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Ann Pittman

Recent Posts By Ann Pittman

The Perfect Dumpling for Celebrating Chinese New Year

It may not be January 1, but another very exciting New Year is just around the corner: Chinese New Year. On New Year’s Eve, it’s a Chinese tradition to eat dumplings. To celebrate, we’re sharing a special preview recipe from a dumpling story I wrote for our April issue. Pork and Chive Dumplings with Red Chile Oil Hands-on: 35 min. Total: […]

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What Cut of Meat Should You Use for Beef Stew?

Beef stew is one of the most cozy comforts you can dream of, perfect to warm up a cold night and leave you feeling loved. And the key, of course, to a good beef stew is tender, really beefy-tasting meat. You’ll find that in tough cuts with lots of connective tissue; over gentle, slow cooking, that tissue breaks down and […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—January 25-29

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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Get Ready for the Blizzard with These Make-Ahead Recipes

Cooking Light‘s editorial offices are in Birmingham, Alabama, where snow rarely falls—so we think blizzards sound fun and rather romantic. We do, however, know about getting iced in, and that is way un-fun, especially when you lose power and can’t cook up something cozy to enjoy on your unplanned day off. When you know bad weather is headed your way, it […]

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5 Desserts the Kiddos Can Help With

If you’re like me, you may try to get your kids interested in cooking, only to have them abandon you in the middle of meal prep. But with desserts, their attention is rapt from start to finish. Making desserts together is a great way to teach basic cooking skills and boost confidence in the kitchen—both of which lead to more […]

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6 Awesome Butternut Squash Dinners

When you have a butternut squash on hand, you have one heckuva versatile ingredient that can lead to all kinds of delicious dinners. While prep may seem intimidating, it’s actually not difficult at all; just use a sharp, heavy knife to cut through the dense flesh. Check out this video that shows you just how easy it’s done: Once you’ve […]

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5 Soups Featuring Rotisserie Chicken

A bird in the hand is worth … easy, warming soups for dinner! Rotisserie chicken makes a pot of hearty soup doable on even the busiest weeknights. Here are five of our fastest favorites: More Soup Ideas: 25 Best Soup Recipes 100+ Healthy Soup Recipes Quick, 20-Minute Soup Recipes

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Sip and Savor: Learning to Truly Enjoy My One Drink a Day

When it comes to alcohol, women get the shaft. Dietary guidelines recommend we have no more than one drink per day, or seven over a week (men get double). People: No one is more disappointed than I—because I know it means my nightly tipple is limited to 1.5 ounces of my beloved bourbon. Or I can enjoy one 5-ounce glass […]

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5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes That Will Change Your Opinion on Sprouts Forever

Brussels sprouts have come a long way in the past decade or so. Before then, they were hardly beloved; squishy, overcooked versions defined most folks’ sprout experience. Now, though, Brussels sprouts are adored for their earthy and slightly sweet flavor (when properly cooked), whether sautéed, quick braised, roasted, or raw. With as little as a few minutes of quick prep, a splash […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners—November 30 – December 4

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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