Most Wanted

The Alpha Toaster: Wolf Gourmet’s Toaster Can Do It All

Toast is having a moment. From smashed avocados to delicately shaved lox with cream cheese, folks are finding so many creative ways to expand toast beyond butter and jam. No wonder the toaster industry has truly blossomed. From inexpensive (but adorable) options to top-of-the-line behemoths, you can find a toaster for just about every taste. So if you are a fan […]

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5 More Great American Companies to Celebrate This Fourth

As I was compiling our list of products for the July issue’s Made in the USA Most Wanted column (I’m Cooking Light‘s market editor), I marveled at the number of my favorite brands that also happened to be great American companies. That’s right, these iconic brands make their products here in the land of the Stars and Stripes. Now that’s something […]

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Pack a Picnic Basket So You’re Always Ready to Dine Al Fresco

With summer in full swing I can’t be outside enough, soaking up the sun and warmth. But, with long weeks and busy weekends, it can be quite hard to find the time to plan outdoor adventures. One of my favorite tricks for fitting in the time for fresh air is to always have a ready-to-go picnic basket. Weather you have a free day or […]

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5 American-Made Finds for the 4th

Many of the most adorable and practical kitchen goods are made right here in the USA. Here are five of my favorites just in time for a fun and festive 4th of July.

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You Can Make It: Fourth of July Dip Dye Linens

Looking for something fun and easy to do for your 4th of July decorations this year? Try making these awesome 4th of July dip dyed linens and flags.  I love this project because you truly can’t mess it up. Each linen has its own look, so you don’t have to worry about perfection. Just let loose and let the dye […]

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Must-Have Gear for the Perfect Summer Picnic

If you’re headed outdoors to soak in the summer sun with your significant other, bestie, or family, gear up with these must-have items for the perfect picnic. Just remember to keep hydrated, protect your skin from the sun’s rays, and stay cool. Find the Perfect Picnic Food: Top-Rated Picnic Recipes Picnics for Pairs From Health.com: 8 Perfect Picnic Recipes

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Great Books for Dads Who Love to Cook

If Dad loves to spend time in the kitchen, complete his Father’s Day with a new cookbook for his collection. It is a gift that the whole family can enjoy. 1. Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing; $27, amazon.com 2. Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven; $12, barnesandnoble.com 3. […]

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5 on Friday: Great Wedding Registry Items for Soon-to-Be-Married Couples

Each year, as my calendar nears May, June, and July, my mailbox fills up with beautiful wedding invitations—and with them, the need to buy great gifts to help the new couples start their first homes together. Because of my job as market editor for this magazine, I’m often asked what couples should include on their registry. I also have the habit (good or bad, you decide) of […]

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Gifts Mom Will Love This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. These gifts are perfect for moms who strive to live an active and healthy lifestyle. 1. Sodastream: Make drinking water more exciting! With many different flavor options, Sodastream can help consumers drink more water, which is a major part of a healthier lifestyle. $90, target.com 2. Spafinder Gift Card: This card doesn’t expire and can be used at 22,000 […]

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5 Finds for a Fabulous Easter Table

Now that the mercury is rising, bees are buzzing, and flowers are blooming, it can mean only one thing: Peter Cottontail will soon be hoppin’ down the bunny trail. Indeed, Easter is only a few short days away, which means it’s time to plan your Easter menu, dye eggs naturally, and, of course, prepare your house for a fabulous Easter meal. Here, […]

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