Author: Stacie Billis

4 lightning fast, amazing panini recipes that transcend mere sandwiches

I know I’ve got a bit of holiday burnout because I’m officially serving panini sandwiches for dinner. But before you judge–thanks to my electric grill (how I love you, electric grill) which doubles as a panini press, my panini recipes yield far from ordinary sandwiches. With these four recipes–and a tip on which press to invest in–your simpler dinners at home can be pretty extraordinary too. First, check out the clever Lasagna Grilled Cheese Panini Recipe (above) from Joy the Baker. Now, get the simple ingredients and prepare to have a new weeknight dinner staple. This one’s a keeper for the...

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Celebrate National Pizza Week with one (or all!) of these 6 creative pizza recipes

In celebration of National Pizza Week, I’ve rounded up six of the absolute best homemade pizza recipes this side of Italy. And they’re not your average cheese-pepperoni-mushroom recipes either, because you don’t need much of my help for that. If you’ve never made pizza at home before, it’s simple stuff, especially if you buy your dough and or sauce already made. I hit my local pizzeria for dough–New York City has its benefits–but some supermarkets carry it, as well. And I’m not talking about the already baked crusts; skip those and go for the dough. Stretch it out on...

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How to make snow ice cream (hint: use the freshest, whitest stuff)

When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream. I may be in sunny California at this moment, but I know that if I were back in Brooklyn — or in any of the other places being lashed by the snowstorms bearing down on much of the country — I’d be on the lookout for more snow day activities with the kids. Making snow ice cream is on the top of my list. You can find a basic recipe for how to make snow ice cream on my site, One Hungry Mama. It’s just snow, cream, sugar and vanilla....

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5 deliciously detoxifying smoothies to kick off a healthy new year

After feasting  for Thanksgivukkah, snacking on treats  for Santa, and indulging cocktails to ring in the new year, I think it might be time we start on those New Year’s resolution with some detoxifying smoothie recipes. It’s cliche, I know, but eating healthy after weeks of indulging feels good. If you’re with me, you’re going to love all five of these smoothie recipes. If you’re skeptical, give just one a try; the best thing about these nutritious drinks is that they really are delicious, too. This Five-Ingredient Detox Smoothie from Minimalist Baker is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and immune boosting nutrients....

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6 delicious champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve. Bring on the bubbly!

Well, cool moms, one thing is clear: you love your drinks as much as I love mine so of course I’d put together some delicious champagne cocktails for you just for New Year’s Eve. Together we’ve filled our glasses with festive holiday cocktails, sipped on boozy eggnogs, and even whipped up cocktail/mocktail pairings to keep our non-drinking loved ones in the party mix. But bubbles seems the perfect way to end the year. So raise your glasses one last time this year: here’s to an awesomely fantastic 2014! Featured photo: Bubbly cocktails by Maxime Lattoni, via Saveur.   I have...

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The best cookbooks for families (that you’ll actually cook from!): Editors’ Best of 2013

By now, you’ve probably come across several Best Cookbooks of 2013 lists, each filled with drool-worthy tomes that would make great coffee table staples. But if you want to gift your favorite family cook — including yourself — a cookbook that’s actually useful in a busy home kitchen, check out my favorite family cookbooks of 2013 as part of our Editors’ Picks of 2013 series. Filled with mouthwatering photos and doable dishes, these books not only make pretty gifts, but they also make practical ones. Which is pretty much what every parent needs.   Keepers (above) is among my favorite cookbooks...

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6 last-minute treats for Santa that the kids can help make

The big man is set to arrive in just less than 48 hours! Word from the North Pole is that if you leave Santa something extra tasty, he’ll throw in a little extra something for mom. That — and having “leftovers” — is reason enough to make one of these 6 delicious holiday snacks. So pull the kids into the kitchen: it’s time to make treats for Santa! Cookies are traditional, but these chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallows (above) from One Charming Party are chic and modern. Easy to make, too. (No oven!) These are fun to make with the kids...

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7 eggnog recipes for everyone (even people who think they don’t like eggnog)

Sure, there are lots of reasons why you might not like eggnog. It’s made with raw egg (which makes it hard to share with the kids), can be overly sweet, and tends to be heaaaavy. But I’ve got 7 reasons to love it, even if you think you don’t. As an eggnog fan, I’m out to prove that there’s a nog for everyone. So for every eggnog complaint, I’ve found a delicious eggnog recipe solution. These recipes are, uh, the cream of the crop. So whip out the blender and get ready to cheers with nog this December 25th,...

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Move over, Gingerbread Man: 7 delectable twists on that holiday fave

If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited all year for a taste — or two or three — of gingerbread. Warm and spicy, the combination of molasses and holiday spice makes any sweet even sweeter. These seven gingerbread recipes, from cookies to waffles to whoopie pies, are proof. What better way to start a gingerbread round than with a classic gingerbread cake. But you know me: We can’t go classic without a little twist. This Gingerbread Cake with Butter Rum Toffee Sauce (above) from Boulder Locavore fits the bill perfectly. A traditional cake served with an untraditional, but oh-so-right sauce....

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5 crock pot party dips you can make–and carry–easily

It’s no secret that I think the crock pot is a miracle machine for busy family cooks, and not just for weeknight meals. Crock pots are also great for keeping big quantities of food at just the right temperature when you’re entertaining, or especially when you’re transporting goodies elsewhere. On behalf of our sponsor Crock-it Lock-it, I’ve put together 5 of my favorite, deliciously warm party dip recipes that are ready to take on the go. Crock-it Lock-it is very clever if you’re a crock pot fan; it helps you seal up and carry your 4-8 quart crock pot easily,...

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5 foodie holiday gifts that any kid will love, even the picky ones. (i.e. no sushi gift cards.)

Nobody can resist a great food-related holiday gift, even the pickiest eater. We’ve rounded up the absolute coolest and most delicious foodie holiday gifts for kids, no matter how fussy their appetite.   Tiny Hands scented food charms might be the cutest gift I’ve ever seen, food related or not. The drool-worthy handmade charms come in all sorts of sweet shapes, from cupcakes to donuts, waffles to snow cones. And you caught that they are scented, right? These are like 3-D scratch-n-sniff stickers (remember those?). The detail on Tiny Hands jewelry is amazing, considering how teensy everything is. It’s impossible...

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7 holiday party appetizers that kids will completely love, too.

We grownups know that the best part of holiday parties are holiday party appetizers. This year, I’m letting the kids in on our fun with seven appetizers that they’ll love, too. These kid-friendly apps are grown-up enough for the adults, but with high kid appeal. Putting these babies out is a surefire way to spoil the kids’ appetite for dinner but, hey, it beats having them fill up on tortilla chips all night. My favorite appetizers of all time are crostini because of how highly adaptable they are. You just toast thin slices of bread that have been brushed...

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7 delicious, easy recipes to put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use

I know: the last thing you (still) want to think about right now is food. But  whether or not you cooked on Thursday, you probably have a pile of Thanksgiving leftovers in your fridge and another plate of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce just won’t cut it. Check out my seven favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. These ingenious ideas are the antidote to Thanksgiving meal fatigue while still making it possible to enjoy every last bite of Thanksgiving day. (Above) Grilled cheese with a slice of turkey may seem obvious, but this Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese (above) from Serious...

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Thanksgiving 911: 4 cooking helplines to save your Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and everything is under control, right? If you just yelled at your screen, “NO!” then read on, mamas. I’ve got four cooking helplines that will provide you with answers to all of your Thanksgiving cooking questions. Breathe. That’s good. Let’s start with the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal: the turkey. BUTTERBALL TURKEY TALK-LINE If our no-panic tutorial on how to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey  hasn’t given you everything you need to make your turkey look like it’s right out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog, you’ll want to hit up the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL). For...

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How to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey: the no-panic step-by-step tutorial

Whether it’s your first time making a Thanksgiving turkey or your fifth, I’ve found that there’s always room for a little (or a lot!) of help. So, this year, I’ve put together a step-by-step Thankgiving turkey tutorial. Hope it helps. Pick a recipe My first bit of advice is to find an appealing recipe from a reliable source that you can really make (I suggest the Thanksgiving cookbook by Sam Sifton or  just grab his Herb Roasted Turkey recipe, above, from Bon Appetit). Be honest with yourselves, mamas: Thanksgiving is not the time to take on a challenge, especially when a simple...

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8 delicious holiday cocktails to toast the holiday season

We’ve been talking a lot about holiday food, from make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes to once in a lifetime Thanksgivukkah recipes. Now it’s time to raise our glasses — filled with holiday cocktails, of course! Simple to make and elegant to hold, these eight holiday drinks make any  gathering more festive, whether a cocktail party with friends or small family gathering around the fire (or, you know, the coffee table). And did I mention that they are delicious? Each is brimming with holiday flavor and cheer, even the one without booze. -Stacie  I love the festive combination of flavors in the Cranberry...

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6 delicious Thanksgivukkah recipes for a once in a lifetime meal

This year marks the first Thanksgivukkah–when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving day–since 1888. That pretty much requires amazing Thanksgivukkah hybrid dishes, considering the next one isn’t going to happen for another 78,000 years or so. Traditional Hanukkah foods like donuts, fried potato pancakes, apples, and sweet potatoes pair perfectly with classic Thanksgiving ingredients (like uh, apples and sweet potatoes), which means that Thanksgivukkah has opened the doors to the ultimate holiday food mash up. Donuts meet cranberry sauce. Latkes and turkey. Challah for stuffing. Yes, yes, yes! Check out these six ultimate Thanksgivukkah recipes for a...

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Make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes for a delectably easy menu.

If you’re as busy as I am — and I’ll bet good money that you are — you’re starting to feel the crush of the holiday season. Take a deep breath: everything will get done, and with a little planning you can have some fun, too. Even while cooking. The trick? Relying on make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. Whether you’re bringing one dish to Aunt Wanda’s house or are responsible for the whole shebang, these classic Thanksgiving day recipes will pace your holiday cooking so that you can breathe easy and enjoy the ride. A Thanksgiving-must, stuffing is one of the...

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6 cute Thanksgiving treats for kids

Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is for feasting. Dinner may be the main attraction, but this holiday is about grazing on deliciousness all day long. The food doesn’t have to be fussy or labor-intensive either–save the hard work for your turkey dinner. And in the case of Thanksgiving day treats they just need to be delicious and ideally, kind of cute. Here are six adorable Thanksgiving Day treats to have around turkey day. Some make a great afternoon snack, while others make fun kid desserts. No matter when you serve them, these delicious munchies will keep little tummies happy until...

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4 all-natural sauces that cut weeknight cooking time in half

With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (A.K.A. Thanksgivukkah) just three weeks away, the food conversation will soon turn to brisket and turkey, Santa cookies and pie. While I’m looking forward to holiday food as much as the next cool mom, I’m also wondering how I’ll make it through the hectic holiday season–cooking, shopping, baking, parties–while keeping up with my daily responsibilities. Can’t I just stop making dinner for a couple of months? No, I can’t. And you probably can’t either. (Sorry!) But we can make weeknight dinners easier than ever with these four cooking sauces. Add any one of these to...

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