Food for Thought

5 on Friday: We’re Talking Gluten-Free

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. The gluten-free diet quickly rose from a diet necessity to a fad and now a lifestyle after research and personal testimonies showed numerous health benefits of leaving behind gluten. Though the […]

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We’d like to talk to you about Cooking Light!

I’ve asked everyone on the editorial team—the people who make the magazine, not the marketers or sellers—to talk to readers and website/mobile users. Yup: on the phone, in person. Won’t take long. What we want to know is this: In a world in which food and food information are changing by the second, what can we do at Cooking Light […]

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Teaching Moments in the Test Kitchen

I love a teaching moment. In the Cooking Light Test Kitchen we are frequently challenged with unfamiliar ingredients, different methods, and new techniques. Between the four of us in the kitchen, someone usually has a good understanding or basic knowledge of our new challenge and is more than willing to share that knowledge. I feel very fortunate to have my […]

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Share the Love: Gifts that Give Back

We’ve put together a list of charities and gifts with a food connection that we think are well worth your end-of-year giving. All of these are close to our hearts. We hope you’ll make a donation or purchase in honor or memory of a loved one, and watch the love grow, grow, grow this holiday season. 1. Jones Valley Teaching Farm […]

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Sweet Success: Bake a Second Batch

In our December issue, we introduced what we hope will become a nationwide movement: Bake a Second Batch. We want to encourage readers and fans to make an extra batch of treats for friends, coworkers, charities, or just someone who could use a lift. It’s our way of paying it forward—sweetly. To kick off this initiative, we launched our own […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Reasons Vegetarians Still Enjoy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be awkward for vegetarians—not because of the giant turkey looming in the distance—but because of the questions you get from family who either don’t know what a vegetarian is or who know, but don’t know why anyone would want to be one. Some common questions us vegetarians get are: – So you don’t eat meat? But you can […]

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A Week at the San Francisco Baking Institute

Khorasan (also know by the brand name Kamut), teff, amaranth, and millet are just a few of the amazing old world grains and seeds I was introduced to while spending a week at the San Francisco Baking Institute. For five days my classmates and I mixed, kneaded, fermented, shaped, and (most importantly) ate an incredible variety of breads, pies, rolls, […]

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In time for Whole Grains Month, a tasty competition seeks to bring good food to worthy groups

From the folks who brought you the Whole Grains Stamp (the official black and gold stamp of whole grain approval, christening select boxes of cereal, pasta, and the like nationwide), comes a fresh way to celebrate nourishing whole grains and charitable efforts to nourish communities. September being Whole Grains Month, the Whole Grains Council (WGC), an extension of Boston-based non-profit […]

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Nourish Now takes a unique approach to ending hunger in America

Nourish Now, a non-profit in Maryland, collects unused food from restaurants, grocery stores, and hotels, and distributes it to the hungry. This work can be especially challenging, not only because of the rules that regulate redistributing food, but also because it can be hard to get businesses to participate. (Owners may be afraid of liability.) Nourish Now, however, has figured […]

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One Chicago YMCA is Helping Kids Build Healthy Meals and Healthy Habits

Growing up, summer meant red-stained t-shirts to accompany sticky watermelon hands–bursts of juice and butter streaming along my chin as fresh corn parted from a cob at the mercy of my enthusiastic chomp. My childhood summer memories are enhanced by the indispensable presence of fresh south Georgia produce, flavors of the season that made for seriously good eatin’ (and a […]

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