Flavor Fireworks: A Must-Have Dessert for Your Memorial Day Picnic

We all likely know of maraschino cherries in one context: they are the tasteless, florescent red orbs swimming in sticky syrup, plopped as an afterthought onto a sundae or a dollop of whipped cream, buried in canned fruit cocktail, or swimming in a tikki drink. But these cherries don’t always deserve the treatment they get. In fact, with one remarkable […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—May 23-27

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in about an hour so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for. If you like having a healthy meal […]

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Homemade Strawberry-Banana “Frushi”

Frushi—say what?! Strawberry and banana fruits fill these sushi rolls, with crispy rice treats serving in place of traditional rice. No soy sauce needed—chocolate hazelnut spread is rolled into the “sushi roll” for a tasty dessert totally not found on your traditional Japanese menu. ‘Frushi’ with Strawberries and Bananas Serving: 6 1” pieces. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 ounces marshmallows […]

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6 Surprising Foods You Can—and Should—Pickle

We’re entering burger and picnic season right about now, and it’s time to take another look at a common component of both: the pickle. Pickled vegetables add a delightful tang, saltiness, and–if they’re made correctly–a nice crisp, crunch to sandwiches and snacks. But pickling goes far beyond just your average cucumber. Here are 6 surprising items that make for a perfectly […]

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Family of Five Saving $400 a Month on Groceries with the Cooking Light Diet

You know what’s expensive? Feeding a family of five. You know what saves you money when you’re feeding a family of five? The Cooking Light Diet. At least, that’s what Stephanie Atwell of Apex, North Carolina, tells us. She and her husband Josh joined the Cooking Light Diet in March and have been enjoying the added bonus of reduced shopping bills. […]

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New Labeling Legislation Attempts to Eliminate Confusing Expiration Date Terms

Confusing labels like “best before” and “enjoy by” may be encountering their own expiration dates soon. New legislation introduced Wednesday by Democrats in the House and Senate is aiming to end the confusion of food labels and set an industry-wide standard. The Food Labeling Act, proposed by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, would take the huge collection of varying food labels […]

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Nutritional Label Overhaul Will Include Added Sugar Counts, Against Industry Complaints

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 required that all food manufacturers use a standard nutritional facts label. The law went into effect in 1994, and since then, those labels have stayed pretty much the same. The only significant change came in 2006, when trans fat was added under saturated fat. Today, Michelle Obama will announce an overhaul of that familiar […]

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2 Delicious Ways to Upgrade Your Summer S’mores

Fill in the blank for the following question: “What’s more American than ___________?” You’d be right if you answered apple pie, barbecue, or beer and barbecue, but what about s’mores? This campfire classic is a summer staple with a combo so perfect few have yet to mess with it. Well, we did. Your backyard Memorial Day barbecue calls for a frozen […]

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Plan a Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaway

We’re gleefully facing down a long weekend coming up, and many of us have travel plans already in place. But for those of us who are more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants mindset, the travel jones could take us almost anywhere. Need inspiration? Check out some of our guides to cities like San Diego, D.C., or Asheville, NC–all in 2,000 calories and […]

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America Has Too Much Cheese

There is such a thing as too much cheese—like a 1.19 billion pound stockpile. America has a cheese surplus: stacks of cheddar and muenster waiting for buyers. So much, in fact, that every single American would have to buy and eat an additional three pounds to get rid of it. How did this happen? Several years ago, export markets were […]

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