December 2012

Cooking Light magazine contents for December 2012

December 2012 Recipe Index

Find all the healthy recipes from Cooking Light's December 2012 issue. more

Festive Christmas Cocktails

A large batch punch, spiked hot chocolate, a fizzy pomegranate cocktail, and fruit-filled sangria—we've got festive drinks for every occasion. This gallery of holiday drinks recipes is our gift to you.


50+ Cozy Breakfasts for Christmas Morning

From breakfast casseroles to gooey cinnamon rolls, we've cooked up make-ahead dishes that are sure to bring comfort to the entire table


Invent a New Family Tradition

Because a tradition, after all, is just a thing that's worth repeating. Why not throw a new idea in among the old ones? By Jennifer Drawbridge more

Appetizer Swap Party

It's like a cookie swap, but more grown-up. Uncork the Champagne, nibble, and trade.


Ultimate Eggnog Trick

Just as fun and festive, but with 90% less sat fat. You'll never guess how we did it! By Sidney Fry, MS, RD more

Taste Test: Pure Vanilla Extracts

A drop will do ya, which is why it's so important to use a good one. By Kimberly Holland more

Chef Jenn Louis: West Coast Queen of Simple

One of Portland's top toques shares the benefits of streamlining. By Tim Cebula more

Great Gifts for Foodies

We asked chefs and foodies to identify the real keepers among zillions of kitchen gadgets and tools. more

Best Bargain Wines of 2012

If you don’t want to blow your budget on expensive wines, these are not only affordable, but tasty too! more

7 Secrets of Healthy Holiday Indulgence

How to savor the delights of cheese, chocolate, caramel, and meat in light, smart, delicious ways. more

Six Wines to Bring to a Dinner Party

We've matched six bottles to six kinds of wine and food lovers.


A Radically Simple Twist on Hanukkah Favorites

Give thanks with these new twists on traditional favorites.


Lighter Fruitcake

Butt of jokes, doorstop heft: Time to trade in the old stuff for a truly tasty holiday treat. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD more

A Kid in the Kitchen: Mad for Meatballs

Our kid in the kitchen wins over her picky brother. more

Healthy Habits Hero: Susan Albers, PsyD

"Too often our minds are on the next bite before we experience the one that we have." —Susan Albers, PsyD more

Healthy Habits Graduate: Jill Carlson

Jill Carlson, third-grade teacher, Chicago, Illinois, shares her tips for eating mindfully. more

Dinner Tonight

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


Cooking Light Nutrition Guideline

Put the nutrition analysis numbers that accompany each recipe to work for you.