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Cook This Now: Garlicky Broccoli Rabe

by in Cookbooks, In Season, November 2, 2011
broccoli rabe
6-minute side dish.

I see a lot of cookbooks — that’ll happen when you work for Food Network — and even though there’s a stack of new books on my desk threatening to topple over, I still get excited when I get a really good, new cookbook. The cookbooks that excite me are the ones filled with healthy, seasonal recipes, especially those with a lot of vegetable dishes because I don’t eat meat. Food writer, NY Times columnist and cookbook author  Melissa Clark‘s book, Cook This Now was one that excited me. So much so that it made it home to my kitchen, and not the teetering, 4-foot cookbook pile on my desk.

The book is organized by month, and each month has 10 recipes using ingredients that are at their peak that month. The setup is helpful for obvious reason: it’s easy to figure out what’s freshest and what to shop for at farmers’ markets, but there was an unexpected bonus to the month-by-month organization. Usually when I get a great cookbook, I leaf through the whole thing, flagging dozens of recipes I must make, then can’t decide what to make first. When I cracked open Cook This Now, I jumped right to November. I was tempted by the Butternut Squash Risotto With Pistachios and Lemon, the Honey Whole Wheat Corn Bread and the Roasted Acorn Squash, Honey, Smoked Paprika, and Sage Salt, but last night just happened to get a big bunch of broccoli rabe in my CSA, so was eager to turn that into dinner.

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Win This Cookbook: Robin Takes 5

by in Cookbooks, Giveaway, November 2, 2011

robin cookbook coverTake back dinner with our very own Robin Miller‘s new cookbook Robin Takes 5. Choose from 500 quick, healthy, weeknight meals that are all 500 calories or less. The best part? Each recipe has just five ingredients! That means less time at the store and even less time in the kitchen.

Whip up soups, pizzas, pastas, beef, seafood and side dishes every night of the week without breaking a sweat. Make Cashew Crusted Chicken with Roasted Jalapeno-Mango Chutney (one of 70 chicken recipes), or satisfy your sweet tooth with one of Robin’s 50 dessert recipes like Orange Marmalade Tart with Chocolate Covered Almonds.

“It’s a slam dunk for every busy person and Food Network fan out there,” she says.

You can buy your own copy of Robin Takes 5 or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, the five ingredients you couldn’t live without. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on November 2 and 5 p.m. EST on November 4. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $29.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, which 5 ingredients would you not be able to live without?

Win This Cookbook: The Feast Nearby

by in Giveaway, October 26, 2011

the feast nearby
Celebrate small pleasures with former Chicago Tribune writer and The Feast Nearby author, Robin Mather. In her book of essays and recipes, Mather recounts her year-long journey in local eating after losing both her job and her marriage in 2009.

Moving to a cottage in her native Michigan, Mather vowed to eat three home-cooked, seasonal, and local meals a day — all on $40 a week.

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Talking to the Experts: Fabiola Gaines on Soul Food

by in Cookbooks, September 18, 2011

The New Soul Food Cookbook for Diabetics

Good old soul food is famous for excess fat, salt and sugar. Thank goodness for soul food expert and registered dietitian Fabiola Gaines, who told us how to lighten up soul food without compromising taste.

Q: What inspired you to write The New Soul Food Cookbook for Diabetes, especially for diabetics?

Several years ago, the American Diabetes Association asked my partner and I to sit in on a cultural diversity committee. They came up with this recipe card that wasn’t appropriate for the African American population with type 2 diabetes– the recipe was for sweet potato pie with raisins.  In the typical African American cuisine raisins are not included in sweet potato pie. We became a critical part of choosing recipes for this project, and the American Diabetes Association asked my partner and I if we would be interested in writing the first African American cookbook. Both of our fathers died of complications from diabetes and the book is near and dear to our hearts. It was important that we show that soul food is not bad but needs a facelift.

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