Tag: cooking with kids

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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Actual stylish mommy and me aprons from one of the coolest designers? A fantastic excuse to bake

If you’re going to bake together, do it in style. But do it quickly! These gorgeous denim aprons from Oh Joy (yes, really) are going to disappear faster than a hot stack of chocolate chip cookies. We dig the beautifully curated goods on Brika, and while we’re not always into the whole coordinated mommy/daughter thing, this truly stylish and modern mother and child apron set is our kind of thing; and a great example of how Brika brings together small artisans with interesting stories. When Brika maker Ellen Bennett went to the Oh Joy! studio to meet Joy (one...

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Homemade ice pops fit for a ladybug

When we received a homemade ice pop kit for my daughter’s birthday I was so thrilled–it’s one of those things I had been meaning to get for ages anyway. As it turns out, this one is even better than I could have imagined. If you’re cool with insects. Not only do the six Tovolo Garden Friends Bug Pop Molds churn out adorable ice pops that look like ladybugs and beetles and not entirely creepy caterpillars, but they’re really smartly designed. You secure the molds two to a leaf stand, fill them with juice, then lower in the “stem” stick...

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Mixing up colors with Martha Stewart mixing bowls

Last year, we got a set of Martha Stewart ice cream bowls that have become favorites with my kids, whether they’re holding ice cream, peanut butter for dipping carrot sticks, or maple syrup in the morning. So I’m excited to see now she’s added to the collection with a beautiful set of mixing bowls. The Martha Stewart mixing bowls are so gorgeous, aren’t they? They would get so much use at our place, from mixing up pancake batter to serving kettle corn on movie nights. I especially love that they’re light enough that kids can lift them themselves (not...

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A Batali cookbook. From a different Batali, or two.

As a New Yorker, Mario Batali is everywhere, from the impressive Eataly and the tantalizing Otto to the places a little farther out of my budget. Batali is known more for his amazing cooking than just his TV personality, and the word on the street is that Batali is also a fairly normal, cool, NYC family man who goes around town doing his thing just like the rest of us…well, maybe not just like us. So we were stoked to hear the chef has just released a fabulous new cookbook, which stands out as pretty special. And those with...

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5 no-bake summer desserts for when it’s already hotter than an oven

The heat of summer is on, so I’m turning the heat of my oven off. I’m bidding a temporary farewell to cookies, cakes and brownies until the weather cools down, but fear not, there’s plenty of dessert to be had with these 5 no-bake, all-time-great sweets. Icebox cakes, puddings, cheesecake, oh my! It’s going to be a cool, delectable summer. –Stacie   This Strawberry Milk Cheesecake (above) from SprinkleBakes is proof that bakeless doesn’t mean slacker. How gorgeous is this? It’s a little bit involved, I’ll admit, but it’s also the perfect no-bake solution if you’ve got a summer birthday party...

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Father’s Day recipes for breakfast and brunch the kids can help make

I loved Stacie’s recent post on Father’s Day recipes all using bacon, but some of them are arguably more for the semi-pro home cook to take on as opposed to say…the kids. If your kids are into helping you whip up something yummy and easy for dad, here are some recipes for breakfast or brunch that any parent would be thrilled to have the children make. Also, clean up. And psst…if they do a good job, maybe have older kids start making you breakfast every weekend? Just a thought.   Sour Cream Pancakes I’m smitten for this rich pancake...

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Three Mother’s Day brunch menus as fab as the moms we’re honoring

Just like snowflakes, no two moms are exactly alike. So it only follows that no two Mother’s Day brunch menus should be exactly alike either. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve composed three brunch menus that can be served as I’ve put them together–or mixed and matched to create a brunch as deliciously unique as your very own, like-no-other mama. Oh, and did we mention that these Mother’s Day brunch recipes work no matter who’s doing the cooking? We’ve even included recipes that the kids can make on their own. (You’re welcome!) Mother’s Day Brunch Idea For The Mother...

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Homemade with Love: Simple scratch recipes so full of love that you might just find yourself making homemade ricotta. Seriously.

Some of you may already know Jennifer Perillo, the food writer and recipe developer behind the wildly popular food blog In Jennie’s Kitchen. If you don’t, allow me to introduce you to one of the most talented and expressive bloggers–and now cookbook authors–this side of of your wifi.  There’s a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always endearing emotional honesty with which Jennie shares herself online. Her food comes to us straight from the heart, and now we can get even more of Jennie’s delicious cooking and heartfelt stories in a wonderful new cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking...

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Lidia Bastianich introduces a lovely book for future foodies

Anyone who’s a fan of great Italian cooking is probably a fan of Lidia Bastianich. And I say that as someone who admired her cooking (mmmm…Del Posto) long before she became a TV personality. Now, she’s turning her talents towards a children’s book that just might take that “pasta with butter, no green stuff” kid and turn her into a foodie. Maybe? Hopefully?   The new book Lidia’s Family Kitchen: Nonna’s Birthday Surprise is at first a lovely storybook about Nonna Lidia recalling for her grandchildren her own Italian childhood through food. Accompanied by soft, sweet illustrations by Renee Graef, we learn about...

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You don’t need a blue Easy-Bake Oven to get boys to bake

Although Easy-Bake ovens are now coming out with “boy-friendly” versions (what, girls don’t like blue?), there have always been lots of options for boys to cook–really cook–with the help of great products and cookbooks for kids. Handstand Kids is a longtime favorite company of ours. We love that they have an inclusive baking book that doesn’t have smiling girls holding pink cupcakes on the cover. In fact, any budding bakers in the family will want to get their fingers all over this book. The new Handstand Kids Baking Around the World cookbook is perfect for any kid at all...

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Welcome to The Studio: a brilliant resource for budding artists, scientists, chefs and their parents

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Kiwi Crate here at CMP. We love the concept: a subscription service for kids that sends out monthly boxes filled with superfun, educational activities. But now, we can also benefit from the creative minds behind the wonderful Kiwi Crate kits without spending a dime.  The Studio is a brand new online directory that’s packed with more than 500 projects, recipes and activity ideas to keep your family’s creative juices flowing. I’m already obsessing over all the Halloween ideas. My kids would go batty (heh) for the 3D Yarn Spider Web.  But The Studio’s...

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The Weelicious cookbook – the cookbook every family should own

Remember our list of 6 cookbooks that every parent should own? Well, make room on your cookbook shelf for one more: the new Weelicious cookbook by Catherine McCord. [Like great food? Then don’t miss a super giveaway for two readers after the jump] Before I get to the many reasons why Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes is fabulous, allow me to digress for a moment. When former chef Anthony Bourdain wrote his breakout book Kitchen Confidential, he caught flack for calling out his kitchen brethren. I’m about to do something similar, and not just because I’ll do nearly anything...

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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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The Busy Mom’s Cookbook – isn’t that all of us?

Antonia Lofaso was absolutely captivating on Top Chef. I loved watching her seamlessly perfect results every single episode, and I appreciated her passion for being both a full time chef and full time mother. And now she’s offering wisdom to parents who want haute, mostly Italian-inspired cuisine in minutes, sans microwave, with her new cookbook. The 100 recipes in The Busy Mom’s Cookbook appease both your own sophisticated palate and your carb-loading, goldfish-loving toddler’s. Madras curry chicken, anyone? The recipes are really easy to follow, and I like that the total cooking time and serving size is found at...

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How do you pit cherries? Aha! We have an easy answer.

I know I’m not the only one who’s always wondered if there’s an easier way to pit cherries. Every year, I wait for cherry season with much anticipation, only to be reminded that with half of my kids needing me to pit their cherries before they can eat them, I’m facing a slow, tedious task, even though I’m fairly handy with a knife. Well this year, I finally invested in an fantastic cherry pitter and now when the kids ask for them, I practically cheer.  The Cherry Chomper is a cute, inexpensive gadget that pops the pits right of cherries with...

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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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