If you’re anything like me, your diet consists of the meal you’ve made for yourself and then all the leftovers you nibble off your kids’ plates while you clean up the dishes. So if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and be a little more mindful of the things that end up in your mouth, chances are starting with your kids’ plates is a good to place to begin. And don’t we all want to see changes not only for ourselves but for our whole family? Since a handful of almonds and a square of cheddar cheese...Read More
We’re continuing our series on help for the biggest New Year’s Resolutions with one that we’re seeing a lot of from our readers this year: Cutting back on the booze. Whether you’re trimming the budget, slimming down, or maybe even popping out (!) with a bun in the oven, I’ve put together a few thirst-quenching mocktails that are heavy on flavor and light on liquor. I have a feeling with this great list of drinks, you’ll hardly remember what you’re missing.-Molly Rosemary Citrus Spritzer I have a serious weakness for those little Christmas tree-shaped rosemary bushes that show up...Read More
One thing we parents all have in common is the need to feed our kids. Here, our favorite foods, snacks, tableware, cookbooks, all to help make mealtimes a little easier and a little more fun. Green Toys dishes Kristen: I have a huge thing for Green Toys as toys, but wow, their new dishes and tumblers have been a welcome addition to our kitchen. Sturdy, safer than melamine, and eco-friendly too–I’m not quite sure you can get better than that. SIli Squeeze fruit puree dispenser Kristen: For as many squeezy-whatevers we go through a week, I’m soooo thrilled to...Read More
If you are not familiar with HoneyBells, you are not familiar with the sweetest, most delectable, lipsmackingly awesome nectar of the gods. Or as my kids call it, good orange juice. (Silly kids.) Each year, my dad has sent us a shipment of these amazingly sweet HoneyBell Tangelos that put standard navels to shame and we’ve come to look forward to it every year. They’re not actually oranges–they’re a rare hybrid of a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit, and the result is unreal. While several companies ship HoneyBells, we’ve never been disappointed with the ones from Albritton Fruit....Read More
I have a hardcore crush on Nutella. Although I must admit, I think their ads that tell you to serve it to your kid as a breakfast food are a little hard to swallow–like my kids need more help eating waffles? Even so, the combo of chocolate and hazelnut is absurdly perfect as a treat. And now I’ve found another option that’s similar–but totally organic, from Nocciolata. From the Italian company Rigoni di Asiago is a hazelnut spread with dark chocolate and milk that’s fabulous. It’s made entirely from organically farmed ingredients without artificial ingredients or palm oil. It’s a little more...Read More
Not to be dissing those chalk gold-wrapped coins with an actual chocolate content of about .03%, but if you’re going to treat your dreidel winners with sweets this Hanukkah, we’ve got a better idea. The Hanukkah chocolate disks from CMP fave Rogue Confections are just beautiful. There are two collections but I happen to love all these pretty menorahs. For 18 bucks you’ll get 6 gorgeous chocolate disks–your choice of dark, black or white–that make a fitting place setting treat at the table, or just a reward for the kids at the end of the party. These are not...Read More
This is the time of year I start keeping some gourmet goodies in the pantry for unexpected holiday guests, or impromptu cocktail parties that spring from Wii tournaments on snowy Sundays. And ooh, I have a new favorite. I discovered a sample of Coconut Chili Macadamias from Oren’s Kitchen in my Foodzie Tasting Box a month or so back, and they are about the most delicious and addictive snack I’ve had in a long time. They’re hand roasted, made with super top-notch ingredients, and you can absolutely taste it. If you’ve got foodie company coming over around the holidays,...Read More
I was so glad to learn last year from all of you that I’m not alone in my obsession with Biscoff cookies. You know, the ones you secretly hoard from the plane. So when I heard that they’ve now got a spread that’s made from the cookies, hello! I just had to give it a taste test. I admit that the idea of a spread made from cookies did seem a little odd, but then I popped a spoonful into my mouth and I was completely sold. It’s not as sweet as you might imagine it would be, but...Read More
Halloween myths we’d like to clear up: 1. Halloween isn’t fun after age 12. 2. Adults can’t dress up. 3. Parents are stuck eating the kids’ leftover candy. So put on that costume, scare the pants off your kids, and order a few of these luscious gourmet chocolate pops for after the little goblins are asleep. Our friends at Vosges have outdone themselves with this delicious trio of Haute Chocolate skull treats for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. There’s the Red Fire Skull Lollipop with chilles, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. There’s the Barcelona Skull Lollipop with hickory...Read More
I’m back in town from a delicious jaunt to the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon, and I’ve got all the dirt on one of my favorite holiday gift companies, Harry & David. (You know, the pear people. With all the catalogs?) So here’s my confession: I am probably the only person in America who can say this, but I never tried a single item from Harry & David until I landed there and found a gorgeous basket with my name on it in the hotel lobby. My only run-ins with gift baskets have been of the blue-light special variety, with...Read More
My Foodzie tasting box arrived this month, as always, but this one was mayyyybe the best one ever. Thanks in part to some of the best cookies I’ve ever devoured. Salted Rosemary Shortbread may not sound like three words that go together, but oh lord, do they ever. This sweet, sophisticated concoction from Lark Fine Foods is so subtle and addictive, it would be a shame to waste them on kids. Not that they didn’t beg for a bite too. I wouldn’t even bother with the single pack of 12 cookies. Just go for the savings on the three-pack....Read More
As a long time fan of blogger and cookbook author Ree Drummond (and a contributor to her homeschooling blog), I’ve had the date marked on my calendar to catch her new Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. So this past Saturday, my kids and I clamored around the television to catch the premiere. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth setting the DVR for it, we’ve got the scoop. The show is set and filmed at the Drummond Ranch, and is as heavy on the the beautiful scenery and daily goings-on of her family as it is on the butter...Read More
Our household has yet to meet our summer’s quota of ice cream consumption (hint: it’s a lot). Happily, eCreamery, makers of that awesome custom ice cream we love, is supporting our earnest attempt to wear out our home ice cream maker this summer with their new special flavor additions for you DIY-ers. Each one comes with a pretty fail-proof recipe. We made Buttered Caramel–the adults loved it, the kids felt it was too strong–and Vanilla Bean, which of course the kids loved. Kids always love vanilla, but this was the rich, subtle kind of good vanilla that grown-ups really like, too. There’s also flavors like 3 Cocoa...Read More
I have discovered that fooling your friends into thinking you are a culinary goddess is fairly easy. All it really takes is having trustworthy taste buds, a few signature dishes and a willingness to share. Honestly, the majority of my most requested dishes come from found recipes to which I apply minor edits. Now that summer has arrived, the calls for my key lime pie are pouring in and the super busy me is saying, “No problem!” Why? With only 4 ingredients (including the crust) and a 20 min prep/bake time this is one wish I am happy to...Read More
I always wonder if it sounds pretentious when my children ask for gelato or sorbet. But then I figure, eh. Better than asking for those nasty ice cream truck things on sticks. Which, uh, they also do. When you’re five, I guess anything cold, creamy, and made with sugar will do. In that spirit, I deigned to allow them to sample a few flavors of a delicious new gelato. That is, before writing MOMMY’S across the top in big black marker. Aw, remember when we thought that Häagen-Dazs was super premium ice cream? No more. Talenti Gelato is rich,...Read More
I am an earnest, but distracted gardener. I have a garden box in my yard, one withholding lemon tree, and an egg carton (maybe) sprouting herbs on my windowsill. I’ve also grown a fungus or two, but it’s always been accidental and I never tried to eat them. That’s about to change. Back to the Roots is a sustainable, urban mushroom farm started by a group of friends in college, and their Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden couldn’t be easier. You can grow your own gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days, right in the box. Just set it on a windowsill, mist...Read More
It’s that time for me again. Time to stop being baby’s sole source of nourishment and start making some food for him the other old-fashioned way. (Aside: I’m so lazy. One reason I cherish the first six months of my kids’ lives is because I don’t have to cook a thing for them.) Lucky me, then, that I have a copy of a really fabulous new book to help guide me through it. Simply arranged by age and category, the recipes in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet are delicious, nutritious, and meant to take less than...Read More
Some of us are lucky enough to have dads in our lives who know their Manchego from their Mahon. Maybe we married them. Maybe they’re our own dads. All we know is, we like to keep them happy, so they’ll keep the yummy stuff coming our way. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these gifts are a serious shortcut. The Bacon Chocolate sampler pack (at top) from one of our favorite chocolatiers combines the two greatest foods to make a delectable delight dad will flip for. Just make sure to include a thoughtful card so he’ll be inclined...Read More
We won’t get the 2 1/2 Men song stuck in your head (okay, so we just did) but we have to admit we have a soft spot for the manly men dads in our lives. Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas for the men in your life who just wouldn’t be satisfied with a pair of cufflinks or a bottle of cologne. The best part: They’re all things you can live with too, mamas. No WWF posters here. Skip the sterling and instead frame a photo of kids in this rough, reclaimed wooden frame (at top). Think of...Read More
If you have yet to visit, there’s a deliciously gorgeous, high-end new site for the foodies mamas among us: Gilt Taste. It’s like everything that’s great about Gilt plus everything that was great about Gourmet. Gilt Taste in fact is helmed by former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. So not surprisingly, you’ll find tips on cooking and introductions to new foods, dishes and ideas written by the in-the-knows of the foodie world, like Gourmet‘s Barry Estabrook and Orangette‘s Molly Wizenberg. The free membership site includes an online market, giving you direct access to artisan products often only available to elite urban foodies...Read More
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