Megan Myers

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Megan’s love affair with food began with clipping recipes from coupon circulars at a young age and forcing the results on her family. After earning a BA in journalism, she moved to Austin, Texas, and dove headfirst into the world of cooking and blogging about local food. She has worked as a copyeditor for almost ten years, and has contributed to Edible Austin and the international blog Simple Bites. In her spare time she gardens, teaches her son about food, and co-organizes a handmade food swap.

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August 18, 2012 @ Whole Story
Does anyone else build an entire meal out of summer fruits? I find it hard not to insert fruit into every meal, especially when we’re in the height of the hot weather and need all the cooling, quenching refreshment we can get! Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums (and yes, even cherries!) may seem too fussy for summer snacking due to the large pits, but every juicy bite is worth it! If you’re doing more than just snacking with stone fruits, look for freestone varieties, which have easily-removed pits.
August 16, 2012 @ Whole Story
Chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there so it always has a place on my weekly menu plan. Of course, I have my favorite chicken recipes, but I also get tired of the same dish week after week.
August 8, 2012 @ Whole Story
There’s no doubt about it: tomatoes are one of the best things about summer. Once those vine-ripened beauties start appearing, my brain goes into overdrive coming up with ways to use them before the season ends. Roasted and topped on salads, sautéed with garlic and served with pasta, or sliced thick and added to sandwiches — my mouth is watering just thinking about it!   In fact, my summer tomato love has led me to “put up” 40 pounds of heirloom paste tomatoes this year.  Even if you’re not a canner, you can still enjoy juicy, flavorful summertime tomatoes in these recipes. But you better eat...
August 2, 2012 @ Whole Story
When the heat is on, the last thing I want to do is cook up a big, heavy meal. Salads to the rescue! Not only are they full of crisp, refreshing ingredients, they’re a snap to put together. Veggies, grains, beans and fruits are all key components of a perfect salad. If you want to step outside the traditional salad bowl, try a few of these.
July 26, 2012 @ Whole Story
It’s the perfect time to explore an almost endless variety of produce at its peak. From sweet berries, cherries and melons to crisp cucumbers, creamy eggplant and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, summer makes it easy to load our plates with fresh flavors. Need ideas on how to serve the season’s best offerings? I like to serve up summer are in dishes that go light on the salt and don’t use any extracted oils or refined sweeteners. Who needs that stuff? Summer produce is flavorful all on its own. Some might call these recipes healthy, I call them delicious!
July 22, 2012 @ Whole Story
Finding a meal adults will agree on is hard enough, but throw kids into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for nightly disaster. Although I’ve been lucky enough to be blessed with an adventurous eater, we still have to deal with spur-of-the-moment taste changes and almost nonstop requests for the foods he adores. It seems there’s no way around kids being, well, kids, at mealtime, but thankfully there are dishes out there that are sure to please your small fry without resorting to French fries. Here are some of my picks for picky eaters (big and small):
July 18, 2012 @ Whole Story
Swordfish is not like other fishes – rich and meaty, it’s almost hard to believe you’re eating seafood! I had only ever tried swordfish in restaurants, thinking that it would be much too difficult to prepare at home. Luckily, I was wrong! Swordfish cooked at home can be on the table in only a few minutes. Summer is the best time to catch swordfish at its freshest. For a few short weeks harpoon-caught swordfish comes to us from a Nova Scotia fishery certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
July 18, 2012 @ Whole Story
Summer is so full of fresh fruit that it’s hard to decide just which one to snack on. Unless the sweet cherries have come in! We always pick up a bag of juicy dark-red cherries for the family to share, and it’s one of my son’s favorite fruits to eat. He loves helping prep them by pulling off the stem and handing them to me for the pitting. It’s not long before we’ve worked through half the bag and splattered cherry juice all over the kitchen table. The sweet fruit makes it worth a little mess, though! Cherries are delicious in a variety of dishes, from classic pie to savory scallops.
July 14, 2012 @ Whole Story
I’m one of those people who love soup year-round. It’s not only easy to make, but amazingly customizable, ultra comforting and of course, the perfect thing to dip crusty bread into. So when summer’s temperatures start creeping up, it doesn’t stop me from whipping up a batch of soup – cold soup, that is! If you’ve never tried a cold soup before, you’re in for a treat. The most traditional cold soup, gazpacho, is made from the best that summer has to offer: juicy ripe tomatoes and crisp cucumbers. More than any salad, it’s summer in a bowl. Ready to get refreshed?
July 7, 2012 @ Whole Story
From diving into a pool to sitting in front of a box fan, it’s funny that we seek to escape the sultry summer after waiting for it all winter long. But who can resist the inner chill of eating ice cream while sweating in the sun? Definitely not my family. Weekend afternoons are spent lounging on the front porch with cones in hand, trying to eat them up before the sun turns the sweet treat into a sticky mess. We may not always win, but a little bit of scrubbing afterward is more than worth it.
June 25, 2012 @ Whole Story
Potlucks are like insta-parties: choose a location, add people and food, and voila! While the host might take care of the main dish, dessert or a vast selection of beverages, potlucks ensure that the cooking doesn’t fall entirely on their shoulders. That’s something everyone can appreciate during the long, lazy days of summer.
June 23, 2012 @ Whole Story
I don’t know about you, but as soon as I start getting my garden ready for tomato seedlings, I get itchy for a meal cooked on the grill. While we used to stick with tried-and-true burgers, bratwurst and corn on the cob, in recent years my family has branched out to grilling whole chickens, halved peaches and basket after basket of small, flavorful peppers. This summer, who knows what I’ll decide needs a turn on the flames! Part of what makes grilling so fun is how endless the possibilities are.
June 21, 2012 @ Whole Story
American flag T-shirts; red, white and blue décor; news segments on the Founding Fathers … yup, it must be almost time for Independence Day! For me, it’s an opportunity to see the joy on my son’s face while he watches fireworks set to the national anthem. It’s not just patriotic pride that brings us together on July Fourth, but it’s also the love of connecting with family and friends.
June 19, 2012 @ Whole Story
When I was a kid and had friends sleep over at my house,  it wasn’t an actual slumber party  until we broke out a bowl of my trusty French onion and bacon dip, a bag of potato chips and a package of cookies. Now that I’ve grown up, I’ve moved on to a wider (and healthier) variety of social snackage, but the original thought remains the same: a party just isn’t a party without dips, spreads and other bite-size nibbles. Just in case you’ve got a shindig coming up, I’ve collected some of our favorite recipes for snacking.
June 9, 2012 @ Whole Story
Dads are often the unsung heroes of the family. While moms often get all the attention for taking care of the kids, cooking meals or tending the house, dads are right there along with them, changing diapers, flipping pancakes and pulling weeds. Why not take some time to celebrate the dads in your family with a feast filled with favorite foods? Here are a few ideas to get the party started and give props to Pops. Is Dad a veggie fiend? We’ve got gorgeous summery salads and great meat-free options.
June 1, 2012 @ Whole Story
Can anything make a summer evening more satisfying than a glass of lightly chilled wine enjoyed on the patio? Pairing that wine with a delicious meal, of course!   Our Top Ten Wines for Summer provide a bevy of flavor and value, making it easy to choose summery fare for your entertaining table. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to pair and share.
May 23, 2012 @ Whole Story
One of the great things about summer foods is eating with your hands. Here are some recipes that’ll help take you from Memorial Day to Labor Day, no forks required.
May 20, 2012 @ Whole Story
It’s almost Memorial Day, and you know what that means – a string of parties, picnics and potlucks that only begins to subside in September. But don’t let that stress you out. I’m certainly not complaining. I love spending an afternoon or evening with my friends, relaxing and enjoying the company and delicious fare.
May 16, 2012 @ Whole Story
With the fast approach of school’s end and summer’s start, one thing you don’t want to worry about is how to balance your grocery budget to keep up with the onslaught of cookouts, sleepovers and just plain hungry kids. But don’t fret – in the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide, we’ve got recipes galore to keep mealtime simple, delicious and easy on the wallet.

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