Food and Drink

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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SOS! Thanksgiving Edition: The 5 resources that will get you through any Turkey Day disaster

If Murphy’s Law is a real thing (and I’ve experienced several episodes that could confirm its existence), Thanksgiving might be the ultimate test. On the best of days,  Turkey Day menu-making is a well-choreographed dance that could rival some of Moscow’s finest ballerinas. It’s one part precision, one part pure luck. At least, in my opinion. For decades, I’ve watched my grandparents […]

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100-Calorie Chili Toppers

When you pack loads of veggies, fiber-rich beans, and lean meats into one big pot of simmering chili, you have a healthy dinner for several meals. Spoon it over quinoa or brown rice to add a serving of whole grains—but avoid too much cheese and sour cream on top. These six hearty, tasty combos will brighten up your chili routine […]

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Food Finds: Emily G’s Berbere and Turkey Chili

I am a sucker for the comfort classics, made the way I expect and hanker for. But there’s something exciting about playing with flavors and textures to create something completely original. That’s exactly what Emily G’s did. She took Berbere, an essential Ethiopian spice blend that typically includes ginger, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and a variety of other spices and made an iconic […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Dishes You Need to Cook from the December Issue

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.  1. Spinach, Egg, and Prosciutto Flatbreads: An impressively big 20-minute personal pizza featuring spinach, prosciutto, and egg. 2. Chili con Carne: Bold flavors in classic chili con carne, […]

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Talking Shrimp with Chef Chris Hastings

Think all shrimp are simply shrimp? That idea doesn’t swim well with Alabama Gulf Seafood and James Beard Award winning chef, Chris Hastings, who want you to know just how different varieties of shrimp can be. We sat down with Hastings to get the scoop on this popular Cooking Light dinnertime star. “Each [variety of shrimp] has its own characteristics […]

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Global Ingredient: Galangal

Like its cousin, ginger, this aromatic root boasts a warm, spicy kick but adds complexity with its floral, citrus, and pine notes. It’s often grated into Thai dishes like curries and tom yum soups. Try a galangal simple syrup, perfect for a homemade “ginger” ale or fruit-poaching liquid: Combine 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup diced galangal; […]

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Taste Test: The Best English Muffins

We tested 6 whole-wheat English muffins. All had 220mg of sodium or less. OUR FAVORITE Thomas’ Hearty Muffins 100% Whole Wheat $2.69 (6 muffins) 120 calories, 220mg sodium, 3g fiber These muffins rank first for their superior texture and crunchy cornmeal crust. You’ll relish the airy, craggy texture–great for trapping butter and jam. And the hint of natural wheat sweetness […]

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