Tag: recipes

Color your own cake-venture!

Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I’m not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here’s one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that her cake will be exactly what she wants. With a bouquet of food-safe edible ink markers, the Sweetapolita blog shows us how a white birthday cake became the perfect canvas for budding artists and we’re smitten! We’ve recommended this cookie and food marker combo before, but any set will do, like these gourmet food writing markers. You can order a cake covered with...

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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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Coffee talk: 6 amazing iced coffee drinks

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in New York City in April, it’s officially time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced. I’ve got to be honest, though, in the legendary words of Coffee Talk” host Linda Richman, bidding farewell to my warm morning cup of joe makes me a little verklempt. (Talk amongst yourselves.) Thankfully, I’ve found 6 delicious iced coffee recipes will help us make a yummy transition to spring. Thai Iced Coffee (at top): Sound fancy? Please. Our good friend Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen makes it no big whoop to make. Her exotic recipe calls for...

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6 Valentine’s Day lunchbox ideas made with extra love

Ready for some Valentine’s Day sweet talk? You can pack a festive Valentine’s Day lunch that’ll make kiddo swoon without even relying on those candy conversation hearts. That means you get to keep lunchtime fun and healthy while saving the chocolate for when your little cupid gets home. Where she can share. With you, of course. It doesn’t get any easier than this sweet idea for a heart-carved apple (above) spied on Crush Cul de Sac. It makes for a quiet, little surprise; a perfect way to say, I love you.  Just be sure to rub lemon on the exposed part...

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Cupcakes and Comics, oh my!

I love cupcakes. For me, this is no fad. They represent happiness and goodness and celebrations in every bite. But a talking cupcake? This brings my love to an entirely new level. Expect crazy fun with Sara Varon’s newest graphic novel, Bake Sale. The premise is this: Cupcake is losing his inspiration. Every new recipe he tries just doesn’t work out. When Cupcake’s friend, Eggplant, proposes a trip to Turkey, things really start to happen. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so that’s all I’m going to give you. The illustrations are super detailed and there is so...

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Go ahead. Make my cookies.

We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...

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Holiday cocktail napkins that say it all

This year I’ll be on crutches trying to pull together the perfect holiday meal, which I’ve already realized is going to have to be super “good enough.” So, I’ve decided I should focus on cocktails, and lots of them. These fun cocktail napkins sum up in five words what the holiday is truly about–Family, Turkey, Nap…Good times. The Thanksgiving cocktail napkins make a perfect small hostess gift at $4.95 for a package of 20. Or, just keep them for yourself like I would. While my turkey may not be Food Network ready and the cranberry sauce may come from...

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Martha Stewart makes cookies in your kitchen

Every year, I make two kinds of holiday cookies from recipes that have been passed down from my mom. But yummy as the traditional family recipes are, I’m ready to branch out from the same old pecan balls and sugar cookies, and try and start my own new tradition. Now, thanks to a little help from Martha Stewart and my iPad, I’ve got a plethora of awesome cookie recipes to choose from and a whole lot of inspiration. The brand new Martha Stewart Makes Cookies iPad app is an amazing interactive recipe book that’s probably as close to having...

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A Halloween recipe that’s scary to look at, not to make

If there was ever a time to play with food, it’s Halloween. Spaghetti guts, Jello-brains…come on! Who doesn’t love that! Thanks to the folks at Barefoot Books, we’ve found a bunch of tasty, scary recipes that your kiddos can help you make or devour – whether you’ve got a fun Halloween party planned, or just want to make dinner time ghoulishly festive. –Kristen[Don’t miss the fun, easy recipe after the jump!] This one comes from Kids’ Kitchen, a handy little deck of recipe cards by Fiona Bird, that are all child-friendly, healthy, and did I mention kid-friendly? I’m a...

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Watch your back, Jacques Pepin

My kids have grown up knowing how important food is to me, so it’s not surprising that they are both fascinated by the kitchen. Children’s cookbooks are a frequent gift at birthday and holiday time, but I’m usually very disappointed in how so many of them dumb down of food for kids. We have cookbooks that are written in comic book format. We have cookbooks that feature only meals that look like something else (octopus-shaped hotdogs anyone?). We have cookbooks with dishes that have names so cutesy I feel like hurling. That’s why I was so pleased to find...

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Top Chef Comes to Your Kitchen. Yes, Sam Too.

Yesterday, both my kids’ daddy and my own daddy opened up their brand new copies of Top Chef: The Cookbook. Which is why I held this review until today. Publisher Chronicle Books always does an outstanding job with their titles and this canvas-covered tome is no exception. If your Wednesday nights are committed to Bravo, you’ll find the Top Chef cookbook most excellently captures all the fun, all the style, all the energy of the show – the cover is even wrapped in the same canvas as the chefs’ jackets. Between the covers you’ll be privy to great behind-the-scene...

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Of Cupcakes, Lactose, and World Domination

The first time I gave my daughter some yogurt, she projectile vomited all over the seat of our brand-new car. One of my first thoughts after learning about her allergy to milk was, "no double cheese pizza, chocolate chip ice cream, donuts, lasagna, EVER?!?!" She is seven now and still cannot have any of those foods, but I don’t want her to feel like she is missing anything because of this allergy. And so I discovered a cupcake cookbook that produced the most delicious little cakes of goodness that were also safe for my girl. The cupcakes are moist,...

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