Phillip Rhodes

Recent Posts By Phillip Rhodes

3 Steps to Downsizing in a Super-Sized World

The trick is to recalibrate your expectations in a marketplace of oversized foods—at restaurants, at bagel stops, at grocery stores, and, of course, at home. This doesn’t mean an everlasting tyranny of measuring cups and kiddie-style portion plates. But a close examination of your habits is the first step to making smaller portions second nature. We’ve put together three stories […]

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Healthy Pizza Math

  These two tricks really deliver calorie and sodium savings—whether you order in or bake at home. The Delivery Trick Downsize the diameter of your dial-in order. 16-INCH PIZZA 319 calories per slice Eat two slices of an extra-large pepperoni pie, and that’s 638 calories and 1,432mg sodium. Whoa! 14-INCH PIZZA 234 calories per slice Eat two slices, and that’s […]

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Get the Scoop on the Ice Cream Scoop

How much ice cream you eat may depend on the tool you use to get it from container to bowl or cone. Is a scoop a useful portion-control device? Turns out most scoops are exactly that because the business ends tend to be fairly modest in size. Scoops are designed small partly because a large one would be difficult to […]

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Five on Friday: Adorable animals and divine desserts

1. Finally! CL Does Cat Videos Can’t tell you how pleased I am to finally have a reason to share a cute kitten video. This is Tiny Cat. She’s the new mascot for CL’s favorite local-foods emporium, Freshfully. (The Freshfully concept is really cool—it’s an entire grocery store of food sourced from within 250 miles of CL’s Birmingham, AL, home. I hope […]

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2013′s First Garden Update

Brighten up a gray day (at least that’s how it is here in Alabama) with the first garden update of 2013 from Farmer Mary Beth. -Phillip In our Cooking Light garden this January day, it’s a balmy, drippy 68 degrees. What? Yes. You read that correctly. And just a few days ago it was 28 degrees. Both the plants and […]

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See how one reader reorganized her utility drawer

Have you reorganized your kitchen drawer yet? In our January/February issue, we broke down the art of bringing zen to your kitchen drawers–from tossing the superspecialized tools or the six utensils you use to open a bottle of wine (the classic is still the best). We’ve also identified the most underused objects in your arsenal of tools (we’re looking at you, apple […]

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Mosted Wanted: Gifts Under $25

Not every part of my job is fun. (See: Spreadsheets.) But the product pages really are one of my favorite things to do. Seeing all of the amazingly creative stuff people design and make—some of whom I’m occasionally lucky enough to meet—helps maintain my faith in humankind. These are a few of my favorite products from this year. Each one […]

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Garden Update: Giving Thanks

Another update from our Farmer Mary Beth about our garden and why we should all be thankful for food. As we all crowd into kitchens and around dining tables, prepping, chopping, baking, cooking, and devouring the nap-inducing Thanksgiving buffet, there is no better time to share a garden update giving thanks for our food. We are thankful to you all […]

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Gold Star Kitchen Utensil: Ladle Love

Love, love, love Le Creuset’s new Revolution line of utensils. (Stainless steel and silicone.)  See those three rings around the handle? They’re perfectly positioned to keep your ladle propped against the side of the Dutch oven—handy if yours sees as much action as mine does on these cool fall weekends.

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Garden Update: Fall is Here!

Fall is finally here at the Cooking Light garden: the bean trellis is now a skeleton, and the area where we once grew tomatoes is now home to cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Here’s an update and some photos from Mary Beth and David (Warning: Adorable puppy ahead!): Radishes: The Purple Plum and Pink Beauties were absolute gems of perfection. They were […]

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