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Green Velvet Cake Pops
March 12, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Looking for a fun, festive treat to make this year for St. Patty’s day? Have no fear- you and your kids will love these Green Velvet Cake Pops. They’re great for little ones because they’re no more than a bite, so you can allow your child one without sending them off on a sugar craze. Not to mention, they’re a great exercise of portion control for the adults too.

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Party Pleasing Potato Skins
March 8, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Since American restaurants first cooked up potato skins in the early 70’s, these easy-to-make appetizers have become popular Game Day snacks at home. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed on any and every occasion possible, especially with St. Patty’s Day coming up!

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Carob Vs. Chocolate
March 6, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Before we go into whether or not carob is better than chocolate, let’s talk about what carob is exactly.

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What Is Fennel?
March 1, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Those who have looked upon it say it has the bulbs of an onion topped with celery-like-stalks and a feathery green carrot top, but this mystery vegetable is no mystery at all.

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Perfectly Moist Banana Bread
February 27, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

There’s nothing better than a slice of banana bread for breakfast or dessert. I always find, though, that everyone likes their banana bread with different ingredients. Some are grossly offended by putting nuts in their recipes, while others think chocolate has no place in a banana bread either. If one thing is sure, it’s that most people like their bread to be perfectly moist.

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One Extra Large, Extra Flavorful Popcorn Please!
February 22, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Oscar night is around the corner and what’s a night dedicated to excellence in film without a big bowl of popcorn? To add a little more flair this year, skip the microwavable bags and opt for a more interesting treat.

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The Candy Maker in You
February 20, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean your sweet tooth went with it. For those of you who (like me) didn’t get their candy fix, these homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups may be just the thing. So easy to whip up, the store bought versions don’t even seem worth it.

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Common Soup Thickeners
February 15, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Signs of warmer weather might be bringing some of you out of your winter funk but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of soup season!

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Keeping Baby Healthy
February 13, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

In these winter months, it’s especially important that babies receive the necessary nutrients for staying healthy and fighting off those nasty colds and flus that inevitably attack each year. That’s why we’ve come up with some foods that are particularly good at protecting your child’s health (not to mention your own!).

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A Little Soufflé and A Lot of Love
February 8, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’re looking to impress someone special on Valentine’s Day, whether it’s a significant other, parents, or yourself, then it may finally be time to tackle the soufflé.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza
February 5, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

If you’re like me, you can never say no to possibly the greatest food temptress: a slice (or so) of warm, cheesy pizza. Unfortunately I realize that ordering a pie in for dinner every night isn’t quite the best option for keeping a healthy diet. So, when I heard about a pizza crust made primarily out of cauliflower, I thought to myself: could it be? A pizza variation that is equally delicious as is healthy?

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A Beer Battered Delicacy
February 2, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

For everyone watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, you should find yourself in abundance of two things: food and beer. But what if you have a little too much beer for the big day?

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A Party for Cookie Monsters
January 29, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Most little ones love the “do it yourself” aspect of baking. Unfortunately, we can’t always let this happen when ovens, stoves, and raw eggs are involved. But with just a little bit of prep, you can hand them the reins without ever having to think twice.

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Must-Have Sauces and Spices for Any Asian Dish
January 25, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you want to incorporate a lot more Asian flavors into your cooking, a well-stocked pantry is the first step.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul
January 22, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

I’ve always found the best part of being out in the snow is warming up after being out in the snow. What better a way to cozy up than sipping on a nice, hot bowl of soup? This past weekend I went skiing with some friends and really took this idea to heart.

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Tea for Two
January 18, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

It is a truth universally acknowledged that tea is celebrated for its many health benefits and mystical healing powers. But like all things, too much of something can be a bad thing, particularly for pregnant women.

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Na-cho Average Nachos
January 14, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Cheesy, crunchy deliciousness—who doesn’t love diving into a large plate of nachos? Although a party favorite, there is no question that this isn’t the healthiest of appetizers. So this year, I decided to try making a different kind of nachos that disinvites guilt to the party.

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5 Basic Baking Tips for Beginners
January 9, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’ve got an overactive sweet tooth, then it’s time to sharpen those baking skills for when those cravings unexpectedly creep up on you.

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New Year, New Diet
January 6, 2013 • Posted by Katie Marber

While certain guidelines may not seem revolutionary or shocking, such simple diet ideas may have fallen by the wayside as 2012 came to a close. For those who do not know where to begin, these five suggestions can help.

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Parmesan Spinach Cakes Deck Out a Winter Baby Shower
January 3, 2013 • Posted by Katie Marber

While the holidays act as a wonderful time to indulge in rich, savory appetizers served at festive parties, if you’re hosting a baby shower this season, the menu might differ from your New Year’s dishes. With all the right ingredients and less than an hour, Parmesan Spinach Cakes can become the talk of the party if served this season!

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Tips for Building a Cookie House
December 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Gingerbread, sugar, chocolate…there are so many cookies at your disposal. Why limit yourselves to Gingerbread when it comes to the building those edible holiday houses everyone loves so much?

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The Classic Holiday Appetizer: Mini Meatballs with Tomato Pomodoro
December 18, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

When the temperature declines and flurries frequent the air, winter holiday parties provide warmth, refuge, and most all, an excuse to indulge in hearty hor d’oeuvres. The classic and warming Mini Meatball reigns supreme in my book, and his recipe for Tomato Pomodoro sauce knocks this dip-able treat over the top!

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An Apple Chip A Day
December 14, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The holiday season is well underway and amidst all the party planning, family visiting arrangements and gift shopping you need to do, you also have a teething baby to deal with.

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Rudolph's Candy Cane Ice Cream Cake
December 10, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

There’s just something about this time of the year that makes joyful songs play louder, busy days seem shorter, irritable neighbors act nicer, and, of course, desserts taste sweeter! This year, for an exceptionally sweet treat that your kids will love, try Rudolph’s Candy Cane Ice Cream Cake!

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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap
December 6, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The Cookie Monster loves cookies, Angelica Pickles loves cookies, and we know you love cookies too. With the holiday season upon us, what better way to indulge in these bite-sized delights than with a good old fashioned cookie swap?

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'Easy Peasy' Creamed Peas
December 3, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While a common vegetable for toddlers, peas and their high nutritional value are often taken for granted. With just a few simple ingredients, ‘Easy Peasy’ Creamed Peas could be a new favorite meal for you and your child!

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Throw Out Your Leftovers!
November 29, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’re still hanging on to the remains of your Thanksgiving dinner with numerous turkey sandwiches or other reinventions, it’s time to say your sweet goodbyes and let go.

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Great Grand Granola Bars
November 26, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

You may find yourself on the run this holiday season, and if breakfast is not a top priority, it may get neglected from your diet. To guarantee a high-paced and energized morning, prepare a batch of Great Grand Granola Bars ahead of time for grab-and-go mornings.

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The Day Before Thanksgiving Dinner
November 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Tomorrow’s the big day and you’ve probably spent the past week if not the past several weeks planning for and salivating over Thanksgiving dinner.

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This Thanksgiving, Don't Skimp on the Onions
November 19, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us, but it’s not too late to add a new recipe into the mix this year. Watch out, this Three Onion Casserole might just steal the turkey’s thunder!

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A Chef's Guide to Roasting a Turkey
November 15, 2012

Do you have Thanksgiving Day anxiety when roasting a turkey?  It can be challenging, but you can do it with these few easy steps.

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Three Baby Food Myths
November 13, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While there are a few essential rules to follow when preparing food for your baby, there are also some common misconceptions regarding what your baby can and cannot consume. Once we get past these myths, not only will you have wider range in the kitchen, but also your little one will be opened up to a world of wonder!

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Cut to Perfection: 5 Reasons To Love Your Electric Knife
November 9, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

There’s a lot of food headed our way, and we know one underrated appliance that can be very useful in “tough” situations.

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Baked Apples and Your ABCs
November 5, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Yes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this golden rule can be followed with ease when knowing the perfect type to snack on. While this autumn fruit acts as a key ingredient in recipes for countless Thanksgiving favorites, we often do not consider the complexity of choosing which apples to snack on and which to bake with.

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Fondue Party: Tips and Dips
November 2, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Nostalgia’s been bringing a lot of things back from the past lately and among them is a party favorite: fondue.

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Parsnip Carrot Soup for the Whole Family
October 29, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Often neglected from the dinner table is the parsnip, a flavorful root vegetable rich in calcium, vitamin C and fiber that happens to thrive in the fall. Along with parsnips, carrots contain beneficial nutrients, making this Parsnips and Carrot Soup a dish toddlers and grown-ups alike can enjoy!

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Oh So Sweet Potato Fries
October 25, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’re stocking up on Fall produce, then sweet potatoes should definitely be in your pantry.

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Pear Ginger Scones
October 22, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

There’s nothing like a moist and warm scone topped with cream for breakfast every now and then. This recipe will assuage some of the guilt associated with this delicious breakfast indulgence while still causing your taste buds to sing: Pear Ginger Scones!

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Know Your Milk Alternatives
October 18, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Once your baby has passed the one-year mark, you may start wondering what milk is the best follow-up to the breast milk and/or formula they’ve been dependent on. Does this mean that all milk is created equal though?

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Make it Stop (Or Try!)
October 17, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

We all know that a diaper change, hunger and sleepiness will play a part in getting that tiny siren wailing. But what's a parent to do when the problem is... none of the above? There's nothing like that gut-wrenching, helpless feeling when your baby proves inconsolable...

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The War on Germs
October 16, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

A sick baby is always a miserable situation to deal with. Taking a few preventative measures can go a long way.

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Potluck Pimiento Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
October 15, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

We all love dinner parties, especially at the beginning of the season when new and exciting foods are being reintroduced into our diets. Knock the socks off your dinner guests with a seasonally inspired Pimento Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash!

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Chill Out with a New eBook About Ice Cream
October 12, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Calling all ice cream lovers! Faded + Blurred has released chill: Making happiness…one scoop at a time, a stunning new eBook to add to your virtual book shelf of cookbooks.

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Vanilla Cranberry-Apple Puree
October 10, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While you can find cranberries all year round, they are harvested in the early fall and are locally available fresh up until December. Try a simple yet ingenious twist on baby food with this delicious Vanilla Cranberry-Apple Puree!

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Perfect Picnic Pasta
October 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

A picnic is the perfect occasion to taste the seasons. Whether on a sandy beach in summer or in a vineyard in autumn, enjoying a seasonal meal al fresco is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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Cookin' Without Gas
October 4, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Gas is extremely common in babies. You can tell if your baby has gas if they start twisting, get agitated, and pull their legs up to their bellies. Here are some anti-gas tips.

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Turning Trash into Treasure with Choco-Chip Banana Bread
October 1, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

When you notice bananas turning brown, instead of giving them the heave-ho, you can either freeze them or whip up an easy and delicious batch of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! This warm baked treat epitomizes autumn comfort food that the whole house would love to indulge in.

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Edible Flowers
September 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you’re decorating a serving platter, a cake or individual servings of butter, whole flowers or just petals put the “special” into a special occasion.

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Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites
September 24, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Take advantage of the quintessential fruit of the season while making use of what’s stored away in the pantry. Try this fun twist on an autumn favorite, Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites, that the family will love creating as much as they will love eating them!

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Pumped Up
September 21, 2012 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Don't be intimidated by cutting and cooking fresh pumpkin. It's easier than you think, and pumpkin is a great first solid food for babies six months and older. 

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Tapioca Pudding - A Timeless Treat
September 20, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Tapioca pudding is one of those things you can serve to guests and everyone will say "Ooh, I love tapioca, but I haven't had it in years!"

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Block Party: Jack-o-Lanterns and Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
September 17, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

This season, be the hit of the neighborhood by throwing a pumpkin-carving party that your little ones will surely enjoy. Modernize your pumpkin pie with a Chocolate Pumpkin Cake that will make your neighbors beg for an annual event!

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Molasses Ginger Cookies - Perfect for Autumn
September 12, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Unless it contains a seasonal fruit, a cookie isn’t really a seasonal food. But my nose tells me different!

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Perfect Pair
September 10, 2012 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Just a few minutes on the stovetop or microwave and you're ready to puree homemade apple or pear sauce.

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Get Your (Fruit) Jam On!
September 7, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The end is coming! For summer that is. What better way to celebrate your seasonal fruits by cooking up a lovely jam you and your baby will undoubtedly salivate over?

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It’s Tailgating Time!
September 4, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

College football fan or not, everyone loves a good tailgate party!

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Celebrating Your Baby’s First Birthday
August 30, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Your baby may not remember their first birthday but you certainly will so break out the balloons and send out those invitations.

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How to Pull a Party out of Your Pantry
August 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Sometimes the best parties are the ones that happen unexpectedly. Are you at a loss when friends drop in, or are you the host who can turn any unannounced visit into an occasion?

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Get Back to Your Roots
August 24, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

With the Fall season on our doorstep, fresh root veggies abound and make great staples for a new eater's diet. They taste sweet, puree to a smooth consistency, and have few allergens - all good attributes for a baby's first food.

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End-Of-Summer Bucket List
August 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

There’s still plenty of sun to go around and summer food to savor so take your growing foodie out and about.

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How to Host a Baby Shower
August 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

No one appreciates a party more than an expectant mother! The following seven tips will help you pull it off without a hitch.

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Baby-Friendly Cinnamon French Toast
August 13, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Once babies start to develop motor skills and coordination, a whole new world opens up right in front of their eyes, and mouths! Although Cheerios are an easy go-to breakfast option for tots, you can experiment with other tiny bite-sized finger foods, like Baby-Friendly Cinnamon French Toast!

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Quick and Easy Spoon Rolls
August 9, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Though tasty, traditional spoon rolls are more like a muffin in texture. So I started experimenting and came up with a much more flavorful version that has the proper yeast dough texture.

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Fruit-Infused Playdate Pops
August 6, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

If you're hosting a play date or a party, go with homemade fruit-infused popsicles and create a win-win! These refreshing and sweet treats convince the grinning and giggling little ones that they've cheated the system by bagging dessert in the middle of the day.

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Cool Summer Salad - Cucumbers and Cream
August 2, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Hot foods, whether hot off the grill or spicy hot, call for a cooling accent on the summer table. Cucumbers are the natural choice for summer salads, and this one is quick and easy.

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Tearless Teething Zucchini Bread Sticks
July 30, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

We can all agree that there is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer. To assuage your crying baby, bake something delicious, warm and comforting, like Zucchini Bread Teething Sticks.

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Eating with the Seasons
July 26, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Buying local, or at least, domestic produce grown as close to home as possible is better for you and the planet. The old adage “good things are worth waiting for” is especially true when it comes to seasonal produce.

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Feel the Beet: Introducing Your Baby to Vibrant Veggies
July 23, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

As a healthy and effective way to wean your baby off mashed food, introduce your little one to a yummy stir-fry filled with nutrient-rich beets. Not only does the variety of bright colors keep your infant entertained, but the rich color comes from beets' unique source of phytonutrients.

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Butternut Squash Risotto
July 19, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

After a few months of warm-weather favorites, we start craving some of the dishes we’ll be making when the days shorten and cool. Butternut squash can be found at farmers markets toward the end of summer and is available through winter.

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Take the "Cake" Out of Pancakes!
July 16, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

With a few adjustments to your family’s favorite flapjack recipe, you can take the sacrifice out of your Sunday. That is where chia seeds come in.

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Sizzling Summer Cookout Tips
July 12, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

It's summertime and the livin' is supposed to be easy. Here are seven tips for a stress-free cookout season.

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Mommy and Me: Smoothies
July 10, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Everyone loves a good smoothie, and what better time to enjoy them than during the blistering heat of the summer season? The blending possibilities are endless, and many different diets can be accommodated.

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Chill Out with Lemon Sherbet
July 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The sherbets of my childhood were of the store-bought variety, tasty enough but overly sweet and filled with various artificial additives, the most obvious being the food coloring. If you have an ice cream maker, you can make your own frozen desserts using all wholesome ingredients.

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Staying Picnic Perfect for the Fourth
July 3, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

As July 4th quickly approaches and people are raiding their supermarkets en masse, it’s easy to forget that picnics are a perfectly acceptable and very enjoyable al fresco dining option.

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Pasta-bilities
June 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Universally appealing, pasta is inexpensive, versatile, convenient and deliciously satisfying. Though we often see it drowning in sauce, experts agree that pasta should be just coated.

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Never Too Late for a Crepe
June 25, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you like pancakes, I dare you and your kids to not like…nay, love crepes.

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Essential Herb Garden
June 21, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Dried herbs are convenient and even preferred over fresh in some applications. But there are times when only fresh will do.

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How to Throw a Cupcake Decorating Party
June 18, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you haven’t thrown your kid a cupcake decorating party, it’s about time. It’s a party idea that wraps sugary sweet desserts and arts-and-craft-type fun all in one.

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Give Peas a Chance
June 14, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you grow your own peas or buy them fresh, they are a special treat to be enjoyed for a brief season. Fortunately, frozen peas are the one frozen vegetable that can truly be said to rival fresh in many dishes. And pea salad is definitely one of those dishes!

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Kid-Friendly Campfire Desserts: More Than S'Mores
June 11, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

S’Mores no more! It’s the summer of 2012 and while s’mores are a beloved campfire classic, there are plenty of other delicious desserts you and your kids can heat up over the fire. Why not try something new?

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Summer Sides - Tabbouleh
June 7, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

When summer heats up, everything seems to taste better outdoors. Whether you have a backyard patio or a city balcony, it’s time to fire up the barbie and round out the menu with the simplest side dishes.

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Mommy and Me: Finger Foods
June 4, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

After about eight or nine months, your baby will have the motor skills to not only throw food at the wall but in their mouth. Sure, you can rejoice in the fact that you no longer have to fight to spoon feed them but why not join in on the finger food merriment?

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How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party
May 31, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

A wine tasting party appeals to wine experts and novices alike and makes a nice change from the usual dinner or cocktail party.

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Baking

Dessert Spotlight: Fat Rascals
May 29, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Fat rascals have been around since the mid nineteenth century, but are seldom found outside of Yorkshire, England. No, I'm not making disparaging remarks about people of Yorkshire! Fat rascals are tasty little buns, similar to scones, that go down a treat with a nice cup of tea or glass of milk.

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Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
May 27, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Kids love chocolate frozen yogurt and, made with cocoa, it couldn't be easier. Since there’s no cooking involved, even very young children can safely get in on the action. A splash of leftover strongly brewed coffee adds another dimension to the chocolate flavor. If you’re making a batch for adults, though, try a couple tablespoons of coffee liqueur instead.

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Entertaining

Marinate Your Steak!
May 25, 2012 • Posted by Rob Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to Summer which means... it’s grilling season! If you’re looking to impress the guests this weekend fire up your grill and try this unique marinade.

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Pantry Basics

A Peach of a Dessert
May 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach makes it ideal for a summertime dessert. Don’t just grab the first peaches you see, though. To pass as dessert, the peaches must be perfect. But... How can you tell?

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Baking

Hazelnut Shortbread--A Cookie for the Grown-Ups
May 18, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Yes, I call this variation on the barely sweet classic “a cookie for the grown-ups,” but children who have not grown accustomed to sugary treats will love it too.

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Homemade Flour Tortillas
May 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Yes, flour tortillas are widely available, but here are three reasons to make your own!

And a recipe for it too!

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Pantry Basics

Spice Rack Basics
May 10, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Eventually every cook winds up with dozens and dozens of herbs and spices—some that are used just one time, then left to gather dust for a few years until it finally feels okay to toss them. It takes a while to discover which ones are going to play a big, and ongoing, role in one’s cooking repertoire.

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Be a Farmer for a Day
May 4, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Is your child a budding “foodie” or one you’d like to see take more interest in what he eats? Has taking her along with you to the supermarket not made quite the impact you had expected (She was more wowed by the selection of sugary cereals than the array of fresh produce)? Then it might be time to go a little farther afield!

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9 Food Safety Tips
April 29, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you’re going to a potluck or a picnic or hosting a food-filled indoor occasion at home, following a few simple steps will keep you and your fellow diners safe from foodborne illness.

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A Progressive Dinner Party
April 25, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Short on the time, energy or spare cash to pull off a chic dinner party? Make it a progressive dinner and share the work—and the fun—with your friends. A progressive dinner, which moves to a different home for each course, is perfect for a group of friends living not too far from each other.

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Baking

Gluten-Free Pie Crust
April 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

A few years ago, when a friend lamented the lack of a good gluten-free pie crust, I accepted the challenge and developed this recipe. I’ve served it to many non-gluten-free people, and they are always surprised to hear it’s not my regular wheat crust. And gluten-free guests need to be reassured that it is indeed gluten-free!

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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Waffles
April 18, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Waffles are a breakfast favorite even those with gluten and dairy allergies or sensitivities can now enjoy! Though there is no single gluten-free flour that can replace wheat flour, various combinations of flours and starches work quite well.

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How to Host a Bridal Shower
April 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Bridal shower season is here, and at some point in her life every woman will give one! If your time has come, the following six tips will help you pull it off without a hitch.

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Tween Girls Love a Slumber Party
April 11, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

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Cooking with Kids – Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
April 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Strawberry season is well underway, thanks to the warm weather. Cool off, and celebrate one of the brightest flavors of spring and summer, with a refreshing frozen dessert—easy to make with a pre-chilled canister ice cream maker.

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Pantry Basics

Eggs 101: Hard-Boiled Eggs and Deviled Eggs
April 2, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Eggs can make a fast-but-real meal any time of day. Whether it's a fried egg for breakfast, a scrambled egg for dinner or a hard-boiled egg for lunch on the run, an egg packs a lot of nutrition into a very small package.

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Entertaining

Have a Small Plates Party
March 31, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The small plates dining trend shows no signs of letting up. In fact, the 2012 post-Oscars Governors Ball was a small plates affair. Whether it’s because of the faster pace of life now—living in “small bites” or “sound bites”—or a more laid-back lifestyle, people seem to enjoy moving about sampling lots of things rather than being tied to a seat for a multi-course meal of full portions.

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