Food for Thought

Is It Time to Dump American Cheese?

In recent days, I’ve seen a lot of Facebook talk about what our Founding Fathers would have wanted for our country. The topics have been pretty divisive, so maybe it isn’t the right time to introduce another hot topic to the debate realm. But, why not? In what I think is one of the best marketing ploys I’ve seen in […]

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6 Things Millennials Really Want in a Grocery Store (We’re Serious This Time)

Whole Foods recently announced the launch of 365, a budget-friendly, organic, and fresh foods market targeted at millennials. In light of this news, we decided it was time to outline our wishes for the new grocery store chain. Last week, one of our fellow millennials here at Cooking Light, Rachel Johnson, offered a satirical list of needs of young shoppers. (Some of you picked up on the […]

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Eight Ways to Build a Better Salad with Chef Hugh Acheson

Earlier this week, we sat down with Hugh Acheson, a Georgia-based chef who is working with Newman’s Own Greens for Good recipe contest. Read more about it the contest here. Acheson is a big fan of a good salad, especially this time of year when produce is abundant and amazingly delicious. Here are Acheson’s tips for building a better salad: 1. Store […]

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Alzheimer’s Awareness with Chef Madison Cowan

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and celebrity chef Madison Cowan is working with the Alzheimer’s Association to spread the word that a balanced diet, lower in fat and higher in produce, may assist in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Cowan has catered to many stars, including Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Woody Allen, and even former President Bill Clinton. One […]

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A Salad on a Mission from Chef Hugh Acheson

Ladies and gentlemen, start your salad spinners. Newman’s Own, a brand recognized for donating 100% of profits to charity, launches its nationwide Greens for Good recipe contest today in an effort to help folks help their communities simply by getting into the kitchen. Entering its second year, the competition asks that consumers submit their best and brightest salad recipe incorporating […]

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The Joy of Cooking for People You Don’t Know

Mealsharing.com, a network that connects folks who want to cook for strangers with those who want to eat with strangers, is redefining the way food enthusiasts foster community around the dinner table. The concept is simple—hosts in any given city decide what and when they want to cook and how many guests they’d like. They post the information to the […]

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High Praise for the Lowly Tilapia

Tilapia is one of the most searched terms on CookingLight.com and one of the most consumed fish species in America. Yet I had never cooked it until I came to work in the Cooking Light Test Kitchen. Chalk that up to my background in the high-end restaurant world, where—and this may surprise some readers—tilapia is disdained with a strangely passionate fervor […]

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5 Ways to Get Better ‘Grams: Instagram Food Photography Tips

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with Instagram. I love food, and I love photography. Therefore, Instagram is my social media drug of choice. I’ve spent the past two years curating my food feed, and I have a few tips for those who wish to create their own ‘Foodstagram.’ It comes down to 5 main components: Lighting, Styling, Camera Tips, […]

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The ‘I Just Can’t’ Rant: Starbucks Frappuccino Fan Flavors

I just can’t: Starbucks Frappuccino Fan Flavor release. Today, Starbucks unveiled their ‘Fan Flavor’ Frappuccino flavors—aka my personal nightmare in blended drink form. The lineup features America’s “Favorites”: Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Caramel Cocoa Cluster, and Red Velvet Cake. Do we really need to drink our desserts? Cupcakes, contrary to their name, do not belong in cups when […]

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The Future of Food Is at the 2015 World Expo in Milan

The World’s Fair used to conjure bits of grainy black and white newsreel in my mind—the debut of historic firsts like ice cream cones, Ferris wheels, and the Statue of Liberty. Not anymore. World Expos, as they are called now, show the latest and greatest from more than 100 countries in a kind of pop-up city: a massive campus of temporary […]

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