Healthy Apple Berry Crumble

17 Oct

Tales of an Overtime Cook

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As a general rule, I am not a huge fan of diet dessert. In my mind, diet + dessert = fresh fruit. Simple math, really. But as we’ve discussed before, even a dieter needs a treat on occasion. And if you are going to treat yourself, there are better and worse ways to do it.

Last year, my editor for my magazine column asked me to come up with some diet desserts for the magazine’s annual diet issue. Naturally, I published a healthy muffin recipe. (You all know how much I love coming up with those!) And I came up with my amazing oatmeal protein cookies. And the third dessert, I figured, would be a crumble. Lots of fruit, oatmeal topping, it seemed like the natural choice for a healthier dessert.

But I ran into a problem. Without sugar to break down the fruit, it simply wouldn’t…

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Carne de Porco à Alentejana (Portuguese Pork and Clams)

17 Oct

The Domestic Man

Carne de Porco à Alentejana is a traditional recipe from Portugal, made from a combination of pork, wine, paprika, clams, and black olives, and typically served with roasted or fried potatoes. When a reader first suggested I tackle this dish, I was floored by the seemingly odd ingredients list; but much like Chicken Marbella, the offbeat ingredients mixed together perfectly to create a unique taste that’s more than the sum of its parts.

While the name might lead you to believe that this dish originated in the Alentejo region of Portugal, it’s actually from Algarve (the Southernmost point of the country). Legend has it that chefs in Algarve gave the dish this name to let diners know that the pork was from Alentejo-raised pigs, who were fed acorns and had a flavorful meat. At the time, pigs in Algarve were fed fish scraps from the burgeoning canning industry, and…

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World Food Day 2013: How to help end hunger

17 Oct

Eatocracy

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 165 million children under the age of five are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential.

About 2 billion people in the world lack vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health, and around 1.4 billion are overweight — one third of them, obese. Children born to parents suffering from these forms of malnutrition start out with a higher risk of impairment from birth and illness later in life.

Poverty is handed down from generation to generation. Now it’s time to stop the cycle.

October 16 is the FAO’s annual World Food Day, and the organization is seeking to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and stimulate discussions for solutions.

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Lasagna Soup

17 Oct

Mikey's In My Kitchen

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Fall has come to Chicago.

It is cold, rainy and super blustery.

It smells like wet leaves and soggy grass and I am SO in love.

I busted out my scarves, jackets, hats and boots and have already made a few different pots of soup. This hearty lasagna soup is perfect for these cold, overcast days – AND, Mikey was obsessed with it (because lets be honest, Mikey is obsessed with anything in a red sauce/Italian seasonings).

Hope you are enjoying your fall so far…go make some soup!

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Lebanese Freekeh and Fig Salad – Freekehing Fabulous

5 Oct

Great recipe

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freekeh-fig-salad-imageMove over quinoa, there’s a ‘new’ ‘grain’ in town.

Well, actually it’s not new, and quinoa is not a grain. But you know what I mean. Of course I’m talking about freekeh. And just to confuse us further freekeh is not  a grain, but a process. Actually it sounds to me more like a dance from the 70s, but never mind. 

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12 Oct

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