Cooking Light - December 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hey guys! It's time again for my Cooking Light magazine review. December's issue is packed full of great holiday tips and ideas. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

Here are the highlights:

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday (p. 72) – Cooking Light shares a few ideas to help super-hostesses do less, enjoy more and keep the eye on the holiday prize: the pleasure and company of friends and family.

Tips include:

· Heed the Ghost of Holidays Past: Review the most stressful details from last year and plan ahead to avoid a repeat.

· Streamline Your Supper: Notify guests ahead of time with as much information as possible about the menu, attire and their contributions to the meal.

· Don’t Forget the Downtime: A little quiet time can give the whole family (and yourself) a breather from the social intensity of lengthy gatherings.

The Positive Power of Drinking (p. 104) – Cooking Light uncovers the benefits of alcohol including the ability to lower blood pressure levels and build healthier bones. Plus, the editors offer four tasty holiday cocktail recipes that are good for your heart.

Old-Fashioned – This Cooking Light version shaves off 30 calories per drink.
Rosemary Lemon Drop – One serving provides 20% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Hot Buttered Vanilla Rum – This yummy holiday drink is low in saturated fat.
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail – This drink’s antioxidants will help your heart and provide vibrant flavor to the drink.

Easy, Elegant Holiday Desserts (p. 208) – A dazzling dessert doesn’t have to start from scratch. Cooking Light shares how to spend less time in the kitchen and more time relishing the praise. With a few store-bought ingredients, quickly pull together Lemon-Almond Tarts, Pear-Crisp Amaretti Topping, Cherry Tortoni and more.

Wine-Giver’s Matchmaking Guide (p. 35) – Cooking Light matches various wines to particular personalities and elevates the bottle from a nice gesture to a very thoughtful gift. Find the best wines for your boss, a foodie, a wine novice, a wine connoisseur, a host or hostess and more.

Our Favorite Kitchen Things (p. 158) – Whether it’s an inexpensive, truly handy kitchen gadget or a gorgeous heirloom-sturdy Dutch oven, the cook’s tool is a delicious thing. The Cooking Light editors pick a few of their favorite holiday gifts to give and receive.

Piecrust Basics (p. 92) – After years of tinkering to perfect the flavor and texture, Cooking Light presents the best pie pastry ever. Make this light, all-purpose pie crust in just four simple steps and follow one of the featured recipes for a delicious treat (or meal): Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Caramelized Onion and Canadian Bacon Tart, Mushroom and Roasted Pepper Tarts and Gingery Cranberry-Pear Pie with Oatmeal Streusel.

Low-Temperature Roasting (p. 186) – Slow roasting completely transforms food and yields tender, intensely flavored, evenly cooked meats, fish and produce. A secret weapon for many experienced chefs, this technique is simple enough for novices. Follow Cooking Light’s slow-roast menu and tips for flavorful plates guaranteed to wow your taste buds.

New Uses for Cream Cheese (p. 71) – The texture and mildly tangy flavor of lower-fat cream cheese add depth and richness to dishes both sweet and savory. Cooking Light recommends enriching baked pasta, perking up potatoes or enlivening a smoothie.

Plus this month there is an Online Exclusive!

Food Court Survival Guide – Now that the holiday shopping season has kicked off, hungry shoppers are forced to fuel up at food courts across the country, where unwanted extra calories are easily – and often blindly – consumed. Cooking Light offers the smartest food court choices that won’t ruin your healthy-eating plan. Our feature includes the best picks by cuisine, the healthiest items at popular food court chains and tips for smart eating during crazed shopping excursions.

Click here to go to Cooking Light's website. Happy cooking y'all!

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