Online Features - December 2011

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Holiday Menus

Rich with the flavors of winter cheer, we cooked up several menus for your holiday repertoire.


Southern New Year's Day Menu

Menu #1: A Southern Feast

Tender beer-braised beef, roasted veggies, plus greens and black-eyed peas to bring a year of good luck.


Rustic Apple Tart

Menu #2: Healthy Hanukkah

Rustic Apple Tart makes a fine ending to a special meal of fennel soup, brisket, braised kale, and quinoa.


Superfast Holiday Dishes Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté

Menu #3: 20-Minute Menu

Serve a simple meal with love. Cheesy mushroom-topped polenta, steamed clams, chocolate-sauced pound cake, and more.


Dessert and Coffee Party Menu

Menu #4: Dessert Party

Skip to the good stuff! Airy chocolate meringues, luscious plum galette, and lemon-rosemary olive oil cake.


Top 100 Cookbooks

Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years

We're picking the best 100 cookbooks of the past 25 years. Stay tuned for the winners in different categories each month.


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December 2011 Recipe Index

Find all the healthy recipes from Cooking Light's December 2011 issue.


Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Habit #12: Eat Mindfully, Be Thankful

The twelfth Healthy Habits challenge: Eat mindfully, be thankful. Learn two ways—in this busy season and throughout the year—to find joy in food and to share that joy with others.


Allison Fishman

The Twelve Blog

Pick up helpful cooking tips from Cooking Light Chef Allison Fishman, who chronicles her one-on-one coaching sessions on our blog.


Elizabeth Cowie and Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice

Meet our Superfast Fan of the Month

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.


Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

Superfast Recipes

Introducing your new source for daily dinnertime inspiration. Find quick and easy recipes that each take a superfast 20 minutes or less.


Simmer and Boil


Check out our blog for more tips, tricks, and thoughts from the Cooking Light staff.


Healthy Dinner Recipe: Spanish Spaghetti with Olives

Dinner Tonight

One of these simple dinner menus can be on your table in well under an hour.


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Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté