Food

Inside Our Test Kitchen: Get smart about syrup

Maple syrup (or lack thereof) can make or break a stack of pancakes, but not all syrups are the same. Letter grades (“A” or “B”) on labels didn’t make it clear what was inside the bottle, so to fix the sticky situation, the International Maple Syrup Institute suggested more specific categories. The new guidelines would reclassify pure maple syrup sold in the supermarket as Grade A and would include one of four descriptions: golden, amber, dark or very dark.

Golden syrup has a delicate flavor; try it for sweetening tea.

Try this: Sweet-Heat Iced Tea

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COVER STORY: Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

Above: Michelle Obama and Rachael on our September 2016 cover, shot this summer at the White House Kitchen Garden. This 1,500-square-foot plot produces food that is often served at the First Lady’s family meals, as well as at official state functions.

The idea that healthy kids are happy kids has long been top of mind for First Lady Michelle Obama. Through efforts like the White House Kitchen Garden and this summer’s fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge (which Rach joined her for), she’s reminding us all what food should be—nutritious, delicious and always fun! Here it is in her own words:

“We planted the White House Kitchen Garden seven years ago to kick off a national conversation about how we live and eat. Since then, we’ve used it as a teaching tool to show kids where their food comes from and to give them the chance to plant, harvest and taste some vegetables themselves. Despite all the hand-wringing when we first launched Let’s Move!, about how kids are picky eaters and wouldn’t like healthy food, kids are truly embracing these changes. I see it everywhere I go. Kids are harvesting school gardens and learning through first hand experience that healthy food can be fun and delicious, and can make them feel good.

I was passionate about this issue long before I became First Lady, and I plan to work on it long after I leave the White House. Back before we lived in the White House, we were busy working parents, raising two young girls, and we often went for convenience—takeout, microwave meals, fast food Read more

Go For Gold! 10 Golden Recipes for the Olympics

Summer 2016 is here, which means it’s finally Olympic season! There’s nothing like getting so engrossed in a race, match or gymnastics routine that you end up burning dinner on the stovetop… oh wait, does that only happen to me? Sure, we could all try to eat like Olympic athletes this time of year in solidarity with Team USA — superfood cereal, anyone? — but here’s something a little more fun to try: 10 golden recipes! That’s right; mashed potatoes, pizza, cake and more are all fair game here. And we threw in some bonus silver and bronze cocktails, because those are pretty great, too.

Golden Tomato Soup

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Word of Mouth: The New Vegetable Cookbooks

If you rely on the same veg-centric cookbooks each summer, get produce inspo from this bumper crop of recent releases. Then, look out, farmers’ market!

If you like… Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

You’ll love… The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini by Cara Mangini

As the chef behind Little Eater in Columbus, OH, Cara Mangini wrangles veggies for a living. The more than 250 step-by-step photos in her book mirror the encyclopedic Vegetable Literacy, while sharing updated essential know-how for everything from cleaning sandy greens for creamed spinach crepes to prepping fresh artichokes for the grill.

If you like… Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen Read more

Inside Our Test Kitchen: The Best Way to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

In the never-ending quest for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, our kitchen crew put three top techniques to the test to see which one was most, ahem, appealing. Check out the results below, along with tasty recipes you can make to test out the winning technique.

3RD PLACE:

Shake ‘Em Up

Place large eggs in a large saucepan (no more than will cover the bottom) and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Cover the saucepan; shake the eggs until cracked all over. Run cold water into the pan until the eggs are cool, then peel under cold running water.

The results: The idea here is that the cold water slips between the white and the shell, making peeling easier. Shaking the cooked eggs in the pan cracked them quickly, but when it came to peeling, quite a bit of the white stuck to the shells.

Kale Cobb Salad  

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National Lasagna Day: Healthy, Hearty and Somewhere In Between

I have good news and bad news. The good news: It’s #NationalLasagnaDay! The bad news: It’s a million degrees outside. Why, oh why, must this day fall at the hottest time of year? We’d like to have a word with whoever sets these food holidays. November 15th sounds better, right? Hopefully “National Raisin Bran Cereal Day” won’t mind sharing the spotlight. Until then, though, we’re going to go ahead and celebrate anyway. Whether you’re dining al fresco or cranking your AC way up, we’ve got just the recipe for you.

Summer Lasagnas

Yep, they exist! These veggie-based recipes are carb-free and perfect for warm weather.

Mexican Raw Lasagna

Vegetable “Lasagna” Stacks

Hearty-Comfort Lasagnas

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go all-in on that carby, cheesy, meaty slice of heaven.

Lasagna Bolognese

Sloppy Lasagna Joes

 In-Between Lasagnas

These dishes fall somewhere in the middle of 100% comfort food and figure-friendly veggie stacks.

Vegetable Lasagna

Farmers’ Market Lasagna

Want more? Try these 15 pasta sauce recipes to customize your lasagna any way you like it.

8 Fruity and Cheesy Recipes

This summer, we’re revamping fruit salads every which way to make them anything but boring. It’s amazing what a little heat, spice, and cheese can do! Our plum & goat cheese fruit salad, in particular, is kind of surprising but super-delicious. We know every cheese board gets better with grapes or jam, but if you haven’t taken your fruit-cheese relationship beyond that, you really should! Rich, creamy dairy is a natural partner for sweet, juicy, seasonal produce — and it’ll make your fruit-based dishes feel more substantial, too. Here are 8 fun recipes to get you started.

Plum & Goat Cheese Carpaccio with Mint 

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Our favorite Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner recipes

If you know Rachael, you know she loves a good BLD dish — a.k.a. something that’s delish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. That’s why she made her “Burger of the Month” in our latest issue a BLD Burger: a sausage-spiked patty topped with meaty bacon, chives and a fried egg and sandwiched between two English muffins. Whether it’s 7am or 7pm, that sounds pretty darn good to us! Check out that recipe below, along with some other anytime-of-day faves from our archives.

BLD Burger

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Corn recipes for every type of craving

What are you in the mood for right now? Something salty? Spicy? Cheesy? We all have those dishes we just can’t get enough of — the ones we could happily make for dinner every single night if our families would let us, or the ones we just have to order every time we see it on a menu. Our July/August 2016 cover shows off our favorite corn-toppers for summer, all inspired by classic comfort flavors we love. So the next time you’re craving creamy queso or fresh avocado or buttery garlic, reach for some fresh corn cobs and top ‘em to your hearts content!

Think you could you polish off this Spicy Cilantro Queso all by yourself?

Try Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob!

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Around the world in 5 skewers

Looking for cookout inspiration? There’s a whole universe of meat-on-a-stick out there! Take a global grilling tour and get fresh ideas for dinner, courtesy of these five skewered specialties.

Shish Kebab — This term has become the catch-all for grilled skewered food. The cross-cultural specialty is claimed by cuisines in South Asia, the Caucasus and Russia (where it’s called shashlik), the Balkans (cévak), the Middle East and beyond.

Try this: Kofta Kebabs with Herb Salad

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