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Recent Posts By Cindy Hatcher

We Tried It: Land O’Lakes’ New Premium Butter

It’s a guidepost we’ve long espoused: If you’re going to use a little bit of a high-impact ingredient (hello, bacon, butter, oil, and all of your tasty friends), make sure it’s high quality. That’s where European style butter comes in. It typically has a slightly higher fat content and is churned longer to decrease its moisture content. It’s what you want […]

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Is Your Bottled Water Safe to Drink?

We’ve been hearing more buzz lately about how it’s time to ditch bottled water—not only for its environmental impact when bottles hit landfills instead of recycle bins, but also for the fact that some brands are simply repackaging municipal water sources. Now it turns out one company has issued a voluntary recall for 14 of its brands, stating that it may […]

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We Tried It: Fruttare Fruit Bars

After an amazingly pleasant spring here at CL headquarters, summer has arrived with a hot, humid bang. We’re all just trying to stay hydrated and keep our cool. So when Fruttare’s creamy, frosty pops crossed our desks this week, we had several eager testers ready to try them out. Fruttare pops are available in several varieties of icy fruit or fruit and milk bars. […]

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Five on Friday: Dishes to Grill with Dad

As Father’s Day approaches on Sunday, I’m thinking about my sweet dad and his love for the grill (a love that recently merged with his obsession with all things tech after I gave him an iGrill last Christmas). It’s going to be hot here in Alabama on Sunday, but I know he’ll be eager to fire up the grill and crack open a […]

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What I Love This Month: Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($24, benefitcosmetics.com) It seems like innovative mascara formulas and wand designs are constantly popping up, but Benefit’s new hook-and-roll brush is a game changer. It helps grab and separate lashes and holds them in curl-like place for up to 12 hours. I’m a bit of a mascara hoarder, though, and I change them like I change […]

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Beauty: Get Summer-Ready Legs

It’s already really hot here, so it’s time to break out the shorts and skirts. I typically start using self-tanner in late spring, but I’m a little behind schedule this year. Time to catch up! I love Jergens’ new quick-drying mousse formula tanner. Check it out and let me know if you have any new favorite ways to faux your glow. […]

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We Tried It: Macadamia Crunch Clusters

Macadamia nuts are the king of all nuts, if you ask me. Prized for their exquisitely creamy texture, they’re only elevated by these yummy snacking clusters. While they’re definitely on the indulgent end of the snacking scale, we loved these sophisticated treats for their crunch, their savory-sweet balance, and their subtle fruit flavoring that still let the macadamia flavor shine through. One […]

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Foodie Beauty: Get Glowing with Berries

Essential fatty acids in berry seed oils help skin stay hydrated and reduce inflammation. The antioxidants in berries help provide their luscious hues and erase free radical damage on skin.Berries are naturally high in salicylic acid, a skin smoother. Pick products with these fruity summer gems for skin-beautifying benefits.   Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Deluxe Atomizer This classic, sexy scent has […]

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We Tried It: Late July’s Taco Truck-Inspired Tortilla Chips

I’m a confessed chip addict, I’ll be the first to admit, but we see a lot of funky flavors passing through the tasting tables here at Cooking Light, which makes me skeptical. I was instantly intrigued, however, when I opened a box containing these Late July beauties. They take flavor inspiration from smoky, spicy, yummy items one might find at […]

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Recycle Your Empty Beauty Products for a Prettier Future

As someone who goes through about a bajillion beauty products each year, testing for the magazine and trying to find the latest and greatest for you lovely readers, I am very diligent when it comes to recycling their packaging. But apparently I’m in some lonely company: According to a survey conducted by beauty brand Unilever, only about 34% of American […]

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