Blog Posts by Sarah McColl, Shine staff

  • Share Your Healthy Recipes with the Shine Supper Club!

    Share your healthy winter recipes with the Shine Supper Club!January is all about fresh starts, even in the kitchen. We're celebrating the clean slate by rounding up healthy recipes: lighter winter fare that's fresh, delicious, and filled with fresh veggies, lean proteins and/or whole grains. The winning recipe this month will receive a copy of The New Way to Cook Light. Here's how to join us:

    1. Write a blog post telling us about a healthy recipe you're cooking up this month by Sunday 11:59PM PST, January 20th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll at yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.
    4. Finalists will be posted by 12PM Monday, January 21 with voting open until 12PM PST Wednesday, January 23. The

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  • The Easiest-Ever Holiday Roast

    Canal House Cooks Every Day | Roast Prime Rib of BeefEvery once in a while, a recipe comes along with such stunning simplicity it makes us wonder how we've managed to make cooking so complicated. And when it comes to holiday entertaining—long guest lists, crowded grocery stories and a kitchen as busy as a bus station—we need all the help we can get.

    Enter what will be your go-to holiday roast. A stately sight to behold, this roast prime rib (from the handsome cookbook Canal House Cooks Every Day, itself a testament to the "simple is best" philosophy) looks impressive but calls for three ingredients and two anything-but-taxing steps. Leaving you the calm presence of mind to care for other pressing holiday concerns, like cookie-baking and finding the perfect sequin dress for New Year's Eve.

    Tips to keep holiday entertaining stress-free

    Authors Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton prefer to roast large cuts of meat like this at a low temperature, "the gentle heat cooks them evenly throughout (which means beautifully rosy-pink

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  • Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes Bakes Red Velvet Mississippi Mud Pie, Wins December Shine Supper Club

    It's not hard to understand how this recipe got the most votes in our Shine Supper Club poll. Grandbaby Cakes has created the kind of showstopping holiday dessert--mud pie and red velvet?!--that makes our jaws drop. (And also explains why we so enthusiastically embrace quinoa and kale come January.)

    What ingredient are you currently obsessed with? 
    I'm currently having a serious love affair with brown butter.  I have always been obsessed with butter in every facet of my baking and eating!  My husband thinks I have a serious problem but I can't help it.  It is just so darn delicious.  A couple of months ago, I started mixing brown butter into my cookie recipes, and it was seriously life changing.  The nutty and complex flavor of it adds another dimension to baked goods.

    What's your favorite food memory? 
    I recently had the opportunity to tape a baking video with my big mama (grandmother) in Mississippi.  My husband taped us making her famous biscuit recipe, and I learned so much about her

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  • Choose the Winner for This Month's Shine Supper Club

    The holiday recipes submitted to this month's Shine Supper Club were both naughty (eggnog, red velvet, chocolate, oh my!) and nice (fresh, jewel-toned veggies, a sight for sugar-sore eyes). We narrowed the entries down to the some of the most-shared recipes on our Pinterest board, and now it's time for you to vote for a winner. The poll closes 12/21 at noon EST, so get your votes in fast! Good luck and happy cooking!

    (Supper Club members can copy the links below into their posts to share some link love):

    Shine Supper Club Holiday Favorites:

    Nice:
    Julia's Album: Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup
    The Primlani Kitchen: Wild Rice with Cranberries
    Scaling Back: Millet Pilaf with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms and Pomegranate

    Naughty:
    Caffay Way: Traditional Swedish Glogg (Mulled Wine)
    Chew Out Loud: Brie en Croute
    Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends: Ko-Jew Kimchee Latkes
    Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Eggnog Cheesecake
    Dining with Dusty: Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Cookies
    Dinners, Dishes and

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  • Rice Krispies Treats for Grown-Ups

    Deb Perelman | Smitten KitchenThe night my friend plucked a Ziploc bag from her tote and plopped a pirate's booty worth of marshmallow treasure on the bar in front of us one night at happy hour, we promptly forgot all about our cocktails. With a touch of salt and rich with nutty brown butter, these Rice Krispies treats surpass anything that comes wrapped in shiny blue plastic. And isn't that how we should always remake the classics? By elevating beloved flavors to something just ever-so unexpected-without losing any of the nostalgic charm.

    Make the ultimate playlist for your holiday party

    The genius behind this keeper is Deb Perelman, the woman who pens one of our original food blog loves, Smitten Kitchen. Deb is like the Internet version of the Barefoot Contessa, amping up recipes you already love until the flavors really sing-only she works her wonders in a downtown apartment with a sliver of a kitchen instead of a million dollar Hamptons mansion. In other words, she's one of us. The recipes in her

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  • Holiday Favorites from the Shine Supper Club

    Feeling a little bah, humbug? Make yourself jolly and bright with these holiday recipes from the Shine Supper Club. If vodka-spiked red wine and cookies can't get you in the spirit, we're not sure anything can. Join us!



    1. Write a blog post telling us about your favorite holiday recipe by Wednesday 11:59PM PST, December 19th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.


    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/


    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll at yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.


    4. Finalists will be posted by 12PM Thursday, December 20 with voting open until 12PM PST Friday December 21. The winning recipe to be featured on the Shine homepage and added to our winner's circle!


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  • Sweet Holiday Treats from the Shine Supper Club

    For some, its not Christmas until they have a glass of eggnog by a twinkling tree. For others, its oysters on the half shell. But for these members of the Shine Supper Club, the holidays haven't arrived until decadent sweets are on the table.

    Share your favorite holiday recipes with us!
    1. Write a blog post telling us about your favorite holiday recipe by Wednesday 11:59PM PST, December 19th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll at yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.
    4. Finalists will be posted by 12PM Thursday, December 20 with voting open until 12PM PST Friday December 21. The winning recipe to be featured on the Shine homepage and added to

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  • Prohibition-Era Cocktails Worth Drinking Today

    Cocktails!If you were just punching out of work on a cold December night in 1873 and in need of some liquid refreshment, you would have rounded the corner to your local Ohio watering hole only to be greeted by 200 women kneeling on the sidewalk, clad in black, praying.

    Now you really need a drink.

    With men over the age of 15 knocking back an average of 7 gallons of pure alcohol per year (that's 3 times what we drink today!), the ladies had had enough. This act of "radical civil disobedience" would have still been considered within the bounds of acceptable 19th century female behavior, explains historian Catherine Murdock in the documentary Prohibition, and the temperance movement spread "like wildfire" across the country. Buoyed by support from various churches, the Women's Christian Temperance Union became a force to be reckoned with through the end of that century, but it was the Anti-Saloon League efforts that made sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol illegal in the 18th

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  • Join the December Shine Supper Club with Your Favorite Holiday Recipe!

    Whether it's a killer cookie recipe, a generations-old method for making eggnog, or a roast that always elicits oohs and ahhs, this month's Supper Club is a smorgasbord celebration of the festive fare that makes this season so delicious. What are the holiday traditions at your house? Please share! Here's how:

    1. Write a blog post telling us about your favorite holiday recipe by Wednesday 11:59PM PST, December 19th. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
    2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: https://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
    3. Tweet @YahooShine with a link to your post and include the hashtag #shinesupperclub. Aren't on Twitter? Email the link to shine_sarahmccoll at yahoo.com. We will compile the links for all participants to include in their posts so all Supper Club members can share in the link love.
    4. Finalists will be posted by 12PM Thursday, December 20 with voting open until 12PM PST Friday December 21. The winning recipe to be featured on the Shine

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  • Meet Linda of Spicebox Travels, Our November Supper Club Winner!

    Linda of Spicebox TravelsMeet Linda, the blogger behind Spicebox Travels and the winner of this month's Shine Supper Club and a swank 4-quart casserole from Crate and Barrel for her simple recipe for Gratitude Fried Rice (recipe below). (Be sure to also read the story that goes along with the recipe--it's deeply humbling and a much-needed reminder this time of year.) Peek inside Linda's mind and refrigerator as she answers our usual questions:

    What ingredient are you currently obsessed with?

    I'm a huge fan of spices (hence my blog name) and my current favorite is an ancient one: cardamom. My husband crushes green cardamom pods into my coffee and tea and my all-time favorite coffee cake recipe has a really assertive cardamom flavor.

    Favorite food memory?
    This is a little embarrassing, but it would have to be my 5th wedding anniversary dinner, which was nearly a decade ago. My husband and I were young and unsophisticated food lovers who were willing to splurge on a special meal, so we decided to celebrate our

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