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  • Radically Simple Cooking with Rozanne Gold: Vinaigrettes Get Saucy

    Radically Simple cooking: Vinaigrettes Get SaucyRadically Simple Cooking: Vinaigrettes Get Saucy

    Our new columnist, Rozanne Gold, plays with the classic high-flavor dressing formula and takes it to salads and beyond.

    Clever chefs are shaking up the salad-topping idea by using vinaigrettes as quick sauces that lend vibrancy to items other than greens. Tom Colicchio of Craft restaurant and Top Chef fame started braising fish in vinaigrette; chef and restaurateur David Burke began reducing vinaigrettes to glaze chicken and lobster; and Dan Barber at Blue Hill Farm created a warm orange vinaigrette to drizzle over fresh figs. One of the most alluring ideas comes from Chef Michel Nischan of Connecticut's Dressing Room-a three-ingredient elixir of apple cider, cider vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil. It is lovely spooned over roast pork loin, drizzled atop turkey paillards-and not at all bad on a salad.

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    Inspired by these ideas, I began creating vinaigrettes to spoon atop my main courses. Carrot-ginger vinaigrette, made zippy with orange juice and

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  • 25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

  • 20-Minute Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    20-Minute Barbecue Chicken SandwichesBarbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    You can have the taste of slow-cooked barbecue in a fraction of the time with this delicious recipe. Crunchy slaw is the perfect topping.

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    Ingredients

    1/2 cup no-salt-added ketchup
    2 tablespoons honey mustard
    2 tablespoons water
    3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
    3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    3 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken
    3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon sugar
    3 cups packaged coleslaw
    1/3 cup chopped green onions
    6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted

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    Preparation

    1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer; cook 10 minutes. Combine sauce and chicken.
    2. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Add

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  • The Secret to Perfect Guacamole

    Avoiding gross guacAvoiding gross guac

    Does your guac get icky? Learn how to avoid that khaki color. By: Tim Cebula


    Guacamole is a surefire and healthy party pleaser, at least for those who arrive at the party early. Stragglers know they're late by the muddy brown shade the dip has assumed in the bowl. Obviously, oxygen is the enemy of guac, as it is for sliced potatoes and apples. The question is, can you delay the oxidation process? (Leaving the pit in the dip, an old myth, doesn't help.)

    The solution: A two-part strategy involves using acid to delay oxidation, then doling out the dip as needed from an airtight container. The antioxidant property of ascorbic acid, plentiful in lemon or lime juice, is your first line of defense. Toss cubed avocado in citrus juice, about 3 tablespoons per avocado, then drain before mashing, reserving the juice. After you've mashed all your ingredients, add some juice back to taste. Still, your dip will brown eventually if you serve all at once, so serve in small batches, with the

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  • Healthy Airport Eats


    With airlines skimping on in-flight food, airport terminals are ramping up offerings, ditching mundane choices in favor of high-end gourmet, fresh, and even organic selections. We perused the menu at 20 of the nation's busiest airports to zero in on the ones making the biggest strides when it comes to delivering healthy options. Our top five picks aren't necessarily the most trafficked airports. Instead, they're the ones that make it easy to find deliciously lighter meals. If travel plans allow, it might be worth routing through these five hubs. By Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

    1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

    The world's busiest airport is currently updating concession contracts. Speculation is there could be a push toward even more fresh, healthier options.

    Quick & Healthy: Longtime Atlanta caterer Proof of the Pudding trims the fat and sodium while incorporating the "Super Foods" concept at its three "gourmet fresh" kiosks. Our Pick: Turkey Sandwich

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  • Our Favorite (Healthy) Fast Food Breakfasts

    Next time you're in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You'll be pleasantly surprised. -By Karen Ansel, RD

    Breakfast On-the-Go
    Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's also the one we have the least time for. But before you go without-or grab an oversized bagel or donut-check out the latest fast food offerings. Many are actually good for you and slimming too.

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    Starbucks: Protein Plate
    When it comes to breakfast on the run, it can be hard to find one with plenty of protein that's not also oozing with saturated fat. Enter Starbucks' Protein Plate, an energizing combo of fruit, peanut butter, a hard cooked egg, and a mini bagel. Together these deliver the perfect balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats to help you power through your morning. One serving provides 370 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams each of protein and fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat. Pair it

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  • The Amazing One-Hour Dinner Party

    Amazing One-Hour Dinner Party
    We cooked up a tasty spring menu for eight happy people-and included the tips and game plan to pull it all together in 60 minutes.
    By Ann Taylor Pittman

    Before you decide that preparing an elegant three-course dinner, plus signature cocktail, from start to finish in 60 minutes is too good to be true, consider this: Many home cooks make an entire meal in that amount of time most weeknights, deftly and intuitively moving from side dish to entrée and back again, from oven to stovetop to salad spinner. I simply decided to extend those skills to the challenge of the classic dinner for eight.

    This isn't to say that a lot of fiddling and retesting didn't go into this menu. It did. We tested the whole game plan three times, tweaking recipes and choreographing to make sure it all came in at less than an hour. I rearranged the order of tasks; I gussied up a few smart convenience products (bagged salad greens, precut potatoes, frozen lemonade); and I introduced bold flavors from pickled

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  • 100-Calorie Oatmeal Toppings

    100-Calorie Oatmeal ToppingsLife Lived DeliciouslyGet bold at breakfast with these super stir-ins

    Think beyond brown sugar to kick up the flavor and texture of your bowl. Swirl, sprinkle, or top with any one of these 18 options for less than 100 calories. (Even bacon! It's surprisingly good.)

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  • 5 Ways to Lower Cholesterol

    Lower Your CholesterolCholesterol numbers too high? These five diet and lifestyle strategies let you nudge numbers down without medication. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

    Lower Your Cholesterol
    Ours is a pill-popping culture, so it's no surprise the default method for lowering high cholesterol levels is usually medicinal. Drugs are readily available. They're effective. And the pill approach requires very little effort. Yet studies show that diet and lifestyle changes can be as or even more powerful than many drugs. Better yet, these natural methods help lower heart disease risk without negative side effects. Employ one (or all five) of these strategies and chances are cholesterol numbers will improve. Already taking cholesterol-lowering meds? These changes can enhance a drug's effectiveness.

    Life Lived DeliciouslyThe ultimate goal: total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl; 100 mg/dl or less for LDL or "bad" cholesterol, and 40 mg/dl or higher for HDL or "good" cholesterol.

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    1. Get Moving

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  • 7 Ways to Cook with Guinness

    Guinness Lamb StewLife Lived DeliciouslyIn honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've gathered a few recipes featuring-what else-Guinness!

    There's more to St. Patty's Day than shamrocks and pots of gold. We're bringing you recipes featuring a famous Irish stout that has become beloved by the masses. Cheers to celebrating this decidely jolly holiday to the fullest.

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    Our first recipe is mouth-watering Guinness Lamb Stew, a favorite of Cooking Light Test Kitchen Professional Robin Bashinsky. He explains, "The touch of mustard at the end adds a little tangy punch that sets off the robust flavors of the hearty, slowly simmered broth."

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    Ingredients
    8 teaspoons olive oil, divided
    2 cups chopped onion
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 1/2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 teaspoon salt, divided
    3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper,

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