Food and Drink

Craft a Better Cold Brew: Homemade Coffee Ice Cubes

For immediate refreshment and downright deliciousness, iced coffee is my go-to choice on a steamy summer day. The first sips are pure bliss — crisp, smooth, and revitalizing —but then the ice begins to melt. Suddenly, that thirst-quenching, full-bodied iced coffee is now a watered-down disappointment. While my first thought was just that I needed to drink the coffee faster, […]

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Five on Friday: Throw an Emmys Dinner Party

There’s no denying it’s been quite a year for television. We begrudgingly said goodbye to Breaking Bad, shamelessly binge-watched Orange is the New Black, and traveled back to the post-Edwardian era with Downton Abbey. We sat stunned at the plot twists in House of Cards and are counting down the days until Scandal returns. Needless to say, we’ll be tuning into the 2014 […]

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Do I Need to Refrigerate a Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

Should I refrigerate a cake iced with cream cheese frosting? Last night at 11 p.m., I found myself asking this question. I had cut a piece of freshly-frosted cake and then realized everyone I would feed cake to was in bed and wouldn’t be able to eat my cake until at least 8 a.m. (Well, probably more like noon, since […]

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Q&A: Michael Symon’s Summer Grilling Secrets

Whether it’s brisket, burgers, Swiss chard, or even cherries, Chef Michael Symon knows how to grill it. Growing up in the Midwest, he remembers shoveling a path through the snow just so he and his family could grill in the wintertime. Now that’s dedication. This summer, the Iron Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author is teaming up with Serious Eats and Bank of America […]

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Grown-Up Lunchbox Treat: Watermelon Fruit Leather

Remember Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot? Those super sweet snacks that tasted like anything but fruit, wrapped in cellophane with cut-outs and hyper-pigmented colors? I do. And I loved them. Now? Not so much… but the occasional longing for something sweet and nostalgic is still there. In this new age of DIY, we’ve come up with a version […]

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Pucker Up! Both Moms and Babies Will Love This Tart New Superfruit

A new nutritional powerhouse has hit grocery store shelves nationwide — just maybe not in the aisle you’d expect. We found the aronia berry — a tart, purplish-black fruit about the size of a pea — in none other than the baby food section. We were intrigued when Beech-Nut, whose latest line contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, told us […]

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Crunchy, Crispy Beet Chips

Beets are really having their day in the sun. A once unglamorous, inexpensive root vegetable is now popping up on trendy restaurant menus and being used in everything from smoothies to hummus. And if you are a lover of all things crispy and salty like me, you’ll love these beet chips. They’re so easy to make and have a great natural flavor […]

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Kid in the Kitchen: Stacked Summer Treat

“Today I made Berry-Ginger Mess. It was as delicious as it sounds. The meringues take several hours to bake and set, so I would make them ahead of time (even a day before). It’s important that no yolk gets in the egg whites before beating them, so make sure you separate the eggs very carefully. I also left the meringues […]

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Go Nuts! Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk continues to gain popularity as a delicious alternative to its dairy counterpart, and here at Cooking Light, we can’t help but get in on the trend. We’re drawn to its many health benefits—low in calories and carbs, no cholesterol or saturated fat—and we’ve fallen in love with its wonderfully nutty flavor. In our August issue, we shared the results […]

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Taste Test: The Best Sriracha Sauces

Balance is key for this complex Thai-style sauce. We tested 5 Sriracha hot chili sauces. All had 150mg of sodium or less per teaspoon. These brands are good store-bought options to have on hand. For fun, you could make your own.

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