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I recently got Ellie Krieger's new cookbook. I love it. So far everything has been great. I did chicken with a mango barbecue sauce last night that was particularly great.

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I've watched Alton Brown & studied his recipes. The problem I have with him is that he uses soo much sugar -- in its "hidden" forms like dried fruits, honey, brown sugar, molasses, ripened bananas (ripened means the starch breaking down into sugar). It's all sugar, really really, just like those little white granules in the sugar bowl.

Many "diet" recipes & magazines use this trick. Or even say "substitute half the splenda with... honey, etc." They want to sell their magazines, their TV shows.

"But honey, dried fruits are natural!" I hear that all the time. Unfortunately (for me too), sugar is sugar. Did you know that dates are the most sugar-crammed fruit? And honey is metabolized faster than table sugar because it's already in solution. In Europe their prime source of sugar is beets.

The reason I said Unfortunately for me too is because sugar & only sugar will make the cookie stiff, hold the cake together. I miss all that, so sometimes I do substitute half the splenda with, say, dried cranberries.

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4/25/08 7:56 A

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I am also a fan of Alton and Ellie. I know Ellie cooks a lot of healthy foods so I'll have to pick up her book. I have the Biggest Loser Cookbook. It has a lot of easy recipes in it that are very tasty. It's great. I actually like the magazine Healthy Cooking (used to be called Light n Tasty). They always have delicious recipes that are fast and healthy.

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I am passionate about the diet cookbook I'm using (still, I'm on maintenance). What's great about it is: it's BOTH low carb & low fat...plus requires cocoa, the top antioxidant (29 times more potent than broccoli). The name is "The Cardiologist's Wife's Chocolate too! Diet, No Sugar, No Fat & Luscious," & it's on Amazon.com.

It's new, btw. Came out late last November, which is when I started on my diet. If you get it, be sure to read the first & third sections on latest findings in cardiology, health & nutrition. It's co-written by a famous cardiologist & his wife, who's a nutritionist & Heart Smart cook. (The middle section is the 21-day meal plan.) The main meal recipes...all recipes actually... are really inventive. "Substitute this ingredient for that healthier one..." Like that. Recipes for all meals & snacks, then finish the day with fudge sauce on fruit & chopped walnuts (Omega 3 & 6). THAT's how DH & I lost weight fairly fast with no cravings. Fudge sauce? Ha! Good-bye boredom & cravings.

There's another post today requesting recipes, "Need Reheatable Meal Ideas." I'll copy a couple there, soon as I get the chance...

Did I mention this book is funny? The authors are really funny.

Chow (Ha! joke!),

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4/23/08 10:49 P

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I was actually looking for my Cooking Light cookbook the other day, and I found one in my cabinet called Pillsbury Fast and Healthy Cookbook. I'm glad I found it - the recipes I have tried are great! We had a salisbury steak recipe from it tonight that was only about 300 calories per serving.

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2/29/08 11:55 A

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I like using the Food Network link; Ellie is on there - so many recipes, and all free.

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2/19/08 4:23 P

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I got Ellie Krieger's new cookbook and it really looks great. Can hardly wait to try something from it.

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2/19/08 3:32 P

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How exciting! I'm on my way to the book store! Thanks for letting us know!

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2/19/08 2:31 P

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I'm now officially giving "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" by Mark Bittman a rave review. I checked it out of the library and I love it.

His style is straightforward, there is nothing political or polemical about it, and it's full of great ideas. Easy ideas.

I'm making three grain dishes this week, which I either got out of the book, or he made me realize I could do them:

Cracked wheat with mustard and tarragon,
Brown rice pilaf with chickpeas and chard, and
Simpler than pilaf baked rice.

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1/25/08 2:41 P

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That's what I thought you meant. Me too. My copy fell apart from use, so I took it to Kinko's and had it spiral bound.

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1/25/08 11:21 A

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Christine:
"How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman. I've been so in love with it I haven't bothered with any of my other cookbooks. Once I've had my fill, I will definitely pick up more of his cookbooks. I've made "good" and "bad" for me recipes from the book and have loved it all.

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1/25/08 8:31 A

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Kelly: Which Bittman book are you giving a rave?

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I can't say enough about Mark Bittman's cookbook. Simple, inclusive and my best friend. It's a must for any cook's library. I've also rediscovered Cooking Light magazine and love it!

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1/17/08 5:03 P

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thank you. I'll keep an eye out for her.

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1/17/08 4:27 P

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She does the show Healthy Decadence on Discovery Health and sometimes on FitTV. Her book is Fast Food Fixes. Anyway, she does all the favorites, like fish sticks, mac 'n cheese, chocolate cake, red velvet cake, "fried" chicken. All the stuff I love and hate to eat because I know how bad it is. Anyway, she lost like 50lbs and has made over all of these recipes to reduce the calories and fat. The mac 'n cheese recipe is the only one I tried and it's fantastic!!

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1/17/08 4:12 P

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I like Alton as well. Who is Devon Alexander. That is someone I don't think I have heard of.

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1/17/08 12:54 P

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I've been looking for Devon Alexander's cookbook and her new one is coming out in a couple of months. I like her recipes but cannot always sit through her show. I'm also a huge Alton Brown fan and used all of his Tender is the Loin I and II instructions. You want good steak and a weeks worth of food after the steaks that is the way to go!!

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1/9/08 10:15 A

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I love Cooking Light as well. Does anyone use the Biggest Loser Cookbook? I've heard it's good.

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I love cooking light! I not only enjoy the great recipes but also all articles too!

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1/7/08 9:45 A

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My two heroes are Marian Burros and Mark Bittman, for excellent techniques and no fuss.

I've rediscovered her book called "Eating Well is the Best Revenge" (strange title), which is a very eclectic effort to have more vegetables and grains and less meat.

I have Bittman's "How to Cook Everything," which is unwieldy but DOES have almost everything. I'm going to look at his new "How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian" the next time I'm in a bookstore.

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11/24/07 6:52 P

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Alton Brown is my hero.

I made his turkey again for Thanksgiving. This time without rosemary and I used thyme, oregano and sage. It was soo awesome.

I also made his cheesecake. I have to make another one for my Mom THIS WEEK because she is dying for it. "Best cheesecake ever" I have heard from everyone who had a slice, and I would say I have to agree. This is what cheesecake is supposed to taste like.

I guess I shouldn't talk about cheesecake here. Sorry, but it was good.





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10/10/07 8:42 A

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I have been using Robin Miller's new cook book. She is a Food Network alum. She also works with Weight Watchers. She does cook 1 day and get 3 meals. Its great for everyone's busy lifestyle.

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8/8/07 5:38 P

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This morning I made his buttermilk pancakes from the episode "flapjack do it again". They were so good, not very light, but I was treating myself today.

Other things I have made by him;

I made the city ham from Episode "Ham I am", yum. The crust on this ham is soo flavorful. This has become my Christmas ham. It's soo easy, only 4 ingredients and it's all in how you apply it, but you'd never know it. Yum yum yum.

I made his brined turkey for his "Romancing the bird". This was the only recipe I wasn't too crazy about was the brined turkey, I just didn't care for the rosemary, it's a taste preference thing I'm sure. Next time I do it I will just omit that and maybe add a different herb. Other than that the bird was very juicy, everyone else loved it.

I made his tres des leche cake from episode "Milk Made", oooh so yummy.

I made his baked whole cored apple crisp from "apple family values" awesome. I could eat these all the time.

I made his brownies from "the art of darknessII" Rich, gooey, yummy. My favorite brownie. I add nuts.

I made his Hummus from "pantry raid II". Very good.

I made artichokes from "the choke is on you". I've never prepared artichokes before, but it was easy after watching him do it.

I made peanut butter fudge from "fudge factor". My boys Love this recipe. Very simple and you do it in the microwave.

I made his french toast from "toast modern" OH MAN, the absolute best! Fattening, but I've never had french toast taste this good.


I made his fish and chips from "fry hard". The best homemade fish and chips, but your house reeks of grease afterwards.



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8/8/07 11:31 A

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And his cheesy outfits. But yes you learn a lot. I also like the Barefoot Contessa, but the food is not always that healthy.

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I know! I always come away with great new knowledge and handy tips. And I admit, I crack up at his cheesy themes. One of my favorites is the one where he's trying to get the kid to eat his peas. And I love the one where he keeps getting taken into a car by some mob-boss type. Hilarious!

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I am also an Alton fan. I've learned a lot of interesting things watching.

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The chicken actually wasn't one of Alton's, it was just watching him cooking enough that gave me the confidence to try something other than boneless, skinless breasts. (I'm a wimp when it comes to cooking meat!) Anyway, the chicken was super easy. My dad says it's not actually a roast b/c I did it in the crockpot, but whatever. It tastes great and that's all that matters!

You buy a 5lb. roasting chicken, rinse it, and clean off all the fat. You put 1/4 cup chopped onion in the cavity. Then you rub a bit of butter on the outside and season it with thyme, lemon pepper, parsley, and salt. It cooks in the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours. Delicious! Except next time I want to remove the skin beforehand, so maybe I'll put in a can of chicken broth or stock to ensure it stays moist. I got the recipe from cooks.com. It's called Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken.

We ate it right out of the crockpot the first day. Then I pulled all the leftover meat off the bones and we used it in tacos, sandwiches, whatever for the rest of the week. I know it's not as lean as chicken breasts, but I get so tired of them and want some real flavor sometimes! -Lisa

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8/2/07 5:22 P

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LamLisa, tell me about the roasted chicken you made. Was it from his cookbook, his show or another recipe altogether?



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I've flipped through Cooking Light magazines at Barnes & Noble, but I'll have to take another look. I'm one of those people that reads magazines at Barnes & Noble and even copies recipes out of them, but doesn't usually buy them. :) But I think I make up for it with all the coffee I buy there! Thanks for the tip!

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Have you tried anything from Cooking Light? They have a monthly magazine as well as a few cookbooks out. The food I have made from there is very good and healthy. It provides you with all the nutritional info for each recipe.

I love Alton too. Pretty much the entire Food Network. Right now My favorite is Paula. Her food is outrageously not good for you but I just can't help but smile listening to her talk.

 
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Things I've done thanks to Alton:
-cooked an excellent steak
-roasted a great chicken
-got a cast iron skillet
-put olive oil in a spray bottle

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7/30/07 10:22 A

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Yes, I am an Alton Brown fan. I'm glad to hear that you are, too LAMLISA. I've tried to get discussions about his recipes going on other boards, but it was just me talking.

Oh and Ellie Krieger, I love her, too. I agree, she isn't very interesting, but her recipes look really good. I have made her pecan sandies, yum, and her rice pudding, yum yum. I haven't been watching her as long as Alton, but I started a video library on her, too. I plan on making much more of her recipes. She did a veggie tart with a cornmeal crust not too long ago, it looked so good.

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Brandie, I am so excited to have another Alton Brown fan here! I don't have cable anymore, so I don't get to glean from all his wisdom too often. But I just found out that you can now watch his episodes on foodnetwork.com, so I'm geeked about that. I also like watching Ellie Krieger. She's not as interesting, but her meals are definitely a lot healthier! -Lisa

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7/29/07 6:44 P

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My dh bought me that book for a Mother's day present. I love it, too. Yes, anytime you can pick Alton's brain on food, you are gonna walk away with more understanding on food preparation and everything else that goes with food.

It is a great cookbook. It doesn't just give you a recipe, it give the why and how, too. Not to mention, every recipe I have made by him (about a dozen or so) always turn out fantastic and I'm not a gourmet chef by any means. Alton Brown is a good one to learn from.

I also have recorded all but 6 or 7 of his "Good Eats" shows (he has about 180), without him, I would still be intimidated by the kitchen. I like what he said on his Ice cream show, "churn baby churn". He said "I said it was GOOD eats, not healthy eats" , LOL. That's why I've only made about a dozen of his recipes. Not waist-line friendly, but sometimes, you just gotta eat it anyway.

Alton Brown is my food hero!

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Anyone have an excellent healthy cookbook that they love using?

I have a cookbook by Alton Brown called I'm Just Here for the Food (foodnetwork.com). Now, it's not exactly a healthy cookbook, and it's not really a book of recipes. It's more a book on how to cook, on the science behind it and the basic techniques and all that. I received it for Christmas this year and it has definitely improved my cooking! Now I can make an excellent steak! Just thought I'd share.
-Lisa

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