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Recent Posts By Cindy Hatcher

A Final Tribute to Summer: My Favorite Cherry Recipes

Summer, I will miss you (but not the frizzy hair your humidity brings, to be quite honest, but that’s another blog post)! One of the fresh treats of summer that I will miss most: cherries. Here, five ways to keep summer’s tart star going just a wee bit longer. Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake: We’ll get to the classic pie in just […]

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5 Sips for Salsas

I love a good ladies’ night in. Or peoples’ night in. Or just a me night in, if we’re being honest (actually, that might be my favorite). Regardless of who you’re inviting, you gotta have good snack game. Sure, hummus and pita are staples of these types of shindigs, but I like to serve something with more staying power, like […]

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5 Easy, Freezable Lunches for Busy Weekdays

I’ve started fancying myself a bit of a Weekend Warrior Princess, with a little help from our weekly Sunday Strategist posts. Basically anything that can help me #WintheWeek and get ahead is well worth a few hours of planning and plotting in the kitchen on Sunday. That’s why I love learning how to make these easy homemade freezer pockets, based […]

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We Tasted It: Tribe Swirl Hummus

We’re big fans of all of Tribe‘s hummus offerings—we named their sriracha variety among our 2015 Taste Test Award winners—but the brand has definitely upped the flavor ante with their new take on the creamy chickpea treat: intensely flavored hummus with the topping swirled throughout instead of simply piled on top. It’s available in four flavor options: Sweet Red Pepper; Salsa; […]

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The Tasty Snacks Our Pets Are Enjoying Right Now

We’ve shared our top snacks of the past year in our Annual Taste Test Awards, but what about the treats our furry BFFs are gobbling up? We sent staffers home with the latest in dog biscuits, chews, and teeth-cleaning treats, and we narrowed it down to the real standouts. Does your pet have a favorite treat? Let us know in […]

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Taste Test Award Winner: Annie Chun’s Gochujang Seaweed Crisps

Being asked to choose from among our 2015 list of Taste Test Award Winners is like being asked to choose my favorite lipstick: I just can’t do it. It all depends on my snacking mood that day. One thing I do know, however, is that I have a strong snack addiction. Once I pop, it’s really hard for me to […]

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We Tasted It: Planters S’mores and Nut Mix

Happy National S’mores Day! Who doesn’t love a goopy s’mores (Sidebar: Is there a singular version of s’mores? S’more? Anyone?) treat around a summer campfire? There’s something about that crunchy-melty-chocolatey combo that hits on all comfort notes. That’s why we were eager to try Planters’ new intriguing s’mores-inspired nut mix. It’s a sweet-salty combo of peanuts, cocoa-dusted almonds, chocolate pieces, […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Cooking Light 2015 Taste Test Awards

Every year, I have the distinct pleasure, honor, and responsibility of seeking out hundreds of new snacks. Then I rally the Cooking Light troops, and we dutifully taste test every single one of them. Sometimes we have head-to-head face-offs between snacks, so we have to try them all over again. (Sounds just awful, right?) This whole exercise in taste bud fortitude is for one purpose: […]

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We Tried It: Bandar Foods’ Naan Chips

If you ask me, one of the best parts of an Indian dining experience is pulling off chunks of tender, pillowy naan bread and dipping it in cooling raita. But those calories and carbs can add up. Enter Bandar Foods’ naan-inspired chips. They’re made with wheat flour, rolled out thin, and baked to a crisp. Their nutritional stats are similar to other […]

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Finger Food: Nail Polish Names That Satisfy Our Cravings

Nail polish names are known to be delightfully random (OPI’s “I’m Not Really a Waitress,” for example), but there’s also quite a bit of crossover with our world via the many polishes with food-inspired titles. Here are a few of my favorites plucked from a buffet of options: What’s your favorite food-inspired polish name? Let us know in the comments. Read […]

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