Tag: cooking

8 must-have holiday cookbooks for a super delicious season

With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving–and Hanukkah!–right around the corner, it’s time to start collecting culinary inspiration for your perfect holiday menu. There are, of course, tons of recipes online, but it’s tricky to know which recipes are reliable. It may be old school, but I say that holiday cooking calls for hitting the bookshelf. These eight awesome holiday cookbooks will help make your holidays special. And if you’re not cooking, well, maybe you need to buy Aunt Sue an early holiday gift: it will pay dividends to all! Find all these books at our affiliate Amazon or your...

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6 freakishly easy, terribly tasty Halloween dinners

The age-old Halloween question: what to eat before heading out to trick-or-treat? It has to be a meal that’s quick or easy to fit between the mad rush of getting home from school and heading out for your annual candy collection. Plus it has to be appealing and filling so that the kids actually get some sustenance before the sugar onslaught. And it has to be fun because, well, it’s Halloween! These 6 Halloween dinner ideas hit all the marks, helping you fuel your kids with good stuff so that they have plenty of energy to stuff themselves with...

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Can stock pots be sexy? We say yes. Ohhhh, yes.

I’m pretty sure it’s a sign of adulthood when you start drooling over kitchen gadgets. So, hi, I guess I’m a grownup now. Because this pot is kind of turning me on.   I can’t help but fawn over the Japanese white enamel cookware at Cool Mom Picks fav Poketo. The gorgeous white enamel stock pot designed by Tokyo-based designer Makoto Koizumi is so perfect for fall and winter cooking, with my chili, soup, and stew recipes just waiting on my Pinterest boards. Plus enamel is great for even heat distribution, and I love the non-stick properties. Just know...

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How do you like them apples? 6 easy apple snack and apple dessert recipes

Apple season is in full swing, which means we’ve got to find things to make with all them apples! As much as I love them, I’m finding myself seriously challenged by the the huge quantity of fruit I end up with during apple season. It doesn’t help that everyone’s clamoring for pies, cakes, dumplings, and other sweets that take a lot of time to make. This year, I’m taking apples into my own hands with these 6 easy-to-make apple snacks and desserts, that go a little further than slicing apples up and dipping them in peanut butter. Still, your...

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8 quick, healthy breakfast recipes for even the busiest weekday mornings

Easy weeknight dinners, check. Simple school lunch ideas, check. Quick healthy breakfasts? Finally…check! Breakfast recipes–the kind that you can actually make on busy weekday mornings–are the final frontier of family cooking. But rest easy, cool moms. This pioneer woman (lower case “p” and “w”) has braved the wilds of the internet to bring you a round up of quick breakfast recipes beyond cereal, that will start your family off on the right foot (without setting you off on a late one). Turn plain yogurt and fruit into parfaits just by layering them in a tall glass. If that doesn’t look...

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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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9 simple school lunch ideas that have nothing to do with making (yet another) sandwich

At some point this school year–sooner than you think–both you and your child will grow weary of the humble school lunch sandwich. It’s a known quantity, which is comforting some days, but not every day, right? So here are 9 easy school lunch recipes–most of which require zero planning, the rest of which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer–that will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and ditch that sandwich bread. –Stacie Threading yummy ingredients onto skewers is maybe my favorite way to change up school lunch, especially when the results are as cute...

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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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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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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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7 sizzling summer burger recipes

Fire up the grill! Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means burgers. And grilling. And yum. To kick off hamburger season, we’ve rounded up a collection of 7 sensational, mouthwatering burger recipes. There’s something for everyone: griller or broiler, carnivore or vegetarian. Sizzle on. Let’s start big and bold: Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Onion Marmalade from Serving Seconds (above). I honestly don’t know what to say about this burger except that it must get in my belly. Now.   I’ve been looking for a great Tex-Mex inspired burger recipe for a while. Mission accomplished! Introducing the Green...

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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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Foodies, welcome to your digital recipe box of awesomeness.

There’s an avalanche of recipe sites out there, and one of my personal favorites is about to become yours, too. Foodily (which appropriately stands for “Food, I Love You”) is a social recipe network combining a massive library of curated recipes (i.e., recipes you can trust) with your social network. Think of it as recipes with benefits.    Foodily allows users to discover, save, share and discuss recipes collected from around the web with friends. Now, with the release of “Foodily Originals,” users can also add personal recipes to their collections. That means you can combine the best recipes...

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5 guacamole recipes so amazing, you’ll want to make all of them for Cinco de Mayo. Seriously. Buy a lot of avocados.

Well, what a perfect opportunity we have this week to try out many delicious guacamole recipes. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking the fact that Cinco de Mayo lands on a weekend this year as a sign. No, not a sign that I can drink an extra three margaritas; it’s on Sunday, after all. Rather, it’s a sign that I can eat guacamole. All. Day. Long. I plan on serving so much guacamole this Cinco de Mayo that I’m going to make more than one kind, each one more delicious than the next. So join me in...

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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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9 cheese-tastic grilled cheese recipes to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Enough said? I agree! This one’s all about the grilled cheese recipes, and oh, does the Internet have us covered. If my search is any indication, grilled cheese sandwiches–and all variety of riffs on the classic–are among the most posted food. Ever. Rejoice the grilled cheese and check these out: the meltiest, cheesiest, most scrumptious sandwich recipes that the Web has to offer. –Stacie  Giving nachos an everyday twist, I present thee with the Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese (above) from BS In the Kitchen. Beans, avocado, jalapeños, oh my. One note, though: this recipe calls...

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6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. (More time for egg hunting!)

I know that there’s more to Easter than bunnies and food, but in these days leading up to the holiday my mind is on, well, bunnies and food. Easter candy, Easter cakes, Easter brunch: it’s hard to focus with such tasty distractions! I, of course, plan on getting my Easter priorities straight by the time Sunday rolls around but, in the meantime, let’s get back to the food. Easter brunch to be exact. I’ve found six amazing Easter brunch recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prep. Cooking time is variable, of course, but by then you’ll be...

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8 spectacularly gorgeous Easter cakes you can bake at home (honest!)

After the excitement of hunting for eggs and the Easter bunny die down, it’s time for Easter dinner. And then, finally, my favorite part of the day: dessert. As in, Easter cakes. There’s just something so sweet about ending the holiday festivities with a pretty Easter cake, bright with springtime flavors (and maybe, if you’re lucky, studded with Easter treats). The only bad thing about Easter cakes–and there really is only one bad thing–is that they can be overly fussy and hard to make. But not these. We’ve found 8 beautifully simple Easter cake recipes that keep it easy...

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4 Lucky Charms recipes for a magically delicious St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been carrying a deep dark secret since childhood (and yes, Cool Moms, I’m revealing myself here and now): this organic mama has a weakness for sugary cereals. I cannot be left alone with a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m the one person on the planet who actually likes Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms make me weak in the knees.    As you can imagine, I rarely touch the stuff anymore, but you know what they say about moderation, right? Everything has a time and place, and I say that St. Patrick’s Day qualifies as both to justify...

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