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...Read More
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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...Read More
Pairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It’s one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating–even foods that they’re not normally excited about eating. In honor of the bounty of summer, I’ve gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one’s appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie Blueberries...Read More
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...Read More
Pity my children, for popsicles were once merely a thing of legend. You see, we have a saying at our house: Sticky is icky. That means that Mommy can’t handle juice, yogurt, smushed bananas, or children covered in any and all of the above. But now, it’s okay. We’re cool. The Little Bites Popsicle Molds from Kinder-Ville are the easiest, tidiest popsicle molds I’ve ever seen or used, and they’ve totally changed my mind about frozen treats. They’re made of soft, durable silicone that’s guaranteed free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, and they’re dishwasher safe. And I love them....Read More
Love it or hate it, if you’re a parent, you’ve got to feed your kids. Whether you already cook nightly or…not so much, but want to cook more, these, six of my staple cookbooks, provide just the inspiration you need to get food on the table with a minimum of stress. Fresh & Easy: What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby Jane Hornby makes cooking simple dishes using fresh ingredients easy. Like super easy. Think you’re not the kind to throw together Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg? You might be if you own this book. Every recipe...Read More
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...Read More
My kids are more than eager to help in the kitchen, but there’s only so much they can do with a big dull butter knife and a spoon as long as their arm. Fortunately, since discovering these cool kid-size kitchen utensils, our nightly dinner service has gotten much more efficient and kid friendly. Foodies everywhere are probably already familiar with Kuhn Rikon–heck, even I’d heard of them–but it was only recently that I discovered their Kinderkitchen line which applies smart Swiss design to kid friendly cooking tools. Unlike a few others that I’ve seen which are adorable but not...Read More
Back when we first told you about the all-natural, nothing-yucky baking mixes from Kids Central Kitchen, we were already impressed. But they’ve gone and raised the bar. Or the snack bar?[don’t miss a sweet discount after the jump] Not that we were complaining before, but they’ve gone ahead and improved the mixes so they taste even better. Mixes for goodies like pancakes, energy bars and chocolate brownies are still made of whole grains, and never any HFCS or anything else you’d rather keep out of your kitchen (and your kids). My kids are old enough to bake these all...Read More
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...Read More
For some reason my daughter has been obsessed with the idea of make your own cupcakes lately. Oh wait…I remember why. Because cupcakes are good. Or at least they’re supposed to be. We’ve tried a few DIY kits recently have been hardly worth the calories. (HFCS frosting? Yuck.) And then recently we sampled the goodies from Saint Cupcake, whose cupcake kits give new meaning to OH GOD YES. Portland’s Saint Cupcake does as magnificent a job as I’ve ever seen with a make-your-own cupcake kit. Start by choosing your fresh-baked cupcake flavors, from vanilla, chocolate and red velvet to...Read More
There are some women out there who seem to overachieve the pants off of the rest of us. Environmentalist, author, producer and mother of two Laurie David is one of those ladies. Her latest project is The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a cookbook/memoir/inspirational ode to the importance of family mealtime. David has packed the book full of easy tips on everything from how to set the table for take-out Chinese food, ways to get the kids to taste everything on the table, dinner table conversation starters, and of course,...Read More
If there was ever a time to play with food, it’s Halloween. Spaghetti guts, Jello-brains…come on! Who doesn’t love that! Thanks to the folks at Barefoot Books, we’ve found a bunch of tasty, scary recipes that your kiddos can help you make or devour – whether you’ve got a fun Halloween party planned, or just want to make dinner time ghoulishly festive. –Kristen[Don’t miss the fun, easy recipe after the jump!] This one comes from Kids’ Kitchen, a handy little deck of recipe cards by Fiona Bird, that are all child-friendly, healthy, and did I mention kid-friendly? I’m a...Read More
When Kristen and I had the opportunity to sit down with Sam Talbot, our Top Chef crush for the last few years, it was hard not to say yes. (Frankly, it was hard not to get all sweaty and nervous for days beforehand.) It was a bit intimidating; not because he’s adorable and charming and the executive chef of the new Mondrian Soho in NY, and rumored to be dating models up the whazoo–but because he’s such a passionate, talented chef. And frankly, we’re both better at eating fabulous food than cooking it ourselves. As a former personal chef...Read More
I’m not going to bore you with facts and figures about childhood obesity in America, because we’ve all heard it before. What I will tell you is that there is little my kids enjoy more than receiving their own mail, and in particular, magazines addressed to them. The intersection of these two issues–on the one hand, a real problem when it comes to kids and food, and on the other, kids loving their own mags–is where the new quarterly magazine ChopChop comes into play. Research shows that one of the best ways to broaden kids’ palates and get them...Read More
My three kids, and even my 2-year-old, are super eager to help me in the kitchen. And surprise, they seem even more eager to consume what I’ve prepared when they’ve had a hand (or entire arm as it seems to go) in making it. Granted, they probably won’t need any prompting to chow down on cupcakes, but this awesome My First Baking Kit is a fabulous way to give any kiddo a little kitchen inspiration. Each tin is made to order, featuring a slew of baking essentials including cookie cutters, sprinkles (or jimmies, ahem), and cake toppers just to name a few. There’s also...Read More
Well, call me a sucker for a cute dad with a British accent who knows his way around a chef’s knife, but Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has singlehandedly changed my Friday nights. And much much more. Oliver is best known for his previous TV series, The Naked Chef, where his energetic presentation and simple approach to cooking won over legions of home cooks. But now he’s parlayed his passion for food into a desire to change in the way people eat in America. If you haven’t yet caught the reality show, it chronicles the chef’s adventures in Huntington, West...Read More
We’re all trying to eat better, right? And preparing fresh, healthy food for our families is no problem at all, what with our busy lives, children’s picky palates, and our own dietary restrictions as we head into swimsuit season (ahem). Yeah. Here comes chef Jennifer Iserloh, a.k.a. The Skinny Chef, to the rescue. This media maven is something of an everycook–not only does her site boast an impressive category of kid-friendly recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious, she makes it all palatable for the entire family. Read: She offers up a wine pairing for that Butternut...Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. A red velvet cupcake recipe roundup (shown) from The Kitchn – ooh la la. A guest post on Shankman.com from Everlasting Matrimony: 50 ways to be cheap on Valentine’s Day without Looking Cheap. Rookie Moms teaches us how to make a conversation heart Hilarious advice from Amy Storch on AlphaMom about surviving air travel with young children. Cool piece from the New York Times on The Secret Society of Creative Philanthropy — how would you pay it forward with $100? Also from...Read More
Of all the things to gawk at, at the sprawling Atlantis Resort last weekend, there was one thing that seemed to catch the eye of every editor there–the bright, kid-friendly cooking utensils in the Kids Club. Sadly when I found info on the nested mixing bowls that looked so fabulous on the shelves, they turned out to be a whopping $49.99 for a set that gets dismal Amazon ratings. But I was happy to discover the Fiesta Heads silicone whisk, spatula and pastry brush which the kids had a blast playing with before the cooking even started, thanks to...Read More
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