Category: Recipes We Love

10 margarita recipes to put the “ayyy-oh!” in your Cinco de Mayo

I have a serious weakness for margaritas. They are, hands down, my favorite drink. And why not? Let’s face it: margaritas are sunshine in a glass. I even keep a bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas around for days when the kids win and Mommy needs her own special bottle. (I wholeheartedly stand by our verdict that Skinnygirl Margaritas are surprisingly good.) But Cinco de Mayo is no time to be lazy about margaritas. Agreed? If there was ever a weekend to put a little extra time, care and effort into your margarita, it’s this weekend. I’ve rounded up 10 (yes, 10!)...

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5 guacamole recipes so amazing, you’ll want to make all of them for Cinco de Mayo. Seriously. Buy a lot of avocados.

Well, what a perfect opportunity we have this week to try out many delicious guacamole recipes. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking the fact that Cinco de Mayo lands on a weekend this year as a sign. No, not a sign that I can drink an extra three margaritas; it’s on Sunday, after all. Rather, it’s a sign that I can eat guacamole. All. Day. Long. I plan on serving so much guacamole this Cinco de Mayo that I’m going to make more than one kind, each one more delicious than the next. So join me in...

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6 of the most delicious coffee drink recipes from around the world

For years, I’ve developed a taste for international coffees. Don’t get me wrong: I love me a good old fashioned brewed cup of joe, but sometimes I crave an international-style coffee drink for a little something different. And I’m not talking about flavored coffee powder, either. These 6 delicious coffee drink recipes are much more delicious and, if you ask me, a way better way to celebrate the moments of your life. –Stacie Cafe de Olla (above) is a Mexican-style coffee which, in this case, means a little sweet and spiked with cinnamon. (How much do we love the...

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6 spring cocktails to bid adieu to winter

Cooking’s my thing, but I’m in the mood to celebrate spring with some yummy cocktails, thank you very much! Seasonal sips are a fun, grown-up way to savor vibrant spring flavors as we coax the sun out of winter hiding. So put on your new rose-colored shades, grab a fab light scarf, and let’s raise a glass to spring with these 6 delicious spring libations. Cheers! -Stacie It seems only appropriate to start with this super fresh, sparkling emerald green Kiwi Capiroska (above). This drink is similar to a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail made with cachaca sugar cane liquor, but...

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9 cheese-tastic grilled cheese recipes to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Enough said? I agree! This one’s all about the grilled cheese recipes, and oh, does the Internet have us covered. If my search is any indication, grilled cheese sandwiches–and all variety of riffs on the classic–are among the most posted food. Ever. Rejoice the grilled cheese and check these out: the meltiest, cheesiest, most scrumptious sandwich recipes that the Web has to offer. –Stacie  Giving nachos an everyday twist, I present thee with the Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese (above) from BS In the Kitchen. Beans, avocado, jalapeños, oh my. One note, though: this recipe calls...

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6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. (More time for egg hunting!)

I know that there’s more to Easter than bunnies and food, but in these days leading up to the holiday my mind is on, well, bunnies and food. Easter candy, Easter cakes, Easter brunch: it’s hard to focus with such tasty distractions! I, of course, plan on getting my Easter priorities straight by the time Sunday rolls around but, in the meantime, let’s get back to the food. Easter brunch to be exact. I’ve found six amazing Easter brunch recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prep. Cooking time is variable, of course, but by then you’ll be...

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8 spectacularly gorgeous Easter cakes you can bake at home (honest!)

After the excitement of hunting for eggs and the Easter bunny die down, it’s time for Easter dinner. And then, finally, my favorite part of the day: dessert. As in, Easter cakes. There’s just something so sweet about ending the holiday festivities with a pretty Easter cake, bright with springtime flavors (and maybe, if you’re lucky, studded with Easter treats). The only bad thing about Easter cakes–and there really is only one bad thing–is that they can be overly fussy and hard to make. But not these. We’ve found 8 beautifully simple Easter cake recipes that keep it easy...

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4 Lucky Charms recipes for a magically delicious St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been carrying a deep dark secret since childhood (and yes, Cool Moms, I’m revealing myself here and now): this organic mama has a weakness for sugary cereals. I cannot be left alone with a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m the one person on the planet who actually likes Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms make me weak in the knees.    As you can imagine, I rarely touch the stuff anymore, but you know what they say about moderation, right? Everything has a time and place, and I say that St. Patrick’s Day qualifies as both to justify...

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Simple hot school lunches for chilly school days

We may be more than halfway through winter, but the cold’s not done with us yet. Even those of you who live in eternally warm places (lucky ducks!) have been experiencing unseasonably chilly weather. No matter where you find yourself this winter, there’s nothing better on a cold day than a warm lunch. These three fabulously fortifying school lunch ideas are an easy way to pack your child’s thermos with warm eats in no time. Expect a little prep work, but nothing major. And by taking just a minute or two longer than it takes to throw together a peanut butter...

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Say it with heart: 3 last-minute Valentine’s Day sweets made with one Valentine’s Day cookie cutter

No need to fret if you haven’t made a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the kidlets yet. Thankfully for us last-minute types, simple surprises always do the trick. All you need to make one of these three sweet surprises is a basic recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have either? Hit the bakery and grab a knife. We can still make this work. See how easy this is going to be? Now Hug Me, you Cutie Pie! –Stacie, xox No sweet is as easy to whip up as Rice Krispie treats. And that’s a fact. Throw a heart-shaped...

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6 amazing hot chocolate recipes to warm your bones after a winter storm (or, really, whenever)

Hot chocolate is always a requisite to get us through winters here in the Northeast. And while Nemo didn’t quite pack the punch that we thought it might here in NYC, it’s still been reason enough to bundle up for a snowball fight or hunker down for a cozy day in. (Or maybe one following the other.) No matter how you play it, hot chocolate is in order. And not just any old hot chocolate, either. These 6 hot chocolate recipes are worthy way to enjoy winter just a wee bit more. And don’t worry if there isn’t any...

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6 simple and sweet Valentine’s Day breakfast recipes

It used to be that Valentine’s Day meant a romantic breakfast in bed with my husband. These days, we’re lucky if we wake up without a sneaky child nestled between us. And by nestled I mean sleeping perpendicular to us with with his heels firmly planted in my cheek. But even though I haven’t seen my breakfast-in-bed tray for, oh, 6 years, that doesn’t mean I’m not down for surprising my boys–big and small–with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. The catch is that Cupid visits on a Thursday this year, so breakfast can’t be complicated. After all, I’ll have to...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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Last minute Super Bowl recipes? We can help!

If at this particular moment it has just struck you that you have a houseful of people showing up tonight for the Super Bowl–or perhaps your spouse just alerted you to that fact at this particular moment–don’t worry, we can help with the food! Here are a ton of links for Super Bowl snacks, drinks and desserts that you can whip up for a hungry crew without too much effort. Just uh, try not to chomp those nacho chips loudly during the commercials? Some of us are actually trying to watch them. If you’ve got a grill, these Steak and...

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7 killer nacho recipes for your Super Bowl party. Or any party.

Whether you’ll be hooting for the 49ers or hollering for the Ravens, we can all find common ground on Super Bowl Sunday over a great nacho recipe. Like pizza, nachos are an elemental dish made with the holy trinity of comfort foods: bread (or chips in this case), sauce, and cheese. You can leave your nachos simple or build them up to deliciously monstrous proportions with anything from sausage to roasted red peppers, beans to olives. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t believe me, check out these seven killer nacho recipes that will surely please everyone this weekend....

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5 beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes that you can make at home

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Which means I’m in trouble. I love Girl Scout cookies. Every year I’m taken by surprise by a cute little girl with a dangerously powerful sell. Whether I resist or not, I always end up baking a batch of my own homemade Girl Scout cookies. (An especially good way to stave off the craving while I wait for the order, but still support our local troops.) Making Girl Scout cookies at home is easier than you think, and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kids. The only problem with baking Girl...

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The 9 best recipes of 2012 from the 9 best food bloggers of 2012

We food bloggers are a prolific crop. Here, I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite nine (and, yes, I’ve shamelessly included myself), and I’ve asked them to all share a favorite recipe that they posted this year. Some of them are moms, some not, but regardless, all of them make fresh, laid-back food that I’d be happy to serve at my family table. And you will, too. Enjoy these nine best recipes from nine of my favorite food bloggers of 2012. Oh, they are delectable. -Stacie Is it wrong to start with sweets? I dare you to look at...

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5 New Year’s Eve appetizers with cocktails and mocktails to match for a chic, family-friendly party

Whether you’re cozying up with family or hosting a big New Year’s party, New Year’s Eve calls for party food that’s easy, potentially kid-friendly, but also elegant for us cool parents. High maintenance? Nah. We’ve got New Year’s Eve eats and drinks that hit all those marks and then some, no problem. These five appetizer recipes are just as easily turned into a fun family tapas style dinner. And the cocktails pairings? They’re just as good spiked with booze as they are without, so that everyone can have a fancy sip. Celebrating the New Year with fabulous family style...

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7 make-ahead Christmas brunch recipes for a no-fuss, all-delicious morning

Now that I have kids, breakfast has become my favorite meal of Christmas day. I want it to feel special–a quiet, cozy time to wind down after a whirlwind of gift opening and before a whirlwind of family–but making a special Christmas breakfast can feel like a serious chore. Who wants to be in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents?Enter make-ahead Christmas day brunch recipes. These seven Christmas breakfast recipes can all be made, or at least prepped, ahead of time. Do the work the night before, pop a delicious breakfast in the oven, and spend the...

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What the Mayans got right: hot chocolate

Well, we here are beyond happy to know that the world is still around today, Mayan calendar apocalypse warnings notwithstanding. It would be so wrong for it all to end before we get a chance to dig into Season 3 of Downton Abbey.  So we were thinking, if you’ve got a friend with a sense of humor–or you just need a delicious last-minute holiday gift–we think a homemade hot chocolate in honor of the Mayans who originated the drink in the first place might be just the thing. This Mayan hot chocolate recipe from Hello Giggles is my kind...

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10 easy, edible holiday gifts that kids can help make

Shipping time is running out and shopping time is ticking down, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up an edible gift handmade with love. These holiday treats are easy enough to make with the kids’ help–and so much easier than dragging them through crowded stores! And they’re totally delicious to boot. Like hot-fudge-rocky-road-sugary-maple-bacon delicious. No scary fruitcake here, promise. –Stacie If you and your kid feel like baking, take a break from cookies to give these pretty Peppermint Cream Squares (above) a try, thanks to our friends at The Kitchn. I can’t get over how festive they look. Edible...

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5 apple cider cocktails that make mean mocktails, too

These days, I look for a cocktail that’s just as tasty without the spirits. (Ah, how times have changed.) I like having yummy drinks on hand for pregnant friends, kids, and those who steer clear of alcohol. And I’ve figured out that the key to a great mocktail is a super delicious combination of mixers that treat the booze as icing rather than the main treat. Using apple cider as a base for your cocktail makes that simple. If you don’t believe me, check out these five impressive (and easy!) apple cider drinks that are delicious as cocktails or mocktails and perfect for this...

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8 spectacular holiday cookie recipes to kick off the holiday baking season

If you ask me, the best part of the holiday season are the holiday cookie recipes. Holiday cookies are affordable and easy to make, they never fail to make everyone happy, and they always give us a good reason to get together with friends and family. (Hello, cookie swap!) Holiday cookies make both a great dessert and a fabulous gift. Enough said. As your faithful cookie elf, I’ve rounded up 8 amazing holiday cookie recipes so that you can start getting your holiday baking on. And, no, it’s not too early. Make, bake, eat, freeze, then make more. I’ve even...

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Highlighting Hanukkah with 7 sensational latkes recipes

Hanukkah is around the corner. That means it’s time to get our best latkes recipe on! The humble potato pancake is a traditional Hanukkah food loved by Jews and non-Jews alike, and with good reason. Who can resist crispy fried cakes of shredded potato and onion served with sour cream or applesauce? Certainly not me.But what if we veered off the traditional path? What if we maintain the basic principles of latke-making, but ditch the classic recipe, which calls for little more than potato, onion and egg? Then…magic, is what. Here are 7 amazing latkes recipes to prove it,...

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Biscoff truffles? Avert your eyes, dieters.

A few years back we admitted our collective devotion to Biscoff cookies–you know, those ones you get on the airplanes?–and it turns out we were not alone. Since then we’ve discovered the joy of Biscoff cookie spread, and now we’re drooling because it turns out you can do more with it than eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. I mean uh, spread it on toast.  One of the great thing about this Biscoff Truffle recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen (besides the fact that we could probably eat 42 in one sitting) is that it only...

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10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy

It’s been quite a week, filled with a flurry of sweet Halloween activity and some not-so-sweet weather for some of you. Whether or not you braved Frankenstorm in your neck of the woods, I’m guessing that you’ll have leftover candy. Hopefully yours is from a big ol’ trick-or-treat haul. Even if it’s just candy you didn’t get to hand out, though, these recipes will come in handy. Check out these ten super delicious, highly decadent treats that make genius use of leftover Halloween candy. You know, when you get bored of stealing it straight out of the kiddo’s bag....

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7 sweet Halloween recipes: copycat candy bars

Looking for a sweet DIY Halloween project with a big payoff? These homemade candy bar recipes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos. You’ll still buy bags of snack-sized candies for the 31st (try one of these all natural candy bars). But these recipes are not for trick-or-treaters…they’re just too good to share! (Plus, it’s a little creepy to give out homemade food to kids you don’t know.) So definitely save these treats for you and your coven. I am a sucker for chocolate and coconut together, so these easy homemade Mounds bars (above) found on From Scratch...

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7 of the cutest (and creepiest) Halloween cookies haunting the Internet

I’m not much of a cookie aficionado, but Halloween brings out the baker in me. (It also brings out the witch in me, but that’s for another post.) In honor of my favorite cookie-making holiday, we’ve found the cutest, yummiest Halloween treats ever. So feast your zombie eyes on these. The kids are going to freak out! I’m telling you, Halloween cookies are easy, and there isn’t all that Christmas-y pressure. These days, finding Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a cinch (like the “gingerdead” men cookie cutters, heh). The color palette can be more limited to orange, black and green–and if your...

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Watch it wiggle, see it freak out your party guests

Browsing through our archives for cool Halloween ideas, I came across this old link to a post highlighting a recipe for super spooky eyeball Jell-O shots. Non-alcoholic for the kids, of course. Poking around the site, turns out there’s a ton more great ideas for any upcoming Halloween parties you might have on the calendar. At Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, the updates are now few and far between but the recipe archive is still quite good. Do some searching and you’ll find recipes like Candy Corn Jello and Polyjuice Potion made with gingerale, pineapple and lime, and topped with gummy worms....

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Color your own cake-venture!

Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I’m not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here’s one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that her cake will be exactly what she wants. With a bouquet of food-safe edible ink markers, the Sweetapolita blog shows us how a white birthday cake became the perfect canvas for budding artists and we’re smitten! We’ve recommended this cookie and food marker combo before, but any set will do, like these gourmet food writing markers. You can order a cake covered with...

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