Category: Recipes We Love

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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5 energy-boosting drink recipes, all coffee alternatives

I’d completely forgotten how much energy–and energy-boosting drinks–it takes to keep our school year routine running smoothly. Summer wiped away the evidence of our hectic September-May life, but, just like having a newborn again, back-to-school reality hit hard and fast. I need energy. Stat. Coffee is my morning pick-me-up, but despite the many amazing coffee drinks the world has to offer, I’m determined to keep my intake to one (or maybe two) cups per day. When that’s not enough, I plan on turning to these healthy, energy-boosting caffeine drink alternatives. And (hey, wake up!) I think you should check them...

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Vintage Fisher-Price toys that you can actually put in your mouth

I’m not a huge cook but I do dabble in cookie-making. Even I know my way around a hand-mixer, and can manage cookie cutters without any major culinary trauma. However if I had mad fondant skills? I would totally be making these vintage toy cookies and handing them out at every single baby shower for the rest of my life. The Vintage Toy Cookies spotted at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle are absolutely mindblowingly amazing. You will recognize all those Fisher-Price toys from your own childhood, like the xylophone, the ring stacking toy, the vintage phone, and that corn popper push toy that...

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Homemade soda: recipes as simple as P-O-P

Soda, or “pop” if you’re from the Midwest, is not something you tend to think of as homemade. Even as one of the great American culinary traditions it tends to be mass produced and super sized, laden with high fructose corn syrup, and tagged an enemy in the fight against obesity. But it wasn’t always so. Soda was originally made with nothing more than naturally flavored syrup and carbonated water, which made it much healthier than today’s version. Andrea Lynn, author of The Artisan Soda Workshop, a new handheld guide to homemade sodas, hopes to bring back the simple tradition...

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11 peachy peach recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

I wait all summer for peach season to begin and, once it does, there’s no stopping me. Fresh peaches, grilled peaches, baked peaches. Plain peaches, sweet peaches, savory peaches. And–the best part–peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack time, too.(Can you tell I like peaches?) Peach season moves quickly though, so if you ask me, you’ve got to have plan to keep from missing out on the best of the yearly crop. These 11 peach recipes will get you on your way to making every meal… peachy. Peaches for Breakfast   Peaches and cream… great. Peaches and coconut cream…...

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6 great gazpacho recipes to beat the heat

It’s about to start–talk of back-to-school, sweaters, and other signs of fall–but, make no mistake: summer’s going strong. The heat is still on and we’ve got seven refreshing gazpacho recipes to cool you down. It used to be that you could only find tomato based versions of the classic chilled Spanish soup, but now you’ll find it made with everything from strawberries to almonds, watermelon to vodka. (Yes, vodka.) So break out your blender and check out these gazpacho recipes. There’s something for everyone. And no, it’s not salsa. -Stacie The Yellow Tomato Gazpacho from Joylicious (top) comes together in...

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9 ooey, gooey, fantastic s’mores recipes. (Is it summer without them?)

Nothing says summer to me like campfires and s’mores. Although being a city person, I can’t say I spend as much time with campfires as I do with s’mores. Luckily, you don’t need a bonfire either to enjoy the chocolate and melted marshmallow dessert. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the great outdoors. (Although I do know roasting those marshmallows on a stick over a fire does have a certain awesomeness about it.) Check out these 9 easy and creative recipes to help you get your summer s’mores fix. Making them is a must; singing kumbaya...

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5 summer drink recipes: Copy your favorites from Starbucks and more at home

Other than my morning cup of joe (like one of these iced coffee recipes, yum), I tend to drink water. But when the heat is on, I find myself craving lemonade, frosty coffee drinks, and other summer coolers. I can down icy drinks from Starbucks and Jamba Juice all of the time, which can add up. So instead of hitting the coffee house, I recently found copycat recipes for a few of my favorites that use more whole ingredients and a lot less money. -Stacie My number one summer drink treat: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. This copycat Mocha Frappuccino recipe from...

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Ice Cream Sundaes – 5 sensational recipes for summer

There is simply no substitute for ice cream sundaes in the summer. When you’re looking for hoots and hollers, a kiddie cone just won’t do. Pull out the big scoops and make one of these ice cream sundae recipes. These sundaes are made with the best fresh ingredients that summer has to offer, making them a little more on the adult side. (No chocolate syrup in a bottle, sorry.) Whether you make your own ice cream or pick some up at the store–I’m lucky to get mine at the  #1 Zagat rated New York City ice cream shop–these summer...

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5 blueberry recipes we can’t get enough of

The start of blueberry season has arrived, calling for easy, fabulous blueberry recipes that make delicious use of the little blue dynamo. Grab several pints–since it’s peak season, you’ll need some to nosh on naked (the berries, not you) then use the rest to give any week in July some sparkle with one of these easy blueberry recipes. –Stacie  Cool down from the heat with this Blueberry Peach Sorbet recipe from Tutti Dolci. The recipe requires only three steps and any old ice cream maker. Don’t have one? Turn it into granita! Instead of chilling the mixture in the...

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5 easy Fourth of July recipes to celebrate your independence from the kitchen

The best party recipes for occasions like the Fourth of July, are simple party recipes that allow you enjoy the celebration too. These festive treats are just that easy. You can even have little ones help with the prep work, while older kids can make some of these recipes completely on their own. Whether or not you have a little sous chef by your side, these July 4th recipes will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time.   It doesn’t get any easier than these delightfully simple watermelon stars via Hip Hip Hooray. (Edited to...

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8 must-try smoothie recipes for a fresh and fruity summer

Fresh fruit is so glorious this time of year that sometimes whirling up a smoothie from a great recipe is the most I need to do with my farmer’s market score. All you need at the very least is ice and a killer combination of seasonal fruit. Or, get more fancy if you’re up for it with one of these tasty summer smoothie blends. Any of these 8 delicious recipes are worthy of a permanent spot on the counter for your blender. Believe me–you’re going to need it. Adding melon to a smoothie–like in this Green Melon Summer Smoothie from...

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6 (manly) Father’s Day recipes that the kids can help make

Today I’ve got 6 awesome, kid-friendly Father’s Day recipes for you. After all, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and as far as I can tell, it’s true. But so is this: nothing is more special to dad than something heartfelt from his children. Combine the two with a special meal that the kids help make (plus maybe a fab Father’s Day gift) and you’ve got a Father’s Day fit for your #1 Dad. Check out these 3 dad-approved Father’s Day menus and get cookin’! Each one includes a main course and a yummy...

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5 great white wine cocktail recipes (and one great way to do good while making them)

Now that it’s unofficially summer, I’m in a white wine mindset, which also means delicious white wine cocktails. Fortunately I’ve got quite a few to share with you. But first, I want to share one of my favorite white wines–with a great story to boot. After a decade of making wine (and far longer drinking it), winemaker Christian Stark set out to make an affordable, great-tasting wine that also makes a difference in the world. Lucky for us, he succeeded with Stark Thirst. This Sonoma Chardonnay is a fresh, dry white wine fermented in steel tanks, which is a...

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Homemade popsicle recipes for the Zoku Single Pop Maker

Memorial Day is this weekend, which in my world means the beginning of popsicle season. It’s hard to talk diy popsicles without talking the Zoku pop maker, so it’s a good thing they’ve given us something new to talk about!This summer, you can indulge in the new single Zoku pop maker which makes a frozen popsicle in just seven minutes. You can make up to three pops in a row before the unit needs to be put back in the freezer.  Even better: The Single comes in five bright colors so that each kiddo can choose their own. Because nothing brings...

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Made with love: 6 easy DIY food gifts for Mother’s Day

Food gifts for Mother’s Day can be absolutely amazing, especially when they’re handmade with love. Add a heartfelt note, and a scribbly piece of art, and you’ve got a gift that’ll make at least this mama even more excited than a pair of Jimmy Choos. Check out these six easy homemade food gifts that will surely make any mama swoon. Skip the bouquet and use rosewater and even dried roses to infuse into Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles (above). These elegant treats by Najwa at Delicious Shots may sounds fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Once you get...

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7 Great Mothers Day brunch recipes–even for those too busy to make Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch is one of my favorite traditions. However ever since having kids, Mother’s Day poses a conundrum. I want it to be my day, which means not doing anything for anybody, but I also want to treat my own mama, and that requires some effort.The solution? Host a make-ahead brunch, then steal away with my husband while Grandma spends QT with her adoring grandsons. It’s the perfect plan. Here are seven great brunch recipes that can be prepped in no time–some even the night before–so that you can kick up your heels on Mother’s Day and still...

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Coffee talk: 6 amazing iced coffee drinks

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in New York City in April, it’s officially time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced. I’ve got to be honest, though, in the legendary words of Coffee Talk” host Linda Richman, bidding farewell to my warm morning cup of joe makes me a little verklempt. (Talk amongst yourselves.) Thankfully, I’ve found 6 delicious iced coffee recipes will help us make a yummy transition to spring. Thai Iced Coffee (at top): Sound fancy? Please. Our good friend Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen makes it no big whoop to make. Her exotic recipe calls for...

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5 delicious recipes for those leftover Easter eggs–or Passover eggs

Whether you’re hosting a seder or awaiting the Easter bunny, one thing’s for sure: you’re about to be knee deep in hard-boiled eggs. Recipe alert! Here are 5 deliciously clever ideas for enjoying all of those eggs, once they’ve completed their job on your holiday table, of course. 1. Make a gourmet egg salad sandwich like the one pictured above by Brown Eyed Baker, which comes to life with dijon mustard and a bit of lemon juice. It’s the classic solution for leftover eggs with good reason. For another sandwich idea, try this sliced egg and cornichon sandwich instead. 2. Spices plus tomato puree make a shockingly...

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Five vegetable chips that make healthy eating easy

Got the winter squash blahs? Now that big mama nature has sprung spring on us, we get to look forward to a wider variety of fresh vegetables at the market. My favorite way to celebrate the bounty of Spring is to make homemade veggie chips. And I’m not just talking about ubiquitous kale chips. You can turn nearly any veggie into a chip with nothing more than a knife, some olive oil and an oven. (Salt helps, too.) Check out these five easy vegetable chip recipes and watch even your veggie refusnik gobble up the natural goodness of spring. These Cinnamon...

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Cake Pop 101 recipe: an easy how-to for even the baking averse

Cake pop mania is going strong! Cute cake on a stick. Yes, please. Made popular by baking genius Bakerella, cake pops are now everywhere, from every food blog (I dare you to find one without a cake pop post) to Starbucks. When cake pops look so pretty, who can resist? Especially when making them is such simple business. I can’t promise you’ll be able to replicate the Mona Lisa on a bite they way Bakerella surely can, but hopefully these tips can get you started. 1. Start with cake Any sheet cake will do. Pick one from your favorite recipes...

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6 Valentine’s Day lunchbox ideas made with extra love

Ready for some Valentine’s Day sweet talk? You can pack a festive Valentine’s Day lunch that’ll make kiddo swoon without even relying on those candy conversation hearts. That means you get to keep lunchtime fun and healthy while saving the chocolate for when your little cupid gets home. Where she can share. With you, of course. It doesn’t get any easier than this sweet idea for a heart-carved apple (above) spied on Crush Cul de Sac. It makes for a quiet, little surprise; a perfect way to say, I love you.  Just be sure to rub lemon on the exposed part...

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Clever Super Bowl dessert ideas. Because one cannot live on nachos alone.

We are so excited to welcome Stacie of One Hungry Mama to the Cool Mom Picks team! We’ve admired her common sense, approachable, clever posts about food and cooking for ages now. This is the first of her weekly niblets of food-related coolness every Wednesday–a roundup of Super Bowl sweets that’ll score big with your football fans, big and small. What a week! My first post as part of the Cool Mom team today. Groundhog Day tomorrow. Thank a Mailman Day on Saturday. And we can’t forget the Madonna concert, er, I mean, the Super Bowl on Sunday. If you’re...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Healthier snacks for the whole family

If you’re anything like me, your diet consists of the meal you’ve made for yourself and then all the leftovers you nibble off your kids’ plates while you clean up the dishes. So if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and be a little more mindful of the things that end up in your mouth, chances are starting with your kids’ plates is a good to place to begin. And don’t we all want to see changes not only for ourselves but for our whole family?   Since a handful of almonds and a square of cheddar cheese...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Drink less with these great mocktail recipes

We’re continuing our series on help for the biggest New Year’s Resolutions with one that we’re seeing a lot of from our readers this year: Cutting back on the booze. Whether you’re trimming the budget, slimming down, or maybe even popping out (!) with a bun in the oven, I’ve put together a few thirst-quenching mocktails that are heavy on flavor and light on liquor. I have a feeling with this great list of drinks, you’ll hardly remember what you’re missing.-Molly Rosemary Citrus Spritzer I have a serious weakness for those little Christmas tree-shaped rosemary bushes that show up...

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6 easy holiday treats, no culinary degree required.

As much as I like to tap into my inner Martha Stewart during the holiday season, this year there just isn’t enough time to crochet snowflake ornaments, whip up petit fours wrapped in fondant, and glue-gun wreaths made of pinecones and milkweed. (Okay, I’ve never done any of those things. Ever.) But on the bright side, we’ve scoured the web for some fabulous holiday recipes to make you look like Martha in the half the time, mess and stress. You’re on your own with the holiday decor, but check out these sweet and simple holiday treats great for both...

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A simple Mother’s Day brunch idea. (Would Martha Stewart steer us wrong?)

Ironically, even though I’m the one who’s supposed to being “honored” for Mother’s Day I end up being the one working my butt off putting together a brunch for everyone else. But, before I hang streamers for my pity party I must say that I am actually looking forward to it this year, thanks to a bunch of simple recipes I picked up in this month’s issue of Everyday Food. I got to visit one of Martha’s actual test kitchens this week (and have bruises from pinching myself) while a team of remarkably talented food editors served up some...

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Go ahead. Make my cookies.

We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...

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Need a reason to celebrate? It’s World Nutella Day!

It’s only February 5, and my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is about to be severely tested: It’s World Nutella Day! To celebrate, I’ve pulled together a few super easy recipes that sound perfect for today, or really any day in which a jar of that creamy chocolate-and-hazelnut goodness is in the house. We’ve even got a homemade version that sounds delish if you’d rather go the DIY route. Take a peek, but I’m warning you—you’re about to become very, very hungry. –Christina Nutella for breakfast (on VERY special occasions) is a sure-fire way to get my kids to think I’m...

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Last minute Thanksgiving recipes? Don’t panic!

That growing anxiety I feel is because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, like a really long race I have to run and if I down, I’ll never catch up again. Luckily, there are some food-tastic sites and bloggers who are a great help to you in your final hours of prep (and borderline panic). For quick tips, last minute recipe ideas and even an impressive no-hassle dessert to bring to the inlaws, we’ve rounded up just a few of our faves around the web this week. Sometimes we need some serious Food 101 help. For how-tos, or tips...

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