Though Labor Day has come and gone, it’s still officially summer until the autumn equinox on September 22. Or, if you measure seasons as I do, until summer produce is no longer ripe. There’s still time to fill up on fruit, as the peak time for melons usually lasts through September.
Sometimes all you need to spruce up a dull salad or your run-of-the-mill Wednesday dinner is an ingredient swap. If chicken caesar has lost its bite, and you simply can't look at another plate of turkey and veggies without yawning, say hello to my leetle friend (sorry, had to!): shrimp!
Earlier this week, the New York Times posted one of their chuckle-worthy trend pieces on how the look of Seinfeld icon Elaine Benes is suddenly de rigeur among fashionistas.
Aug 29, 2010
Summer is winding down, school is starting up, alumni are still doing the same-sh*t-different-day dance. In summary, the end of August kind of blows. Which is why this week’s Intro to Cooking is throwing nutrition to the wind (sort of), because it’s time for something indulgent!
Aug 22, 2010
There are few culinary pleasures to match the first crunchy, buttery bite of a fresh ear of corn off the cob. And with each rich mouthful, you're taking in healthy doses of folate (to ward off heart disease, colon cancer and to prevent birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women), thiamin (for better memory), and pantothenic acid (which eases energy production under stress).
Aug 15, 2010
College life isn't kind to the carnivore. Meat is often expensive and time-consuming to cook, not to mention extremely perishable, and the Mystery Meat served in the caf won't exactly sate a craving for prime rib. So what's a girl gotta do for some quick, cheap, protein? Short of settling for cold cuts, which could possibly shorten your life and are very high in sodium, why not take a page out of the vegetarian handbook and opt for filling, delicious chickpeas?
The average collegiate cook can whip up a packet of Ramen like nobody's business. If she wants to get fancy, she could probably grill some chicken on the side. But seafood? Summer's ultimate entrée indulgence isn't exactly a regular on the typical sorority cookout menu.
Is there anything that can compare to a fresh peach on a summer afternoon? The time span of the vernal fruit's ripeness is quite narrow (compared to more resilient bananas or apples), but right now is peak season for the treat. And it's more than just a delicious, furry fruit. The peach is a natural, supremely juicy source of fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, and niacin, a B vitamin that aids digestion, amps HDL ("good") cholesterol, and helps radiant skin shine through.
As we approach the end of July, the muggiest days of summer are upon us, which for many means it's simply too hot to cook. But before you reach for your pint of Ben and Jerry's for a meal replacement (dairy has protein, right?), Intro to Cooking is here to remind you that there ARE oven-free recipes for a balanced meal.
It’s well known that a surefire way to rev your metabolism and curb hunger is to have a healthy snack on hand for a quick nibble between meals. But have you ever noticed that most of the go-to snacks (raisins, granola bars, apples) we pack to stabilize blood sugar are really just…sugar
Happy Fourth of July! Hopefully you’re reading this not too far from a grille or barbecue, because they’re necessary for today’s recipe! Your mouth is probably already watering for hot dogs and burgers, but to give your holiday menu some kick, why not include this week’s ingredient—a personal favorite of mine: halloumi cheese!
The summer solstice has passed, school is out, and if you’re like me, you’re probably sitting in a pool right now. A pool of your own sweat, that is. Yes, it’s that time of year when it’s just too hot to even think about cooking, let alone come up with a recipe. But if the thought of another freeze-pop dinner makes you gag (I’ve totally been there), never fear—CollegeCandy is here!