All Posts By Elizabeth Brownfield

8 Gorgeous Salads to Get You Through the Last Month of Winter

by in In Season, Recipes, February 23rd, 2017

We’re in the final stretch of cold, grey winter…but we’re still a long way off from the season of juicy tomatoes and basil plucked from our backyards. Get yourself through the final stretch with these 8 beautiful salads showcasing vibrant winter veggies like ruby-hued beets, spicy pastel radishes, sweet-tart apples and jewel-like pomegranate seeds.

Earthy red beets, fresh mint, crunchy pistachios and a Greek yogurt based dressing combine to make our Beets With Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette and Mint (pictured above).

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How to Juggle Breakfast at Home

by in How-to, Recipes, February 18th, 2017

The trickiest part of any meal is getting the timing right: delivering the many components of a meal on the table at the same time at their ideal temps, and while they’re still Instagram-ready. But timing is never more of a challenge than at breakfast, when you’re juggling hot coffee, perfectly-browned toast that must be buttered before it cools (and eaten before it turns soggy), and eggs that can go from warm and delicious to cool and congealed in the blink of an eye. Follow these steps to achieve a delicious, still-warm first meal every morning.

Step 1: Caffeinate Yourself

First things first: no one should have to pull off the balancing act that is breakfast without any caffeine in their system. Before you even think about anything else, start the coffee maker or put on the kettle for your French press or pour-over.

And, sure, you can dump in some cold milk in your coffee mug, and that’s what I do when I’m in a rush. But milk that’s been warmed and frothed elevates a standard cup of coffee without much effort (especially when it comes to non-dairy milks, which meld into coffee so much more seamlessly when heated. Nothing makes me sadder than when I add almond milk straight from the fridge to a cup of hot coffee and it instantly looks like a cup of miso soup with floating particles of the non-dairy milk). I instantly upgraded my usual breakfast when I picked up a Breville Hot Choc & Froth. Now on mornings when I’m not running around like a headless chicken, I spend the two extra minutes to make a quick café au lait dolloped with foam that feels like a total indulgence that doesn’t involve forking over $5 to a barista.

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$25-or-Less Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016

Fill your favorite foodie’s stocking for not a lot of jingle. You can snatch up all of these culinary-inspired mini gifts for $25 or less.

Hand-cut Snowflake Marshmallows (pictured above; $8) make pretty, whimsical toppers for mugs of hot chocolate — perfect for those who have zero chance of real flurries in their Christmas forecast and for those who’ll need to warm up with some cocoa after a day of sledding. Read more

Vegetarian Entrees Worthy of Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2016

Let’s face it: Vegetarians are often overlooked at holiday dinners, left to cobble together meager, miscellaneous meals from the breadbasket and a couple of side dishes. But this year can be different. Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a main dish to bring to a holiday party or a carnivore searching for a hearty vegetable dish to serve your guests, try these five veggie-friendly entrees that are sure to make everyone at the table drool.

Show your dinner guests some extra-special holiday love with Giada De Laurentiis’ Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter (pictured above). The pillowy homemade pasta is made with fresh ricotta, sweet potatoes and a touch of cinnamon, and gets finished with a sweet-and-savory brown butter sauce that’s guaranteed to make diners swoon.  Read more

Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

It’s Almost Thanksgiving! But Until Then…You Still Have to Eat

by in Recipes, November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is the holiday we train for — running through menu combinations, debating wet and dry turkey-brining options and even test-driving stuffing recipes in the weeks beforehand. But now that the big day is almost here, don’t overlook one simple task: feeding yourself in the days leading up to turkey day. Here’s how to eat strategically as you count down the days to Thursday’s feast.

Let’s face it: The usual Thanksgiving menu doesn’t include much green. In fact, most traditional fare is somewhere on the white-to-brown color spectrum. So get some roughage into your diet with a crisp Kale and Apple Salad (pictured above), made with raw kale and crisp apple slices and dressed in a lemony vinaigrette.  Read more

Unexpected Sources for Gourmet Groceries

by in News, November 11th, 2016

Sure, having a go-to neighborhood grocery store for all your essentials is key to maintaining a well-stocked pantry. But don’t overlook these sources for imported items and gourmet goods at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at regular grocers.

T.J. Maxx
Along with its sister stores Marshalls and HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx is a treasure trove of specialty foods at better prices than you’d find them elsewhere. On any given day, you may find an array as varied as gorgeous Italian pastas in shapes you’ve never seen, pink Himalayan salt, good-quality canned tuna from Spain, Italian truffle paste, samplers from high-end tea purveyors and Bloody Mary mix. (In fact, this list is a fraction of the items I’ve actually snagged there — most for substantially less than they would cost in grocery stores.) The stock is usually more organized than the chaotic assortment of clothes, shoes and home products the store is known for, but you still get the same thrill of the hunt. The selection is usually anything but reliable, but on a recent trip to North Carolina, when I couldn’t find the whole flax seeds and chia seeds my niece and I needed for a baking project at regular grocery stores, I found them at HomeGoods.
Where to shop: brick-and-mortar stores

World Market
Best known for its mix of globally inspired furniture and home decor, World Market boasts a similarly eclectic mix of globetrotting foods and spirits and feels a bit like cult-favorite grocery Trader Joe’s. Look for Café Du Monde Beignet Mix, organic coconut palm sugar, Guittard baking chocolates, chickpea snacks, pickled okra, and soba and udon noodles, plus cucumber sake and apple-pie moonshine packaged in a Mason jar.
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The Best Ways to Stress-Eat Through Election Night

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2016

Every other day of the year, we aim for moderation and mindfulness in our diets. But all bets are off on November 8 — when what many consider to be the most-contentious presidential election in our nation’s history takes place — and we inevitably stress-eat while the results torturously crawl in and the fate of our country is decided. No matter which candidate you plan to check on your ballot, our collective election-night anxiety will be off the charts this Tuesday. So here’s our stress-eating strategy to help you make it through this beautiful (yet totally insane!) thing called the American democratic process, and Election Night 2016.

Soothe frayed nerves by starting your night off with a patriotic Firecracker Shot (pictured above), made with layers of booze-infused red and blue gelatin and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Up Your Pie Game with These 8 Tools

by in Product Reviews, October 19th, 2016

Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.

Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.

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How (and Why!) to Roast a Pumpkin

by in Recipes, October 16th, 2016

Even before what I’ll refer to as the Great Pumpkin Controversy of 2016 (which Snopes fact-checked and says originated when “a viral social media rumor suggested the pumpkin in pumpkin pie is secretly produced from other squash”), there was one very good reason to roast your own pumpkin instead of buying it canned: It simply tastes better.

Sure, roasting a pumpkin is an extra step when making pie, but the fresh flavor makes it totally worthwhile. (And it’s an essential skill to have to make a whole slew of amazing recipes that call for whole pumpkins or pumpkin chunks.) Plus, when you roast a pumpkin at home, you also get the bonus of being able to roast the seeds to make delicious, toasty snacks.

So whether you’re test-driving a pumpkin pie recipe to make for Thanksgiving dinner or you want to mix up your tired salad routine with chunks of perfectly roasted pumpkin and toasted pepitas, here’s what you need to know. Also, get the recipes for some of our favorite fresh pumpkin dishes.

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