Thursday, September 10, 2009

Review of Cooking Light's September 09 Issue + One Issue to Giveaway.

This week has been a crazy week, so I apologize for not posting a recipe since last Friday. I have had some wonderful unexpected company at my house. My Mother in Law came to stay with us for a week and we have had a really great time. All I have been doing is cooking up a storm and spoiling her. I will be adding a new recipe tonight or tomorrow, but until then I wanted to make a post about a review. I was recently contacted by the wonderful folks at Cooking Light Magazine. They asked me If I would review their brand new September Issue. How could I pass up a chance to add a little of my own input.

September is a big month for Cooking Light, it marks a major redesign of their magazine. How exciting is that! Cooking Light has a fresh new look which enhances the magazine’s readability and relevance. It also highlights the brand’s unique point of view, Healthy eating does taste great! Cooking Light shows Americans how to prepare healthy low fat meals at home without forfeiting flavor. That part really got me excited. You see I was always under the impression that if you cook healthy then you usually have to give up on taste. I wasn't ready to give up great tasting food for being healthy. I know that sounds awful but I just assumed healthy eating and cooking healthy would more than likely taste bad. Well I could not of been more wrong.

I settled in and took a couple days to read over their magazine. To start off the cover is beautiful, before opening up the magazine a lot of items listed on the cover really caught my eye. Budget cooking, super fast meals and comfort foods lightened up now that really got my attention. Oh how I love my comfort food. I thought to myself can comfort food taste good and be healthy all at the same time? I couldn't wait to find out. All the article titles were very catchy so that was a plus for me. I did notice another thing each and every recipe in the magazine had a picture. We all know as Food Bloggers just how important it is to see what a particular dish actually looks likes , so I thought adding pictures to each recipe was a awesome idea on their part.

I scanned through the budget cooking section and immediately thought to myself I bet the recipes choices are not going to be good. Wrong again..... Pan Fried Pork Chops with Homemade Applesauce, Meatloaf and Chicken and Dumplings now were talking this is my kind of food, plus the dishes could be made for less than $10 who doesn't love that! I looked through the ingredients and they were actually pretty good, just a bit more healthy. This healthy stuff is really starting to appeal to me LOL. I think I am going to start by trying out one of their dishes in the magazine. Either the Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew or the Chocolate Chip Canoli's, heck maybe even both of them. Thank you Cooking Light for for changing my mind on healthy eating. It is so nice to know that cooking healthy doesn't mean I have to give up on great tasting food.

~ September Issue of Cooking Light Giveaway ~
Cooking light was nice enough to send me a additional copy of their September Issue to give away to one of my readers. Now you can see for yourself at just how great these recipes are. To enter the giveaway just leave leave a comment on this post and that's it.

I will pick a winner on Monday September 14Th by using
Contest open to US residents only, due to shipping.
Please leave a email address so you can be contacted if your the winner.
Deadline to enter is Sunday 9/13/09 at (Midnight Central Time)


Colleen Cabanaw said... #

My grandma gets this magazine and my sisters and I always fight over who gets the issues. Would love to win Sept. issue, as one of my sisters already got it. :(

Jill W said... #

I could use some light recipes :)

Lisa said... #

That cover does look nice! I would like to use healthier recipes when I am cooking.

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said... #

It does sound appealing. I think we can cook good food lightly with lots of flavor if we just pay attention to seasoning our food. Thanks for doing the give away!


Scott-n-Allena said... #

I'm really interested in the budget friendly items as I will begin my new life as stay at home mom starting next Tuesday and could use some great ideas for saving money without scrimping on great meals!

Laura said... #

Looking forward to seeing their re-design!

Jessica said... #

That pizza on the cover is making me very hungry....

Looks delicious!

natasha the exile on Mom Street said... #

I've subscribed to CL for years and I LOVE the redesign, it's better than I even imagined it could be!

Hannah said... #

I so wunt this magazine.I am 12 years old a i LOVE cooking. i read your site and i love your recipes. You are awesome

Hannah said... #

Check out this site


Anonymous said... #

I would love this, thanks!


roblovesleo said... #

Cooking Light is a fabulous magazine- I have a couple of their cookbooks! Would love an issue!!

Anonymous said... #

I would love to get the "new look" magazine love those recipes and once again, love your site!

SSS Creations said... #

That cover looks delicious!! Thanks for previewing it. Would love to see more of it.

Adela said... #

I would love to get this issue and see the new design.

Lyndsi said... #

I've been thinking about subscribing to this so I would love a trial run =)

Lynette said... #

I think you should make the Chocolate Chip Canoli's and send some my way (wink, wink). What a fun opportunity for you to get to review their magazine! You are amazing Tina! I really love your blog.


aimee said... #

I used to get it handed down to me from my sister. It takes a while to take it all in!

Jebomini said... #

I would love to win a copy of the new Cooking Light. The cover looks great!

Jackie said... #

I would love to check out this magazine - I have so many people that have commented on it, but I have yet to ever open one up. Thanks for the chance!

CrystalsCozyKitchen said... #

I had a subscription for a year, but I think I moved and that ended because I didn't update (I was in college...) I love this magazine.

GarlicBOSS said... #

Yes, the Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew and the Chocolate Chip Canoli's both sound delicious...thanks

Wendy said... #

My daughter gets this and has been raving about it. Would love to get my own issue.

Libby@CookingWithLibby said... #

I love Cooking Light magazine! So glad you had fun with your MIL :)

Jenna Z said... #

I have a coupon for this magazine and was wondering if it was any good! Sounds like it is! I love Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking magazine but good to know there is another great healthy cooking magazine out there!

Krystal said... #

sounds like a fun week! :)

throuthehaze said... #

count me in please
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

SnoWhite said... #

enter me please!! I love their recipes.

Jody said... #

Chocolate Chip Canoli's - sign me up for the giveaway.

kingsqueen said... #

Hmmm...interesting! I would've been surprised about the meatloaf and chicken & dumplings too. I could definitely use a healthy food makeover - but I'm not willing to sacrifice taste either. So I'm willing to give it a shot. :)

Lindsay said... #

I love your blog, and I'd love to try some great, healthy C.L. recipes. I need to lose those extra 15 lbs!!

Toby said... #

I love the cover of CL.. Pizza.. mmmm

PaulaK said... #

Hi! My husband is diabetic and could sure use some new recipes to try! Love Cooking Light!

Kelley said... #

I know I never comment, but I LOVE your blog! I can't wait till our house is finished and I can actually do some cooking! ANd Lord knows I need to have some healthier recipes to cook with!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Heidi said... #

What a great giveaway. How fun you got to review it :)

The Steady Bunch said... #

I've heard about this magazine. Would love to have one of my own.

antrapig said... #

I got a few issues of this one time a few years ago and found that it was not practical for me. I am so excited after reading your review and think that it might be just what I need now. Thank you for the great review. I would love to see a copy of it!

Anonymous said... #

I am glad you had a chance to enjoy a visit with family.
I would love to try Cooking Light. I am also diabetic and this would be great.
I'm getting ready to try the recipe for Sushi. I will let you know how I do. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

Unknown said... #

I really enjoy your emailings and site! You put a lot of time into it, and your love for cooking really shines through.
I would love to receive the extra copy of Cooking Light.
Thanks! Kim Singer

Anonymous said... #

I would like this magazine!

Southern Grace Gourmet said... #

I need to go on a diet, so this would be great for me! LOL

Sherri Murphy said... #

I would love to check out this magazine!

Anonymous said... #

Please count me in for a chance on the Cooking Light magazine. I've always wanted to try it! Thanks! Love your website!

arbecky said... #

I don't think I've ever noticed Cooking Light at the magazine rack, but I'd love to give it a try!

Heather said... #

I would love to win a copy of this magazine. :>

Danielle said... #

I was always a bit skeptical of Cooking Light too but I took the plunge and am usually very satisfied with the results. I'm to the point now where I try to convert most of the Southern Living recipes into lighter versions. I'm glad you found a healthy source of inspiration!

Amy said... #

This has become one of my favorite sites!

Anonymous said... #

I love your site! And I do love Cooking Light magazine! I can't wait to see this issue- that pizza looks yummy!

Anonymous said... #

I love this magazine. Tahnk for giving us a chance to win a copy.

Sue's Crazy Life said... #

Wow what a wonderful post! Please enter me in the drawing as we really need help eating "better" I love your site

the Gardners said... #

I love cooking light! I just grabbed their 101 Best Chicken a few weeks ago and LOVE IT! I totally want more of their stuff. And what I love the best, so far, is that I can cook almost every meal in there under an hour...sometimes even 30 minutes. Love, Love, Love it!

Anonymous said... #

I would love a copy of the magazine. I can't justify the expense of the magazine at the grocery store anymore - so a FREE copy would be great!

Country Cookin' Mama said... #

I would love to take a look through that magazine!

Ingrid_3Bs said... #

For sevral years I received cooking light each month but after two or three years it seemed as if the recipes were starting to repeat themselves so I stopped. Though I drooled over all the photos I didn't make much out of them as the ingredient list was usually a mile long and some of which I knew nothing about. I'll have to give it a look-see.

jo said... #

i would love an issue of this magazine!

Moy said... #

Love your blog...I usually share different recipes with friends. Also loved visiting the Southern Plate site you reccomended. I stay on my computer looking for new recipes and great sites like yours. I am a diabetic and would love the new issue of Cooking Light.

katiekimmcdermott said... #

I found your blog recently and am loving it. Added it to my Google Reader. I would love to win the issue.

Crystal H said... #

Chocolate chip canoli's sound great!

White Toast with Butter said... #

Enter me!

dctm said... #

Love Cooking Light!

dctm at bellsouth dot net

TZel said... #

I have always loved Cooking Light- thanks so much!

nmsusie said... #

I would love the have a copy of Cooking Light. I need all the help I can get.