Cookbook Corner: Better From Scratch by Ivy Manning

Cookbook: Better From Scratch Author: Ivy Manning Publisher: Weldon Owen   Contrary to popular belief, you can actually make most items found on the shelves of the grocery store. Most of it came from a kitchen once upon a time before it made its way into your pantry. Ivy Manning’s Better from Scratch dives into the world of making such food from scratch, including chocolate-hazelnut spread (AKA Nutella), dill pickles, and marshmallows. The photos are simple […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—November 24-28

There’s no stopping it: The holidays are here! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it’s a gift-free zone that’s all about family and food. I’m sure you’re all planned out for the big meal this Thursday (if you’re not, check out our complete Holiday Guide), so we’re going to focus this week’s Sunday Strategist on all the […]

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A Thanksgiving Menu for Procrastinators

I say this with all the love in my heart: We procrastinators are the worst. Actually, that’s not entirely true. We know how to get things done. We just need a spot of panic to really kick us into gear. With that said, Thanksgiving and big meals like it can sink even the most veteran procrastinators among us if we’re […]

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Keeps the Kids Entertained at the Thanksgiving Table

Little hands can get mighty bored while the finishing touches are being put on turkey and dressing. Keep them entertained, maintain sanity, and produce a few fun memories in the process with these fun Turkey Day activities. 1. Modern-Twist Mark-Mat. Let wee artists explore their creative side with these food-grade, hand silk-screened silicone placemats ($18-28). Placemats are entirely reusable–just wash off the marker after […]

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Escape from Los Angeles: The Kurt Russell-less Edition

I don’t want to go Overboard here, but I think we can all agree that Kurt Russell is a great American hero. He’s taught us many invaluable lessons over the years: that it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of mystical Chinese supervillians, that if you’re going to break out of prison after being framed it’s good to have Rambo with […]

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Five on Friday: Pie Recipes with Our Bloggers’ Connection

Join us each month as we round up our favorite seasonal posts from the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. This month’s theme is delicious pies, and we’ve covered everything from pecan to peanut butter. 1. Clean No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie: If you’ve ever whirred a frozen banana in the food processor, you know it turns into delicious vegan ice cream. iFoodReal takes it one step further by adding peanut […]

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Our Beauty Editor’s Holiday Wish List: Styling Products

These ingenious options make heat styling a breeze. JOHN FRIEDA SALON SHAPE HOT AIR BRUSH Dry and smooth out your hair simultaneously with this heated brush. Two heat settings and built-in ionic technology keep frizz at bay. $40, johnfrieda.com REVLON SMOOTHSTAY STRAIGHTENER Heats in 30 seconds with 30 temperature settings to match your hair type and desired results. Titanium plates yield a […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: The Secret to Light Dressings

Backing off on the oil not only helps control calories, it takes some of the oily “weight” off tender salad greens. Once you get the gist of this recipe for Mad Delicious Vinaigrette, featuring my secret ingredient called Mad X, you can modify and iterate like mad. Don’t just use this on salads, though. This vinaigrette can be warmed lightly […]

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SOS! Thanksgiving Edition: The 5 resources that will get you through any Turkey Day disaster

If Murphy’s Law is a real thing (and I’ve experienced several episodes that could confirm its existence), Thanksgiving might be the ultimate test. On the best of days,  Turkey Day menu-making is a well-choreographed dance that could rival some of Moscow’s finest ballerinas. It’s one part precision, one part pure luck. At least, in my opinion. For decades, I’ve watched my grandparents […]

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The FoodCorps Chronicle: Squash, a Magical Vegetable

By Lisa Halpin, FoodCorps service member in Putnam, Connecticut Every week I look forward to my Thursday afternoons, where I get to spend 45 minutes with Mrs. Martel’s Kindergarten class, a great group of brave taste testers who always greet me with smiles and cheers of ”Ms. Lisa is here!” As I walked into their class last week I carried […]

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