Food and Drink

Chef Ashley Christensen Shares Her Favorite Southern Vegetable Recipes

Chef Ashley Christensen has made incredible strides in the food world in just a few short years. The James Beard award-winning chef runs seven Raleigh, NC restaurants in addition to an event business and commissary kitchen. Death & Taxes, her most recent restaurant, was just named to Food & Wine’s 2016 best restaurants. In our July issue, Christensen shares her favorite […]

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Taste Test: What We’re Snacking on This Week

The best part about working at Cooking Light? Tasting new healthy snacks before they hit the grocery shelves. With our help, you’ll choose the best store-bought products in both taste and nutrition. Snack smarter with these new winning picks. Garden Fresh Gourmet:  Available in an outrageous variety of flavors, Garden Fresh Gourmet’s salsas range from spicy to sweet to tangy. Low in calories but […]

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Our Newest 5-Star Dinners

We enjoy hearing reader feedback on recipes, but what we like even more is when it’s 100 percent positive feedback. These main dishes are a few of our recent home runs that got some serious five star loving from those who tried them: This Vietnamese Pork Salad is like a deconstructed spring roll, but hearty enough to count as a main dish. What […]

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4 New Ways With Our Favorite Summer Food: Corn

Nothing is quite as satisfying about summer as biting into a steaming ear of fresh corn. When the weather gets warm, corn is abundant in every grocery store, farmers’ market, and roadside stand. While steaming and grilling are delicious classics, there’s many more ways to enjoy this flavorful veggie. Comforting and filling, this Creamy Corn Risotto is a great way […]

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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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Crazy for Korean

The ingredients, books, and info you need to share in our most recent food infatuation.  Fish Sauce Yes, it’s used in Korean dishes, too, as a shortcut to umami. We love Red Boat. Koreatown Lively, recipe-driven required reading by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodboard. Cook Korean! Find this playful comic book of recipes by Robin Ha on shelves next month. […]

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Waste-Free Kitchen: Delicious Ways to Use Vegetable Tops and Stalks

Nothing is quite as satisfying as heading home from the farmers’ market with a huge bag chock-full of vegetables. But most of us end up tossing a large amount of the actual produce, in the form of rejected leafy green tops or woody stalks. Avoid wasting these abundant (and delicious) parts by putting them to good use in salads, sauces, and […]

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Taste Test: What We’re Snacking on This Week

The best part about working at Cooking Light? Tasting new healthy snacks before they hit the grocery shelves. With our help, you’ll choose the best store-bought products in both taste and nutrition. Snack smarter with these new winning picks. The Jackfruit Company: Supplied by 300 sustainable Indian farms, The Jackfruit Company is the world’s largest supplier of jackfruit products. Invested in making a vegetarian/vegan meat alternative […]

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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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Vegan Copycat: Homemade Doritos

Ah, Doritos. Those guilty pleasures that leave you with glowing orange fingertips and wondering exactly what ingredient makes them that particular shade of neon. This alternative, with no mystery chemicals or colors, is both a healthier baked version and 100 percent vegan. So get to crunching! Vegan Doritos Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 3/4 teaspoon chili powder 3/4 teaspoon […]

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