Meet our Superfast Fan of the Month winners and take the challenge: Prepare any Superfast dish and share how your family liked it, what tweaks you made, your quick tips, and pictures of the finished dish.
Are you the next Superfast star?
Prepare any Superfast dish, share your pictures and how you and your family liked it, and you could be featured as our Superfast star! Join the conversation on Facebook.com/CookingLight and Twitter.com/Cooking_Light using the hashtag #superfast, or e-mail the photos or a link to your blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flip through the following slides to see our current and past Superfast winners.
Learn how our May fan of the month, Elizabeth Cowie, made Superfast Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice with all local and organic ingredients in her blog, Eating Local in the Lou.
See Elizabeth's post on making this Superfast recipe.
Meet Allison Strauss, our list-loving Superfast Fan for April. Blogging at Type A Kitchen, Allison tells us: "My blog is an outlet for my neurotic ramblings as a self-described Type A personality, a newly-wed, and
newly-turned 30 year old, and I'm having a lot of fun with it! Since my theme is easy weeknight dinners on the table in a
flash, especially when lists and chores abound, I feature Cooking Light recipes quite often."
Recently, Allison reviewed Superfast Spicy Orange Beef and named it "the perfect weeknight meal". "The best part?" she raves. "Versatility! Serve it over rice or chinese noodles, and bulk it up with as many veggies as your family can handle."
See Allison's post on making this Superfast recipe.
Allison's verdict: "Tonight's dinner is brought to you with a few thank yous. Thank you November Cooking Light Magazine. You continue to make my life easier. Thank you healthy fish on sale at Trader Joe's (and to the cinnamon-sprinkled
provolone cheese sample that is still blowing my mind). Thank you husband who eats everything I make, and lets me know how
much he appreciates it."
View Recipe: Spanish-Style Cod in Tomato Broth
Faith Gorsky of West Seneca, New York, crafts an inspiring blog, An Edible Mosaic, where she treats "everyday fare with extraordinary flair." Her blog is "a true celebration of food," and in that spirit
she prepared Sloppy Joe Sliders from the November 2011 issue and fell in love all over again with a favorite dish from her childhood. She was delighted that
our version "had more veggies than most recipes (carrot!)," and as sliders, she gave them "bonus points for being supercute."
She smartly served them with hot sauce on the side for those who wanted a "little flavor kick." Get a kick out of Faith's
blog @ anediblemosaic.com, where you will find inviting photography, frequent posts on seasonal topics, and a whole lot of love of food on display.
See Faith's post on making this Superfast recipe.
Congrats to Stephanie Null of Boulder, CO, who says “Cooking Light magazine and website became her best friend” after taking a pledge to eat healthier 5 years ago. The feeling is mutual. Her
blog, Sweet But Salty, is a pleasure to visit as she chronicles her “musings of a food lover.” In a recent post she took on Superfast Thai Chicken Sauté and reported: “It was extremely easy, and after having traveled through Thailand, this dish brought me right back to the
streets of Bangkok, where you can pay $2 for the tastiest dish you’ve ever had.”
See Stephanie's post on making this Superfast recipe.
Congrats to Shannon Watson, of Voorhees, N.J., whose blog, A Fork In Each Hand, chronicles tasty recipes. She gave our Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine (Dec. 2010) her highest "Love-it" rating. She also tried something new: "The peppery flavor of arugula is usually a bit much
for me, but here it's wilted, so the flavor is more subtle and blends well with the sausage."
See her post on making this Superfast recipe.
Shannon's verdict: "Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes and Toasted Garlic is a tasty, delicious way to wake up tired broccoli. And it can’t be
easier. Fresh broccoli is sauteed with sliced garlic and a tiny bit of red pepper flake, throw in a little water and cover
until bright green. Within minutes you’ll have a tasty side dish to any meat, rice or pasta. Overall Rating: Love it."
View Recipe: Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes and Toasted Garlic
Shannon's verdict: "The recipe actually calls for escarole but my grocery store didn’t have any so I used kale instead. Normally, the old me
wouldn’t have even looked for escarole and would have automatically reached for spinach instead. But part of the point of
this blog is to try new things and expand my palette so instead of taking the easy way out with spinach, I turned to kale,
which I don’t think I’ve ever eaten before. A nutritious leafy green, kale wilts easily like spinach so it works well in soup
like this. Mixed with sweet turkey sausage, fennel, and cannellini beans, this soup is satisfying and exactly what I want
on a chilly evening. Overall Rating: Love it."
View Recipe: Escarole, Bean, and Sausage Soup with Parmesan Cheese
Congrats to this month’s fan of the month: Marsha Moore of RedHotCookinMama blog. In this “diary of a busy working mom,” she puts her love affair with pork to the test with our Pork Tenderloin with Red and Yellow Peppers. The result: cheers from her family and a surprising turn of opinion about anchovies (they really do melt into the sauce).
Her daughter was part of meal prep: “She loves to help wash the veggies! She washed the peppers and sometimes she even cuts
them with a butter knife!” Thanks, Marsha, for making healthy meals a whole lot of fun.
See her post on making this Superfast recipe.
One of our Superfast recipes was put to the test in Christiane Potts’s compelling blog, Taking On Magazines…One Recipe At a Time. Christiane cooks and chronicles recipes from various food magazines and does what no test kitchen can do: Prepare them at home for a hungry family. She had this to say about our Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca from the January/February issue earlier this year: “This meal is an absolute winner. The presentation is gorgeous, the flavor is wonderful, and the time for prep perfect. I can't wait to have company over so I can serve it to them. I just won't let on how easy it was to make.”
Christiane's verdict: "Say, "Wow, that looks fantastic." No, say it faster. That's how long it took this plate of peaches to disappear once the
three of us tried it. It's peach love, with a dash of vanilla yogurt obsession thrown in for good measure. I'm amazed at how
so little goes so far. Three tablespoons of bourbon just didn't seem like a lot, but it was perfect for giving richness to
the peaches without overwhelming their delicate flavor."
View Recipe: Bourbon-Glazed Peaches With Yogurt
Christiane's verdict: "This was well and truly a fantastic chowder. The corn was what I had put away myself earlier this summer, so its freshness
may have influenced the dish somewhat, but it's a truly great recipe and one that we'll use often this winter. I don't think
I'd want to add anything. Cooking Light does an excellent job of balancing the sweetness of the corn with the saltiness of bacon. The lightness of the thyme is a
perfect complement to the shrimp. The dish works well."
View Recipe: Bacon Corn Chowder with Shrimp
Congrats to Tracey Wilhelmsen who featured July’s Linguine with Two-Cheese Sauce in her blog, Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, with a recipe review and this stunning original photograph. She said, “As promised, it came together quickly...It was rich and creamy, and really flavorful. I could see pairing it with a salad to make a complete meal, or even throwing in some chicken.” Find Tracey’s blog post @traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com.
Meet Kat Lynch, our first ever Superfast Fan of the Month! She won the honors by putting our Superfast recipes to the test—two week’s worth (that’s 14 total!) and documented it in her food blog, Eating the Week. Click through the next four slides to see Kat's beautiful recipe photos and read her tips, tricks, and recipe reviews.
Kat's favorite dish was Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from our December 2010 issue. She substituted
shells for the orecchiette and gave the dish a “Tastiness score” of 10/10 and said “INJECT THIS DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS.”
View Recipe: Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
For this shrimp tortilla soup, Kat omitted the cilantro, chopped whole vegetables rather than using pre-cut, and used pre-cooked
polenta instead of hominy. She gave this dish a “tastiness score” of 8/10.
View Recipe: Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and Avocado
When Kat made our meatless nachos, she used black beans instead of pinto, grape tomatoes instead of canned, diced tomatoes,
and tempeh instead of faux meat crumbles. She also omitted cilantro and added lime juice. The nachos received a "tastiness
score" of 8/10.
View Recipe: Vegetarian Chipotle Nachos
These lettuce cups earned another 10/10 from Kat, who praised the recipe was both tasty and messy. She used udon noodles instead
of rice vermicelli, doubled all the vegetables, and substituted almonds instead of peanuts.
View Recipe: Asian Beef and Noodle-Filled Lettuce Cups