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Sally BernsteinFood for Thought Blog by Sally Bernstein (a WomensForum Food Blogger and Network Partner)
Sally Bernstein is the Editor of the acclaimed internet watering hole for women known as Sally’s Place as well as the Co-Host of Sally’s Place Internet Radio Network. Sally's blog on WomensForum is a place where fellow foodies can join Sally on her passionate journey through the world of food and wine.

 



Try These Seasonal Summer Salads
Written by Sally Bernstein   

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Summer is a great time to try new salads.

When you want to stay out of a hot kitchen, spend family time grilling outdoors, or just lull the day away reading a good book, try these new salads! A bunch of greens can be very versatile, giving one room to add anything from fruit, more veggies, grains, meats or seafood. Serve these 

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Easy Baked Kale Chips
Written by Sally Bernstein   

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Kale, one of the new darlings of our health-obsessed world, is actually quite good for us.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens and cauliflower. Kale is very high in vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and is rich in calcium. It is known to help fight cancer and lower cholesterol. Other than it's nutritional benefits, kale can be molded into a simple, delicious snack!

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Fun Summer Food On A Stick
Written by Sally Bernstein   

fun-summer-food-on-a-stick-headerSummer is upon us and it’s time to think about grilling and outdoor parties.

What can be more fun (and easy) than preparing food on a stick? There are many choices so I'm offering some options for breakfast, a main course and dessert. To be honest, part of the fun is eating the food with your hands - no need for a lot of fancy table settings! Whether you call the sticks skewers, kabobs, satays, popsicles or cake pops, they are all the same - a holder for your food

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Vacation Food Favorites: From Paris to San Francisco
Written by Sally Bernstein   

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It is that time of the year when people are taking vacations.

It has me reminiscing about my favorite meals I've had away from home. Vacations are so much about food - the new cuisines, tastes, spots, all of it. It took me a long time to get down my list of favorites. I decided to start it off with a dinner I had many years ago in Paris, France ( the restaurant is still open), to a recent meal I enjoyed in San Francisco, California.

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What Is A Mangosteen? Try This Recipe To Find Out
Written by Sally Bernstein   

what-is-a-mangosteen-try-this-recipe-to-find-out-headerIf you happen upon this fruit, be sure and taste it.

Called the “Queen of Fruits,” a mangosteen is juicy, tangy and sweet. The rind is purple in color when ripe while the inside is white. The taste has been described as a combination of tart lychee, pineapple and rose. A mangosteen is a fruit from Southeast Asia (Thailand), South America, India or Puerto Rico that you might see in upscale U.S. produce markets or in Asian markets. 

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A Meal the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Written by Sally Bernstein   

a-meal-the-whole-family-will-enjoy-headerHave some family fun while enjoying KFC chicken.

KFC has a new Family Game Night meal that’ll bring everyone together to enjoy tasty food and make long lasting memories. To ensure the whole family has a great time, pick up a KFC meal with 12 Extra Crispy Tenders and four dipping sauces, two large homestyle sides, four biscuits and a free game of I Spy printed right on the bucket with riddle cards and bonus posters. The family will love playing together, who knew sitting at the dinner table could be so much fun?

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Mother's Day Recipe: Shrimp, Cauliflower And Broccoli Stir-Fry
Written by Sally Bernstein   

shrimp-cauliflower-and-broccoli-stir-fryIf you are cooking for Mother’s Day this year and have never prepared Chinese food, here is a simple recipe for beginners.

Even if you are an advanced cook, you’ll appreciate how good this recipe is without spending a lot of time preparing it. My friend Dorothy Huang is the author of Chinese Cuisine, Made Simple.

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Sally’s Top 10 Favorite Dishes
Written by Sally Bernstein   

sallys-top-10-favorite-dishesI'm sharing my Top 10 favorite dishes with you, hoping this will spur you on to try some new foods.

Anyone who cooks is always looking for new recipe ideas. I’ve been cooking for many years. It all started when my mother would not let me in the kitchen as a child to cook. I’m sure she was afraid I’d make a mess.

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Mother's Day Recipe: Mussels With Garlic And White Wine
Written by Sally Bernstein   

Sallys-mussels-with-garlic-mothers-day-recipeSurprise mom with a new delicious dish on Mother’s Day.

When I attended La Varenne Cooking School in Paris many years ago I was taught how to make Mussels a la Marinière. This can be a perfect Mother’s Day light meal. It is versatile and can be an appetizer or main course.

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Kohlrabi Recipe: A Dieter’s Dream
Written by Sally Bernstein   

kohlrabi-recipe-a-dieters-dreamLast year, brussels sprouts were added to many restaurant menus in the U.S.

So many menus in fact, that people are now tired of this green. Time for a new vegetable to be the star of the show! Kohlrabi, is it? Kohlrabi (kol-ROB-ee) is a vegetable that is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and calories and has antioxidants that help fight cancer. In other words, this vegetable is a dieter's dream.

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Deviled Eggs Easter Recipe
Written by Sally Bernstein   

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Looking for an easy Easter appetizer recipe? Deviled eggs are not only easy to make but also a popular comfort food.

It's time to start thinking of decorating eggs, chocolate bunnies, brunches, egg hunts, church services, and spring festivals, because Easter Sunday is coming soon! Instead of serving the usual sweets and treats this Easter, switch it up with this Deviled Eggs recipe!

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Healthy Greens For St. Patrick’s Day
Written by Sally Bernstein   

think-green-for-st-patricks-day-healthy-green-headerGreen can mean many things to many people. Read on to seek out healthy food options.

Green is definitely the color of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. And while some of us will be drinking green beer, wearing green clothing, ribbons or shamrocks, eating green food and marching in public parades displaying the color green, others of us will reflect on what green has come to mean when it comes to eating healthy food.  From split pea soup to kale, the food darling of 2013, we are consumed with eating and drinking healthy foods.

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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Mousse
Written by Sally Bernstein   

valentines-day-recipe-chocolate-mousseValentine’s Day is the one special day of the year when we go out of our way to cook for the ones we love.

If you and your sweetheart are chocolate lovers, I offer the following classic French recipe originally titled “Mousse au Chocolat.” It is chocolate mousse that can be made in a 1-quart soufflé dish or eight individual heart-shaped soufflé dishes.

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Mardi Gras: Oysters Rockefeller & Banana Foster
Written by Sally Bernstein   

Oysters RockefellerIf you haven't made Oysters Rockefeller and Bananas Foster, now is the time.  What's better than New Orleans food?

Laissez les bons temps rouler!! Mardi Gras, the colorful purple, green, and gold holiday, falls on Tuesday, March 4th. The city of New Orleans goes all out with parties, music, parades, costumes, masks, beads, picnics, and, of course, the delicious and colorful King’s Cake.

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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Pears Belle Hélène
Written by Sally Bernstein   

valentines-day-recipe-pears-belle-heleneIf you are looking for an easy-to-prepare surprise for Mr. Right on Valentine’s Day, look no further.

Poire Belle Hélène is a classic French dessert that consists of poached pears served with chocolate syrup. Both vanilla ice cream and crystallized violets are used in many of the classic versions. This special Valentine dessert will make a beautiful presentation and is sure to satisfy your sweetheart. It was named after the operetta La belle Hélène around 1870 by Auguste Escoffier.

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Vegetable Christmas Tree Dip Recipe
Written by Sally Bernstein   

vegetable-christmas-tree-dip-recipeMost people pull out all the stops for Christmas cooking. And what starts a party or meal off better than a fun appetizer?

This Vegetable Christmas Tree Dip appetizer certainly fits the bill. I have made this dip recipe every year and it always gets raves. It is simple to make, appropriate for the holidays, and your guests will think you’ve gone to a lot of trouble for them. And this is one Christmas tree that your guests will enjoy un-decorating.

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Holiday Cookies: Rum Balls & Apricot-Coconut Balls
Written by Sally Bernstein   

holiday-cookies-rum-balls-and-apricot-coconut-balls-headerDecember is the time of the year to indulge in making holiday cookies. Family recipes are often made from generation to generation, which makes those recipes special. 

Yet, every year try to add something new to your repertoire. This year you might want to try rum balls as they are easy to make and quite tasty. One special holiday treat is a rum ball, bite-sized confections made with chocolate and rum. After that the recipe varies from country to country and family to family. This holiday cookie recipe has been in my family for many years. Yet, you must remember to make these balls at least 10-14 days before you want to serve them. It takes that amount of time for the rum flavor to dominate.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Hash
Written by Sally Bernstein   

thanksgiving-leftovers-turkey-hashThe day after Thanksgiving is the day we realize we have a lot of leftover turkey. Enjoy my ideas for how to use this meat.

In past years I’ve come up with several ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers. After I clean the carcass of most of its meat, I make a hearty turkey soup with onions, carrots, celery ribs, parsley, long-grain white rice and seasoning. The actual meat can be made into turkey enchiladas, turkey tetrazzini (spaghetti, mushrooms, turkey, almonds and seasonings), or a grilled cheese sandwich using cranberry mustard, sliced turkey, avocado, cranberry relish and Havarti cheese.

But, my favorite is Turkey Hash, the perfect brunch dish for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This dish incorporates potatoes, leftover turkey, and a few veggies, topped with two fried eggs. If you like food spicy, get out the Tabasco sauce.

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Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Recipe
Written by Sally Bernstein   

 

thanksgiving-pecan-pie-recipeA traditional pie served around my Thanksgiving table is pecan pie. This Southern favorite, which uses whole pecan halves and Karo syrup, graces many families holiday meals. 

 

Bourbon pecan pie and chocolate (chocolate chips are commonly used) pecan pie are variations of the original pie, and are often served at Thanksgiving. Native Americans introduced the nut to the French people of New Orleans, who created pecan pie, but the earliest recipe is dated back to 1925. Although cane sugar and corn sugar were popular sweeteners for many years, the makers of Karo syrup popularized pecan pie and many recipes, such as the one below, call for Karo syrup by name. To save time, you can use a frozen pie crust. Not that I recommend this, but it is a time saver.

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Halloween Spider Cookies
Written by Sally Bernstein   

halloween-spider-cookiesHalloween is right around the corner! Check out this fun cookie recipe for Halloween! 

It’s time to think about what you might do with your kids and what treats you will make to give away that night when trick or treaters ring your doorbell. One popular item with kids is homemade cookies. Halloween cookies come in all shapes and sizes, from pumpkins and skeletons to graveyards, witches, and ghouls. But, these Halloween spider cookies were always my kid’s favorites.

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