Quick and Easy

Ginger Tea Coolers = Easiest Mocktail Ever

It’s time to put a little kick in your mocktail! Here’s a delightfully light and refreshing drink with a hint of peppery ginger. And there’s no need to get all complicated, either. As quickly as you can steep a cup of tea, you can make the pungent syrup that sweetens and flavors the drink using ginger tea bags. The syrup will […]

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Superfast Flavor Bombs: Quick Sugar-Salt Pickles

Around these parts, we’re always looking to brighten things up on the plate and palate with an emphasis on quickness, freshness, and—above all—flavor. With pickling being all the rage these days, one implement that I’ve added to my culinary toolbox of late is the quick sugar-salt pickle. It’s a great way to transform fresh veggies to punchy accompaniments that can really add some visual […]

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Warmer Weather Treats: Frozen Yogurt Dots

When warmer weather starts peeking out, it’s all I can do to resist the temptation of diving into a big bowl of creamy chocolate chip ice cream.  When an ice cream craving hits, there’s really nothing quite as satisfying as a spoonful of your favorite flavor. Over the past couple of months, however, I’ve seen frozen yogurt dots pop up […]

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Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Breakfast Jars

We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If you take part in an intense cross-training or a sprint-interval workout in the early morning, breakfast becomes a vital part of your day. That’s because eating breakfast after a workout helps replenish and restore the energy you used during your training. For me, the trick to keeping me full after […]

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Make Your Sweetheart Swoon: Our Best Valentine’s Day Desserts

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter what you’re doing tonight—staying at home with the kids, planning a romantic dinner for a special someone, celebrating with friends—we’ve got a delicious dessert for the occasion. Short on time? Try our Limoncello Freeze. Ready in 10 minutes, this citrusy, icy dessert is both quick and impressive. Creamy and fruity, this tasty dessert makes the perfect […]

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Soupalooza 2013

What started four years ago as an anti-Valentine’s gathering is now one of my favorite parties of the year. My pals Audrey and Steve invite people to bring over their favorite soup, and we all taste and vote on our favorites. It’s a fun time, and everyone looks forward to it. People are remembered years later for their wins (spicy […]

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Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Sometimes you just really, really need some chocolate. I was having one of those days recently when I came across the perfect recipe for my dilemma: Chocolate Cupcakes for Two from Faith Gorsky’s blog An Edible Mosaic—a Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection member. This recipe was incredibly easy, it used ingredients I already had on hand, and—best of all—it resulted in a […]

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Salad Saturday: Beets, please!

A salad, these days, is a wonderful thing,Whole grains, beans, and fresh farm picked greens.Summer produce, crumbly cheeseA splish and splash of vinegar please!Seeds and sprouts and nuts for crunchTossed and dressed and perfect for lunch.Mangoes or citrus or fat juicy berriesFeta with olives or goat cheese and cherries.Chicken or tuna, shrimp or flank steakThe choices are endless, such decisions […]

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Say Cheese!

A grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food: Creamy, melty goodness on warm, buttery bread. Test Kitchen intern Rachael Daylong shares her tips for transforming the everyday sandwich into a healthier meal suited for a special occasion–or well, even just a night in. Although I never require a reason to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich, having an […]

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Weeknight Revelation

I made baby back ribs the other day, and to my surprise and great delight, the recipe took exactly 55 minutes from start to finish: 15 minutes prep and 40 minutes of hands-off cooking.  That's right, 40 minutes.  And they were good!   Here's what the looked like: Yum, right? I think it's key to say that I started with great heritage […]

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