Category: Recipes We Love

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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How to make Butterbeer. Or just buy it yourself at Starbucks.

One of the great questions, since the first Harry Potter book (or at least the launch of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando), is how to make Butterbeer. And now we have the Butterbeer recipe. The Starbucks Secret Menu blog offers this suggestion for ordering an off-the-menu Butterbeer at Starbucks without even needing Floo Powder or a trip to Hogsmeade. -A Creme Frapuccino base with whole milk. Sorry dieters. -3 pumps of caramel syrup -3 pumps of toffee nut syrup -Top with caramel drizzle Note: there is no beer in Butterbeer. Fear not parents. Now clearly this is...

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Yummy recipes using leftover Halloween candy. On the outside chance you have any.

If you’re like me, you’re going to wake up in the morning with a sugar hangover, wondering just what the heck to do with all those leftover Halloween candies. Hit our archives and check out our post on 10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy on the outside chance you have actual Butterfingers or Snickers leftover. But hey, even Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers find a second use here. If not for very long. Happy Halloween...

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6 easy, last-minute Halloween treats that are way more impressive than a bowlful of candy corn

You had big Halloween plans, right? And then…time slipped away. I’ve been there. Start by forgiving yourself: it’s just Halloween after all, and to a kid, everything looks delicious. Throw together a one of these super cute, last-minute treats with what you have on hand or can easily grab at the store. No trick here: these 5 festive, tasty treats from top bloggers are perfect and perfectly easy whether you’re bringing them to a friend’s house or serving them up at a classroom party.   Tell me this Halloween donut (at top) from Lovezilla doesn’t make you smile. My little one...

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6 freakishly easy, terribly tasty Halloween dinners

The age-old Halloween question: what to eat before heading out to trick-or-treat? It has to be a meal that’s quick or easy to fit between the mad rush of getting home from school and heading out for your annual candy collection. Plus it has to be appealing and filling so that the kids actually get some sustenance before the sugar onslaught. And it has to be fun because, well, it’s Halloween! These 6 Halloween dinner ideas hit all the marks, helping you fuel your kids with good stuff so that they have plenty of energy to stuff themselves with...

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Surprise your kids with 6 spooktacular Halloween lunch box ideas

I love beautiful bento lunch boxes, but some of them make you feel like you need an MFA in order to make your kid’s lunch. Especially holiday-themed lunch boxes! For Halloween I decided to come up with a few easy, festive lunch ideas. I found tons of excellently adorable inspiration from around the web. I’ve rounded up 6 of my favorite ideas to help you make a spooktacular bento lunch box, no artistic talent required. I recently shared my Halloween lunch box ideas with the the lovely HGTV star Genevieve Gorder. As a designer, Genevieve likes things to look...

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How do you like them apples? 6 easy apple snack and apple dessert recipes

Apple season is in full swing, which means we’ve got to find things to make with all them apples! As much as I love them, I’m finding myself seriously challenged by the the huge quantity of fruit I end up with during apple season. It doesn’t help that everyone’s clamoring for pies, cakes, dumplings, and other sweets that take a lot of time to make. This year, I’m taking apples into my own hands with these 6 easy-to-make apple snacks and desserts, that go a little further than slicing apples up and dipping them in peanut butter. Still, your...

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Six of the very coolest Halloween party snacks, no hard work required

The ever-growing lead time on holiday marketing can be overwhelming. I’m really not ready to think about Hanukkah or Christmas. But Halloween? That’s a different story. Especially Halloween party snacks. Bring it on! We’ve already had a Halloween party (no joke) and I’m happy to report back with six simple, festive snacks that will get you excited to dress up and party down. These snacks are easy to make whether you’re hosting a big gathering or just a few friends. Yup, there’s no way I’m going to give you an excuse to let the Halloween season pass without a...

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8 quick, healthy breakfast recipes for even the busiest weekday mornings

Easy weeknight dinners, check. Simple school lunch ideas, check. Quick healthy breakfasts? Finally…check! Breakfast recipes–the kind that you can actually make on busy weekday mornings–are the final frontier of family cooking. But rest easy, cool moms. This pioneer woman (lower case “p” and “w”) has braved the wilds of the internet to bring you a round up of quick breakfast recipes beyond cereal, that will start your family off on the right foot (without setting you off on a late one). Turn plain yogurt and fruit into parfaits just by layering them in a tall glass. If that doesn’t look...

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9 playdate recipes and snack ideas that will make your house the most popular spot on the block

I can confidently cook for nearly anyone, but one type of guest stumps me over and over: the little ones who come over to play with my kids. In fact, figuring out what to serve on my kids’ playdates is way more stressful than planning a party for 10 hungry adults.  If you want something a little more than cracking open a bag of fruit snacks, I’ve rounded up 9 play date recipes all made with kid-approved ingredients in a mom-approved amount of time. And, of course, they are tasty, because what would be the point if they were’t?...

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6 fast veggie side dishes your kids might actually eat

I consider myself a master meal planner, but there’s one thing that gets even me: veggie side dishes.  That’s right, even I–the self-proclaimed Queen of Meals–am often stumped for creative vegetable dishes to serve to the family with my pretzel chicken or one-pan pasta. Thanks to these veggie side recipes that can easily be whipped up at the last minute, I can ditch dinnertime cucumber wheels and carrot sticks for good. –Stacie    Nearly every vegetable tastes great simply roasted with oil and salt. But just a tiiiiiiny bit more effort can turn out a spectacular side dish in the...

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6 simple, delicious dinners for hectic back to school schedules

Now that we’ve covered awesome school lunch resources and simple lunch ideas–it’s time to tackle dinner recipes for the kids. Here are six fairly fast dinner recipes sure to fit into your back-to-school routine, no matter how hectic. These dinners are a little different and a lot delicious. No spaghetti here. –Stacie  I’m obsessed with this Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle (above) from Epicurious and so is my family. It’s healthy and ridiculously delicious–even my picky 3 1/2 year old digs this tangy, garlicky dish. Best of all, it takes about 30 minutes to make and can be served in a single...

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9 simple school lunch ideas that have nothing to do with making (yet another) sandwich

At some point this school year–sooner than you think–both you and your child will grow weary of the humble school lunch sandwich. It’s a known quantity, which is comforting some days, but not every day, right? So here are 9 easy school lunch recipes–most of which require zero planning, the rest of which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer–that will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and ditch that sandwich bread. –Stacie Threading yummy ingredients onto skewers is maybe my favorite way to change up school lunch, especially when the results are as cute...

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Watercolor cookies, the coolest (and easiest) party favor ever

I love to throw parties for my kids, especially with inspiration from all the great party ideas here on Cool Mom Picks. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for activities where our guests can make cool stuff that they’ll actually want to take home (and their parents won’t hate me for it). I’m dying to try these watercolor cookies from One Charming Party. Bake sugar cookies, top with a layer of fondant (recipe and how-to video included), and then get creative with the food coloring. Use a paper towel, small sponges, or even a paintbrush to decorate. So...

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The best ice cream sandwich recipes. As if there could be a bad one.

Soon I’ll be carrying on here about school lunch gear, packed lunch recipes, and the best after school snacks. So this week, I want to take in summer. I want to take it in the biggest, baddest way that I can imagine. This week, I want to forget the school lunch sandwich and celebrate the ice cream sandwich with 5 of the most amazing ice cream sandwich recipes. Take that, fall. I chose recipes that call for you to make either the cookie or the ice cream, but not both. Not that I’m opposed to making both from scratch,...

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9 al fresco recipes for summer picnic perfection

One of my favorite things about summer is dining al fresco. Backyard meals, beachside bakes, picnics in the park: you name it, I’m in. If you’re grilling your eats, try one of these delectable 8 summer BBQ recipes. But if you’re planning an outdoor feast with no fire source, prep these easy recipes at home for a killer picnic spread. With your basket full of these picnic dishes, all you need to do is grab your pretty waterproof picnic blanket, portable speakers and, of course, the kids. No dinner clean-up required! Sandwiches are the obvious move for a picnic, but these Pressed...

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Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen with 8 of the best summer BBQ recipes, beyond burgers

My first reaction to the wicked hot summer heat was to turn off the oven in favor of these no-bake desserts. Now, midway through the season, I’m turning away from my stove all together and opting instead for some of the very best, simply grilled, summer BBQ recipes. These eight dishes are great for grilling in the park or on the beach, at a BBQ with friends, or when you just need to whip up a quick summer dinner (and dessert!) away from the heat of the kitchen. Whew. This Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken (above) from Feasting at Home? I want...

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Delicious recipes using overripe fruit. A.K.A. kids can’t complain about the “mushy part.”

I feel like the most awesome mom when I bring home bags of fresh fruit–until I realize the bananas have become overripe in two days, and the mangoes and strawberries are threatening to do the same unless I use them, stat. Morning smoothies have become a staple, but I’m so grateful there are other wonderful recipes to help me use all that fruit…even after it’s less than perfect.   Overripe Banana RecipesThanks to Serious Eats, I’ve got 17 ideas for what to do with overripe bananas, as in the three brown ones sitting in my fridge right now. I’m...

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7 Independence Day treats the kids can (almost!) whip up without you

No need to get fussy this Fourth of July. We’ve found seven patriotic snacks that are super cute, festive and easy to make. So easy, your kids can do most of the work, leaving you to celebrate your sweet independence! –Stacie These Star-Spangled Marshmallow Pops (above) from My Sister’s Suitcase are adorable and perfect for the younger set. Dip in chocolate, then roll in sprinkles: almost as exciting as fireworks! If you can’t get your hands on star-shaped marshmallows, try these 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Wenderly. You should be able to pick up red and blue candy melts at your supermarket...

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5 no-bake summer desserts for when it’s already hotter than an oven

The heat of summer is on, so I’m turning the heat of my oven off. I’m bidding a temporary farewell to cookies, cakes and brownies until the weather cools down, but fear not, there’s plenty of dessert to be had with these 5 no-bake, all-time-great sweets. Icebox cakes, puddings, cheesecake, oh my! It’s going to be a cool, delectable summer. –Stacie   This Strawberry Milk Cheesecake (above) from SprinkleBakes is proof that bakeless doesn’t mean slacker. How gorgeous is this? It’s a little bit involved, I’ll admit, but it’s also the perfect no-bake solution if you’ve got a summer birthday party...

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Father’s Day recipes for breakfast and brunch the kids can help make

I loved Stacie’s recent post on Father’s Day recipes all using bacon, but some of them are arguably more for the semi-pro home cook to take on as opposed to say…the kids. If your kids are into helping you whip up something yummy and easy for dad, here are some recipes for breakfast or brunch that any parent would be thrilled to have the children make. Also, clean up. And psst…if they do a good job, maybe have older kids start making you breakfast every weekend? Just a thought.   Sour Cream Pancakes I’m smitten for this rich pancake...

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6 bacon-tastic recipes for Father’s Day, from breakfast to dinner to cocktails

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so we’re talking bacon. I know: so predictable, so genderist, and yet…so right. Take one look at these six recipes using bacon and try telling me otherwise. (Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich? C’mon, daddy!) Let me say that again: Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich (above). This thing of beauty from Bakeaholic Mama, and adapted from a Coffee Bacon Sandwich by one of our favorites, Joy the Baker, works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because, lets face it, candied coffee bacon is an all-the-time food. If you’re looking for a non-traditional Father’s Day breakfast idea, these Beer and Bacon...

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Play with your food: 11 awesome ways to serve a watermelon

We love, love, love watermelon season, and why not? Sweeter than candy and just  a wee bit healthier, here are some of the coolest ways to serve a watermelon at your next picnic or kid’s party, that you can actually do. I mean, I’m a mom too. I’m not going to invest in a suite of professional tools and three hours each day to make a lifesize replica of the Hindenburg. But some of these do get you close. Related: Turning delicious fresh fruit into smoothies? There’s an app for that.   Watermelon Punch Bowl: Any drink at all made...

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6 irresistible lemonade recipes and variations you’ll sip all summer long

It’s (unofficially) summer and I’m thirsty for lemonade, limeade and orangeade. I know how much we all love a good cocktail: the proof is in the love you’ve shown for these 6 spring cocktails and also these 10 margarita recipes. Sometimes, though, you just need a simple sip that you can share with the kids, especially on long, hot summer days. That’s when it’s time to break out the water, sugar and lemons. And limes and oranges. Berries, watermelon and herbs, too.  These 6 lemonade and other citrus-ade recipes will save you from the heat all summer long. That’s right,...

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7 sizzling summer burger recipes

Fire up the grill! Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means burgers. And grilling. And yum. To kick off hamburger season, we’ve rounded up a collection of 7 sensational, mouthwatering burger recipes. There’s something for everyone: griller or broiler, carnivore or vegetarian. Sizzle on. Let’s start big and bold: Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Onion Marmalade from Serving Seconds (above). I honestly don’t know what to say about this burger except that it must get in my belly. Now.   I’ve been looking for a great Tex-Mex inspired burger recipe for a while. Mission accomplished! Introducing the Green...

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Homemade fudgesicle recipes: It’s that time!

We’ve officially hit that time of year that every day ice cream requests have replaced the every day hot chocolate requests. Since my kids have come home from school more than a few times with the telltale artificial blue-icee stains under their noses, I like the idea of making them something a little healthier (a little?) that will still satisfy the sweet tooth, like this homemade fudgesicle recipe at Martha Stewart. With just 15 minutes of prep and standard ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy cream, and a good vanilla extract, in no time at all you’ll be pouring...

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