Tag: foodies

With this dulce de leche, life just got a whole lot sweeter

If you’ve never tried authentic dulce de leche–an addictive sauce made by slowly cooking milk with sugar–you’re in for a serious treat. However if you’re already familiar with this caramel-like nectar of the gods, then you’re in for a serious surprise.  We found an authentic, all-natural dulce de leche made with only four wholesome ingredients…and it comes in a jar. Si, señoras, your sweet-tooth prayers have been answered. All-natural La Dorita Dulce de Leche delivers big taste, right off the shelf. No cooking necessary. No questionable ingredients. No guilt in this pleasure. Nada! La Dorita makes two tasty dulce de leche spreads:...

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13 healthier versions of kids’ favorite lunchbox snacks

Healthy lunchbox snacks seem to be one of the frequent requests from our readers. I’m generally a from-scratch girl, but life–and lunch packing–with two little ones can get hectic. Despite my dedication to all foods homemade, I rely on a pantry stocked with healthier packaged snacks for when we’re in need. These may not be as wholesome as homemade, but they are among the best of the bunch in their category. And easy, too.    If you’re going to hit the supermarket for kiddo’s favorite snacks, these healthier picks are the way to go. – Stacie The Best Veggie...

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10 spreads to make a better peanut butter sandwich (or seed butter too!)

The back-to-school fun has begun: cue the sandwich making! I’m the queen of packing school lunches, but even I rely on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My kids love them, they are quick, and an easy way to pack a protein punch. But, as much as I love the classic brown bag lunch, PB&J can feel tired after, oh, the 93rd sandwich. So this year, I’m stocking up on fabulous spreads that will keep things spicy–so to speak–and super tasty, too. Whether you’re using peanut butter or one of our favorite peanut butter alternatives, you’ll definitely want to check...

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11 peachy peach recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

I wait all summer for peach season to begin and, once it does, there’s no stopping me. Fresh peaches, grilled peaches, baked peaches. Plain peaches, sweet peaches, savory peaches. And–the best part–peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack time, too.(Can you tell I like peaches?) Peach season moves quickly though, so if you ask me, you’ve got to have plan to keep from missing out on the best of the yearly crop. These 11 peach recipes will get you on your way to making every meal… peachy. Peaches for Breakfast   Peaches and cream… great. Peaches and coconut cream…...

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A new monthly gourmet subscription box with lots of reasons to love it.

While monthly subscription boxes are all the rage now, from beauty products to craft kits, I have to say I still have a thing for the gourmet boxes. With a culinary school grad in the house, we tend to have more kinds of salt than most people have shoes, and I’m always open to finding more. So I’m thrilled to introduce the wonderful new service, Love With Food, which not only serves up some tasty monthly goodness at a truly fantastic price, it also does plenty of good for others. For just $10 a month–that’s super cheap in subscription...

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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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We scream for New York’s best ice cream

Being named the #1 anything in New York is a major badge of honor. Not to brag, but this city is chock full of the best of pretty much everything our country has to offer. Knowing that, when I found out there was a new #1 Zagat rated ice cream shop but 4 blocks from my office, the little kid in me did the happy dance right on over. If you’re in the NY area or heading here this summer, it’s a must-visit. Ample Hills Creamy in Brooklyn, NY is not your typical ice cream shop. Founded by Brian...

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Gourmet gifts for dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...

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On Father’s Day, just remember the way to a man’s heart is not always through his remote control.

While you can expect a lot more ideas for dads in our upcoming Father’s Day Gift Guide series, we couldn’t wait to share this awesome one for the food-loving father in your life. After all, isn’t that all of them? (Seriously, a love of food must be a requisite for procreation. I’ve yet to see otherwise.) I am completely obsessed with the new website, New York Mouth, which offers all kinds of indie-minded gourmet gift baskets mostly sourced from local NY area purveyors, as you might have guessed from the name. Best of all, it’s available to those of...

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Made with love: 6 easy DIY food gifts for Mother’s Day

Food gifts for Mother’s Day can be absolutely amazing, especially when they’re handmade with love. Add a heartfelt note, and a scribbly piece of art, and you’ve got a gift that’ll make at least this mama even more excited than a pair of Jimmy Choos. Check out these six easy homemade food gifts that will surely make any mama swoon. Skip the bouquet and use rosewater and even dried roses to infuse into Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles (above). These elegant treats by Najwa at Delicious Shots may sounds fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Once you get...

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Hot Chili Pops are sugar and spice and all things nice

Even on Cinco de Mayo, Hot-chili lollipops sound like one of those joke candies I never want anywhere near my mouth, like those worm-in-the-lollipop “treats” sold in every gift store in Texas. But these all-natural, sweet-and-spicy treats from Yummy Earth are no joke. Yummy Earth’s Organic Hot Chili Pops really surprised me with their delicious and sneakily spicy taste. On first lick, both the Chili Lime Lambada and Chili Mango Mambo flavors taste like sweet, fresh lime or mango. But then…whammo. That chili really packs a punch. As someone who hasn’t craved a lollipop since I was about ten years old,...

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7 Great Mothers Day brunch recipes–even for those too busy to make Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch is one of my favorite traditions. However ever since having kids, Mother’s Day poses a conundrum. I want it to be my day, which means not doing anything for anybody, but I also want to treat my own mama, and that requires some effort.The solution? Host a make-ahead brunch, then steal away with my husband while Grandma spends QT with her adoring grandsons. It’s the perfect plan. Here are seven great brunch recipes that can be prepped in no time–some even the night before–so that you can kick up your heels on Mother’s Day and still...

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Growing edibles just got easy. Like black-thumb-proof easy.

Grow-it-yourself is the new do-it-yourself. Unfortunately, I tend have the touch of death for plants. But you know what? I didn’t let looking awful in denim overalls stop me from wearing them throughout the 90’s, so I haven’t let being plant kryptonite stop me from growing my own juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs.  I’ve got a black-thumb-proof plan for growing edibles this season so that I can cook with homegrown herbs and produce. And, you know, hang with the GIY cool kids–also known as the hungry boy and his hungry brother. Determined to grow, too? Here’s what to do...

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Chews wisely with Good Karmal.

“Creativity takes courage.” You know who said that? The wrapper around the piece of caramel I just ate. (And, yeah, Henri Matisse.) There’s something super sweet about candy that talks back, spreading a positive and uplifting message. And believe me when I say these caramels blow Bazooka Joe right out of the water. Good Karmal is a brilliant concept combining all-natural, handcrafted caramels with positive quotations that are uplifting and not cloying. I’ve been steadily devouring samples for two days, and I can assure you that I haven’t yet found a duplicate quote or one that made me roll...

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Starting solids with sushi

While I wouldn’t recommend handing a baby a spicy tuna roll to keep him entertained in the stroller, I might if it’s made out of cardboard. The brand new sushi touch-and-feel stroller cards are beyond adorable (more so than the box would make you think), and comes on a soft stretchy clip-on ring for the stroller bar. Beyond cuteness, they’ve actually got some developmental benefits for babies. From crinkly seaweed to smooth shrimp, and squishy salmon, each one features a tactile little piece like in baby’s favorite touch-and-feel board books. I even love that the sticky rice (on what...

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Getting kids excited about gardening

I envy those people (you know who you are!) who pick fresh tomatoes from their garden before making a bruschetta with ingredients all grown in their backyard. Believe me, I have tried to be one of these people. But, I was born without a green thumb. This has led me to unbelievably friendly relationships with my local farmers and Farmer’s Markets. But this fabulously cool idea allows me to have my cake–or really, kale salad–and eat it too, all while getting the kids involved. In the Koop packages varieties of seeds in an egg carton, all equally intriguing and...

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The perfect cupcake for any party

The standards for kids’ birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was little, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and–the big kicker– allergen free. Luckily, we’ve found a way to make almost any cupcake fit the bill, even if your kid has an unusual name or non-mainstream hobby. And there’s nary a lumpy rose to be found. Cake Sugar takes edible icing cupcake toppers to the next level....

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Food themed birthday parties for kids. AKA No dessert until you finish your milk and cookies.

If you need a break from superheroes and princesses, I’ve got a fabulous kids birthday party idea, and it’s so easy: Food themed birthday parties. Move over tea parties, we’ve got three new themes worth checking out. Milk & Cookies FestThis inspiration board by Kara’s Party Ideas is the place to start if you want to celebrate your cookie monster with a milk and cookies-themed birthday party. You’ll also find fab party ideas on Tea and Lime, including a custom color palette. And I love this vintage take on a milk and cookies theme, complete with printables by custom designers (and...

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Betsey Johnson. Now making…cupcakes?

Just in time for fashion week, one of our favorite local cupcake bakeries is getting all dolled up for the occasion from one of our favorite designers and we couldn’t be more excited. Seems like pink cupcakes are the new black. New York’s Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes has teamed up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a New York Fashion Week confection oozing with fabulousness. The mini pink-a-licious Betsey Johnson cupcakes, made with pink tye-dye cake, pink vanilla icing, pink popping (think Pop Rocks) chocolate and glitter (of course!), are a fashionista’s dream come true. Johnson sent a...

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Web Coolness – the coolest face book, Valentine’s Day treats, and the organizational advice we’ve been looking for

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Love these “face” books in 3D that feature the actual autobiographies of the figures captured, like Anne Frank (shown) and Vincent Van Gogh.  Kristen has found some great Valentine’s Day outfits for kids without a drop of pink or red. Cool! We can’t wait to see the International Museum of Women’s latest exhibition, MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe which launches January 24th. Love these free printable Valentine’s Day coupons. (via How About Orange) A clever way of  sneaking veggies into puff pastry...

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