Celebrating Summer with Heirloom Tomatoes and Grilled Cheese

On our small Alabama farm, late June and early July are heirloom tomato season. Our garden churns out plump tiger-striped reds, zebra-striped greens and fat yellow ‘maters until the heat kills them—usually by Aug. 1. I’ve forgotten the names of the varieties I planted in March, and the cluster of vines and compost have covered over the little plastic hybrid […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — July 6-10

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 you’ve prepared it for. If you like having […]

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When Should I Start the Grill Before Barbecuing?

Start your fire 30 minutes to an hour before cooking. In this video, Rocky Stubblefield, of Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, explains why starting the grill early is essential to good flavor.   See more: Our Essential Grilling Guide 10 Grilling Tools You Need Cooking Class: Grilling

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5 More Great American Companies to Celebrate This Fourth

As I was compiling our list of products for the July issue’s Made in the USA Most Wanted column (I’m Cooking Light‘s market editor), I marveled at the number of my favorite brands that also happened to be great American companies. That’s right, these iconic brands make their products here in the land of the Stars and Stripes. Now that’s something […]

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Beer Blog: 4 Seasonal Brews to Sip All Summer

There are two very simple parameters for a great summer beer: It must be refreshing. It must be so incredibly sippable. Here are a few that one of our go-to experts, Jordan Mackay, recommended to hold near and dear during the dog days of summer. After sipping each for myself, I could not agree more. For more summer-perfect beer recommendations, […]

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Patriotic Pancakes with No-Cook Berry Syrup

Crank up your patriotic pride at dawn’s early light with these No-Cook Berry Syrups for your 4th of July pancake stack. We have several recipes that call for making a quick stove-top berry compote–one of my favorites is Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Compote–but I was looking for something a bit more simple, something I could repeat easily when I’m on vacation, at the […]

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Refreshing Infused Water with Raspberry and Lime

If you think water is boring, then this is for you! We’ve heard it time and time again: Most Americans are chronically dehydrated without even noticing. Hydration is key for survival—and if you ask me, it’s more important than ever when facing the wrath of summer’s heat. So, you’re probably asking yourself, “How can I beat the season’s rising temps?” […]

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Five on Friday: Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

The sun is shining, flags are waving, and blueberries are ready to be picked. Happy National Blueberry Month! Packed with antioxidants that do the body good, you’re going to want to squeeze these into every dish. Whether it’s for your 4th of July celebration or because you just can’t seem to get enough of these little guys, we’ve got the […]

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Is It Time to Dump American Cheese?

In recent days, I’ve seen a lot of Facebook talk about what our Founding Fathers would have wanted for our country. The topics have been pretty divisive, so maybe it isn’t the right time to introduce another hot topic to the debate realm. But, why not? In what I think is one of the best marketing ploys I’ve seen in […]

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The Perfect Last-Minute Fourth of July Appetizer

It’s the day of your holiday barbecue, and you have to provide an appetizer. Guess who forgot until just now? Don’t fret. I’ve got a simple, you’ll-cry-it’s-so-easy appetizer. Bonus: it’s designed to look like the American flag, so it’s a win-win for all your patriotic party needs. Ingredients 56 phyllo cups 8 ounces 1/3-less fat cream cheese, at room temperature 4 ounces […]

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