Food and Drink

Tell us: What’s your favorite style of chili?

We’re gearing up for a chili tour de force in the fall. Right now we’re busy developing, testing, and perfecting this chili face-off. So before we get too far down the road, we want to hear from you. Is there a style of chili we need to be sure to test? Tell us in the comments.  

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How to Pick a Healthy Hot Chocolate

A cup of luscious, decadent hot chocolate can set you  back more than 400 calories. You may not want to drink a meal’s worth of calories just to warm up. The good news–you don’t have to. Lighter, healthier hot chocolate options are easy to find. Keep these shopping tips in mind when you’re looking for a healthy hot chocolate. Healthy Hot Chocolate […]

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What are Cremini Mushrooms?

I caught myself standing in front of the mushrooms at the supermarket last week asking out loud, “Now which one of you is the cremini mushrooms?” We call for cremini mushrooms in lots of recipes—I was shopping to make Orzo with Pecorino and Mushrooms—but I couldn’t find them anywhere. As I learned, cremini mushrooms are sometimes called “baby bella” mushrooms. If […]

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POP-arazzi! Popcorn Picks for Your Oscar Viewing Party

What’s your popcorn wearing this awards season? Here are six stunning ways to dress-up that plain-old popcorn for an Oscar party (for under 150 calories per serving!) Tip! For an even coating, spread popcorn out on a baking sheet, drizzle the melted oil butter over top and toss. Sprinkle with the seasoning mixture, toss again, then transfer to a bowl. […]

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Booze Blog: Mardi Gras Tradition and Brews

Here at CL, we’re having sweet King Cake dreams and spicy gumbo cravings. CL Photo Editor Amy Delaune Diaz was born and raised in Louisiana, and as the expert on all things Mardi Gras in this office, she’s excited to share the vibrant and delicious celebration with all of us. As a kid, the holiday meant days off school to eat […]

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Booze Blog: Bubbly Picks for the Big Day of Love

  The day of love and appreciation is quickly approaching, so round up your loves, gal pals, dude friends, and take advantage of the cheesiness of a Hallmark holiday to let them know how thankful you are for them. (Embarrassingly silly gestures are encouraged!) (And throw in a few hugs and treats for yourself, you’ve been awesome, and you deserve […]

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How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Why buy expensive chocolate-covered strawberries when you can make your own at home? They are so easy and delicious! Even better, they’re totally customizable. Whether you’re making a batch for you and your sweetheart to enjoy or for a girls’ night, these DIY chocolate strawberries make the ideal sweet treat for Valentine’s Day in just a few short minutes. First things […]

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100-Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The pairings for dark chocolate are seemingly endless. It works wonders with strawberries. It tastes richer with coffee. And don’t get me started about chocolate and red wine. But my favorite way to enjoy chocolate is Parent Trap style—with a hearty dose of peanut butter to round out every bite. And while I don’t eat as many Oreos as I did […]

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How to Celebrate Bagel & Lox Day Like a Pro

I’m not sure who has the authority/desire to establish an entire calendar year of “(Inter)National ___arbitrary food item___ Days,” but their known existence is one of those things that all of us in the food media industry lackadaisically observe and occasionally tout on Twitter when we’re low on fodder. That said, last week when I saw that National Bagel and […]

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Five Tempting Bruschetta Toppers

Serve up toast with the most as a quick, playful appetizer this award season. START HERE Slice 1 (4-ounce) whole-wheat French bread baguette into 8 thin slices; arrange on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Toast bread under broiler 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning slices halfway through. Remove from oven; pile on one of the following wow-worthy […]

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