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Lynn Andriani (187 posts)
Ore Ida Sweet Potato Crinkle Fries
140 calories, 7 grams of fat per serving
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 400 degrees
These zig-zag-cut, French fried sweets crisp up nicely. They're thin enough that there's still a high crunch-to-potato ratio, and stand up well to dipping in ketchup, sour cream or an aioli dipping sauce (this garlic aioli is perfect).
Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
130 calories, 4 grams of fat per serving
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees
With a good punch from the chipotle pepper seasoning, these julienned spuds are almost shoelace-thin, and many have tapered ends (which means if you like those little burnt crunchy bits , these are your fries). They're especially good with a cooling sauce like this yogurt-cilantro lime one.
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Recently, though, people have been telling me about ways to incorporate it into other standbys. They're all classic breakfast, lunch and dessert dishes. But by replacing plain old white bread (or even healthy--but, let's face it, occasionally ho-hum--whole wheat bread) with cinnamon raisin bread, they get a tiny lift. From basic to...yes, a little out-there, here they are:
2. French Toast
3. Bread Pudding
4. Apple Crisp (tear up pieces and add them to the crumble over the fruit)
5. DIY Danish: Make a sandwich out of two slices of toasted cinnamon raisin bread and fruited cottage cheese.
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Like Facebook, Twitter and other popular social sites, Pinterest starts out as a simple lark and can quickly become a time-suck. But it can also be a great way to get ideas (What should I make for dinner tonight? What can I bring to my neighbor's house for that potluck next week? What can I do with this avocado besides make guacamole?). Before you fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole, here are a few pieces of advice:
DO create separate boards for each subject you like. Favorite recipes and drinks are common, but you don't have to be limited by broad categories. I've seen boards for canning, "inspiring cookies" and even peanut butter pies. Users can follow all your boards or just a single board.
DON'T just follow your friends. As with Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest lets you create a list of people to follow. It's fun to follow friends, of course, but some of the most interesting recipes you'll find on Pinterest might come from people you don't know. You can follow Oprah's Pinterest boards for everything from winter soups to delectable desserts, and here are 5 more fantastic boards I've started following:
Jane Wang's Delicious board
Allison Butt's Recipes board
Callye Alvarado's My Love Affair with Fig board
Marly's Best Vegetarian Sandwiches board
Whole Foods Market's Cheese Is the Bee's Knees board
Crumpled City Map, $22. Finally, no more fruitless attempts at refolding a map correctly. This guide to Barcelona (also available for other cities, including Amsterdam and Tokyo) takes 2 seconds to open and close, and provides city details including streets, monuments, museums, art galleries and more.
Romanesco Broccoli Seeds, $3.95. No matter what part of the country you live in, you can start planting vegetables indoors now. This broccoli variety, which has beautiful, apple-green whorled heads, has been around since the 16th century.
Pig Cooking Lid, $18. You can place this multipurpose silicone circle over ingredients in a pot to help them cook evenly (it releases steam through the pig’s snout), or use it to grip a hard-to-open lid.
Ticket Stub Diary, $10. Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert with this booklet that helps you preserve memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and other outings.
Planters NUT-rition Energy Mix
Everything in these 180-calorie bags pulls its weight, from the dark chocolate-covered soynuts to the whole wheat pretzels, so you won't be picking through to get to the good stuff. $5.99 for 7 1.25-ounce packs.
Funky Monkey Carnaval Mix
Crunchy fruit? Why yes! One 110-calorie packet of freeze-dried fruit has organic banana, pineapple, apple and papaya--and nothing else. $1.99 for a 1-ounce bag.
BelVita Breakfast Biscuits in Apple Cinnamon
Cookies for breakfast always seems like a good idea to us, but sometimes we feel a tad guilty scarfing a chocolate chip cookie before 9AM. These not-too-sweet crisps--a pack of 4 has 230 calories--are the perfect solution. $3.69 for 5 packs of 4 biscuits.
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Michelle M. Warner, class coordinator at The Brooklyn Kitchen, a recreational cooking school in New York, stirs a teaspoon of honey into tons of savory dishes, from chili to enchiladas--she says its warm sweetness is the perfect finishing touch. Honey has plenty of other uses, too, from balancing out the saltiness in terikyaki sauce to jazzing up your breakfast cereal.
Keep a hunk around to grate over pasta, enhance a basic pasta sauce (mix the cheese with the pasta cooking water), shave over salads, shred over eggs and melt for grilled cheese sandwiches.
Lasagna. Your grandmother's red-sauce version is probably better off without radicchio (and who are we to mess with your Nonna?), but any lasagna involving bechamel or mushrooms (or both) will benefit from radicchio's punch. This recipe calls for cooking it until it wilts, then mixing it with sauteed mushrooms and sage--they form the veggie layer of the finished dish.
Risotto. This basic recipe has tons of variations; to use radicchio, tear the leaves and cook them with a chopped onion before adding the rice. Instead of grating Parmesan into the risotto at the end, try Piave Vecchio--its slight almond bitterness is the perfect complement.
The compendium has a spine cleverly designed as the nutritional information panel on a box and starts with the food's paleolithic era (aka 1903), when Tryabita Cereal Mills marketed a celery-flavored hot cereal--which certainly sounds healthy--and goes up to the 1990s and 2000s (of note is 1993's very meta Rice Krispies Treats cereal, a cereal that tastes like treats made out of...cereal). Other bits we're crunching on: the freeze-dried marshmallows in Lucky Charms, Count Chocula and Baron von Redberry are called "marbits"; and, as we long suspected, Grape Nuts probably don't have anything to do with grapes: According to Post, the cereal got its name because its inventor, C. W. Post, claimed grape sugar was formed during the backing process and that the cereal had a nutty flavor. And then there are the characters, from the Trix rabbit to Tony the Tiger to Snap!, Crackle!, Pop!, and Pow! (yes, there once were four, but Pow! got the boot sometime in the late 1950s).
Forget cereal's bad rap (the sugar, the unpronounceable ingredients, the funny colors it turns your milk): this book reminds us to look at cereal as culture. Toucan Sam (who was quite a linguist, you know, speaking pig latin, talking of his "ove-lay" for "oot-fray oops-lay") would probably be very proud.
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Klipo Cutlery Set, $5. This travel set consists of two handles with interchangeable utensils, so you can choose from a set of chopsticks, a knife, fork or spoon. Everything fits into a case that’s handy for work, a dorm room, a picnic or even those moments when everything in the dishwasher is dirty.
"In a Year" Poster, $15. Put an aesthetically pleasing stop to your procrastination with this “In a year, you may wish you had started now” poster.
Yogini Eau de Parfum Spray, $26. If you can’t get to yoga class today, spritzing this serene fragrance on your wrist is the next best thing. Made with sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant buds, lily of the valley and madagascar vanilla, it’s soothing and energizing--just like a headstand.
Urban Accents Indigo Blue Premium Popcorn, $6. Midnight blue in color, this hybrid popcorn makes kernels of fluffy white popcorn and tastes a little sweeter than usual. The best part: it doesn’t contain many hulls—which means less popcorn stuck in your teeth.
I'm talking about roasted chickpeas, which might just be your new go-to snack. Making them is beyond easy. All you do is rinse a can of chickpeas in a colander, then pour them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a paper towel and shake the pan lightly to dry the chickpeas off. Gently pull the paper towel out from under the chickpeas and pour a tablespoon or so of olive oil over them, and move the pan from side to side again so they're coated. Bake at 450 degrees for a half-hour to 40 minutes, sliding the pan around during cooking once or twice. They're done when they are slightly puckered and blistered.
Like popcorn (another beloved, fiber-rich snack), you can tweak the recipe to suit your taste. More or less salt, spicy or sweet, lots of flavoring or barely any at all. Cayenne, garlic salt, chili powder, garam masala, and cumin are all excellent. Sprinkle whatever you're using on the chickpeas while they are still hot and enjoy them warm--they'll taste crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And like me, you'll never go back to just eating them in salads or hummus again.
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