My boys have been cooking alongside me ever since they were little. But now that they’re older and I’d love for them make their own breakfast, prep their own snacks, and put together their own lunches from time to time, I’m finding it harder to get them into the kitchen on their own. One issue might be that I call the kitchen my kitchen. That can’t help. Another issue may be all my yapping (that’s code for nagging). I want them to be autonomous, but it’s impossible not to chime in on everything from their snack choices to the kitchen rules, which they...Read More
While we love sharing lots of recipes on Cool Mom Eats — from sticky buns perfect for Easter brunch to easy Easter treats that you can make with kids — there is something to be said for having a go-to menu for whenever you’re entertaining over brunch. This one is my foolproof Easter brunch menu. Watch me prep everything in real time so that you can see just how easy these recipes are on our latest episode of Kitchen Help Live, our weekly Facebook Live broadcast (Thursdays at 1 pm ET!). This latest installment was all about make-ahead Easter brunch...Read More
If you’re looking to drop some pounds in 2017, there are no shortage of diet plans out there, many of which we’ve tried ourselves. (Hello, Whole30). But when we saw this new diet in which all you do is eat tacos, well, you can bet it got our attention. The Taco Cleanse doesn’t come without rules, which I suppose I should have known I wouldn’t just be able to eat tacos all day and all night, but hey, if you’re looking for something that involves eating tasty food and lots (and lots) of it, this might just be the...Read More
Those of you who are also fans of Cool Mom Eats (and hey, thank you!) know that I’m all about coming up with smart solutions to help busy parents with home cooked meals that still feed our families quickly and easily. Especially this time of year, when presumably most of us would rather spend our time hanging with the family, not stuck in the kitchen. Well, depending on the family of course. (Heh.) So we’re here to help with some smart kitchen shortcuts and easy holiday recipes that keep meals simple, speedy, healthy, and above all, totally delicious — thanks in part to our...Read More
We’re big fans of pulling kids into the kitchen early and often. But that also means setting kitchen safety rules for kids — and for you. Not just because it keeps them safe (though that’s obviously the most important thing), but because it’s the essential foundation of learning vital cooking skills that they can use for a lifetime. And hey, it also lets them help us out around the kitchen too. The way we see it, there’s no reason why kids as young as 5 years old can’t help make their own school lunch or even help cook breakfast on busy weekday mornings....Read More
Web coolness: Disney heroines as warrior princesses, baby names that need to come back, best end of year teacher gifts + more!
Here are some links we’re liking around the web this week, with lots of time this holiday weekend for your to read them all. Hope you like them too. From here on forward, this week shall forever be known as Chewbacca Mom Won the Internet Week. Whoo, it’s summer! If you plan on dusting off the grill, we’ve found the best grilling recipes to kickoff summer cookout season. 3 wonderful way to support our troops this Memorial Day. (It’s not just about barbecues, of course.) What else we’ll be doing with our kids Monday: Watching The Roots miniseries reboot on the...Read More
We are always thrilled to find new cookbooks that make life easier for parents, especially because meal planning (and cooking and serving and cleaning and cajoling the kids to eat any of it in the first place) can be…well, not our favorite part of the day. But we’re doubly thrilled when that new cookbook is from our very own Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis. Whoo! The smart, encouraging, and beautifully presented Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them is the right cookbook for busy parents at the right time. As in, I...Read More
Need some last-minute help planning a deliciously sweet Valentine’s Day menu? We’ve put together all our favorite easy Valentine’s Day recipes that we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats — from breakfast to dessert — in one place. This way, you can scan them quickly to save more time for, well, whatever you want. Plus you’ll find some terrific DIY tricks here that turn store-bought treats into something special for the big day. Because, hey, we’re all about easy on Valentine’s Day. And that’s not a double entendre. Okay, it is. Top photos: Heart-Shaped Pretzels by My Name is Snickerdoodle; Valentine’s Day Brownies by Pink...Read More
It’s like you blink and you’ve gone from back to school shopping for toddler backpacks to those annoying extra-long twin sheets for dorm room beds. So whether you’re sending your own kid off to college this year (sniff!), or maybe your niece, nephew, or even grandchild, we’ve got a ton of ideas that will help make their dorm room feel more like home. Or maybe even better in some ways. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Best Buy, which is more than just tech. In fact, it’s more like a one-stop...Read More
Today, as we run on fumes, excitement, and lots of extra-dark roast espresso, we are so happy to introduce the launch of Cool Mom Eats, our all new food channel. You have all been so responsive when it comes to our growing roster of food posts over the past months and years, we thought it was long overdue to give it its own due, as a totally non-judgy, fun, helpful food site. And we’re so lucky it’s in the capable, sometimes Nutella-covered hands of our fantastic Managing Food Editor, Stacie Billis. (Shown up there with her unofficial associate editor, Isaac.) She’s going to be your sherpa through...Read More
As soon as spring hits, I immediately try to switch food gears by ditching all that stick-to-your-ribs winter fare in favor of super light meals instead. It’s a good impulse, but sudden changes like these rarely last more than a week for me. Know what I mean? After that, I find myself feeling hungry for more. So I’ve looked for some great skinny comfort food recipes that will help me lighten up my menu for spring and summer, while satisfying my cravings for the hearty foods I’ve been feasting the last few months. They’re the perfect way to ease into new,...Read More
7 family-friendly asparagus recipes. For families who aren’t typically big on asparagus, but want to be.
There aren’t many vegetables that I don’t like, but asparagus is among my least favorite. When my kids bellyache about the green stalks (and, yes, how their pee will smell afterwards), I get it. I pretend like I enjoy asparagus more than I do but, really, I serve it on principle, and to save us from yet another night of string beans and broccoli. This spring, though, I’m on a mission to turn our attitudes about asparagus around. April is peak season and the perfect time to ditch the steamer for these super tasty, kid-friendly asparagus recipes. Or hey,...Read More
Reducing meat is one of the hardest shifts I’ve ever made in my family’s eating. Even though I’d been a vegetarian through college, I had no idea at the time how to go meatless healthfully. (My youthful diet of pizza, pasta, and more pizza wouldn’t quite cut it for my family.) After some practice, though, I figured out how to make meals like these eight high-protein, vegetarian recipes that taste delicious and provide my kids with exactly what they need to stay healthy and energetic. You know, so that they can grow up and subsist on pizza, pasta, and more pizza when...Read More
As a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings, the egg plays an important role in both Easter and Passover celebrations. This means that no matter which spring holiday you’re celebrating this week, you’re likely to be eating lots of eggs. You might even have a bunch left over—or unloaded on you by your hosts—which will have you eating eggs well beyond your holiday meal. If that’s the case, fear not: we’ve got you covered, and I’m not talking egg salad sandwiches 15 ways. Instead, these five truly awesome recipes that use hard boiled eggs will help you finish your...Read More
7 impressive make-ahead Easter brunch recipes. As in, more time to sneak handfuls of the kids’ jellybeans.
I love hosting holiday brunches for family and friends, but cooking holiday brunches is not so high on my list. I’d much rather ease into my day sipping a latte or, now that it’s spring, one of these amazing iced coffee drinks, than slave over a stove first thing in the morning. So I’ve put together 7 really wonderful make-ahead Easter brunch recipes that make it possible to serve an impressive breakfast spread and get out of PJ’s before the first guest arrives. Hey, there’s a first for everything. Related: 6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes...Read More
A while back, we found the loveliest custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten recipes from your family. It was such a cool keepsake gift for someone who values the idea of an heirloom family recipe, and the idea has always stayed with me. So when I saw a variation on the theme, in these cool custom engraved cutting boards laser-etched with your handwritten recipes, I really was drawn to them. Because it’s a scan, there’s so much you can do with it–work with a recipe card, something scribbled on an envelope, or a recipe that was typewritten on a funky old typewriter back in...Read More
Great one-pot recipes are a family dinner lifesaver — so long as they are truly a one-pot meal. As in, no cheats. These recipes are, and they are amazingly delicious, too. If you ask me, every parent should keep a list of recipes like these on hand at all times. You should know that I’m picky about what counts as a one-pot meal. For me, the word meal implies that the recipe comes complete with protein, veggies, and some kind of carb or carb-y vegetable. If I have to pull out another pot to make rice separately or cook side veggies, well then it’s...Read More
The cronut, a dessert made by frying croissant dough like a donut, set off a nationwide phenomenon in 2013, when Time magazine also named Dominique Ansel‘s creation one of the best inventions of the year. Having had one, I can tell you that the cronut is worthy of the hype and also totally impossible to recreate at home. These five dessert recipe mashups, on the other hand, are equally epic. And you can actually make them. (Yes, you!) All you need is a sweet tooth, some baking gumption, and a lot of sugar. Butter, too. Related: 8 easy homemade donut recipes Strawberry...Read More
It may not be frigid everywhere, but I think it’s safe to say that plenty of us are winter weary and as done with cooking as we are with gloves with scarves. This last stretch of the cold weather (and the exhausting lack of daylight) is a perfect time to let your crock pot do the work of making these easy slow cooker dinner recipes. With hardly any effort on your part, you can cozy up with a book while dinner cooks. Or, you know, take care of one of the other million things on your to-do list. Now if only there...Read More
Easy dumpling recipes for Chinese New Year that kids can help make. We predict a very tasty Year of the Sheep.
What better way to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year than with a crafty project that you can easily do with kids? And, yields dumplings! If you hit the kitchen with the kids to make one of these six easy dumpling recipes for Chinese New Year, the results of your labor will not only be delicious, but dinner will be done too. Now that’s a fortuitous start to the new year. Oh, and none of them are lamb dumplings. We want to honor the sheep here, not necessarily eat one. Of course all of the recipes here can be made with...Read More