Food Memories

My First Thanksgivingukkah

If you’ve paid any attention to the late-night talk show barbs and the wry-witted, pun-centric buzz online, you’ll know that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same date this year. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime cyclical snafu, one that many are enjoying (like Asher Weintraub, 9-year-old inventor of the Menurkey) while many roll their eyes. The switch for me has meant that […]

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Traveling Turkey

Three Thanksgivings ago, my wife took a special guest along for our eight-hour drive to her mother’s house in Texas: a 12-pound turkey, soaking in a cooler full of cold cider brine. This Thanksgiving, we’re headed to the beach with friends, again with a bathing turkey in tow, which will officially make our Rolling Brine Roadshow a tradition. Yes, we […]

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Give from the Heart: Heifer International

Tomorrow is October 1, the start of my most favorite month. It’s my birthday month, and I celebrate all month long. With my birthday in sight, I’ve got presents on my mind. But as I reflect on what gifts I’d like this year, I realize I really don’t need anything. Instead, I’m hoping friends and family who want to give […]

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Cook CL: What You Made Over for the 4th

Last week’s patriotic holiday gave many of us the opportunity to fire up the grill and try new recipes — or some old favorites. Here, a look at what you’ve been cooking lately. Upload your own photos to your Instagram account, add #CookCL, and we might share it here, on our Instagram, or in the magazine.

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Kids Love Cooking Light Too

Reader Kathy Spencer sent us this adorable photo of her toddler. “Last summer, I came home to find my son napping in his room holding a copy of my Cooking Light magazine. I just had to snap a picture. Gave me a chuckle. He is 3 years old and loves to cook!” she says. Here’s hoping he was dreaming of […]

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Memories of Matzo Brei

Each year, the morning after our Passover Seder, most of us would still be too full to even consider breakfast. Still, my grandfather always made matzo brei (rhymes with “fry”), a classic Ashkenazic dish. Since we can’t eat leavened bread or fermented grain products during Passover, toast and cereal were off the table for breakfast. But this cross between a […]

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How are you saving your family’s treasured recipes?

Got some nice responses to my editor’s page in January about my mother’s recipes. Clearly, the preservation of what one reader calls “heritage” recipes is a high priority with folks who have aging parents. Here’s a taste: I told my daughter the other day I am going to have to video the process of making some of my relatives’ dishes […]

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Learn a New Holiday Recipe: Tamales

For our senior editor, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the taste of these masa comforts. I grew up in Texas, where tamales are as much a part of Christmas as wreaths and trees, a result of the state’s proximity to Mexico. I remember always having tamales around the holidays, a gift bestowed on my family by our friend Eva, who was […]

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Reader Letter: A Greek Odyssey

Editor Scott Mowbray asked readers in his December Editor’s Page to described their most important food moment. Here’s a terrific one: Hi, Scott – If you’re asking for anecdotes about the moment food became more than nourishment and took center stage as one of life’s great pleasures, I’ll share mine. I’m a foodie now, and have been a loyal Cooking […]

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Hanukkah with Family

Hanukkah begins Saturday at sundown with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. It doesn’t carry quite as much weight as other holidays on the Jewish calendar, but since it’s part of the holiday season, we like to celebrate as a family. First, we light my grandmother’s menorah in the kitchen (it lives on top of the fridge […]

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