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Chiles Rellenos — The Weekender

by in View All Posts, March 2nd, 2012

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During my childhood years in Southern California, Mexican food was something we ate only at restaurants. Sure, we’d occasionally have burrito night at home, but there was nothing authentic or traditional about those overstuffed and rolled tortillas.

It wasn’t until I moved to Philadelphia and became friends with a woman who had lived in Mexico until the age of 14 that I discovered how truly approachable this cuisine was. Thanks to Angie, I learned to make authentic tamales and carne asada. She even shared her grandmother’s recipe for mole with me.

In recent days, it’s been harder to find a chance to get into the kitchen with Angie. She has twin toddlers and so keeping them out of trouble is her primary focus. Still, I want to keep nurturing my still-nascent Mexican cookery skills, so last weekend I went in search of a new recipe to try.

What I found was Melissa d’Arabian’s version of Chiles Rellenos. Though labor intensive, this dish was a huge winner in terms of flavor. It was just the thing for a lazy Sunday meal and The Weekender.

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Market Watch: Winter Produce

by , February 21st, 2012
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Winter CSA shares can provide fresh, local produce, even in the dead of winter.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on local produce. Eating locally year round is easier if you live in California or Florida but her...

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Frozen Diet Meals: Good or Bad?

by , February 16th, 2012
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Are frozen diet meals as healthy as they sound?

While the allure of healthy prepared meals fresh out of a box may be tempting, are these frozen diet foods actually good for you?

Frozen diet meals like Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers and Healthy Ch...

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Should You Drink Bottled Water or Tap Water?

by , February 14th, 2012
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Should you spring for bottled, or is tap just fine?

It’s the battle over water! Should you be dropping cash on bottled versions or is tap the way to go? We’re diving into this controversy and sprinkling you with all the facts.


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Robin’s Healthy Take: Are Butter Sauces Healthy Eats?

by , February 13th, 2012

Asian Noodles With Wasabi Butter Sauce

Are butter sauces healthy? They can be! Let’s be honest, butter makes sauces silky and smooth. But that doesn’t mean you need the whole stick. The key is adding just enough to make the sauce richer, allowing...

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Chocolate 5 Ways

by , February 13th, 2012

Celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate treats morning, noon and night.

Just a touch of chocolate is all you need to remind that special someone how you feel. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy any of these scrumptious chocolate delights morning, no...

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New USDA Online Food Log: SuperTracker

by , February 12th, 2012
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Keeping track of the good stuff you put on your plate just got easier.

Keeping healthy eating goals on track just got easier thanks to the USDA’s free online food-and-exercise log, SuperTracker. This new tool uses the government My Plate recommenda...

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Make Your Own Chocolate Ganache Body Scrub

by , February 11th, 2012
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Make a chocolate treat for the outside of your body.

Chocolate and spa treatments like massages, facials and pedicures are quintessential Valentine’s Days gifts everyone loves to receive. Oasis Day Spa, with locations in New York City and Westc...

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The Veggie Table: Meatless Mexican Lasagna

by , February 10th, 2012
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Mexican lasagna: Meat-free and flavor-packed.

Lasagna is one of those dishes I reserve for the winter months, when I want something warm and comforting. This Mexican Lasagna, which uses tortillas in place of lasagna noodles, has some added heat from ...

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On the Blogs: A Day in the Life of Bob Tuschman, Goat’s Meat and the New Foodspotting

by in View All Posts, February 9th, 2012

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  • The Huffington Post: Being a Star judge and a Food Network executive is not as glamorous as you might think.
  • Tasting Table:  Don’t forget dessert. Presenting 2012’s best pastry chefs from across the country and their breathtaking sugar creations.
  • ABC News: Walmart’s decision to simplify healthy choices for consumers with “Great for You” labels has nutritionists skeptical.
  • Wall Street Journal: You like goat cheese, but how about goat meat? Find out if you’ll like it and why it’s becoming more popular among chefs.
  • PCWorld: The popular food app Foodspotting gets a revamp and becomes something more useful for your taste buds.