Cooking Light Magazine -- November 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hey guys! I sure have missed y'all! I've had lots of things going on and couldn't be here. I'm happy to be back in time to tell you all about the November issue of Cooking Light magazine though!!

It's a really good one! If you are doing any of the holiday cooking or even taking home leftovers, you definitely need to pick up a copy of this months magazine! Here are some of the highlights:

10 Tips for Your Easiest Thanksgiving Dinner Ever (p. 66) – The perfect holiday meal takes a lot of preparation and hard work. Cooking Light offers tips to make the day easier and the food delicious. Tips include:

· Make sides on the stovetop to save time and oven space.

· Cook the stuffing separate from the turkey. Baking it inside often causes the turkey to overcook.

· If you can, splurge on a fresh turkey instead of frozen. They are juicer and have better texture.

New Uses For Thanksgiving Leftovers (p. 74) – If you find yourself with too many Thanksgiving leftovers, try these fun and unique uses for traditional ingredients: Cranberry Sauce and Jalapeno Corn Muffins, Potato Pancakes with Green Onion and Swiss, and Turkey Wontons.

The Holiday Cookbook (p. 119) – Cooking Light offers recipes for every type of holiday gathering: Starters, drinks, main courses, sides, extras and desserts.

Feed 4 for Under $10 (p. 203) – It is possible to feed your family healthy and inexpensive meals that they’ll love to eat. In this regular column, Cooking Light offers four meal options that will feed four people for just under $10 total. Recipes include: Bistro Chicken ($8.40), Dan Dan Noodles ($9.26), Stewed Pork ($8.47) and Beef-Barley Soup ($9.65).

Fresh vs. Frozen (p.60) – The choice between fresh and frozen products can be confusing. The editors offer their tips on when to use fresh fruits and vegetables and when to opt for frozen.

Feed a Crowd, Save a Bundle (p. 64) – Cooking Light readers offer tips on how to save when feeding a crowd. Tips include:

· Use a slow-cooker recipe to tenderize a less expensive piece of meat.

· Make it a potluck so everyone brings a little something to help with the preparation and the cost.

· Serve pasta as the main course. It’s filling and the noodles themselves are inexpensive. Load it with veggies to make it even more nutritious.

Healthiest Choices at Chinese Restaurants (p. 72) – Chinese restaurants in America offer tasty food, but many menu options are loaded with fat and calories. Cooking Light offers their picks for the healthiest options when dining out.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Los Angeles (p. 48) – Recreate some LA-inspired meals with fresh ingredients and international flavors. Recipes include: Banana-Agave Smoothie, Carne Asada Taco with Avocado Pico de Gallo, and Spaghetti with Caramelized Onion and Radicchio.

The Best Thanksgiving Wines (p.54) – Confused over which wines you should serve with your Thanksgiving feast? Cooking Light offers four great options: Beaujolais, Riesling, Chianti and Shiraz .

As usual the pictures are breathtaking and the recipes are easy to follow and execute. Be sure to get your copy today and happy holiday cooking!!

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