December 2011

Cooking Light magazine contents for December 2011

December 2011 Recipe Index

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

Puff Pastry Appetizers

The flaky crunch of purchased puff pastry makes a delicious starting point for simple party snacks. more

Lighter Pound Cake

Less-than-a-pound pound cake--a new classic. more

How to Perfectly Cook a Standing Rib Roast

Yes, you CAN make a show-stopping standing rib roast (a.k.a. prime rib) at home. Learn how to cook it with our step-by-step guide.


Holiday Party Calorie Counter

No point having a Scrooge-ish disposition about holiday indulging. But knowing where the calories lie doesn't hurt, either.


Gifts from the Kitchen

A homemade gift is the sweetest thing. Not fancy, just straight from the heart. We cooked up three base recipes, with variations—and sprinkled with decorating tips. more

Throw an Open House Party

Whether you go casual or elegant, we have all the tips and advice you'll need to host a warm, friendly, successful party.


How to Give a Good Toast

The well-done toast warms a whole room. Stumbled through, or delivered as droning dissertation, it becomes an unfortunate bit of family lore. Here, some success tips from toastmasters. more

7 Best Baking Cookbooks

Our top picks for the best baking books of the past 25 years more

How to Eat Mindfully

Learn to appreciate every bite. more

Stories of Grateful Giving: Charity Dinner Party Hostess

She turned her love for entertaining into charitable fund-raisins success. more

Stories of Grateful Giving: Cookies for Kids' Cancer

A mom turns grief into public awareness and research funding, one cookie at a time. more

Stories of Grateful Giving: Home-Cooked Meals for Soldiers

While her son serves in Iraq, she serves up home-cooked meals to returning soldiers. more

Stories of Grateful Giving: Team Bake

For these three, baking is a way to comfort families facing a battle with cancer. more

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. more

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

Enjoy this selection of gift ideas from our editors and Test Kitchen professionals. You're sure to find something for the chef on your list―or yourself. more

Dinner Tonight

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


103 Money-Saving Recipes

You'll feel good about feeding your family these creatively delectable recipes.


Best of 2011

See the stand-out recipes that became staff favorites from each issue in 2011. more