Edible Flowers: Marigolds

Last week I tackled Gardenias. This week, I took a look at marigolds. The Ancient Welsh used to believe that marigolds had the ability to predict the weather. If the flower blossoms were closed, a storm was said to be approaching; however, if the blossoms were blooming, they celebrated the outlook of better weather and overall happiness. No wonder the blooms are […]

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Halfway Home: College Football and Pacific Northwest Burgers

We’re at the 2014 season’s halfway point, folks, and what a journey it’s been. If you had told me back in July that by week 8 my home state would be perched atop the polls with a clear view of the college football playoffs on the horizon, I would’ve scheduled you an MRI (being the concerned friend I am). But […]

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My Boys: What Happens When a Mother Who Has Made Food the Center of Her Life Can’t Nourish Her Own Children?

  On a sticky May evening in Alabama, my family of four sits crowded on a giant pillow in the back of our pickup truck at the drive-in theater in Harpersville, a short ways outside Birmingham. As the previews drone into a sinking sun and the mosquitoes commence their whiny score, I unpack the sushi I made earlier with my […]

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Most Wanted: Spooky Gear for Scary Nights

by April Hardwick; photographs by Randy Mayor

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a great way to rev-up your typical baked sweet potato: Turn it into a gorgeous hasselback sweet potato, and drizzle it with smoky chipotle cream. The accordion-like cuts give the potato some crispy outer edges, keeping the insides moist and soft. They also turn it into a pull-apart dish that’s super fun to eat. You can bake just one […]

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Ginger–Juice It!

Ginger… everyone’s favorite underground rhizome. It’s chock full of vitamins/nutritive benefits and has this lovely tendency to make things (sweet dishes, savory dishes, boozy beverages, not-so-boozy beverages, scented candles—you name it) more deliciously robust, fragrant, spicy, and all-around awesome. Even as a perennial ginger junkie, I especially love the root’s warming qualities as we ease into cooler weather. One of my […]

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Eat fish with your kids, and they’ll eat fish.

Picky eaters have always been a pet peeve of mine. When I had children, I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure that they were not picky eaters. As soon as they started eating solid food, I was determined to expose them to a wide variety of options. Fish, being brain food and all, was high up on my […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus–October 13-17

As we move further into October, most of the ingredients making their way into my kitchen come with a mission of  creating robust and warming flavors. This week’s menu makes use of some of my favorites—think toasty nuts, crisp apples, deep rich browned butter, etc.—and relies largely on pantry staples you may already have on hand. Get the plan below, […]

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Here’s the problem that haunts the food movement, and why you should care

One slogan rolled out last week by the national organization called Chefs Collaborative was “change menus, change lives,” signaling the high missionary purpose of this group of chefs, food growers, food makers and activists. Several hundred members met in Boulder, Colorado last week, yakking about the future of food in America. (They also ate grass-fed bison marrow and trash fish, drank apple-flavored […]

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Five on Friday: Free Health & Wellness Apps to Download Right Now

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.

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