Healthy Dining for Teens: Back to School Lunches

Healthy Dining for Teens: Back to School Lunches by Meredith Revsine As back to school season rolls around, it is important to continue eating healthy at lunch. Lunch serves as midday fuel, and a not so great lunch can leave you feeling drowsy the rest of the day. Here are some healthy lunch ideas as... Read more »

Healthy Eating for Teens: Dining Out

Healthy Dining for Teens: Dining Out by Meredith Revsine As a sixteen year old, grabbing lunch with friends is one of my favorite things to do. At home, my mom helps me to make healthy choices, but when I’m out with my friends, I often have a harder time deciphering the menu. Finding healthy options... Read more »

On Trend:Finally

I’m actually on-trend, as in pro-trend, as in “I really like this trend.” In fact, I’m on two trends, which is probably two more than I’ve ever been on before, and to be honest, I’ve written my way through a lot of trends. There was, for instance, the “tall food” trend, exemplified by a restaurant... Read more »
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Time for a Tweak

Ten years after opening Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston, owner Amy Morton decided it was time for a tweak.“Everything changes,” she observes. “I’ve changed in the last 10 years and so have Evanston and the rest of the world. Now it’s time for Found to change.” Much of the change centers on the... Read more »

"The Best Mexican Recipes": Bueno!

Even if you’ve never cooked Mexican food before, you’ll have no trouble navigating the recipes in America’s Test Kitchen’s “The Best Mexican Recipes.” Virtually all of the ingredients are readily available in mainstream supermarkets, and there are step-by-step photos to guide you through the essentials. The editors explain, “We think this book presents the very... Read more »

Hot Weather, Cold Soups

Right about now, the people who moaned about our chilly spring are moaning about our mid-June heatwave. The first is a memory, and the second will eventually move off to the east. Until then, think soup, not the hot steamy soups of winter, but the chilly soups of summer. The following are two of my... Read more »
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Cabo: Mexico with Pasta

“How was the food”? people ask when I get back from anywhere, and my recent trip to Cabo was no exception. As it turns out, this year’s “best” was a tie between La Forchetta (the last visit’s best) and the mushroom quesadillas at Wirikuta, an outdoor, culturally-oriented production that starts with cocktails and ends with... Read more »

A Fleet of Food Trucks

In our hurry-up world, nothing is more “now” than food trucks, and nowhere are they more popular than in Austin, Texas, home to one of the country’s hottest food scenes. With close family members living in the Austin area, I’m a frequent visitor, even in the summer when the temperature is routinely 100-degrees plus. My... Read more »

New Cookbooks, Vintage Recipes

I admit to remembering a time when a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup was the basis for many of my family’s favorite dishes, everything from tuna casserole (a riff on the green bean casserole typically served for Thanksgiving) to the round steak that cooked for three hours in a slow oven (a great... Read more »
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"Just Add Sauce"

A few weeks ago I made fried rice that tasted just like the fried rice at my favorite Chinese restaurant. The only parts of the meal cooked especially for the occasion were the rice and the “Classic Fried-Rice Sauce” from America’s Test Kitchen’s new cookbook, “Just Add Sauce.” I deliberately cooked more rice than I... Read more »