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Fresh Right Now: Avocado

California avocado farmers owe their livelihoods to one thing: America’s love of guacamole. But there’s a lot beyond dip-making to do with this fruit, which is chock-full of healthy fats. Peruvian chef Martin Morales blends it into a luscious chicken sauce, and avocado smoothies are a popular sweet treat in many countries. Eaten alone, a sprinkle of salt and lime—or […]

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5 on Friday: 5 Yummy Ideas for Beets

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. Beets don’t always get the respect they deserve. They’re brown and sorta odd looking on the outside, but beneath that thin skin lies a gorgeous, earthy, even meaty gem that is […]

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Fresh Right Now: Morel Mushrooms

Morel madness sets in with seasonal-food fiends this time of year. If you haven’t had a fresh morel, the $30-a-pound price might seem insane. But you don’t need many to get that morel essence, and they’re not heavy. What you get is this: a delightfully chewy texture and woodsy, almost smoky flavor in a mushroom that has a pleasing honeycomb […]

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5 on Friday: 5 Tasty Ideas for Asparagus

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. I’ve only recently developed a love for asparagus. My first introductions to the stalky green vegetable were of the canned variety—slimy, pale, and salty. Asparagus casseroles haunted my visions any time someone […]

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5 on Friday: Fab Florals

Get fresh with flowers that brighten a room, lift your mood, and tempt your taste buds. | by April Hardwick Bold Blossom Villeroy & Boch’s bread-and-butter plate is a guaranteed sensation on your spring tablescape. $13, villeroy-boch.com Edible Arrangement Handcrafted chocolate wildflowers filled with rose tea ganache or boozy rum-pecan caramel. $29/box of 9, johnandkiras.com Cheery Containers Stackable bowls that nest when not in use. […]

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Fresh Right Now: Mango

Ripe, vibrant mango is one of the brightest, sunniest flavors you can find this time of year. We feel it plays best with ingredients that balance its floral sweetness: hot chiles, puckery lime, and rich Mexican crema. Grilling the fruit—even indoors on a grill pan—lends a subtle touch of char and smoke to the mix. Mango fans should try the […]

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How to Make Grilled Asparagus

When looking for a quick side for any meal, look no further than a a bunch of asparagus. Typically always sold in 1-pound bundles and ranging in size from skinnier than a pencil to as fat as your thumb, it is a great side you can savor any time of the year. As the year begins to spring into spring […]

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Meyer Lemon Madness

Right now is prime time for Meyer lemons—one of the loveliest fruits around. If you aren’t familiar with them, I strongly encourage you to try them. And do so soon, because their season ends around April or early May. Unlike some fruits, where different varieties only look different but taste pretty much the same, the Meyer lemon truly stands apart […]

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Fresh Right Now: Delicata Squash

If you love winter squash but find yourself in a butternut rut, branch out and try delicata. It’s less assertively sweet than butternut, which makes it more versatile. And while butternut isn’t the easiest veg to prep—peeling and chopping the bigger ones require heavy-duty blades and Popeye’s forearm—delicata skin is so thin and tender you can leave it on and […]

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5 on Friday: Delightful Grapefruit

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. Grapefruit has quickly become one my favorite fruits over the past year. Not only are the nutritional benefits sky-high, the sweet-tart zest gives me a refreshing boost to get up and get […]

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