Food Finds

Trending Tastes: Sun Noodle Ramen

At the heart of America’s ramen craze—beneath the broth, meat, egg, and nori—lies an insatiable appetite for springy, delightfully chewy ramen noodles. Some of the country’s best ramen bowls feature noodles from Honolulu-based Sun Noodle. But you don’t have to relegate them to ramen bowls alone: Try them in a summer pasta salad that’ll turn heads and blow minds. Find […]

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We Tried It: Three Bridges Spinach and Kale Ravioli with Kale Pesto Sauce

Pasta is just one of those foods that call to me in my moments of craving. It says, “Eat me! I’m full of empty carbohydrates, and please, please, eat me with copious amounts of Parmesan cheese!” Inevitably, I give in. With Three Bridges prepared pastas, I don’t have to be so mean to my carb callings. The Spinach and Kale […]

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Foodie-Friendly Reads (and Listens) for the Long Weekend

We’re getting the last little bit of work done around here before we all take off for the long weekend. Whether your Memorial Day weekend plans call for backyard cookouts, a breezy swing in a hammock, or a lazy beach day (I’ll take a little of each, please!), we hope you find some time to settle down with a good […]

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Local Find: Farmers’ Fridge—Salad on a Mission

Chicago-based entrepreneur Luke Saunders’ vision of an efficient, affordable, and wholesome lunch source has taken life in sleek vending machines fringed with live greenery. These specially designed kiosks planted in office buildings and food courts in downtown Chicago represent Farmer’s Fridge, the 29-year-old founder’s initiative “to make healthy food more accessible.” Each machine offers a variety of hearty salads made […]

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Artisans We Love: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Is Back

Kudos to Jeni Britton Bauer and her team for handling a recent voluntary recall with humility, grace, and determination. After a sample tested positive for Listeria bacteria, the Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams destroyed 535,000 pounds of ice cream, shuttered all scoop shops (including outposts in Nashville, Atlanta, L.A., and New York), and halted production. They reworked every aspect […]

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6 No-Cook Cracker Toppers for Fuss-Free Entertaining

Warmer weather always seems to spark a new energy within people. How better to celebrate that positivity than with impromptu gatherings? All you need are a few friends, beautiful weather, green grass, and … a box of crackers! You could use any cracker you have on hand or normally buy, but we really like 34 Degrees Savory Crisps because they are minimal […]

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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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