Food Memories

Why I Love Cheese Olivettes

Growing up in the South, there were certain foods you knew would be served at any reception or church function: Cheese straws, finger sandwiches, pastel-colored soft mints, and lime sherbet punch. I always associated these items with special occasions. That is, until my mother found a new recipe she decided to make. Once a month my parents and their group […]

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Today’s Special: Jacques Pépin’s Chicken Jardinière

For master chef Jacques Pépin—who celebrates his 80th birthday later this year—the classic French stew Chicken Jardinière recalls fond memories of his mother’s home cooking. “It’s a dish I’ve loved for as far as I can remember,” Pépin says. His mother’s approach to the dish was slightly different. She’d use chicken gizzards to boost flavor, rather than pancetta, which Pépin […]

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A Farewell in Six Simple Recipes

As editor Scott Mowbray prepared to say good-bye, he got cooking. Very late in my career at this magazine—in fact, the day after I decided to write a farewell-to-readers article in the form of six simple recipes of my own devising—I discovered what a pain in the ass it is to actually develop recipes for this magazine. This is ironic, […]

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My Boys: What Happens When a Mother Who Has Made Food the Center of Her Life Can’t Nourish Her Own Children?

  On a sticky May evening in Alabama, my family of four sits crowded on a giant pillow in the back of our pickup truck at the drive-in theater in Harpersville, a short ways outside Birmingham. As the previews drone into a sinking sun and the mosquitoes commence their whiny score, I unpack the sushi I made earlier with my […]

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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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