Food Finds

Freezing Fire: An Easy Way to Preserve a Huge Harvest

It is indeed possible to freeze a cube of fire…and save your sanity while preserving a huge summer harvest. We’re not practicing sorcery over here — simply roasting and freezing hot peppers for quick recipe starters. In my own garden patch, I’m outdone with just how many jalapeño, serrano, Lemon Drop, and spicy bell peppers I have picked this week. Our August […]

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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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Paiche: Chicken of the River

If you haven’t come to know and love paiche already, this summer is the perfect time. Paiche (pie-chay) is a sustainably farmed fish from the Amazon river that’s been showing up in more and more U.S. fish markets every day. There’s plenty to love about this 300-pound prehistoric river beast, beginning with the fact that it’s an ideal grilling fish. The […]

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Local Finds: Buzz Thrill

California-based Bloom Honey produces a line of golden nectars with an array of tastes that reflect the graceful, fragile dance between terroir and the bees that pollinate it. Buckwheat, blackberry, pumpkin, and avocado are just a few of the exotic single-origin honey varietals that David and Kelly Jefferson produce. Wild Cherry—the newest flavor, with elegant notes of natural cherry—is made […]

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Global Ingredient: Nori

Prized for its oceany umami flavor in sushi and miso soup—and now a popular packaged snack item—nori is dried Japanese seaweed that offers new possibilities for cooks. Its papery texture makes it easy to crisp in the oven and crumble over veggie sides, noodle bowls, and stir-fries for a little briny kick. Or make your own snack: Lightly brush the […]

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Local Finds: Bathtub Gin Spreads

For their Bathtub Gin spreads, Nashville-based sisters Amy Lorber and Erin Ackley were inspired by the classic flavor profiles of early 20th-century cocktails. The line ranges from robust (rich rum-raisin marmalade with Mission figs) to sweet (honey-peach jam with cinnamon, basil, and a splash of cream sherry) and hits that sweet-tart cocktail balance. Best of all, the uses go beyond […]

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5 on Friday: What Mom Really Wants For Mother’s Day

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. When you’re searching for gifts that can show mom how much you really care, it’s always a good idea to ask a group of moms who are ‘in the know.’ That’s […]

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Vacation as it should be: Equal parts fun and food

My vacation philosophy has always been simple: relax and eat good food. Sure there might be some sight-seeing, shopping and outdoor activities, but there’s just got to be good food. Here are a few new spots on my radar: With nearly 100 breweries and beer pubs, how can North Carolina not be on my list? April is NC Beer Month, and […]

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My New Favorite Gluten-Free Bread

If you suffer from Celiac disease, have allergies, a sensitive stomach, or are just choosing to eat gluten-free, you  probably realize that the market sans-gluten is growing daily. Though I tend to eat foods that are naturally gluten-free, like vegetables, protein, and whole-grains, sometimes a girl needs a slice of bread. And as a gluten-sensitive newly wed married to a “gluten-obsessed” husband, we have […]

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Global Ingredient: Sofrito

Think of this as the Latin American answer to Louisiana’s Holy Trinity of celery, onion, and bell pepper. It’s an essential cooking base for classic dishes like rope vieja (braised beef) or arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). Goya‘s sofrito is a mix of tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, and garlic, deeply caramelized in olive oil and pureed. Use a heaping spoonful to jump-start a […]

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