Category: Food + Drink

NYC, you just hit the Rice Krispy Treat jackpot

Gee, another place to eat sweets, opening in New York City? That’s no big whoop. But when the new eatery serves up gourmet rice crispy treats (because Rice Krispy Treats would be a trademark issue, right?) in flavors like red velvet, birthday cake and caramel fleur de sel? Well…that’s breaking news.   The new Treat House, which just opened last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is sure to give those ubiquitous cupcake places a run for their money. The husband (a NYC restaurant vet) and wife (a preschool teacher) owners of Treat House make seriously gourmet rice...

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Think (and eat) out of the box with a monthly snack subscription

So here’s a chore I haven’t been missing this summer: packing endless school lunches. Argh! Trying to come up with variety and good nutrition for my kids drives me nuts. I’m already looking for new ideas for the coming school year, and I think I’ve found a pretty clever source. Boxtera is a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol’ box of healthful snacks to your doorstep. Because of its focus on nutrition and overall health, Boxtera’s items are made from natural ingredients and minimally processed. They’re mostly organic and gluten-free (and sometimes vegan, too). In each monthly...

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3 healthier drink boxes for kids: half the sugar, none of the guilt

I admit it, I’m a bit of a loudmouth about the benefits of skipping juice for kids. Most options are packed with sugar–like 20 grams per single-serving box, nearly the same amount of sugar in a full-sized Hershey’s bar. Whoa! I know, I know. An occasional sugary drink never hurt anyone (hello, homemade lemonade!). Thanks to these 3 new delicious juice boxes, though, I can get down off my sugar soapbox. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar each, and the kids love the taste. Score. –Stacie   We’ve always been fans of Honest Kids by HonestTea (above), but when the...

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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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Respect and protect rainforests with supercool reusable water bottles

I’m a hardcore fan of SIGG reusable water bottles. They’re seriously durable–and I know, because my kids put them through the wringer, dragging them from school to skatepark. Now I’m in love with a new collaboration between SIGG and Cuipo (a clothing brand dedicated to saving our rainforests) and here’s why.     Eeach purchase of a Cuipo-branded SIGG bottle saves one square meter of rainforest, preserved in your name. I think this eco-happy skate mama knows what she wants for her birthday. I’m most obsessed with the logo “Be the Solution, Not the Cause.” I can’t wait to...

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Peet’s Coffee comes home with you. One at a time.

It’s only from years of business travel to LA that I got to know the delight that is Peet’s coffee. And now that I don’t have access to their coffee shops in NYC (sniff), I’m glad that now it’s even easier to bring it home. Peet’s K cups are here (oh sorry…let’s use the generic “Peet’s single cups”) so rejoice all ye Keurig users. Yes it took a while, but evidently the company has spent 5 years getting it to where they want instead of settling for meh. I have to respect that. You can get five of their...

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5 brilliant DIY travel snack ideas for kids that will save the day.

My family and I are hitting the road soon and, having learned the hard way to never be caught empty-handed on a long trip, I’ll be prepared with an arsenal of travel snacks. Ideally healthy ones. Since you might be traveling soon too, whether a flight across country or just an afternoon in the local park, I have tracked down 5 seriously genius and creative DIY ideas for packing travel snacks that kids will love. You’ll not only save money, and possibly back seat fights if you’re driving, think of the time you’ll pick up not having to stop...

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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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