Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

6 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy While Cooking for One

  Living alone isn’t always what it’s chalked up to be. Sure, you can sit around pantsless all weekend and binge-watch cop dramas without judgement from roommates or a significant other (100% not talking from personal experience), but it does have a few downsides. You have to pay for everything yourself, you have no one to clutch onto/scream with when […]

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Cakes to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

Baking a cake is one of the sweetest ways to show Mom just how special she is. It’s a meaningful gesture because you’ve spent time creating something with care and love from your own hands. Whether you are a seasoned baker or a novice, there’s a cake you can make that will leave Mom impressed, proud, and touched with your thoughtfulness. […]

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The Best Make-Ahead Mother’s Day Breakfast Idea

Q: How can Mother’s Day breakfast be special and fuss-free? A: The trick: Prep ahead, and keep it in one container. I’m in full support of spouses and children scoring extra points on Mother’s Day by delivering hot breakfast in bed. But to pull this off as a treat, that breakfast needs to fulfill three requirements: It has to be […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Ghee

Ghee, or toasted clarified butter, has gotten a lot of attention lately as a healthy fat—followers of the paleo diet swear by it and some people who have trouble digesting dairy find that ghee is easier on their stomachs than butter. Though the health claims are dubious, ghee is definitely delicious and can be part of a wholesome lifestyle when […]

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The Trick to Making a Killer Pan Sauce Every Time

Q: What’s the trick to making a killer pan sauce? A: The secret is in the stock. See, store-bought stock might have good flavor, but it has almost no gelatin—a protein derived from the slow cooking of connective tissues in animal carcasses. Restaurant stock is full of it. As stock reduces in a skillet, the gelatin concentrates, thickening the sauce […]

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One Green Thing Series: Reduce Food Waste and Save Money With This Meal Plan

Cooking Light editors are counting down to Earth Day with simple and effective ways they’ve eliminated waste and cut back on resource usage. In this series, each editor will talk about One Green Thing they’ve done in their own home, office, or general life to hopefully make our planet just a little bit healthier. Food waste is an increasingly complicated problem […]

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How to Achieve the Ultimate Grilled Cheese

The humble, yet revered, grilled cheese lands among the most universally loved foods out there. I mean really, the soul-warming and gooey appeal of a grilled cheese transcends age, race, and gender… it’s like the Harry Potter of sandwiches. So simple and satisfying, a grilled cheese is often one of the first things we learn how to cook. And often, […]

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7 Calorie-Free Ways to Upgrade Chocolate Chip Cookies

While always a classic, the chocolate chip cookie can occasionally need an update. These swaps aim to enhance the flavor of your cookies without adding any more calories to the recipe you’re already using. Experiment and get new depths of flavor with our tricks and tips to change things around without packing in extra calories. Sea Salt A sprinkle of […]

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4 Must-Have Cheeses for Your Spring Cheese Boards

A gathering without cheese is a gathering I’d rather not be at. That said, selecting the right dairy delights can be daunting to say the least—especially if you want to branch out and try something new. Worry not, we understand. For spring entertaining, think about the foods your craving and serving this time of year, and carry that mindset through […]

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The Delicious Glory of High-Heat Cast-Iron Roasted Chicken

It’s not a new trick. It’s been making the rounds for a few years, but if you haven’t learned it yet, it’ll change your chicken roasting game forever. Roasting a whole, partly spatchcocked chicken in a 500°F oven yields succulent, juicy meat, golden crisp skin, and lightly smoked flavor reminiscent of grilled poultry. What’s more, it finishes up in 35-45 […]

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