Category: Food + Drink

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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Coffee rings that prevent coffee rings

Need a clever coaster for that grande pumpkin spice latte? We’ve got you covered. We love how Coastermatic can turn any of your Instagram photos into coasters. But we also love the way photographer Jennifer Daniels has turned her images of disposable coffee cup lids into actual kiln-fired ceramic coaster art. Because what better way to protect your table from coffee rings and drips than images of coffee lids with drips? Oh, irony. You’re delicious. Especially with extra cinnamon. Find Coffee Lid coasters by Jennifer Daniels at Coastermatic. [h/t swiss...

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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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Keepers: a book of tried-and-true weeknight recipes kids will love, every time

For most of us, the school year is all about “keeper” recipes. Dinners you can rely on. Easy sides that the whole family will eat. Recipes that make life easier and more delicious. We’ve shared some of our favorite weeknight dinners and best veggie side recipes to help you get back into the swing of school night cooking and now, thanks to two cool moms and former Saveur editors, we’ve got a whole book of keepers–and a couple of sample recipes right here to get you started.  The cookbook is appropriately called Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the...

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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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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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