Can Shredded Butter Make Better Cookies?

A Cooking Light reader recently shared an interesting baking tip with us that you may have spotted on Pinterest: shredding butter straight from the freezer instead of waiting for it soften at room temperature can save you some serious time in the kitchen. So, we asked the question: Can shredded butter make better cookies? To find out, we tested a full-fat cookie recipe (Ultimate Chocolate Chip […]

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Snack Attack: Homemade Cheese Crackers

I’ll admit it—I like frozen veggie burgers. I eat pre-packaged oatmeal and pop my popcorn in the microwave. My pasta sauce occasionally comes from a jar. But when it comes to baking from scratch, I’m your girl. To me, there’s nothing better than rolling out pizza dough or brewing fresh coffee for a rich chocolate cake batter. Homemade English muffins excite me. Scones […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus–October 20-24

Our November double issue is chock-full of delicious and easy dinner options. This week, we’re highlighting a few of these recipes along with some of our older dinner favorites. Be sure to pick up the November issue to find even more. It’s available for download on tablets and on newsstands now. Monday: Creamy Mascarpone and Spinach Linguine and Green Beans with […]

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Cookbook Corner: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

Together, organic produce and the love of whole ingredients create the foundation for Chef Amy Chaplin’s recipes in her vegetarian cookbook. Highlighting fresh flavors and vivid colors in every dish, her book offers simplistic eating in an innovative way. In part one, Chef Amy teaches the basics of stocking a pantry with essential ingredients for daily nourishment and sets up […]

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How to Make Mulled Wine

If you’re feeling the holiday spirit or just deep into a Game of Thrones binge, you may get the hankering for a citrusy, spiced cup of warm Mulled Wine. Mulled Wine is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for centuries and there are many different ways to make it. Some people add brandy, some people add apple cider. […]

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Instagram Contest: Show Us How You Splurge

In honor of our License to Splurge story in our November 2014 issue, we want to see your best photos of your splurges—think chocolate, fancy dinners, spa treatments, your favorite cocktails, or anything you treat yourself to. From October 17 though November 16, snap a photo of your splurge, upload it to your Instagram account, and tag it with the […]

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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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