In Japanese, edamame means “beans on a branch.” These small, bright green veggies are actually soybeans, harvested before they’ve reached full maturity. Edamame has been a part of Asian cuisine for centuries, but it’s recently become wildly popular here in the United States. And for good reason!
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School’s here again, which means so is your daily lunch-making routine. For healthy, safe and fun away-from-home meals, keep these lunchbox-packing tips in mind. And try my recipe for Caramel Apple Dip! It’s a sweet addition to any lunch, or the perfect after-school snack.
Jasmine rice has a naturally distinctive scent likened to a flowery perfume, which is released during the cooking process. Jasmine rice is praised for its whiteness and silkiness. Cooked, it is soft, white and fluffy.
This recipe is a perfect way to create a gluten-free side dish the kids will love. Use nutrient-dense parsley to add to the health benefits and flavor. You can also top it with sliced marinated Portobello mushrooms and pan-fried slices of tofu to make it a complete vegetarian dinner entrée.
Lemon-Lime Jasmine Parsley Rice
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Camping! Just the word evokes many feelings. If you already love it, you might fondly remember trips of the past—recreation with friends and family, or quiet times communing with nature. If you’re new to it, you might be excited about the mysterious forests or vast ocean vistas you’ll see.
One thing that hasn’t changed about camping is the joy of a tasty meal prepared over an open fire. This recipe for Campfire Stir-Fry is quick and easy, and the flavors are enhanced by enjoying the meal in the great outdoors!
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From time to time, I like to cook a “grown folks” version of meals I loved as a child. This macaroni and cheese recipe turns a classic kids’ favorite to a meal suitable for adults, too. To make it into a main-course, vegetarian meal, I’ve added tofu for a boost of protein. Tofu also absorbs the flavors of the cheeses and enhances the creamy texture of the dish. Serve it with a spinach salad and whole wheat rolls, and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to please everyone in the family!
Mac and Cheese for Grown Folks
Makes 6 servings
I received a spur-of-the-moment dinner invitation recently. I asked if my hostess wanted me to bring along a dessert. She was grateful for the offer and said that anything I wanted to bring would be great.
I checked my pantry thinking I had the basic ingredients to put together a quick dessert. The cupboard was almost bare. I’d just given a dinner party, and evidently, I’d forgotten to re-stock many of my go-to dessert components.
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I’m on the last day of a three-day cooking marathon in honor of my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. My parents, Howard and Angeline Shelf, got married on April 9, 1952. In an era where six years of marriage is ground-breaking, 60 years is earth-shaking.
In honor of the vow renewal ceremony this weekend, I made a huge bowl of spice mix to season everything with, marinaded and roasted 130 pieces of chicken (Mom loves it), made the biggest meatloaf I’ve ever seen (my Dad’s Read more →
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