Food Matters Project: Open-Faced Mini Panini

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This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!

This week’s original recipe for Chocolate-Cherry Panini was selected by Margarita of Let’s Cook & Be Friends. Having studied abroad in multiple countries where Nutella on toast with tea was my go-to breakfast, I know the tastiness of a sweet sandwich. Sweet panini are the grilled cheeses of the dessert world: hot, delicious, melty and oozy with …

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SKC Abroad: Dolmeh

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Dolmeh – stuffed grape leaves – have always been associated with Greek food for me. As it turns out, they’re a generally Middle Eastern dish, and there are multiple ways of making them depending on the country. With only a week left in Israel, my Israeli roommate Ruthy surprisingly showed up with supplies to make dolmeh, but in this case, Lebanese style.

Depending on how many you’re planning to make, dolmeh aren’t hard but they can be time consuming. As amateur dolmeh makers, it took us some time with our first round, but with some practice we were able to …

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Guide to Healthy Summer Cook-Outs

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Summer means both bikinis and BBQs, and here’s the thing: the two don’t have to be opposing forces. Cook-outs have a lot of rich foods (beer, brats and coleslaw, anyone?) but they don’t have to be a minefield of unhealthy eating. Try out the following alternatives and substitutions to stay slim and satisfied:

1. Think fresh. Summer means simple, especially when it comes to dessert. Take the time to find perfectly ripe, delicious fruit and you’re halfway to having a successful sweet. Pair berries with hand-whipped cream or Greek yogurt & honey. Stone fruits like peaches, pears, and nectarines taste …

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The 5 Best Cool Foods to Grill

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With Memorial Day announcing the beginning of beach days and the official start of summer right around the corner, it’s finally time to dust off the grill for barbecue season. Now admittedly, it’s easy to get stuck in BBQ chicken and grilled steak ruts. But hey, life’s too short. Not you. Not this summer.

Put your game grill face on. Turn up the heat (and the music.) Dance like nobody’s watching.

And show me your grillz…because things are about to get hot in here.

**The 5 Best Cool Foods to Grill**

1. Grilled Cheese. Once upon a time, there was …

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Eat for Under $10: Caprese Salad Skewers

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Dish: Caprese Salad Skewers
Makes: 12 skewers
Good For: Summer party appetizer, potlucks, lazy afternoons
Shopping list: 1 package bocconcini (mini balls of fresh mozzarella, about 1 inch in diameter — $4.99); 1 bunch basil ($2); 5 oz. cherry tomatoes (about half of a package — $1.99)
Pantry items: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper
Total cost: $8.98

Quick, colorful, inexpensive and super delicious, these caprese salad skewers are exactly what you need to bring to your next potluck dinner, put out as appetizers for a barbeque, and/or shove into your mouth this very instant.  The fresh herbs and creamy …

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SKC Abroad: Pargiyot

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As we get into the beginning of May and summer is just within reach, the season for barbequing in the US is quickly getting closer. In the US, big holidays such as Memorial and Independence Day involve big BBQs with family and friends, and I was a little surprised to find that even halfway around the world in a different culture, Israelis share this tradition.

Unlike the U.S., however, Israeli Memorial and Independence Day are one day apart. Memorial Day is an incredibly serious holiday, with the sounding of a siren at 11am during which the entire country stops what …

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You’re Invited: Mother’s Day French Bistro Brunch

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When my sisters and I were little, Mother’s Day was all about surprising mom. Paige and Lily would tiptoe down the hall to rouse me, the late-sleeping older sister, and we would sneak down to the kitchen, trying our best to keep the old wooden stairs from creaking. A quick brainstorming session around the kitchen island determined what would be on the menu and who was in charge of what. We then scurried about, keeping our volume to the lowest we could muster as to let mom sleep and savor the surprise factor. Any accidental bowl clanking resulted in …

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The Supper Club: Sweet and Savory Pizza Party

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My favorite kinds of dinner parties to host are the ones in which I, the hostess, don’t have much work to do. Seems obvious, right? Unfortunately, many of the dinner parties I have attended involve a very stressed out host or hostess who ends up being too busy making arrangements for the party to actually have the opportunity to socialize with his or her guests.

But what if you could throw a dinner party that was easy to plan, had no reason to buy expensive pizza dough, and in which the guests did most of the work? Enter the sweet …

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TV Dinners: Bob’s Burgers

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You can tell FOX wants you to watch Bob’s Burgers because they plop it between The Simpsons and Family Guy, two of their longtime powerhouses. You can tell I want you to watch Bob’s Burgers because of how much I laugh at the mere thought of the show. Haha! Can you tell that I do that at home, at work, and in transit?

Bob’s Burgers is an animated comedy about a family like its surrounding shows, but with less social commentary, so it’s more lighthearted and playful. Since most people to whom I’ve eagerly mentioned the show aren’t familiar, …

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TV Dinners: Party Down

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Party Down is a little bit quirky, a little absurdist, a little romantic, and a lot funny. Basically, it can be summed up by the knowledge that it aired on Starz. If it were on Showtime, you could expect more nudity. If it were on HBO, you could expect a bit more production value. If it were on network TV, you could expect it to suck just a little bit more.

Party Down follows a Hollywood catering team who would rather be anywhere else: aspiring actors, a writer, a small business owner, and Adam Scott. Halfway through you lose …

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