Booze Blog: A Different Look at Hard Ciders

Last year, Angry Orchard, the household name for hard apple ciders, decided to release a collection of ciders that offer an exciting alternative to craft beer and wine. With a focus on tannins, acidity and sugars, the delicate blend of apple varietals challenges the way that we view traditional ciders, even those that think ciders are too sweet and syrupy. […]

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Revelry, Rivalry, and Ice Cream: College Football Week 9

Pop Quiz: How do you take something as entertaining as college football and kick it up a notch? You know, turn the intensity and drama up from 10 all the way to 11? No, the answer is not inviting Mike Gundy to your presser. You do it with a good old fashioned rivalry game, of course! Nothing gets the blood pumping like […]

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Five on Friday: Pumpkin 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 flavorful pumpkin treats, and these recipes will take you from breakfast to dessert. 1. Pumpkin Pie S’Mores: Double up on pumpkin with BetsyLife’s s’mores, which have both pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin spice marshmallows sandwiched between the grahams. Don’t have a fire pit? […]

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Fresh Right Now: Great Grapes

Fall’s red fruits offer the sweetest rewards. Though you can get grapes year-round, now is peak season for late summer’s red seedless varieties. Flames are round and mildly sweet; oval-shaped Crimsons are juicy and crisp; Scarlet Royals’ elongated berries have thick skin; and tightly clustered Rubys have a mild flavor. You’ll taste the difference this time of year, when these […]

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7-Eleven Expands Fresh Foods Line, Prepares Food Locally

7-Eleven: home of the Slurpee, the Big Gulp, and… a signature fall fruit blend? That’s right, folks. 7-Eleven recently added a new selection of healthy items to their Fresh Foods line, including a Thai Chicken Salad, a Pub Classic Sandwich, and a Fall Harvest Cut Fruit Blend. The Fresh Foods line itself isn’t new—in fact, it launched more than 20 […]

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Test Kitchen Playlist: Don’t talk with your ears full!

Having spent most of my adult life working in professional kitchens, I’ve come to realize that there are just some indispensables when it comes to cooking properly. Yes there’s sharp knives, quality pans, comfy shoes, an organized recipe/prep list, blah, blah, blah. But most importantly, you’ve gotta have the right jams. Cooking is fun, and the great thing about fun […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Favorite Plum Options

The plucky purple fruit packs a lot of beauty power into soaps and serums. DOVE GO FRESH BEAUTY BAR IN REBALANCE Gentler and milder than soap, it helps replenish nutrients without stripping sensitive skin of moisture, all with a deliciously plummy scent. $4 for 2 bars, dove.com JURLIQUE PURELY BRIGHT TREATMENT SERUM Natural brightening power via kakadu plum, an Australian variety that […]

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Mental Mise en Place: Getting you and your kitchen ready to cook

The intent of Mad Delicious, my new cookbook from Cooking Light, is to make you a more purposeful cook, certainly to teach the “how,” but most importantly to spotlight the critical “whys” of methods, ingredients, ingredient combinations, traditions, phenomena, et al. I want you to understand the recipe you’re cooking, not just survive the process. Before you begin to cook, […]

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The Foods We Found in a Threadbare Pillowcase

It’s no secret that a key to memorable food is using fresh ingredients at the height of season. Whether this is preached by a popular chef or learned firsthand in the garden, there’s no denying the vibrance. The summer tomato is inarguably our poster-child for the fresh food we crave. As farmers know, shortening the time from plant to plate […]

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Can Shredded Butter Make Better Cookies?

A Cooking Light reader recently shared an interesting baking tip with us that you may have spotted on Pinterest: shredding butter straight from the freezer instead of waiting for it soften at room temperature can save you some serious time in the kitchen. So, we asked the question: Can shredded butter make better cookies? To find out, we tested a full-fat cookie recipe (Ultimate Chocolate Chip […]

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