Megan Myers

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October 20, 2012 @ Whole Story
When rain is falling, wind is howling or I’m just worn out from a hard day, nothing soothes me quite like a steamy bowl of soup. Maybe it’s because soup is the go-to food when you’re sick (chicken noodle, anyone?), or maybe it’s because soup’s aroma fills the entire house while it simmers away.
October 18, 2012 @ Whole Story
Fall weather is a great invitation to start baking, but many of the treats that define the flavors of the season are pies and other baked goods. If you or your loved ones follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll need to get a little more creative.
October 17, 2012 @ Whole Story
With a five-year-old in the house, Halloween is a big deal for our family. Sure, we negotiate most of the candy away from our son, but the thrill of the holiday is getting to dress up and go out in the dark! For the adults, we appreciate the family time of a long stroll and my son’s excitement over every house visit. We keep dinner easy on busy nights, and Halloween is no exception. These recipes are quickly ready for the table and provide a nourishing meal in your belly before a night of tempting treats.
October 14, 2012 @ Whole Story
If Labor Day marks the end of summer, Halloween kicks off the holiday party season. In our house, with a spunky five-year old, we love dressing up in costumes all year long. So when Halloween comes around, the only problem is deciding what to wear – every day my son comes up with a new idea for his trick-or-treat outfit!
October 11, 2012 @ Whole Story
Ahhh, fall! There is no other season that has me wanting to jump into the kitchen and bake up something scrumptious. After all, what’s more comforting than the aroma of a freshly baked pie or loaf of bread wafting through the house? Fall baking means classic fall flavors – pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, sage, gingerbread and more. And between quick bread, pie, cookies, pie, biscuits, pie and cake (and did I mention pie?) there are plenty of recipes to warm your house and tummy. Think of it as a test run for all the holiday baking to come!
October 7, 2012 @ Whole Story
I used to be one of those people who thought that cooking healthy food was all about bland, boiled dishes. But that’s not so! By using spices and herbs instead of added sodium, extracted oils and refined sweeteners, healthy recipes can indeed be delicious.
October 3, 2012 @ Whole Story
When I was a kid in Wisconsin, we had raspberry and black raspberry bushes growing in our backyard. Once those berries started to ripen, the family would head out every day and pick as many as we wanted for an afternoon snack. Even our Springer Spaniel was in on the act, snagging the low fruit while we went for the higher ones that tempted the neighborhood birds.
October 3, 2012 @ Whole Story
Though the days are getting colder, there’s still a wealth of yummy vegetables out there, just waiting to make it to your table. Hearty beans are a great ingredient to explore this season too. Whether you’re a vegetarian, love veggies or you simply enjoy delicious, seasonal foods the abundant produce available in fall is hard to resist! From warming, hearty dishes to cold-weather salads, these recipes will keep you cozy through fall:
September 28, 2012 @ Whole Story
Cooler weather and the return to routine calls for a return to the kitchen as well. Fall is a great time to introduce the family to new flavors, especially when incorporating fresh produce.
September 26, 2012 @ Whole Story
Crisp fallen leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkins everywhere – yep, autumn has arrived, and with it comes the warm, earthy tastes of the season.
September 19, 2012 @ Whole Story
The official start of fall is just days away, but I’ve been in a fall-cooking mindset since Labor Day. For me that doesn’t just mean cool-weather produce like apples, butternut squash and Brussels sprouts – it means hearty meals that don’t require a lot of post-dinner cleanup. As we creep toward winter, I know I’d rather spend extra time soaking up the remaining sun than doing a mountain of dishes! That’s why I turn to one-pot meals like spicy chili, simmered soups and fast frittatas to get dinner on the table.
September 11, 2012 @ Whole Story
Is there anything more refreshing than the juicy sweetness that bursts when eating a cold grape? I know I’m not the only one who tries to keep grapes cold for ultimate enjoyment, even making sure to put them next to a cooler pack in my lunch bag. My son has gotten on the grapey train too, gobbling them up by the bowlful after a long afternoon playing outside.
September 4, 2012 @ Whole Story
Don’t get me wrong – I love taking in a game at the ballpark in the heat of summer, but when September rolls around I am more than ready to trade innings and home runs for quarters and touchdowns. Maybe it’s my Wisconsin roots and home team pride, or maybe it’s the opportunity to provide a delectable array of treats to nosh on week after week. Of course, I don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen instead of watching the game. That’s why I rely on no-nonsense recipes to help me score big. Pre-Game Prepped
August 24, 2012 @ Whole Story
Kids are back in school, football season is about to begin and in some areas of the country the leaves are turning. Yep, fall is almost upon us, and there’s only one thing to do: Throw one last outdoor bash!
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!

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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.