Too Hot to Cook

marthaschueneman August 12th, 2014, 8:24 AM
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toohotMy house was built in the 1880s. Over the years, it’s been renovated and updated to include such modern conveniences and indoor plumbing and electricity, but neither I nor any previous owners have installed the ducts necessary for central air conditioning.

For most of the summer, this isn’t a problem. Plenty of tall trees shade the house, and several industrial fans and strategically opened windows keep the air moving.

When the temperatures soar, though, there’s only so much that trees and fans can do. During a heatwave, I’m not about to turn…

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Garlic-Crusted Steak on Greens

marthaschueneman June 10th, 2014, 7:00 AM
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In Tuscany, bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine-style beefsteak, is traditionally made by grilling a thick porterhouse over a wood-burning fire. I use a different steak and a different cooking method, and those two changes aren’t the only ones. Bistecca alla fiorentina, like all traditional recipes, seems to invite liberties—consult twenty cooks and you’ll find twenty recipes. Some use no garlic at all and just rub the steak with olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper; others use a dozen cloves. Some add rosemary or sage to the garlic paste,…

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Linguine with Asparagus and Chicken

marthaschueneman May 20th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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Linguine with Asparagus and ChickenOnce upon a time, asparagus heralded spring. Times have changed, and asparagus is in stores for more than just a few weeks in April and May. Just because you can buy asparagus in December and pomegranates in July doesn’t mean you should. I’m a big believer in eating foods when they are in season. They’re fresher and tastier, and they cost half as much as those that are imported from halfway around the globe.

No matter when you buy asparagus, here’s a secret to choosing the best spears: Look at the…

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Parkinson’s Disease & Bone Health

marthaschueneman April 17th, 2014, 6:30 AM
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Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet—or even a recommended diet—that can help to prevent or even relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But that doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want! It’s always important to eat a balanced diet, focusing on nutrient-rich foods. Medications used to treat Parkinson’s often cause nausea or decreased appetite, so you want to make sure that you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs—especially when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.

Those with Parkinson’s are…

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Smart Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

marthaschueneman January 31st, 2014, 10:42 AM
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You probably know what you’re doing this Sunday evening—but do you know what you’ll be eating?

Super Bowl parties are fun, but like most gatherings they aren’t known for healthy noshes. If you’re trying to watch what you eat, navigating the buffet or even knowing which snacks to reach for can be tricky. One way to make it easy on yourself: Offer to bring a few dishes. This way, you’ll know which options won’t wreak havoc on your health.

Black Bean Dip, Herbed Cheese Spread or Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli are great options. Spiced…

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Speedy Ham-and-Bean Soup

marthaschueneman January 15th, 2014, 7:14 AM
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ham_bean_soupOne of my most cherished possessions is a cookbook my mother gave me shortly after I was married. It’s a handwritten collection of the dishes she made when I was growing up. Many of these recipes are ones her mother made.

My mom’s recipe for navy bean soup—my grandmother’s, probably—requires dried beans, a hambone, and days to make. First, it takes two people a long, long time to eat enough ham to get to the bone. And the beans are better if they’re soaked overnight. And then the soup improves if…

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Speedy Soup for Cold Weather

marthaschueneman January 7th, 2014, 9:02 PM
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You’d think, because I work at home, I’d take advantage of the situation and would make long-simmering pots of soup on a regular basis. I must not be that smart because I’ve yet to look at the clock in the morning and think, “I’m going to start a pot of soup.”

Instead, 5:30 or 6:00 would find me scrambling to get dinner on the table before karate, PTO meetings, scouts, or a night at the movies.

As a result, I acquired an arsenal of canned and packaged foods that I use for…

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Caramelized Applesauce

marthaschueneman October 21st, 2013, 9:48 AM
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applesauce_facebookI’ve long been a fan of roasting vegetables, but even though I’ve read about and edited recipes for grilling fruit, and even though I use fruit in savory dishes and baked desserts, it hadn’t really occurred to me to roast fruit.

That changed a month or two ago. I saw a recipe for applesauce made in the oven. And then a few days later I saw another one, and then a few more. Some of these recipes were called Roasted Applesauce, but a few were called Caramelized Applesauce.

Now, I’m not really…

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Four Easy Breakfasts

marthaschueneman July 17th, 2013, 1:21 PM
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easy_breakfastWhat are mornings like at your house?

My son is now in college, but when he lived at home I worked from a home office. You’d think, since I didn’t have to be anywhere, that we’d have leisurely, or at least not-too-rushed, breakfasts most days.

You would be wrong.

Even if your organizational skills are such that the next day’s lunches are packed and labeled in the fridge and bookbags and briefcases are lined up by the door before you go to bed, you too may find yourself facing the early morning scramble…

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The “I Don’t Need Anything” Gift Guide

marthaschueneman December 19th, 2012, 8:39 PM
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presents-under-the-christmas-treeStruggling with what to get an elderly loved one this holiday season? As people age, they often have more than enough sweaters and wool scarves and too little space for knickknacks or trinkets —and food gifts, like fruitcake and chocolates, may not work with dietary restrictions. Here, some alternatives that the seniors in your life may appreciate a bit more:

Subscriptions.
Think beyond newspapers or magazines. Netflix gives homebound movie buffs, or caregivers who can’t get to the theater as often as they’d like, movies on demand. If tickets to professional events—sports games,…

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