Cooking Light

I can’t remember when my Mom first subscribed to Cooking Light, but her pile of ripped out recipe pages has been a fixture in our home for as long as I can remember.  When I received the news that the magazine was folding, my mind flashed back on so many small moments.  My mom sorting through her pile for dinner inspiration, me snapping a picture as I pulled the newest addition from the mailbox outside Joey and I’s first solo apartment, suggesting a subscription to my mother-in-law, many holiday meals based on recipes from the CL archive and far too many weeknight dinners that kept us fed both literally and creatively.  Would I be who I am without this magazine?

I’m not sure I can express how much this magazine has given me, from techniques, to tips, to recipes that I know I’ll cook for the rest of my life.  It has, of course, given me many flops.  Dinners that felt very cooking light and left me wanting twice as much sauce or seasoning as listed, but it has given me far more successes that kept me passionate about cooking and a believer in food that is both delicious and good for you.  As I flipped open the final issue, I felt a sadness so deep.  When I posted a picture of it on Instagram, I got responses from friends and family, whom I didn’t even know were subscribers, that let me know they were sad too.  This is a heartbreaking goodbye to a magazine that meant a lot to a lot of people.

I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes here, as a tribute and I hope, if you’re a Cooking Light enthusiast as well, you’ll share yours.  If we all keep cooking these recipes, Cooking Light won’t ever really be gone.

Simple Flaky Crab Cakes


Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese and Walnut Cavatappi


Beet Wellingtons


Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings


Butter-Roasted Carrots


Fettuccine with Tomato-Cream Sauce


Cranberry-Almond Broccoli Salad


Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing


Grainy Mustard Brussels Sprouts


Orecchiette with Peas, Shrimp & Buttermilk-Herb Dressing


Winter Salad with Roasted Beets & Citrus Reduction Dressing


Salted Caramel Brownies


Hasselback Apples


Weekend Things

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.


Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!


Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!



We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥


We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!


I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.


When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!