Category: Food + Recipes

My new favorite product? Caffeinated chocolate. Caffeinated chocolate, people!

The only downside to my newfound coffee geekery is that some mornings I just don’t have time to grind, brew, and enjoy the amazing cup of coffee that I need so badly to function. Quick, crappy coffee just won’t do anymore. But the substitute I’ve found is almost as good as the original. Awake Chocolate is a game changer. True story: the day Awake Chocolate sent me a box of samples, I dove right in before reading their adorable packaging. Turns out that amazingly yummy Caramel Chocolate bar is the equivalent of a full cup of coffee. Oops. I...

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The Family Cooks: In which Laurie David helps make kids crave kale. For real.

Parents, don’t we all secretly dream our kids will someday request kale over cookies? Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt, authors  of the wonderful Family Dinner are out with a new cookbook, The Family Cooks. They are hoping the recipes and tips they’ve gathered will help you and your family start craving foods that are actually good for you. You know. Fruits. Veggies. Not Chicken Nuggets. I’m not hating on chicken nuggets, but I’d love it if our kids willingly scarfed down their greens the way they inhaled all things processed and deep fried . The Family Cooks offers more than 100 healthy, simple, and...

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Pop Karma gourmet popcorn will spoil you for every other popcorn for life.

So let’s talk popcorn. Specifically, gourmet popcorn. More specifically, White Truffle Cheddar organic popcorn from Pop Karma. Or wait–you talk a minute, because my mouth is still full. A friend recently sent me some of this stuff from NYC’s illustrious little downtown gourmet popcorn shop and holy…I could not stop eating it. For real. And I say this as someone who tends to opt for Junior Mints at the movie theater. The flavor is absolutely perfect–and sophisticated enough that you can give it as a gift to your mom or your boss or yourself. And keep it from the...

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Tasty cocktail recipes from organic liquor are a perfect way to toast Earth Day.

They say that to take care of anyone else, you first need to take care of yourself. This year I’ll prepare to show our planet Earth Day love by first showing myself some love with one (maybe two?) of these eco-cocktails made with organic liquor. Hey, we’ve gone organic with everything else, why not with our spirits, too? If you do imbibe, these happen to be delicious as well as a little better for the planet. For you pregnant ladies or non-drinkers, just stick with some of our favorite mocktail recipes. Serve in locally made glassware, wash with limited water...

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No need for a hunt, we’ve got your last minute Easter recipes right here.

We’ve been looking forward to Easter for a while now, excitedly collecting Easter recipes. Most are decadent sweets—from Easter cakes (lots of cakes) to cake pops—but we’ve thrown in a few healthy Easter snacks, too. Because children can not live on chocolate alone. At least, that’s what we’re told. And then there’s brunch. Ahhhh brunch. Which brings us to this collection of last minute Easter recipes all in one place.   Last year we rounded up six fabulous Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. If you’re in charge of Easter eats this year, make sure...

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Steve’s Ice Cream delivers. In more ways than one.

As a college student in Boston, I remember the lines around the block for Steve’s Ice Cream, the originator of Heath Bar Crunch and the first place I had ever heard of mix-ins which now…well, what gourmet ice cream brand doesn’t offer them? So when I heard Steve’s Ice Cream is back and now making outrageous flavors in small batches from Brooklyn–all available for delivery no less, with plenty gluten and nut-free, and even dairy-free–I sacrificed myself for you, dear readers, and deigned to give them a try. Just looking at the Steve’s Signature Ice Cream Collection you know you’re in...

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6 cool cakes for Easter that are actually easier than they look. No pastry degree required.

Most cakes for Easter are elaborately decorated beyond the point that I’m interested in or, um, able to take on. Tired of gawking at fabulous no-can-do cakes (you know what I’m talking about), I decided to find six easy but cool cakes for Easter with recipes that anyone can make. Even me and I’m no uber-bakerBonus: While these cakes make great Easter desserts, most are just plain pretty for any occasion, like a spring party or a fabulous baby shower. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way you can make a cake as pretty as the Pastel Swirl Cake (above) on...

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Healthy easter treats for the kids, should they need a little something in their bellies besides jelly beans

Provided you’re not giving up cute sandwiches for Lent, we are so taken with the round up of healthy Easter treats for kids on the Red Stamp blog, including these totally adorable Chicken and Egg Cookie Cutter Sandwiches. While I’m not the mom who could ever pin my kids’ lunches on Pinterest (Hey! Look at this boring sandwich and a side of carrot sticks!) With a few extra minutes I could totally whip this up. Even if my kids would ask me to hold the mayo. And the spinach. And the avocado. And one of them would balk at...

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6 remarkable Easter cake pops almost too cute to eat. Almost.

If you want to add a deliciously homemade touch to your kid’s Easter basket or if you feel like surprising your Easter guests or hosts with a fun Easter dessert, these recipes for Easter cake pops are for you. Tasty and irresistibly cute, these cake pops are almost too fantastic to eat. Almost, but not quite. If you’ve never made cake pops before, start with our cake pop 101 tutorial. Written for cake pop beginners, we break the steps down in plain language. No baker-ese or expectations that you’ll know what “candy melts” are. (And if you don’t know...

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6 fantastic charoset recipes for your Passover seder

Charoset, a deliciously sweet spread made of fruit and nuts served at Passover seder, is one of the most popular—and meaningful—foods of the holiday. More than that, charoset is as wonderful on any table as it is at the seder, stirred into yogurt, swirled into oatmeal, or even spooned over ice cream, as you would a fruity chutney. Check out these 6 charoset recipes and you’ll understand exactly what I mean, even if you don’t celebrate Passover. The Apple Cinnamon Charoset with Candied Walnuts (above) from Shiksa in the Kitchen is one of my new favorites. It must have something to...

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6 easy muffin tin recipes too irresistibly cute and delicious to refuse

Cutesy food isn’t my thing, but I’m a sucker for easy muffin tin recipes. Real kid- and grownup-friendly food portioned in just the right size is just too fun to resist, especially when the mini factor can make dinner more appealing to picky eaters. Give one of these 6 tasty recipes all baked in muffin tins a try, and you’ll see: Make it small and they will come. Always a sucker for the unconventional, I’ve got to start with the Mini Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Bowls (above) from Keepin it Kind. Kristy use the underside of the muffin tin...

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Outrageously gourmet Easter treats and chocolates that you’ll share with the kids uh, never.

As my family’s Petronella Cottontail, I’m here to tell you that grown-ups like Easter treats, too. Gourmet Eater treats, ideall. My kids can keep the Peeps and cheap candy eggs nestled in plastic grass, while I stick with the fancy stuff. I like my chocolate smooth, high quality, and with packaging that makes me feel special and indulged. And if it comes with a birdcage, all the better. So here are some top gourmet Easter treats from our favorite candy makers and chocolatiers. Vosges is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shops. I mean, did you see that Hunger...

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Healthy snacks for kids: Our favorite homemade granola bars for any diet

At the beginning of the school year, the web is brimming with recipes for healthy snacks for kids. I love kicking the year off with tons of lunchbox and after-school inspiration, but spring is about the time when I run out of steam. These easy homemade granola bars—with nut-free, gluten-free, and even vegan options—are the delicious new ideas I need to get through the rest of the school year. No-bake Biscoff Granola Bars (above) from Cooking and Beer had me at Biscoff. (You know, the airplane cookies?) Though they are also packed with good stuff like flax seeds and raw...

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KIND Healthy Grains Bars: Think healthy snacks you hide from the kids

I’m generally not stingy with my healthy snacks–or any snacks, for that matter–but since I discovered the new KIND Healthy Grains Bars, I love them so much that I hide them very strategically from my children. Yes, they’re just that good. I am a long time KIND bar fan. I usually have at least one or two in my bag at all times, and that will continue with the Healthy Grains Bars. These, however, are more like a granola bar. They are non-GMO and gluten-free, like the original bars, which is a huge plus for folks with allergies, or...

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6 delicious, easy spring recipes to celebrate the season

Winter is officially over,  and we’re celebrating with easy spring recipes that feature fresh produce. Kick the tubers and squash to the curb; these spring dishes highlight peas, asparagus, avocado, and other green veggie delights. And don’t worry, I’m not going soft. We won’t skip the cheese, bacon, or even dessert. After all, this is a celebration of a brand new season. The Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto and Poached Egg recipe (above) from Framed Cooks has all the elements of a perfect dish: fresh, seasonal produce, crispy pork, and a poached egg. Honestly, this alone can be dinner for me....

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The easiest homemade pudding recipes, plus 7 of the best ever pudding desserts.

Pudding desserts are my favorite sweets for this time of year when I’d rather be on the run in the warming weather than at home baking, but it’s not hot enough yet for ice cream or popsicles. Having a go-to homemade pudding recipe and lots of ideas for easy pudding desserts is key for me, because keeping my family’s sweet tooth happy is a critical part of parenting. To start, ditch the instant pudding pack and learn how to make pudding from scratch. Trust me.   Homemade Pudding Recipes Classic vanilla and chocolate are particularly easy to make, and...

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The best boozy desserts for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond, from Creme de Menthe Brownies to a Guinness Milkshake

Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty boozy holiday, at least here in the states. Given that a (small) Skinnygirl margarita can get me buzzed, I’ll probably skip drinking on St. Patrick’s Day and instead opt for one of these 6 of the best boozy desserts. It’s a bold move but, trust me, St. Patrick’s Day recipes never tasted so good. Oh, and they aren’t all totally inappropriate to share with kids. There’s some safe stuff in here for them, too. But if you’re pregnant or abstaining, you might check out our favorite rainbow recipes instead. Either way, hard...

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6 of the most impressive rainbow recipes for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day

I’m not one for fruity candy, so “taste the rainbow” never sounded like such a good thing to me. But now, as the mom of a preschooler and a school-aged kid, I have a new appreciation for the appeal of all those rainbow recipes and rainbow-colored snacks we see all over Pinterest. My kids love multicolored treats any day of the year, but I’m especially eager to try these gorgeous rainbow recipes on St. Patrick’s Day as an alternative to everything green. The rainbow cake has gotten all of the internet glory, but if you ask me, these Rainbow...

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Dear leprechauns: Here’s the adult St. Patrick’s Day treat Mama wants.

They’re bright green, they’re pretty, and they’re for grown-ups only, which  makes these Absinthe Chocolate Cordials the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat for someone like me. If that mischievous leprechaun’s going to pee green in my potty (you know what I mean), he’d better leave me a little something for my trouble. Those lovely folks at Sugarfina have come up with a unique way to treat yourself on a minor holiday without involving Irish Cream. The chocolate cordials are non-alcoholic but carry the unusual flavor of absinthe, which is herbal and a little like licorice, if you’ve never tasted...

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4:00 cookies offer low-sugar cookies made for adults. Because happy hour is for snacks too.

We’re cheering for the women at 4:00 Cookie who developed a line of low-sugar cookies, a.k.a. a healthier version of our favorite treat made just for between-meal snacking. Because let’s face it, 4PM. always seems to kick off the bewitching hours around here. Mine included. Grabbing something made of white flour and white sugar is generally not the best course of action for energy or nutrition, but this cookie is actually nutritious as far as cookies go. They use only whole grains, oats, flax, nuts, fruit, bittersweet chocolate and coconut sugar in the cookies, which are all low-to-medium on the glycemic index....

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5 copycat shamrock shake recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Or today, if you’re feeling lucky.

It’s the time of year that many in certain frozen dessert circles call Shamrock Shake season. March and St. Patrick’s Day mean the end of a year-long wait for devotees of the green shake. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan. Not because I don’t like sweet, minty shakes (I do!), but because I find a “shake” at a fast food joint containing 54 ingredients a little suspicious and a lot unappetizing. If you are looking for some DIY alternatives , these 5 copycat shamrock shake recipes are for you. The healthy Shamrock Shake (above) from An Edible Mosaic is a totally delicious...

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8 easy donut recipes so absurdly delectable, you’ll be baking every week. (Time to make the you-know-what.)

I tend to avoid the easy donut recipes I come across, because it’s no secret to my friends that I’m a donut fiend. I’m afraid if I start baking, I’ll end up on an all-donut diet! But then I discovered baked donuts. Normally a stickler for the yeasted variety, I tried home-baked reluctantly, and they are so easy, I am now dangerously in love. When you take a look at these 8 ridiculously delicious, easy donut recipes, you may be hooked, too. Sorry I’m not sorry. First, you’ll need to invest in a donut pan . Don’t worry: this isn’t a...

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Dr. Seuss recipes are a delicious way to celebrate his birthday

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! To mark what would have been Theodore Geisel’s 110th birthday, we’ve pulled together 8 simple, quick, and delicious Dr. Seuss recipes to enjoy while we read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. We promise, these are easy, whether you whip them up today, tomorrow, or save them for a Seuss themed birthday party. Because really, shouldn’t we be eating Dr. Seuss inspired treats as often as possible?   Start the day off with this idea for The Cat in the Hat pancakes by Blue Skies Ahead. Use a squeeze bottle to make the hat-shaped...

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Oscar party food ideas: Clever recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.

Whether you’re having a full-blown awards bash or just plan on curling up with one other person, we’ve got the Oscar party food ideas for you. Nothing’s better than watching the Oscars with good food, some Champagne cocktails, and folks who’ll talk—or at least listen— about fashion. I’ll leave the gown breakdown for Monday morning, but today I’ve got recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees. And don’t forget to check my post on 6 bubbly cocktails. Just to keep things fancy. Gravity:  Moon Pies Did you already guess what movie matches the homemade Moon Pies (above) from Tidy Mom? These are...

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Your guide to winter citrus and 9 easy, delicious citrus recipes

Have you noticed a big splash of winter citrus brightening your supermarket produce aisle? If not, take a closer look. We’re at the height of the season, and I’m here to help you pick the best, juiciest citrus fruit–from satsuma oranges to Meyer lemons–including 9 super easy citrus recipes that make the best of these beauties without much work. If you’re not the type to throw unfamiliar ingredients into your shopping cart with abandon, start by learning about less familiar citrus. This winter citrus guide (above) from Heart of Gold is a great place to start.    The easiest way to...

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7 creative salsa recipes to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day. (Yes there is such a thing and we’re ready to fiesta.)

February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day and to celebrate one of the most beloved snack foods of all time—popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza, a fellow cool mom—we’re rounding up the best salsa recipes to serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips, today or any day. Whether corn or flour, thick or thin, scoop shaped or triangular, these salsas will make your tortilla chips fiesta-worthy. Hey, maybe try one of our sophisticated margarita recipe ideas while you’re at it. First, let’s start with the basics. If ever there was a go-to source for a Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe, it’s The Pioneer Woman. For...

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7 sophisticated margarita recipes for National Margarita Day. Which could be any day. Just saying.

Today is National Margarita Day which, in our minds, gives us an excuse to whip up a delicious margarita recipe and binge watch Netflix. Or uh, have a big party. Yeah, that’s what we mean. In addition to the 10 margarita recipes we featured last , here are 7 more lip-smacking tequila-based options to add to your cocktail repertoire for those with more sophisticated palates. In other words–nothing neon blue, and no glow-in-the-dark swizzle sticks.   I tend to be a classic On-the-Rocks-With-Salt girl, but when I’m feeling like something fruitier, I can never resist a Mango Margarita (at top).  This recipe by...

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One Bowl Baking Cookbook: Homemade baked goods from scratch, only easy as using a box.

Valentine’s Day may be behind us, but I have a sweet treat for you, cool moms. My new favorite cookbook, One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, is a revelation too good not to share. It wasn’t written for moms or with families in mind, but the ease with which this book makes it possible to whip up anything from brownies to birthday cake makes it an essential book for every family kitchen. I mean, Banana Bourbon Cake with Whipped Cream (above) in one bowl. C’mon people! (Don’t worry: the recipe’s below.) One Bowl Baking was...

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8 ridiculously easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treats. Because procrastinators need love, too.

At first I thought that Valentine’s Day on Friday was a good thing. What a fun way to kick off the weekend. But now I’m wondering when exactly I’m supposed to make treats for my kids? I guess I should have thought of that last weekend but, really, a whole week ahead of time? If, like me, you’re going to need to make quick Valentine’s Day magic with hours to spare, these super easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treat recipes are for you.   The 4-ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Hearts (above) from Sweetapolita are so pretty! And with that ingredient...

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7 indulgent, easy homemade chocolate treats for your little Valentines (and the big ones, too).

What I want for Valentine’s Day: LOVE! What my kids want for Valentine’s Day: CHOCOLATE! Okay, I want chocolate, too, but I like fancy chocolate. For the kids, I’ll be whipping up one of these super easy, homemade chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day. The pricey stuff may be mine, but the stuff made from the heart is theirs. They always get the better deal. The Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups (above) from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles make me smile. These no-bake treats are festive on the outside, but when you take a bite and realize they are pink inside, your kids will swoon....

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