Fresh Right Now: Yellow Wax Beans

Some may tell you yellow wax beans taste just like green beans—heresy! Their unique grassy flavor is one of summer’s distinct delights. Plus, these translucent, supersmooth pods need no stringing. In our salad (next page), their flavor is mild but doesn’t disappear against peppery radishes, pungent blue cheese, salty bacon, or tangy buttermilk dressing. These beans are at their peak […]

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Today’s Special: Marinated Beet Salad with Chef Josh Habiger

Beets have become a hugely popular, ubiquitous item on restaurant menus. But just because they’re a hearty root veggie doesn’t mean they don’t need careful treatment: They can run the gamut from steamed and bland to deliciously roasty and caramelized. “Well-roasted beets can be eye-opening,” chef Josh Habiger says. “A lot of chefs use beets as a really colorful ingredient […]

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Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream

It is undeniably corn season, and for that we should rejoice. We have a divine recipe for Corn Risotto, which I had the opportunity to taste in our Test Kitchen last year. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water — fresh-from the stalk corn, garlic, onion, red peppers, and a generous serving of butter. I could gush forever about it. […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — September 1-5

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those for which you’ve prepared it. The […]

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Three Steps to a Better Blow-Dry

Frizz can turn your summer ‘do from fab to frazzled. Here’s help. STEP 1: SQUEEZE, NOT RUB “After you shampoo and condition, don’t rub your hair with a towel—this causes frizz,” says Jenny Balding, hairstylist at New York’s Cutler salon. “Instead, squeeze-dry gently to lessen drying time.” Hair should be at least 30% dry before you whip out the dryer. […]

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Five on Friday: Back to School 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 Back to School, and these fun recipes are sure to add variety to lunch boxes and ease dinnertime stress: 1. Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars: These nut-free bars from The Redhead Baker are a nutritious breakfast for kids on the go. […]

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Food Label Literacy: What do expiration labels mean?

Food labels are important. So then why do they feel like an obscure language that needs to be decoded and deciphered? It’s not uncommon practice to throw away loaves of bread and bags of apples way past when we should or much earlier than necessary just so we can avoid asking the embarrassing question: Can I eat this? We talked to NSF […]

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Watermelon Water Revelry

Watermelon juice. At any age, it’s one of the most satisfying natural beverages for a summer day. Whether you’ve gone melon-crazy and find yourself with a trunk full of the striped fruit, or you’ve made the Watermelon Leather and now have two jugs of leftover watermelon “water,” I have a few ideas for you. The best part? Watermelon is refreshing […]

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Cooking Light’s Collegiate Football and Food Kickoff

Come the waning days of August, when the weather cools ever so slightly and anticipation hangs in the air thicker than all the gooped-up butter on Paula Deen’s kitchen utensils, there’s an unspoken understanding here in the South: Plan a wedding during college football season at your own peril. Because when the first SEC game kicks off this Thursday, August 28th, weekends […]

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Eating Whole 30: Week 3

By this week, eating Whole30 feels normal. Drinking soda water + lime in bars feels normal; passing the plate of brownies right on by feels normal; ordering sandwiches without bread, cheese, or enthusiasm feels normal… The novelty of this whole shebang has worn off, and I’ve simply accepted it as my lot in life [for roughly one more week]. On […]

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