Ann Pittman

Recent Posts By Ann Pittman

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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Books for Cooks: Jewish Soul Food by Janna Gur

Gur’s beautiful book has the distinct feel of an heirloom, with its carefully curated exploration of roughly 100 traditional recipes representing Jewish communities around the world. Included are tasty recipes for homemade pickled herring and rugelach, as well as less familiar delights like Meatballs with Sour Cherries. Janna Gur, Schocken Books, $35, 240 pages

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5 on Friday: 5-Ingredient Holiday Appetizers

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient. Little effort, big flavor: Our easy party nibbles get you in and out of the kitchen (and store) in a flash. If one of these doesn’t suit your tastes, we’ve got […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Smoked Salmon Bites

If you’re looking for an appetizer that will delight your guests with its gorgeous presentation and rich, delicious taste, the search stops here. These beautiful canapés start with a base of candy cane (or Chioggia) beet squares, whose alternating ruby and white rings are stunning. (You can add more color to the platter by alternating candy cane beet and golden […]

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Books for Cooks: Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts

This book sets itself apart in the category by providing recipes that don’t require specialty flours, gums, or starches. A flawless angel food cake uses cornstarch; intense chocolate cookies rely on egg whites. Nicole Spiridakis, Chronicle Books, $28, 192 pages  

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My Boys: What Happens When a Mother Who Has Made Food the Center of Her Life Can’t Nourish Her Own Children?

  On a sticky May evening in Alabama, my family of four sits crowded on a giant pillow in the back of our pickup truck at the drive-in theater in Harpersville, a short ways outside Birmingham. As the previews drone into a sinking sun and the mosquitoes commence their whiny score, I unpack the sushi I made earlier with my […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a great way to rev-up your typical baked sweet potato: Turn it into a gorgeous hasselback sweet potato, and drizzle it with smoky chipotle cream. The accordion-like cuts give the potato some crispy outer edges, keeping the insides moist and soft. They also turn it into a pull-apart dish that’s super fun to eat. You can bake just one […]

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Easiest Technique for Clean Cobs

We’re at the tail end of sweet corn season, so get in as much fresh corn goodness as you can. It’s a whole grain, after all. But those silks and husks can be a mess to deal with, right? Not if you use this cooking method, perhaps the easiest way to cook corn I’ve ever tried. Simply place two unshucked […]

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