Food Finds

We Tried It: Why an Ingredient Delivery Service Can Be Fun

I’ve got thousands and thousands of awesome recipes at my fingertips, sure, but even I can get in a rut of thinking up new things for dinner. I have my go-to favorites and sections of the magazine (I’m a sucker for our 5-Ingredient Cookbook section), but I’ve recently signed up for—on my own volition and dime, not as a job thing—a […]

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We Tried It: Seattle Chocolates Spring Trio

How adorable are these spring chocolate bars from Seattle Chocolates? I was excited (and a little sad) to rip open the beautiful wrappers to see if the chocolate inside was just as delightful as the packaging. I’m happy to say it was. We tried the spring trio, Spring Surprise, Fluffy Toffee, and Fresh Mint, and each flavor received glowing reviews from CL […]

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We Tried It: A Sweet Pop with Benefits

A frozen fruit pop is childhood nostalgia. In one single bite, I’m instantly transported back to summer camp. Covered in bug spray and sunscreen with a hand-beaded name tag around my neck, I loved having a frosty treat on the edge of the creek that flowed near my camp’s snack hut. Back then, of course, frozen fruit pops were sugar and “fruit”-flavored concoctions. Today’s pops, […]

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Party On, Pollinators: Whole Foods is Hosting a Bee-Friendly Event Tomorrow

Whole Foods is a regular stop for the Cooking Light Test Kitchen when we’re shopping for particular foods that can be tough to find at other grocery stores. While checking out at WF recently, there was one of those tiny little sample trays, the ones that usually say “please try me.” These types of samples always give me a weird feeling, and […]

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Global Ingredient: Matcha Powder

Matcha mania has come stateside. The Japanese green tea powder packed with antioxidants makes for a delicious hot beverage with vegetal notes and subtle sweetness. But think outside the cup as well: Stir a teaspoon or two into Greek yogurt or hummus to add delightful color, surprising favor complexity, and an instant nutrition boost. Shop online at matchasource.com. Matcha Recipes: Matcha […]

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Editor’s Picks: Items We Love Right Now

Each month, I curate a selection of kitchen gadgets, food products, seasonal tips, and culinary news tidbits that our editors are excited to share in the top margins of our Let’s Get Cooking section in the magazine. And each month, I get bummed out that there’s not more room to go into further detail about why this info is worth […]

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Local Find: Good to the Bone

Bone broth is the year’s hottest elixir. Rooted in centuries of global wellness traditions, stocks made from nutrient-rich bones have been shown to aid digestion and boost immunity. Chef Marco Canora of NYC’s Hearth is leading the charge with Brodo, an extension where he sells cups of warm bone broth. Canora says he’s confident he’ll be able to release a […]

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We Tried It: Honeydrop’s Honey-Based Drinks

Honey is still a big buzzword in food and drink trends, and this tasty drink gives a nod to that sweet nectar. We sampled two varieties from Honeydrop, the Lemon Cayenne Cleanse, with raw local honey, and the Apple Ginger Lemon Daily Immunity, which uses raw manuka honey. What we thought: The honey trend meets the Master Cleanse trend in this kicky cleanse […]

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Local Finds: Live the Good Life

In 2008, Dee Freestone gave up on store-bought granola. “I wanted a granola with an ingredient list that resembled real food,” she says. Thus her Good Life Granola was born, with simple ingredients: oats, brown sugar, and fruit sourced from local producers. The Freestones operate in the heart of Michigan’s fruit belt, turning out approximately 75,000 bags of granola each […]

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Global Ingredient: Kecap Manis

Prized as an all-purpose condiment in its native Indonesia, kecap manis (pronounced KEH-chup MAH-nees) is a syrup-thick soy sauce sweetened with palm sugar and infused with garlic and star anise. When soup, stew, or chili needs a little depth, a teaspoon or two of kecap manis may be just the thing. You can even try it in desserts: A smidge in […]

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