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Anna Watson Carl
Anna Watson Carl is a Manhattan-based journalist and cook. She writes about food and travel for a variety of publications including Travel+Leisure, Departures, Gourmet Live, and Fathom. Carl has worked extensively as a personal chef and food stylist, both for print (Real Simple, Martha Stewart Everyday Food) and television (Pillsbury baking segment of the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade). She is blogger behind The Yellow Table, which highlights her passion for healthy eating and dinner parties.

Entries by Anna Watson Carl

Delicious Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:21 PM


I love this time of year. The trees, the lights, the glittery storefronts, the music, the parties. In fact, for the month of December, I don't even mind the cold. Everything about this season seems magical -- so expectant and filled...

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A Perfect Fall Weekend in Nantucket (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:52 PM

It's always been a dream of mine to visit Nantucket, the tiny, crescent-shaped island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The mere mention of the place conjured up nautical images in my mind: sailboats, lighthouses, and weatherworn fishing cottages, oysters and lobsters and seafood (oh my!), and...

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5 Simple Rules to Get Healthy This March!

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Photos by Anna Watson Carl (L) and Signe Birck (R).

March is an amazing month. Winter's ending, spring is in sight, and bathing suit season is just around the corner. But not to worry -- even if you've already...

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New Year's Eve Party: Bubbly & Bites

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Photo by Signe Birck

I've never quite understood the hype of New Year's Eve. Why is there such pressure for the last night of the year to be epic on every level? Frankly, I've never liked going out on the 31st....

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A Fall Getaway In Nova Scotia's Wine Country (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Stretching along the Bay of Fundy from Windsor to Digby, the Annapolis Valley is a patchwork of picture-perfect farmland, charming little towns and vineyards. Specializing in cold climate varietals -- such as L'Acadie Blanc and Marechal Foch -- the area is known for its aromatic whites and sparkling wines. New...

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5 Summer Rosés Under $15

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:26 PM

Photo by Brandon Carl

I'll admit it: I have a bit of an obsession with rosé wine. Perhaps it's the color (what's not to love about pink wine?) or the fact that it's one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet....

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Why Weeknight Meals Matter (Plus 5 Delicious Recipes)

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 5:58 PM


After a long day at work, often the last thing you want to do is get in the kitchen and make a meal. There's the chopping, the cooking, and then, after everyone scarfs down the meal -- the dreaded cleanup. Isn't it just easier...

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How to Host a Casual Spring Brunch

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Photo by Signe Birck

With the balmy weather, budding trees, and extra hour of daylight, I'm in the mood to plan a spring brunch party. Because what could be more spring-like than tulips, mimosas, and pastel colors?!

There's something really wonderful about...

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6 Healthy Winter Salads... Hold the Lettuce

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 4:20 PM


I'm a salad gal. I love 'em. They're versatile, virtuous (theoretically), and chock full of vegetables. They're also the world's quickest meal: just add your ingredients to a bowl and toss with a vinaigrette. Easy. But in the winter, I don't exactly crave...

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8 Healthy Soups & Stews for a New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 6:01 PM


The New Year brings with it a whole host of resolutions (eat less! exercise more!) and unrealistic goals that are often abandoned by February. Everywhere we look magazines and ads are touting the virtues of "detox diets" and "liquid cleanses" as a form of...

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Tasty Nibbles For Last-minute Holiday Entertaining

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 2:14 PM


Yes, the holidays are in full swing, but take a deep breath -- we're not done yet. We've still got Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve ahead, and all the accompanying festivities. Perhaps you're super-organized and have all your menus planned through...
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7 Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain (Hint: Eat Your Veggies)

(24) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Looking to avoid holiday weight gain -- and feel better at the same time -- this December? It's easier than you think. No need for fancy diets, juice fasts, or personal trainers. Just follow the sage advice your mom gave you as a kid: "Eat your vegetables."

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Budget Bubblies: A User-Friendly Guide

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 12:27 PM

Thanksgiving is over, and like it or not we have officially entered the season of holiday parties. Personally, I love this time of year. Not only because of the decorations and festivities and gift-giving, but because from now until New Year's Day, everyone will be breaking out the bubbly.


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How to Host a Beautiful (and Stress-Free) Thanksgiving

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 2:17 PM

For months, you've been bombarded with images of golden, perfectly roasted birds, gorgeous homemade pies, and picture-perfect table settings. Every magazine and television program seems convinced that on this one day of the year, we all must unleash our inner Martha Stewarts to whip up veritable feasts with nary a...

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Eating Traverse City: Part II

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 7:06 AM

For me, there is no better way to start a day than with just-baked croissants, homemade jam, and a piping hot café au lait. Considering that it's hard to find good croissants in Manhattan, I was blown away to find these beauties in Traverse City, Michigan at 9...

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5 Quick and Healthy Fall Weeknight Meals

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 2:54 PM

This time of year, with holidays (and the onslaught of holiday parties) right around the corner, it's more important than ever to get in the habit of eating healthy weeknight meals. Takeout may be the easiest option, but it's rarely the healthiest. Cooking for yourself allows you to control your...

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Eating Traverse City: Part I

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 7:56 AM

A few years ago, a vacation in Northern Michigan wouldn't have even crossed my mind. Though my brother went to college in Grand Rapids and I've visited my husband Brandon's family in Kalamazoo many times, I'd always thought of Michigan as a place to visit people, a place for reunions,...

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How to Throw a Fall Dinner Party

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 2:05 PM

(Photo by Signe Birck)

People tell me all the time that they are intimidated to host a dinner party. They're not sure what to cook, worried about their lack of space, and afraid it will be a ton of work -- so they end...

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