Elaine Johnson
Curious cook, avid griller, camper, gardener, and mom

Recent Posts By Elaine Johnson

Healthy Meal Plan: Family-Friendly Fish Recipes

A lot of health experts encourage us to eat more fish for their omega-3 fatty acids. For this year’s Eat Fresh Challenge, my colleague Jessica Mordo decided to focus on fish, but she wasn’t sure what to cook, since her young kids can be picky eaters.

Healthy Meal Plan: 30-Minute Recipes

When my colleague Andrea Minarcek started this year’s Eat Fresh Challenge, her New Year’s goal was to cook every night—but she has a pretty long weekday commute. To inspire her, I compiled a short list of favorite recipes from our Fast & Fresh recipes collection (these are recipes you can cook in 30 minutes or less).

6 Fantastic Winter Greens Salads

Have you been craving fall greens salads? The other day it hit me hard. A friend and I were out to lunch at SHED Cafe and she ordered a platter-size portion of finely shaved raw collard greens, lightly dressed and with a little pungent pecorino cheese to balance their robust flavor. We seized on the salad like starved wolves, agreeing […]

Ultimate Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

At their best, the snowy, powdered sugar-coated holiday cookies called Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Teacakes are a delicate revelation of toasted butter and nuts. Too often, though, they’re sturdy and doughy, more a “meh” than an “mmm.” Here’s how to make that first kind of cookie. Bonus: This is an easy, big-batch recipe that you can crank out for […]