiesta Time
December 17, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Nothing compares to refried beans made from scratch. All you need is a can of pinto beans, an onion, and some olive oil. My recipe also calls for bacon, which I use if I have some in the fridge or freezer. And if not, I don’t sweat it—they still taste pretty darn delicious and make for a vegetarian-friendly filling too.

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