Wow! You've Got to Try This

Wow! You’ve Got to Try Butternut Queso Fundido

For your next tailgate or Super Bowl Party, put out a bowl of our Butternut Squash Queso Fundido. This cheesy snack sports two-thirds less fat than the classic dish and gets extra richness from butternut squash. Grab a chip and get dipping!   Butternut Queso Fundido If you prefer, you can roast a halved, seeded butternut squash at 350° for […]

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Wow! Chocolate Bark with Caramelized Quinoa

The first ingredient in this dark chocolate bark (psst, it’s quinoa) gives this treat loads of crunch. Plus, it’s a whole grain, which definitely makes this sweet even sweeter. Once cooled, break up some of the bark and serve it over frozen yogurt or in muesli, or enjoy it straight from the pan. Bonus! This crunchy, chocolatey treat makes a […]

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Wow! Send a Message-in-a-Pie

What’s better than a delicious homemade pumpkin pie? One that gives a personal touch with a fun, caring message! Share this Message in a Pie with your friends, family, or anyone you want, then share it on Instagram by tagging @cookinglight and adding #ShareTheLove and #CookCL. Maple Pumpkin Pie With a Message Our simple technique is foolproof: Just shape letter, bake separately, and arrange […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Anyone who grew up making popcorn balls will remember fondly the quick, hot work of shaping the sticky mixture into balls that would quickly set up. It’s an old-fashioned treat that we’re bringing back because they’re a 100% whole-grain dessert. That’s right—popcorn is a whole grain, and popcorn balls are an easy way to turn those grains into a sweet, […]

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Wow! Hasselback Apples

We’re big, big fans of the hasselback technique. We’ve had smashing success with both baking potatoes and sweet potatoes—the thin, partial slices on top get delightfully crisp while the base remains tender, an infused oil or chipotle cream painted in between the slices. Hasselbacked apples (happlebacks!) were the logical next step—cinnamon-sugar butter between the layers, a crispy streusel sprinkle, and […]

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Wow! Grilled Watermelon Pizza

Kick off your next cookout with this handheld take on watermelon salad. Grilled Watermelon Pizza Ingredients: 1 cup sliced red onion 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 (3/4-inch-thick) slice seedless watermelon (from a 9-inch-diameter watermelon) 1 ounce creamy blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup) 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped […]

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Wow! One-Ingredient Honey Taffy

Some of the best ideas are born from mistakes. That’s what happened when I (a recipe developer and tester here at Cooking Light by day and beekeeper in my off time) tried to make a honey version of a maple sugar product I saw online. I figured honey and maple syrup have similar qualities, so I thought I might be able to turn honey […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try These Decorative Ice Cubes

Looking for a pretty cool way to dress up summertime drinks? Try our technique for taking plain ice cubes from everyday to extraordinary simply by studding them with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. These striking blocks bring a pop of color and a hint of flavor to cocktails, punch, lemonade, or even plain water. It’s a simple make-ahead process; using […]

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Wow! How to Make Crunchy, Creamy Avocado Fries

We thought we had explored every way to enjoy the buttery-rich yumminess of avocados. But then we swooned over a photo of the breaded avocado fries in chef Hans Röckenwagner‘s latest cookbook, Das Cookbook. Röckenwagner, known for applying German cooking techniques to Californian cuisine, features these delightful snacks on the menus at two of his Los Angeles–based cafés. Inspired by […]

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Wow! How to Make Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

The custom of dyeing eggs goes back to ancient times and cuts across many cultures as a symbol of Earth’s renewal after winter. Back then, onion skins, red cabbage, beets, seeds, flowers, herbs, and spices were used to tint and imprint designs on eggshells. Those simple, natural materials continue to be one of the most beautiful ways to decorate spring’s […]

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