What to Sip This Weekend: An Earl Grey-Infused Cocktail

The onset of warm weather calls for cool, refreshing cocktails and drinks, but instead of spending a bunch on prepared mixers or fancy elixirs, look to tea to bring nuanced, natural flavor to this season’s sippers. In this 3-part series, I’ll explore techniques for raising the bar on tea cocktails (and provide an equally refreshing alcohol-free version). No.1: The Earl’s Iced […]

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We Tried It: A Sweet Pop with Benefits

A frozen fruit pop is childhood nostalgia. In one single bite, I’m instantly transported back to summer camp. Covered in bug spray and sunscreen with a hand-beaded name tag around my neck, I loved having a frosty treat on the edge of the creek that flowed near my camp’s snack hut. Back then, of course, frozen fruit pops were sugar and “fruit”-flavored concoctions. Today’s pops, […]

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Party On, Pollinators: Whole Foods is Hosting a Bee-Friendly Event Tomorrow

Whole Foods is a regular stop for the Cooking Light Test Kitchen when we’re shopping for particular foods that can be tough to find at other grocery stores. While checking out at WF recently, there was one of those tiny little sample trays, the ones that usually say “please try me.” These types of samples always give me a weird feeling, and […]

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5 on Friday: Fun Kitchen Finds Under $25

Some girls splurge on nail polish, lipstick, and perfume. Some girls splurge on designer labels, expensive shoes, and high-dollar dresses. I splurge on kitchen gadgets. And it’s not really even a splurge. Most small kitchen gadgets are a few ten dollar bills. I like the bigger ones, too (looking at you, KitchenAid mixer), but when I need a pick-me-up, I […]

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How Do I Know When My Pork Chops Are Done?

We’ve all experienced the dreaded dry pork chop, but it’s easier than you might think to reach pork chop perfection: juicy, moist, meaty, porky enjoyment. Check out the video for my best pork chop tips. For a delicious, fast weeknight entrée, try Pork Chops with Fennel, Orange, and Olive Salad. Or use my go-to spice rub: 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt […]

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Magic Milk Bars: Lactation Cookies Made Light

  When I got pregnant about a year ago, all I ever heard and read about was how my appetite would skyrocket, and I’d be eating everything in sight to nourish my growing baby. Well, I was one of those fortunate mamas who managed to avoid a lot of nausea for the most part, and yes … I had quite […]

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Skip the Excuses: Why You Can (and Should) Eat Breakfast Every Day

  Despite what we’ve all heard from health advocates and Mom about breakfast being the most important meal, we’re a nation of breakfast-skippers. Thirty-one million of us go without it, according to the market research firm NPD Group. That’s a bad dietary strategy, says nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It. “Ditching breakfast can […]

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What Is Beef Consommé?

Maybe it’s the bone broth trend that has people commenting on consommé, but we’ve noticed a lot of you asking about what it is. Well, allow me to clarify. OK, that (bad) joke becomes more clear (if not more amusing) once you know that consommé is clarified meat broth. Let’s break it down. To make beef consommé, you start with brown […]

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A Bump in the Road

Welcome Katie Anderson, guest blogger who is reporting on her Cooking Light Diet journey. Follow more from Katie on her blog, YellowDaisyChickChat.com, or check back here for more updates.   Eight weeks into the Cooking Light Diet,* I’ve lost 11 pounds! I still can’t believe it. My clothes fit better, my nails and skin are in great shape, and I’ve been feeling […]

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Global Ingredient: Matcha Powder

Matcha mania has come stateside. The Japanese green tea powder packed with antioxidants makes for a delicious hot beverage with vegetal notes and subtle sweetness. But think outside the cup as well: Stir a teaspoon or two into Greek yogurt or hummus to add delightful color, surprising favor complexity, and an instant nutrition boost. Shop online at matchasource.com. Matcha Recipes: Matcha […]

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