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The Aperitif—It’s What’s Before Dinner

Summer is the season for these delightfully delicate drinks.  The purpose of an aperitif is to open the palate. Taking its name from the Latin verb aperire (“to open”), the aperitif is a light, dry premeal drink that serves to stimulate the appetite and ready one’s stomach for the food yet to come. Not too sweet and not too boozy, these beverages […]

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How to Chill and Mix a Cocktail

Adding ice is the quickest way to make a cocktail cold, but does it matter if you shake or stir your drink? Yes, it does! Temperature, taste, and texture are all affected.  WHEN TO SHAKE Shaking requires only 15 seconds to get drinks super cold (about 20°), provided you’re shaking vigorously. Perfect for drinks that should be ice-ice-cold like martinis and […]

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Today’s Special: Poached Lobster Tails with Dressed Pea Shoots

Chef Kara van Emmerik shows how fresh seafood is the perfect partner for bright summer flavors.  While lobster treats are no rarity in coastal Maine, at Dudley’s Refresher—a seasonal takeout eatery in the tiny seaside village of Castine—chef de cuisine Kara van Emmerik elevates these Down East treasures with peak-season flavors in authentic and scratch-made dishes. “For me, cooking means […]

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Workhorse Asian Noodles

We love using Asian noodles in fast weeknight dishes. They’re quick cooking, delicious, and easier than ever to find. Look for these favorites to add to your pantry. RAMEN Trendy restaurants shifted this iconic noodle from guilty pleasure to edgy culinary darling. Buy fresh or dried—and ditch the sodium-dense flavor packet. CELLOPHANE NOODLES (aka glass noodles) Made from mung beans, these […]

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Our Favorite Fish Sauce and 12 Genius Ways to Use It for a Flavor Boost

  Funky, umami-rich fish sauce is the one ingredient we can’t live without. Our favorite brand is Red Boat 40°N Extra-Virgin Fish Sauce. This sauce has amassed a devoted chef following, as well as the Cooking Light Kitchen staff. Red Boat is made with wild black anchovies, sea salt, and a “first press” extraction technique that results in a smoother, rounder flavor and […]

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Grow a Berry Garden!

Plot your own berry patch to yield sweet fruit all spring and summer long. We’ve got you covered with recipes that make the most of your harvest by prolonging the berries’ flavor well past the growing season. Meet Our Growers Jay and Graham Yelton live near Cooking Light headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. These avid gardeners oversee a yard that’s packed with containers […]

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Grow a Salad Garden

Greens are one of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow in containers. They sprout almost daily—simply pluck the outside leaves you need and find more awaiting you tomorrow. Read on to see what’s sprouting in our salad garden.  Meet Our Growers Jay and Graham Yelton live near Cooking Light headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. These avid gardeners oversee a yard that’s […]

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Om Sweet Om: 4 Meditation Apps That Can Help You Relax Wherever You Are

By Karen Asp Let us count all the ways meditation is so great: Just like when you exercise, physiological changes take place in your body when you meditate. Studies show that just eight weeks of meditation can increase density in the area of your brain responsible for executive function, which helps regulate emotions, holds information, and allows you to perform […]

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Our Make-Ahead Salad Guide for Party-Ready Platters

Serving a dressed green salad for parties poses a dilemma: to dress ahead or not. The vinegar and salt in dressing break down the cell walls of vegetables, causing them to wilt. But not every veggie wilts at the same rate. Use this guide to plan the best salad for your party. Click the image above to enlarge and print. […]

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Empanada Bash: Festive Recipes Guaranteed to Deliver a Good Time

Empanadas are an often overlooked perfect party food. Portable, flavorful, and you can make them ahead. What’s not to love? Recipes by Sandra Gutierrez This Whole-Wheat Empanada Dough is light and flaky, yet perfect for baking instead of messy frying. Best part? Unbaked empanadas made with this dough can be frozen for up to 4 months, great for prepping ahead of a party. Freeze […]

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