Whole Grain Pasta: New Food for a New Year

The next time you’re buying pasta, STOP. The new year is a good time to try new things–especially if they’re healthy and not hard at all. Find out how two ordinary home chefs are discovering and experimenting with some of the new, whole grain pastas–and finding that they pass the taste test, even for picky eaters.

Women, Weight and Protein

Did you know there’s a connection between what’s in your pantry and what’s on your thighs? It’s true, so pay attention to this often overlooked part of the kitchen–not only to what’s there, but also to what’s not there–like high-quality canned chicken that can stave off a hunger attack in a hurry.

Pantry Stocking: Coconut Milk, Catch 22s . . .

Caught between wanting more variety at mealtimes, but afraid of buying exotic pantry ingredients that will never get used up? Check out this for escaping this Catch 22 and having the best of both worlds.

Investment Thinking at the Grocery Store

Hate grocery shopping? “Investment thinking” will keep you out of the aisles and free up more time to make the healthy, economical meals you want to be eating.

The Post-Vacation Refrigerator Blues

Coming home from vacation is usually disappointing in and of itself, what with all the mail to read, newspapers to deal with, email to catch up with and, worst of all, the frig to re-stock. While there’s no avoiding the inevitable, learn the KitchenSmart trick that can at least delay a trip to the grocery store for a few days, until you’re a little more caught up.

Holiday Stress-Reducing Secret No. 2: Steer Clear of Holiday Shoppers

Fighting crowds of frenetic shoppers can zap the magic right out of your holiday buying. So avoid last-minute shopping–which is easy enough if you took the first Stress-Reducing Secret to heart and planned out your holiday meals in advance.