Lighter Chocolate Ganache

Elegant and indulgently delicious, chocolate ganache wears many hats this time of year—as a decadent glaze over fluffy cake layers, a silky coating for fresh berries, or chilled and rolled into truffles. It’s a simple combo of chocolate and heavy cream—but hefty, too: 80 calories and 3.8g sat fat per tablespoon. What we’ve recently learned from a few of our […]

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Books for Cooks: Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door

Those who have dined at the San Francisco restaurant of the same name will recognize its energy and brilliance on the pages. Some recipes are more complex than the home cook may want to tackle, yet there are plenty of simpler dishes, such as Phan’s irresistible Stir-Fried Green Beans or wok-seared Ginger Beef Vermicelli. Charles Phan, Ten Speed Press, $40, […]

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Ducks and Buckeyes: The College Football Final

We’re back to talk college football after a holiday respite, dear readers! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and all the bowl game action. I did not, but when life gives you lemons, amiright?! It’s now time for the Big Kahuna, the crème de la crème. Tonight ‘Merica turns her collective eyes towards Jerry World (that’s AT&T Stadium for the layperson) to […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—January 12-16

The second week of the New Year is when we really put our many resolutions to the test, especially now that work and school have begun again and we fall back into familiar routines. Was your resolution to cook more? Eat more vegetables and less meat? Break out of a recipe rut? It’s time to put that plan into action with healthy, […]

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Lighter, Naturally Red Velvet Cake

Just the name “red velvet cake” suggests something elegant and rich—dramatic, supermoist layers of tinted chocolate cake coated in a dense, creamy white frosting. ‘Tis the season for such decadent pleasures, right? Although it may be the time of year to splurge, it’s hard to justify an 880-calorie, 57g-of-fat piece of cake. Ho-ho-holy cow! We had to find a better […]

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Books for Cooks: Jewish Soul Food by Janna Gur

Gur’s beautiful book has the distinct feel of an heirloom, with its carefully curated exploration of roughly 100 traditional recipes representing Jewish communities around the world. Included are tasty recipes for homemade pickled herring and rugelach, as well as less familiar delights like Meatballs with Sour Cherries. Janna Gur, Schocken Books, $35, 240 pages

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Local Finds: Rachel’s Ginger Beer

About a year ago, we featured Rachel’s Ginger Beer in our 2,000 Calories/10,000 Steps in Seattle story. But the majority of us didn’t get the opportunity to even try the ginger beers. So naturally, we’ve been clamoring to get our hands on some for since then. RGB is known for being fresh, not too sweet, and unashamedly zingy. They partner with local Seattle […]

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Kid in the Kitchen: Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps

“Today I made Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps. When I first heard about this dish, I have to admit I was not too sure. Lesson to myself: Don’t underestimate the humble carrot soup. This soup is now at the top of my list. It’s packed with flavor. The white wine vinegar adds a hint of sweet and sour flavor at […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—January 5-9

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 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for. The Plan […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Budget-Friendly Concealers

No matter what you have to hide, these have you covered. 1 FLOWER LIGHTEN UP! BRIGHTENING CONCEALER The four shades of this cover-up are delivered via a soft brush for sheer, blendable coverage. $8, walmart.com 2 SONIA KASHUK ALL COVERED UP CONCEALER Lightweight but long-lasting, with the added benefit of preventing fine lines. Comes in four shades. $10, target.com 3 E.L.F. HD LIFTING […]

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