Blog Posts by Sarah McColl, Shine staff

  • What Are You Cooking on Super Bowl Sunday?

    Who doesn't love a quarterback?Who doesn't love a quarterback?Truth be told, I'm no football fanatic. You won't see me crying tears of joy or defeat, whichever way the chips fall (mmm, chips). But I do love a good football game and all that goes with it: American nostalgia, plaid scarfs, tailgating, and thermoses filled with something to warm you from the inside out. You could say I'm in it for the J. Crew catalog angle.

    But by the time the Super Bowl rolls around, the romanticism of the fall has long since passed, and we're deep into winter. In February, a "Which team is in the blue?" girl like me needs some motivation to stay alert. Then, friends, I'm in it for the food.

    As the Giants battled the 49ers in the play-offs, I got so fired up by spicy wings and beer, I was hootin' and hollerin' alongside some of the fiercest fans. My hand ached from high-fiving. And when our spirits flagged, and overtime stretched on, there were cheese fries to fortify us. (It's hard work, but somebody has to do it.)

    Quinoa, roasted squash,and kale salads all have

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  • 10 Healthy Winter Breakfasts

    We're easing into the days of winter when we need all the help we can get. Pull yourself out from under the covers on cold mornings with these healthy, warming recipes. A kick-starting, cozy breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee might not raise the temperature outside, but it could raise your spirits.

    The secret to home-cooked breakfasts on crazy mornings is a little forward thinking. Cook up one big batch of oatmeal that requires only a zap in the microwave in the morning. Stir together a batch of granola and then individually portion. Not up for baking in the morning? Join the club. Be a domestic goddess on the weekends, then extend the life of baked goods to make them weekday morning-friendly: tightly wrap muffins in plastic wrap and freeze individually. Thaw what you'll need in the morning overnight on the counter. Slice quick breads, wrap individual slices and freeze. Let defrost overnight, as with the muffins, or drop in the toaster straight from the freezer.

    Cherry and tangerine oatmealCherry and tangerine oatmealCherry and

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  • On Betty White's, Betty Crocker's 90th Birthday, We Ask: What's Your Betty Crocker Story?

    Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday with a custom Betty Crocker cake.Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday with a custom Betty Crocker cake.Two of our favorite Bettys--Crocker and White--turn 90 this year. In honor of their shared celebration, Betty Crocker designed a three-tier triple chocolate cake for Betty White that's as vibrant and fun as the comedienne herself. (Tune in Monday night, January 16 for NBC's "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl.") Funny, gracious, beloved, and wearing 90 years beautifully, both Bettys make us feel pretty great about the idea of getting older.

    We know how you feel about Crocker. In every cookbook round-up we run on Shine Food--chef cookbooks, new cookbooks, best-selling cookbooks--the refrain is the same: Betty Crocker is the best. Whether you need to know what soft peaks look like, how to make perfect coffee, or how to set the table, you can count on Betty.

    But how did you first find her? Were you given a Betty Crocker cookbook as a wedding present? Did you find it in a used bookstore when you moved into your first apartment? Did you see this commercial?



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  • Do You Have Any New Year's Cooking Resolutions?

    This lady makes whisking look like a blast!This lady makes whisking look like a blast!I hate to call them resolutions, really, since something as pleasurable as cooking shouldn't have to sound so joyless. How about intended cooking adventures or kitchen wishes? A little wordy, but it'll do.

    No matter what we call them, everything in our lives right now--especially how we're choosing to nourish our bodies with what we eat--has the clean slate of a fresh beginning. And with so many of us thinking about what we want to be eating, it only follows to think about what we want to be cooking.

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  • The Best Recipes of the Year

    We asked about the recipes that knocked your socks off, and you answered. Here, the most outrageously delicious fudge, cakes, weeknight pastas, warming soups, and special occasion roasts as recommended by Shine readers. Here's to a delicious 2012!


    Mushroom tacos: Jack called the mushroom tacos he made this year "a new diet staple."

    Try it: Poblano and mushroom tacos

    Or try: Zucchini, corn, and potato tacos

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  • What Was The Best Thing You Cooked This Year?

    The ultimate cooking goal? A recipe box filled with winnersThe ultimate cooking goal? A recipe box filled with winnersLet's be honest: not all recipes are keepers. But every once in awhile, you'll try a a new recipe that's so fast, and so exquisitely simple, it completely makes your Tuesday night. Or you find the ultimate "I can host a dinner party and not turn into a sweaty mess!" dish that makes entertaining easy, and more importantly, fun. Or you stumble upon the cookie recipe so dangerously good, it can win hearts (and mend broken ones).

    Those are the recipes we file away, print, pin, and pass on to our friends. They're our trusted work horses and turn-to's, and they're pretty much the holy grail of cooking. Because isn't that what we're all after? To find the perfect weeknight chicken recipe and the best birthday cake and all the recipes that will make our special occasions--and the everyday--that much more delicious?

    We're rounding up the best things we all cooked in 2011, so tell us in the comments what knocked your socks off this year. Better yet, copy and paste the link so we can all

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  • Virtual Cookie Swap: 24 Cookie Recipes from Our Friends Around the Web

    Join our virtual cookie swap!Join our virtual cookie swap!Are you cookie crazy right now? I will admit to not having caught the holiday baking bug until last night. Suddenly, nothing seemed more appealing that hauling out the mixing bowl, adding fresh ginger, molasses, and eggs, and making a thick pan of spicy, warm gingerbread. I imagined wrapping up squares in brown paper, tying it up with red yarn, and handing them out as gifts. Easy peasy, and pretty sweet.

    So now it's on, and I can't think of a better way to kick off the baking season (or keep it going strong) than being inspired by two dozen irresistible recipes from all our cookie-loving friends across the web.

    I attended my first cookie swap when I was as tall as my mother's hip, and it still ranks as my favorite holiday party ever. Our dining room table was covered with a dizzying array of sweet treats (heaven for a six-year-old--or really any age, right?). I swooned particularly hard at the taste of my first rosette, covered in a thick blanket of powdered sugar.

    Rosettes require

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  • Hello from Shine's Food Editor! (That's Me.)

    Let's pretend we're meeting in person. I'd bring a plate of these chocolate chip cookies.Let's pretend we're meeting in person. I'd bring a plate of these chocolate chip cookies.Well, hi there! I'm the new food editor at Shine, but hopefully my face isn't new to you. I've been part of the Shine community since the beginning, first as a user, then as part of the Shine staff writing about making life as joyful, meaningful, and healthy as possible, and now here's why I'm so excited to be hanging out in the kitchen:

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  • The Food Network's Virtual Thanksgiving: Pull Up a Chair!

    Experts say that one of the ways we experience happiness is in the anticipation of an event. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I know just what they mean. There is, of course, the looking forward that happens while picking new recipes, creating the guest list, and dreaming up creative traditions that focus on the giving thanks part of the day. But my favorite part of the preamble is when we're down to the wire, the couple of hours before dinner is served.

    At my family Thanksgiving, the scene's like this: All the promise of the meal lays before us. The rich smells of buttery pie crust, simmering gravy, and a crisp-skinned turkey linger in the air. My mom has not yet had her annual (and completely understandable) Thanksgiving meltdown. No one's stuck their foot in their mouth or viciously trounced the competition in a game of Trivial Pursuit. Your waistband isn't yet digging into your stomach. There have been no tears or broken crystal. For a brief moment, there's harmony in house.

    Plus,

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  • Here's My Slideshow

    This is going to be a slideshow of pictures of food. Yum!


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