Ann Pittman

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This–Spooky Spider Cupcake Toppers

Halloween is a holiday for pulling out all the stops, for having fun with all kinds of ghoulish decorations. Here’s a scary-good way to go big and give kids and grown-ups a thrill—3-D chocolate spiders that perch on top of cupcakes and definitely give you the creepy-crawlies. Dare you reach for a sweet treat, lest these spiders crawl onto your […]

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Wow! You’ve Got To Try This–Herb-Laminated Biscuits

Makeover your bread basket with this easy idea for beautiful herb-laminated biscuits. This technique works for any rolled biscuit recipe (but not drop biscuits because they’re too bumpy); try one of our favorites, such as Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits or Sun-Dried Tomato Semolina Biscuits. You can also use this technique on your next pan of cornbread—just let it cook till almost […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Grown-Up Jellied Desserts

Wow your dinner party guests with grown-up parfaits that feature rich, silky pudding topped with a decadent boozy layer. Check out the video to see how to make them.   MOCHA PUDDING WITH RED WINE JELLY Use the Mocha Pudding recipe, but chill it instead of serving it warm. Red Wine Jelly: 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 2  tablespoons water 1 cup syrah, […]

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Video Blog: Cutting Board Trick for Juicy Food

Have a big, juicy watermelon that threatens to flood your counter with torrents of watery goodness? No problem—try this simple trick.

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Grilled Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

From the creative mind of our Cooking Class columnist, Keith Schroeder, comes this month’s awesome idea: a grilled cheese ice-cream sandwich with the luscious flavors of apple pie. Made with cinnamon swirl bread and apple butter, it riffs on the flavors of America’s most patriotic dessert, right down to the classic bite of cheddar cheese. Meanwhile, it gives new jazz […]

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Video Blog: Cutting Meat Across the Grain

We often say in our recipes to cut meat “across the grain” or “against the grain.” What exactly does that mean, though, and why is it important? Here, a video that breaks it all down. Learn about other common cooking mistakes.

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — June 2-6

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less. The Plan Monday: Linguine with Spinach-Herb Pesto and Summer Peach and Tomato Salad Tuesday: Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry and Sautéed Miso Cucumber Salad Wednesday: Bacon and Shrimp Pasta Toss […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This—Toppings for Roasted Marshmallows

How’s this for a fun party idea? Turn toasted marshmallows into something way more delicious by setting out a toppings bar for them. It’s a less caloric approach than s’mores, which (don’t get us wrong, we love them) can be a bit heavy. Set out two sauces—we suggest chocolate and caramel—and lots of fun toppings to “glue” onto the sauce. […]

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Kitchen Tip: How to Prepare Baby Artichokes

Spring is prime time for baby artichokes—those tender beauties with their nutty flavor. Our editor recently used them on a pizza, microwaving them first for 5 minutes to ensure they got fully tender. Roasting is another great way to cook them; serve as a side dish, or toss with pasta and olive oil for a main (Try Pan-Roasted Artichokes with […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — April 21-25

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans–new recipes from current issues matched with previously published favorites. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less. The Plan Monday: Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce and Sesame Broccoli Tuesday: Grilled Ham and Pineapple Pizza and Simple Salad with Lemon Dressing Wednesday: […]

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