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.
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."
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.
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.”
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."
Shannon's Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes and Toasted Garlic
9 of 20Photos Courtesy of Shannon Watson
Shannon's Kale, Bean, and Sausage Soup with Parmesan Cheese
10 of 20Photo Courtesy of Marsha Moore
Superfast Fan for November 2011
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.
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.”
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.
17 of 20Photo Courtesy of Kat Lynch
Kat's Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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.”
18 of 20Photo Courtesy of Kat Lynch
Kat's Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and Avocado
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.
19 of 20Photo Courtesy of Kat Lynch
Kat's Vegetarian Chipotle Nachos
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.
20 of 20Photo Courtesy of Kat Lynch
Kat's Asian Beef and Noodle-Filled Lettuce Cups
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.