Tag: cooking

8 tips for how to make homemade pie perfectly. Or, you know, nearly perfectly.

We might as well call the holiday season “pie season” if you ask me. That’s honestly what it is—or at least what it should be. Who’s with me? Even if you’re not (and we’ll settle this later), Thanksgiving and the winter holidays create the perfect excuse to bake up a pie or seven which, despite what the saying suggests, is pretty easy to do. Especially if you follow these 8 easy tips for how to make homemade pie like the not-quite-pros but really enthusiastic home cooks that we are..   1. Start with a great recipe. It’s simple: A great...

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9 amazing fall salad recipes that will keep you from missing summer. Or at least summer salads.

Fall is all about stews, chili, roasts, and salads. Yes, salads! Roasted veggies are delicious, but roasted veggies tossed with greens and a delicious dressing are sublime. And don’t forget about fall fruits; they make for delicious salads, too. These 9 amazing fall salad recipes are enough to keep us from missing summer salads. Now if only they could keep us from missing summer weather. I’ve never seen a recipe that makes Brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli—all mixed together!—look so good. Maybe that’s the power behind this Fall Kale Super Salad (above) from Seasons and Suppers.   We can’t talk...

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Nutribaby Food Processor: Possibly the new must-have baby registry item

So yeah, making your own baby food can become daunting and tedious surprisingly fast, even for people like me who love to cook, and even if we have awesome baby food gadgets like the excellent Beaba Babycook. But even with the Beaba (and other similar products), I often had to steam one ingredient at a time since each required different amounts of water and time to cook properly. Also, the smaller capacity meant spending double or triple the time to make a decent batch of food to freeze so I didn’t have to do it all again the next day. Problem solved, now that French company Babymoov has...

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How to roast pumpkin seeds: 6 amazing recipes from sweet to salty, mild to spicy

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to collect our gourds and go home. If you haven’t already carved yours, now is the perfect time to gather your pumpkins and put them to (actual) good use by roasting those pumpkin seeds for a nutritious snack. Here is our favorite tutorial on how to roast pumpkin seeds, plus 6 awesome roasted pumpkin seed recipes with a flavor for every taste.   Oh She Glows is my favorite stop for natural snacks and, as expected, Angela came through with this great tutorial on how to roast pumpkin seeds. Each step comes with...

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What’s better than cookies? Cookies that look just the way you want them.

I just cooked to say I Love You. And Superstar, and Happy Birthday, and pretty much any message up to 17 letters that can be stamped into a cookie. Thanks to this genius customizable Cookie Stamper, you can customize any message with letters, numbers, hearts, stars–even plenty of exclamation points!!!   Each kit comes with a wooden stamper, a silicone base that resists heat, and an entire sunny alphabet of non-stick letters, numbers, icons, and punctuation. Whether you’re making cookies for a new mom, planning racy treats for your anniversary, looking for creative DIY teacher gifts for the holidays, or just want a...

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Cooking with color

For someone who prides herself in putting out multiple home-cooked meals a week, my cooking utensils are really old and in dire need of replacing. After spending some time poking around the Canadian Etsy shop Storiebrooke, everything about these bamboo cooking utensils has me saying it’s time to fix that. [Update: You can now find Storiebrooke at Gouniq instead of Etsy] The 4 piece bamboo cooking collection–with slotted and solid cooking spoons and slotted and solid spatulas–would instantly brighten my stale decor. I just love the vibrant and modern color-dipped wood options here. If the sea urchin palette isn’t your thing, maybe hot air balloon...

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8 savory apple recipes for dinner — sweet!

We all know that apples shine in sweet recipes for tasty apple snacks and delectable apple desserts, but this versatile fruit also rocks the dinner table. And not just in salads, I’ll have you know. There are lots of ways to use apples in all three meals of the day. Here are 8 of my favorite apple recipes for dinner.   In salads, apples are often paired with blue cheese, walnuts, fennel, or kale, which is why I love this unexpected Spicy Thai Mango Apple Salad at The Pickled Plum. It’s refreshing in concept and taste, and can be turned into a...

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Cookbooks and baking blends to make a gluten-free diet delicious

My experiments with gluten-free cooking and baking have taught me that it can be a seriously tricky endeavor. Not only is it hard to find great gluten-free breads and pastas, but avoiding all of the foods that surprisingly contain gluten—from soy sauce to sausage—can be a painstaking chore. These four awesome gluten-free cookbooks and two gluten-free baking blends offer tons of inspiration, recipes, and mixes that make eating a gluten-free diet easy and, more importantly, totally delicious. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen America’s Test Kitchen is the place to start...

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Cooking with kids: Healthy snacks that kids can help make and everyone will eat

At a recent family brunch with Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech and LiveHealth Online, an awesome new service that gives you immediate access to board-certified doctors from home, I was reminded that cooking with kids is an awesome opportunity to go beyond chocolate chip cookies. And that they’re more likely to try what you make if they’ve helped. I watched my son and a slew of other kids make—and eat!—these three healthy snack recipes, and may have stolen a few bites for myself. I wasn’t alone: I watched all of the other parents sneak bites, too. These snacks are that good....

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An awesome new meal planning website that personalizes your meal plans. It’s like doing it yourself, without having to do it yourself.

How many times have you heard “Just meal plan!” when you groan about the never-ending responsibility of feeding your family night after night?  But time constraints, logistics, or the fact that organizing ahead isn’t everyone’s strong suit mean meal planning just doesn’t work for all of us. Now, thanks to new awesome meal planning website gatheredtable, someone else can do it for you. Don’t miss a big update below   Does any of these statistics resonate with you? You’re not alone, which is why so many meal planning sites and apps have popped up lately. I’ve looked into many of them and haven’t found one that I...

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Good things come in pears: 5 easy pear dessert recipes, plus how to select and store them properly.

Apples come to mind first when most people think of fall fruit. And yes, they are great–these six apple snack and dessert recipes are proof–but they’ll also be around for a while. Right now, I’m all about seizing the moment with pears–which, by the way, have more potassium, fiber and folate than apples. Pears are just as versatile as apples but beyond eating them plain, I love them most in dessert. Check out these five easy pear dessert recipes and, to help make sure that they come out perfectly, check out our quick guide to choosing ripe pears. How to select...

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How to hard boil eggs perfectly. Plus 5 ways to use them for quick school day breakfasts

A perfectly hard boiled egg can be an elusive thing, even for those of us who cook–and cook with kids underfoot, and into everything, all the time. I’m here to help fix that! Hard boiled eggs are a super easy, nutritious go-to food that I have on hand all of the time and, when you follow these easy directions for how to hard boil eggs perfectly, you may too. They’re great to have around for any meal of the day, but especially for one of the five quick school day breakfast ideas. I’ve rounded up for you.   How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly First,...

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Let them eat corn! 4 easy ways to cook corn on the cob.

Labor Day does not mean labor intensive, so keep your eats fresh and easy this holiday weekend. With late summer produce at its peak, nothing needs a heavy touch. Sip on a Blackberry Smash cocktail, grill up one of these amazing burger recipes or hot dog recipes, if you prefer, and make some sweet corn to top it all off. Here are 4 easy ways to cook corn on the cob this weekend—or any time of the year—to get it just right without much effort. Then just top it off your meal with a gorgeous summer pie recipe, if you feel...

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The best ice cream recipes to help you celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Because we’re nice like that.

With my birthday coming up, I almost forgot to mention that July 20th is National Ice Cream Day. Thankfully I remembered in the nick of time, because the guilt of forgetting to tell you guys that eating tons of ice cream is your patriotic duty on National Ice Cream Day would have been crushing. Like, sitting on the couch, crying tears into my pint crushing. Instead, I can proudly make one of these fabulous ice cream recipes using our favorite ice cream finds or if you’re intrepid, homemade stuff you make yourselves. So many options. Just one day. It’s...

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The best cookbooks for summer, way beyond grilling.

Summer is whizzing by and before you know it, the peaches, tomatoes and corn will be gone. Before summer produce makes its sad exit, you’ll want to be sure to get in all the great summer cooking you can. The good news is that summer cooking is all about a light touch. It doesn’t get all that intense, except maybe when making homemade pie dough. (Though pssst, every single one of these summer pie recipes can be made with store bought dough). The even better news is that I’ve got five awesome cookbooks for summer that aren’t your typical summer cookbooks–no grilling books,...

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6 killer hot dog recipes to spice up summer: Move over, yellow mustard.

Hot dogs are a simple pleasure, I know, but even the classics can use a little jazzing up sometimes. Not that there’s anything wrong with yellow mustard (okay, there kind of is, but still…) but I suggest you ditch it for a moment and kick the grilling up a notch. You may never go back again. Hope you enjoy these six creative hot dog recipes, all the perfect kind of fun for your summer dinner table.   I’ve been seeing a lot of Asian-fusion hot dogs on menus lately and, having tried a few, I can tell you that this trend is a...

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5 gorgeous summer pie recipes to make right now.

When I first started writing about food, seasonal eating was mostly a concept for food geeks. The idea of summer pies was laughable to all but those farmer’s market shoppers and serious gardeners. So I couldn’t be happier that only five years later, there is widespread interest in seasonal food. Especially in summer and with good reason – because even the coldest parts of the country are teeming with ripe, juicy blueberries, strawberries, cherries and (mmmm….) peaches. When nature gives us all of that good stuff, there’s only one thing to do: make seasonal pies. Immediately. As in now. I hope these five spectacular summer...

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10 camping recipes so good you may never go back to an oven again.

It probably comes as no surprise that my favorite part of camping is campfire cooking. There’s something satisfyingly primal about giving up my stove and cooking over an open fire in the great outdoors. And with the right camping recipes—like these 10 for every meal of the day—the results are incredibly tasty. Impressive, even. Too bad I can’t say the same about giving up my hairdryer.   A CAMPING BREAKFAST IDEA THAT’S NOT PANCAKES Pancakes breakfasts are easy enough to whip up while camping if you have a large griddle. However if you don’t, flipping flapjacks to order in a small cast...

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Web Coolness: The coolest Bento box lunch for kids, when Internet comments blow up, and lots to laugh about

Here’s our favorite links we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Make your kids’ day with these awesome Transformers bento box lunches. Have you seen this dads’ funny Frozen parody video yet? If so, watch it again. Worth it. Kittens vs Babies. (We can always count on How to Be a Dad to make us laugh.) One kid’s hilarious memory of this past school year. Must read: the comment apocalypse on this cake tutorial. Oh, Internets.  [h/t @schmutzie, @suebob] New in our indie shop: Downton Abbey Floor Plan art. Too awesome. Don’t make the same kids’ summer camp mistake that our...

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Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes for a bacon-free feast

This just in: Not all dads eat bacon. I mean, my own dad and the father of my kids do—like, they really eat bacon—but plenty of men are vegetarians and vegans. Or Kosher. Or they just don’t like it. So since all dads deserve to eat well on Father’s Day, I want to celebrate them too, with a menu complete with Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes. It’s even got hearty vegan recipes thrown in for good measure. Hearty Vegetarian/Vegan Mexican Dinner A Mexican feast for Father’s Day means tacos and I’m dying over these amazing vegetarian tacos at Wild Greens and Sardines. As the title...

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