Food and Drink

Give Cookie Dough to Stretch the Holiday Cheer into the New Year

Each year, my wife and I pass out cookie dough to friends around Christmas. With the glut of sweets around the holidays, our friends can just make them according to “need” after the holidays settle down. You can do the same for your friends and family members. Make cookie dough according to the cookie’s recipe. Portion each cookie out as […]

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5 Tricks for Upping Your Hot Cocoa Game

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices — from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient.  Tomorrow is National Cocoa Day, and seeing as it’s a crisp 43 degrees here in Alabama currently, I’m going to assume the creators of this holiday […]

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The Perfect Holiday Snack: Gingerbread Grahams

The flavors of gingerbread are one of my favorite parts about the holiday season—there’s just something magical about molasses and spice. And while I’ll never turn down a sugary gingerbread cookie, I was interested to see if I could create a more savory snack. After all, I’d just experimented with gingerbread croutons, and those were so good I ate them straight from the […]

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Worth Another Sip: Counter Culture Coffee Redesign

This October, one of my personal favorite coffee roasters, Counter Culture Coffee went through a makeover, and we love it. From the packaging to the names of each product, the company is moving forward with a look that embodies the bold character of their brand. Sourced directly from farmers, Counter Culture Coffee is uniquely roasted to celebrate the beans and the great […]

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3 Brews You Should be Drinking this Holiday Season

Speaking from experience, you can go really wrong really fast when it comes to special edition holiday brews. There are a lot of recycled spring and summer seasonals lurking behind cheery winter labels out there. So a group of enthusiastic CL imbibers sat down with a load of those labels to sort out the best from the rest. Sweet Water Festive […]

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How to Use Finishing Salts

In recent years, salt has started to strut its diverse true nature in the American food market. For decades there were really only two salts in most homes: superfine refined table salt and equally refined coarse kosher salt. But these lab-pure examples of sodium chloride are stripped of the character of salt as it occurs in nature. Natural salts sing […]

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Pairings: What should I drink with pecan pie?

A NUTTY SWEET WINE Dessert wines with hints of nuts, spice, and dried fruits naturally complement the brown sugar and pecans. Sporting bright acidity to keep the pairing lively, Pedro Ximénez—a grape used in very sweet sherry— has syrupy notes of molasses, spice, and raisins that mesh beautifully with pecan pie’s toasty richness. Lustau Solera Reserva Pedro Ximénez “San Emilio,” […]

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Homemade Walnut Butter

My grandparents have a walnut tree beside their home in North Alabama. Each fall, my grandmother has to race the extremely determined neighborhood squirrels if she wants enough walnuts for just one baked good. I am always reminded  just how precious those nuts are when I visit them–which might explain why I have such a fondness for them now. Walnut-topped […]

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A Thanksgiving Menu for Procrastinators

I say this with all the love in my heart: We procrastinators are the worst. Actually, that’s not entirely true. We know how to get things done. We just need a spot of panic to really kick us into gear. With that said, Thanksgiving and big meals like it can sink even the most veteran procrastinators among us if we’re […]

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Keep the Kids Entertained at the Thanksgiving Table

Little hands can get mighty bored while the finishing touches are being put on turkey and dressing. Keep them entertained, maintain sanity, and produce a few fun memories in the process with these fun Turkey Day activities. 1. Modern-Twist Mark-Mat. Let wee artists explore their creative side with these food-grade, hand silk-screened silicone placemats ($18-28). Placemats are entirely reusable–just wash off the marker after […]

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