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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Power Failures and Food

marthaschueneman November 2nd, 2012, 6:14 AM
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I live in the Hudson Valley. We lose power during most big storms, often for several days. Over the years I’ve thrown out thousands of dollars in spoiled food. I’ve figured out a few ways to tell if stuff really needs to be tossed, and I’ve learned ways to minimize the loss.

How to minimize the damage

Photo: Milad Mosapoor

Photo: Milad Mosapoor

Listen to the forecast. Before a storm hits, my meals are all designed to clear out the perishables. In the days before Sandy struck, I ate several frozen dinners; I left the carrots…

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Pork Chops with Apples

marthaschueneman October 8th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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porkchopWhen my son was little, we’d have conversations that went like this:

“Which would you rather eat, black beans and rice or candy?”

“Black beans and rice.”

“How about black beans and rice or ice cream?”

“Black beans.”

“How about black beans and rice or apples?”

“Um….. both?”

As a result, we ate a lot of black beans and rice (my secret recipe: heat up a can of beans and dump over rice that’s been cooked in chicken broth), and we ate a lot of apples.

This, as you might suspect, is one of his favorite meals. I…

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Roasting Vegetables

marthaschueneman October 3rd, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Roasted bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.

Roasted bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.

You know you “should” eat more vegetables. Maybe you don’t make them because you (or your spouse or kids) don’t like them or because they’re just so boring and you have to add so much butter or sauce to make them taste good that what’s the point—whatever your reason, you may not eat anywhere near the recommended number or servings.

The question, then, is: How do you cook your vegetables? Are you still steaming them? I’d like to propose you try a different technique. Toss…

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Build a Better Sandwich

marthaschueneman August 20th, 2012, 8:55 AM
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stilllifeAugust is National Sandwich Month. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas for school lunches or your own brown bag, here are some ideas to reduce fat, boost the vitamins and minerals or just make a sandwich more healthful—but still delicious.

1. Spread pumpernickel with apple butter and grainy Dijon or German-style mustard. Layer with thin slices of leftover pork tenderloin.

2. Spread sourdough or toasted ciabatta with Sun-Dried Tomato Dip. Layer with strips of grilled chicken and avocado slices.

tomatoes3. Boost the nutrients in your BLT: Bake the bacon on a rack so…

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