Persimmons: Holiday Muffins and Granola Goodness

Persimmons can be perplexing. There are several types and a misstep in guessing ripeness can put a pucker in your pout. Instead of playing it safe and using persimmons as decor on your Thanksgiving table, try these two preparations: a spicy muffin and dried slices. Our two young ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees produced eight gallons of fruit this November. Our wild persimmon trees (Diospyros […]

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Q&A with Sodium Girl Jess Goldman Foung

Last year, we featured Jess Goldman Foung, AKA Sodium Girl in our magazine as our Healthy Habits here for reducing salt. We can’t get enough of Jess; her joy and love of food is infectious. We asked her some questions about how her life and cooking has changed in the last year, and if she could share some lower-sodium ideas […]

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Homemade Walnut Butter

My grandparents have a walnut tree beside their home in North Alabama. Each fall, my grandmother has to race the extremely determined neighborhood squirrels if she wants enough walnuts for just one baked good. I am always reminded  just how precious those nuts are when I visit them–which might explain why I have such a fondness for them now. Walnut-topped […]

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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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Keep 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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