Ann Pittman

Recent Posts By Ann Pittman

What’s the Best Way to Cook and Shred Chicken?

  When you want moist, plump, shredded chicken—I’m thinking about casseroles, soups, chicken salads—try poaching your chicken. When you sauté, grill, or sear, you end up with a crust on the outside; it’s delicious, no doubt, but sometimes you just want softer pieces. Shredding the meat is easy once you have nicely cooked chicken. Check out the video to see how […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—May 11-15

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 […]

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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: Lightened-Up Scotch Eggs

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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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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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: Grilled Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: The Greatest Snack, A Perfect Breakfast

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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DIY Whole-Grain Sushi

In recognition of Pack Your Lunch Day, here’s a fun idea for snazzing up your brown bag—homemade sushi! No, it’s not hard to make. Nope, you don’t even have to have a sushi mat to make it. Yes, you can fill it with pretty much anything your heart desires! We do urge you to go for short-grain brown rice; it’s […]

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60-Second Cooking Class: Sectioning and Slicing Citrus

In love with those juicy, perfect grapefruit sections you see on salads but don’t know how to go about making them? In our 60-Second Cooking Class video, Robin Bashinsky from the Cooking Light kitchen shows you just how easy it is to section citrus fruits, as well as how to create beautiful citrus slices for stunning salads. You’ll be a […]

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Books for Cooks: Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door

Those who have dined at the San Francisco restaurant of the same name will recognize its energy and brilliance on the pages. Some recipes are more complex than the home cook may want to tackle, yet there are plenty of simpler dishes, such as Phan’s irresistible Stir-Fried Green Beans or wok-seared Ginger Beef Vermicelli. Charles Phan, Ten Speed Press, $40, […]

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