Food Finds

Global Pantry: Pomegranate Molasses

The tart ruby juice has a thicker, richer, even more tart cousin. —Naomi Duguid I love the cooked-down syrup made from pomegranate juice. It’s tart and complex, a great flavoring ingredient. The thick, dark-red to brown liquid offers a quick and interesting way to add complexity of flavor—a cook’s shortcut, you might say. I add a dash to vegetable soups, […]

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Local Finds: Rustic Chocolate Revival

Patricia Tsai produces stone-ground, bean-to-bar chocolate using the same processing techniques Mayans and Aztecs relied on thousands of years ago. The Los Angeles chocolatier was inspired after tasting traditionally made chocolate on a culinary tour of the Yucatán. The lightly roasted, sun-dried beans are fermented for only three days (half the time of most), and the resulting bars are full […]

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Chocolate bunny season has arrived

It’s that time of year again… chocolate bunny season. So many questions surround the selection process for the perfect long-eared edible likeness of Easter’s favorite woodland critter: Hollow or solid? Dark, milk, or white? Cartoon cute or realistically elegant? Without a doubt, these are all fair (and challenging) questions, but this year, I’m posing a single inquiry to determine the bunnies […]

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What loving Cooking Light says about you, according to The Kitchn

Sifting through and responding to your letters, e-mails, and voice mails each day instills all of us here in the Cooking Light editorial office with a deep and sincere appreciation for the beautiful diversity of people who sit down with our magazine each month. Even still, we’re left to wonder… there must be a common thread among all of our […]

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You’re going to love these healthy chips

We’re tasting a lot of alternative-grain and non-wheat-flour chips these days. One problem: Not only do they not taste like potato or corn chips, but it’s often hard to pinpoint what they DO taste like. Not so with the chickpea chips from the great Maya Kaimal. Her just-released Seeded Multigrain Chickpea Chips have delicious spice notes hinting of papadums and […]

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Update: Starbucks rethinks their new food strategy

Starbucks sits on a high throne of coffee supremacy, but they’ve never really been able to capture a market that seems natural to morning caffeine seekers: breakfast. In an attempt to squeeze out a few more bucks from their devoted coffee fans, Starbucks purchased La Boulange, a San Francisco-based artisanal bakery for $100 million in 2012. Late last year, La […]

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Global Ingredient: White Miso

The mildest, most versatile miso, this fermented soybean paste is salty, lightly sweet, and packed with meaty umami flavor. A teaspoon or two makes for a brilliant accent in dressings, sauces, and mayo. You can also combine a smidge with butter or sesame oil to top steamed or grilled vegetables or roasted fish. It keeps for ages in the fridge.

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5 on Friday: Fab Florals

Get fresh with flowers that brighten a room, lift your mood, and tempt your taste buds. | by April Hardwick Bold Blossom Villeroy & Boch’s bread-and-butter plate is a guaranteed sensation on your spring tablescape. $13, villeroy-boch.com Edible Arrangement Handcrafted chocolate wildflowers filled with rose tea ganache or boozy rum-pecan caramel. $29/box of 9, johnandkiras.com Cheery Containers Stackable bowls that nest when not in use. […]

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Global Ingredient: Za’atar

This seductive spice mix combines sumac, dried herbs, and toasted sesame seeds. In its native Middle East, it’s used as much as common condiments like ketchup or hot sauce are in the States. The sumac lends a distinct citrusy note, while dried thyme and marjoram make it fragrantly herbaceous. Sprinkle on veggies, chicken, or fish before cooking, or stir into […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Unreal Paintings that Look Good Enough to Eat

Tjalf Sparnaay paints ordinary objects—a fried egg, a crushed coca cola can, a crumbled receipt. Except he uses such extreme detail in his oil paintings, that it brings these objects to life. Really, just look at some of the photos below of his food paintings and tell us they don’t make your mouth water and stomach rumble. The Dutch artist’s […]

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