Guilt-Free Dish: Lemon Basil Pasta from the Blog Love and Lemons

It’s February. And the idea of keeping some kind of resolution… well, let’s just say, I’ll become a morning person just as soon as the Boston sun rises at 5AM. As for diet, thanks to a myriad of food blogs – including one of Rue’s personal favorites, Love and Lemons – it’s easy to put in a valiant effort.

Tonight? Pasta. A personal splurge. But this one’s chock-full of uber-healthy veggies like asparagus, peas, spinach, and basil. Also known as easy, simple, and delicious.

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Photo by Jeanine Donofrio

“Despite starting this meal way too late, it comes together super fast,” writes Love and Lemons blogger Jeanine Donofrio. “The lemon and olive oil highlight the crunchy spring vegetables in a bright but simple way. And especially if you’re using homemade pasta, the flavors don’t overwhelm the taste of the fresh noodles.”

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Next year’s resolution? Making my own pasta. (We’ll see.)

Before you pull out the ingredients? Check out our Sunday Supper: Fast, Fresh, & Healthy Cooking Boutique on Sunday, February 9, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

How to Throw an Authentic Chinese New Year Party

On January 31, residents of Chinatowns from coast to coast – as well as Chinese populations around the world – will hit the streets in celebration of the New Year. The holiday, also known as Spring Festival, marks the first day of the year on the Chinese calendar and is a time when families gather in celebration of their ancestors and the gods alike.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll look at this as a learning opportunity – and, of course, a reason to host a party. Follow our festive advice for an authentic Year of the Horse fete. Don’t have lion dancers on speed dial? We’ll let that slide.

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Set the table with chopsticks. Serve up homemade dumplings – boiled, not fried or steamed – with traditional Chinese dipping sauces.

Make your own Spring Festival cocktail. Head to your local Asian market and pick up a Chinese beer (Tsingtao is popular). Combine equal parts beer, prosecco, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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January 26, 2014

Winter Warm-Up: Savory Mushroom Fondue by Chantal

Whether you hit the slopes like a Sochi champ this weekend or went straight from bunny hill to lodge, you’ll want to warm up with a steamy supper. Made with mushrooms, cream, corn flour (cornstarch), and butter, all simmered until thick and then served with cheese and sausage for dipping, this recipe from cookware label Chantal is guaranteed to soothe your insides.

All that’s missing? Friends and a few hot toddies.
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Then grab your fondue essentials in our Sunday Supper: Après-Ski Boutique on Sunday, January 12, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2014

Put Leftovers to Use: 8 Post-Thanksgiving Recipes

We know, Thanksgiving was a few days ago. But if you hosted a 25-pound turkey and a table of 15, and no one went home with a goodie bag, we bet you still have a few half-eaten casseroles in the fridge. Enter: Rue Foodies and Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, who have these eight easy-to-whip-up recipes starring two-day-old mashed potatoes, turkey, and stale bread. Sounds delicious, right? Just you wait.

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Photos by James Ransom, Sarah Shatz, and Linda Xiao

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December 1, 2013

Play Host: How to Flatter the Food

Rue Living Inspirer and author of What's a Hostess to Do? shares her tips

 
Remember this: when it comes to food (and only food), it’s all about appearances. That’s right – prepare a clean, crisp, stylishly set table or buffet, and your guests will never suspect your pre-made main course. Note: This doesn’t mean you need expensive dishes.

“It’s not about spending a lot of money,” writes Susan Spungen in What’s a Hostess to Do? “More expensive platters don’t guarantee the the food will look beautiful. Sure, you might invest in some special pieces, like a silver bowl or fancy glassware, but all that matters is that the food look enticing and inviting, which can be achieved with even the humblest serving pieces.”

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November 10, 2013

Comfort Food (with a Fall Twist) from Two Peas and Their Pod

Our go-to foodie bloggers, Maria and Josh from Two Peas and Their Pod, have taken one kid-favorite recipe and transformed in into a fall dinner-party must-have. Enter: Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

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Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod

“If you are a little skeptical about adding butternut squash to your mac ‘n’ cheese. Don’t be,” Maria writes. “Josh roasted the butternut squash before pureeing it to bring out the best flavors. He used aged white cheddar and sharp cheddar cheese. He also added in chopped fresh rosemary and topped the mac ‘n’ cheese with whole wheat breadcrumbs.”

Creamy and filling, serve it on any fall evening or turn it into a tradition at Thanksgiving dinner.

Our Sunday Supper: Cook Up Comfort Food Boutique opens Sunday, October 20, at 11AM ET.

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October 20, 2013

For the Win: Game-Day Queso Dip from Two Peas and Their Pod

It’s game day. And whether it’s your new flat screen or your magnetic personality, there are hordes of belligerent footballs fans invading your space at this very moment. Don’t hyperventilate. We have just the recipe to declare living-room peace. From Two Peas and Their Pod, we give you: Queso Dip.

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With two types of freshly grated cheese as the star ingredients, this totally-worth-the-calories concoction of cooked onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and tomatoes is guaranteed to put everyone at ease – for at least as long as a commercial break.

Our Sunday Supper: Bites for Game Day Boutique opens Sunday, October 13, at 3PM ET.

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October 13, 2013

Travel Bites: 5 Culinary Facts About Provence, France

Lavender fields. Ancient art. Vast, open markets. This is France’s southeastern oasis, Provence – home to some of the most memorable meals you’ll ever eat. Here, five things to know about this culinary gem.

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October 6, 2013

Anytime Breakfast: Pastry Affair’s Solution to Your Pancake Cravings

Pancakes were made for lazy Sunday mornings. And Monday dinners. And midnight snacks. Anytime, really. Fact is, cravings for these sweet, sweet stacks bring on a giddy rush of childhood emotion. The only solution? Give in.

Which brings us to Pastry Affair – a dessert destination helmed by astroparticle-physicist-turned-baker Kristin Rosenau – and these mouthwatering recipes for Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup and Blueberry Lemon Pancakes. Mixed up with ingredients like whole-wheat flour, lemon juice, espresso powder, and whipped cream, they take the breakfast staple to gourmet heights. Dig in.

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Photos by Kristin Rosenau

Our Sunday Supper: Breakfast for Dinner Boutique opens Sunday, September 22, at 11AM ET.

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September 22, 2013

Comfort Food Done Light: Emily Bites Revamps a Classic

Comfort food – pastas, bakes, casseroles – is family food. The only downfall? All. That. Butter. For those of you interested in getting the brood on a healthy track, we give you Chicken Pot Pie Casserole from the calorie-cutting blog Emily Bites.

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Photos by Emily Koenigsberg

Besides packing her recipe with veggies, Emily Koenigsberg uses skim milk and light butter for the filling, and light half-and-half for the biscuit topping. The result? “A steaming hot bowl of hearty chicken and vegetables covered in a creamy, flavorful gravy and topped with crumbly biscuit pieces,” Koenigsberg writes, at just 303 calories per serving. Don’t clear the table just yet – that calls for seconds.

Our Sunday Supper: Served Family-Style Boutique opens Sunday, September 15, at 11AM ET.

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September 15, 2013