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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Potluck Party Tips
March 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Does a packed schedule keep you from entertaining as often as you’d like? Few of us seem to have the time or energy for the elaborate dinner parties that were once de rigueur. Effortless entertaining is the order of the day. A potluck party ensures that even the host will be able to enjoy the festivities.

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Cornbread Two Ways
March 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

There is lots of controversy surrounding cornbread. There's the question of sugar or no sugar. Milk or buttermilk. Flour or no flour. Yellow or white cornmeal.

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A Rainy Day Picnic
March 19, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

With the children stuck inside too many days in a row, cabin fever is inevitable. Books, videos and even the most exciting electronic games lose their appeal eventually. Answer the plaintive cries of “Mom, there’s nothing to do” with “Let’s go on a picnic!”

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A Well-Equipped Kitchen Makes Cooking a Breeze
March 16, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you're just starting to equip your first kitchen or you've been cooking for a long time and feeling frustrated at not having just the right tool for every task, a list can be helpful. Think about the foods you usually cook and the recipes you would like to add to your repertoire, and make note of the equipment needed.

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Cooking with Kids - Baked Applesauce
March 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Your child may not be ready to learn knife skills, so this recipe with far less knife work than the typical applesauce is the way to go. Other than the halving and coring of the apples, best done by an adult or older child, it can be made by your little chef.

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Kid-Friendly Snacks
March 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Just like adults, kids need between-meal snacks to fuel their active bodies. Healthy snacks are more than empty calories and supply a significant portion of a child’s daily nutrition.

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Sneak a Vegetable Past Your Picky Eater
March 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Need a change from the usual green salad? Looking for a way to sneak some of the more unusual vegetables past the kids? Chard and kale don't have to be cooked. They make a crisp, green winter salad you can actually make, and dress, the day before.

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Classic Scones for Afternoon Tea
February 29, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Classic scones are a must at afternoon tea—one of the three requisite courses—but can be enjoyed any time you sit down with a cup of tea or coffee. On days I’ll be having a late lunch, a warm scone for elevenses (British English for mid-morning tea break) will keep me going.

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Easy Homemade Granola
February 26, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Homemade granola is the only way to go for those of us who find all the store-bought granola far too sweet. This granola is even-textured, great for parfaits, doesn't make big clusters. Making clusters takes sugar, and quite a lot of it.

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Pack a Lunch Your Kids Will Eat
February 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The big challenge is to pack a lunch your child will actually eat instead of trade or dump. Here are some suggestions to increase the chances your children will eat the lunches you pack:

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Belgian Waffles for Brunch
February 20, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Belgian waffles are easy to make, but might take a bit more time than we can spare on a busy weekday morning. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, they’re a clear favorite for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.

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Top 10 Table Manners
February 16, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Consistency is key in teaching children table manners. When there is little or no difference between “company manners” and everyday manners, there will be fewer of those embarrassing incidents when dining out or when guests are present.

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That Versatile Southern Favorite
February 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Pimento Cheese is an iconic Southern food that's been around for over a hundred years. There are many variations, but it's basically shredded sharp or medium Cheddar, mayonnaise and pimientos. It is delicious on a hamburger, hot dog or bacon sandwich. You can also stuff celery with it, spread it on crackers or dip tortilla chips in it. See what I mean by “versatile”?

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The Importance of the Family Dinner
February 9, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

We instinctively know that having a meal together every day as a family is a good thing. Now statistics have proven that children who dine with the family are healthier, happier and more successful in school; that the more regularly a family eats together, the less likely the kids are to engage in risky behaviors.

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How to Help Your Picky Eater
February 3, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Dealing with a picky eater can be a parent’s greatest challenge. Should I force him to eat the offending food? Should I cave in and let her grow up eating nothing but corn flakes and marshmallows? Here are five tips to help you.

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Change It Up on Game Day
January 30, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Even though I’m not a football fan, I once found myself hosting a Super Bowl party! Being the über-hostess that I am, I went into full research mode and learned which menu items were “musts” and then threw in some of my own ideas as well.

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Baking

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
January 26, 2012

Pumpkin pops up all over restaurant menus in the fall and winter, from savory soups and risottos to decadent flans and cakes. When it comes to the home kitchen, though, it seems to be a "one trick pony" reserved for pie making, but there's so much more to do with this vitamin and flavor rich vegetable.

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How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea
January 22, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Coffee drinkers have it made. There’s a place to get a good cup of coffee on nearly every corner. It is nearly impossible to get a proper cup of tea in the US without making it yourself.

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Veggie Baby
January 21, 2012

If you want to raise your child as a vegetarian, there are many inventive ways to create an interesting, nutritious menu.

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The Gluten-Free Pantry
January 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

People in greater numbers than ever before are discovering they have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Whether it’s a slight sensitivity or full-blown celiac disease, it calls for a complete overhaul of the pantry.

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The Welcome Wagon
January 12, 2012

In the early days of take-home parenting, when you are scrambling around sleep-deprived, trying desperately to get the hang of things. How can you conjure up some hospitality for the welcome wagon while preserving your need for private time to get acquainted with your newbie?

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Making Meals and Memories
January 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Mothers used to encourage only female children in the kitchen arts. Today's moms know that their sons also need to know how to cook. Of course, some children are simply not interested. Others are eager to help, often when we really just need to get down to business and get a meal on the table.

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It's All Relative
January 3, 2012

When you're pregnant, friends and relatives galore will likely offer up their babysitting services at some point and time. But when the kid shows up, many of those offers conveniently (well-not for you!) evaporate into thin air.

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Life of the Party
December 16, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Life as a working parent is a constant juggle. Throw in the added pressure of preparing for the holidays, and well, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips for keeping the Merry and Happy front and center during school celebrations this holiday season.

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Baking

Gingerbread Muffins
December 12, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love gingerbread cookies, but my schedule doesn't always allow time for the rolling, cutting and decorating required. That doesn't mean I can't enjoy the flavor of my favorite cookie.

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Tips for Packaging Homemade Holiday Treats
December 7, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

You’ve got your list of cookies and cakes to bake, but how do you plan to pack them up for gift giving? Here’s a checklist to make sure you’ve got all your holiday packing materials.

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The Holiday Pantry
November 30, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Right around this time of year, there’s lots of talk about making a list and checking it twice. When it comes to holiday baking, this is especially wise advice. Before you preheat the oven, add these ingredients to your shopping list, and you’ll be ready for almost any recipe that catches your eye during this busy baking season.

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Coffeehouse Quality at Home
November 26, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I sometimes like to satisfy my sweet tooth with a cup of joe. I steam some milk and create my own coffee drinks at home. One of my favorites is a mocha, and the “recipe” is just three ingredients—decaf espresso, steamed milk and a teaspoon or two of chocolate ganache.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving
November 23, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The annual cooking marathon, otherwise known as Thanksgiving, started weeks ago for some homecooks. Others are bustling about jotting down lists of last-minute ingredients. With only two days left, you may be wondering if you bit off more than you can chew. No worries, though—we’ve got a few tips to help make your holiday hosting easier.

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Baby’s First Thanksgiving “Cheat Sheet”
November 20, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The turkey is sure to take second place this year as everyone oohs and ahhs over your little one’s first Thanksgiving celebration. Your little one’s digestive system is still developing, so you’ll want to avoid dairy-laden mashed potatoes and gravy. The good news is there are still plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids at your Thanksgiving table.

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Butternut Squash Three-Ways
November 14, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Butternut squash, one of my favorites, is sure to grace many Thanksgiving tables next week. With the right preparation, it can go from the littlest one’s first Thanksgiving plate to the appetizer course, and even a side dish. The trick is roasting it first. My favorite way to enjoy it is in this easy-to-make soup, a perfect prelude to the main course.

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Butternut Squash Three-Ways
November 3, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love the cool, crisp days in New York City this time of year. It’s nice to say hello again to fall’s hearty bounty. Pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash—they’re all overflowing at the farmer’s market right now.

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How to Make Halloween Fun & Memorable
October 26, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

When I was growing up in a small town in upstate New York, I remember that Halloween was one of the best nights of the year. We got to be anyone we wanted, and run the streets at night, bumping into friends, comparing costumes, getting as much candy as we possibly could. It was scary, but fun scary. I will never forget it.

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Homemade Chocolate Milk
October 23, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

My husband, David, is not a cook. When I’m not home for dinner, he’s shuttling the kids off to the neighborhood Japanese restaurant, or out for shrimp cocktail at the local Applebee’s. But the one thing that always bothered him is our daughter’s love for chocolate milk, and how much sugar was in every glass. So he decided to do something about it.

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Homemade Spiced Popcorn
October 17, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Once the kids were tucked in, and finally asleep, my husband and I used to love curling up on the couch with a movie or to catch up on whatever shows we had recorded. A few months back I went through a phase of making seasoned popcorns for our late-night snack. I’m partial to Parmesan & black pepper, or straight-up movie-theater style with some melted butter, but Mikey was a salty-spicy guy. Add the crunch factor of homemade popcorn, and it was an easy, homemade treat to satisfy his snack tooth.

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Snack Mom, Snack Dad
October 15, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

What constitutes a “good snack”? Most of us can agree it’s not a sugary cupcake but are dried fruit and granola too extreme? Throw in food allergies, and snack duty can be a downright draining responsibility. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it’s your turn to bring the snacks:

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Eating Out with Kids
October 8, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

This year a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned children under six. Hardly anyone noticed. Children, unlike senior citizens, are not a protected class, but this has only reinforced my belief that parents should make it a point to bring their kids to restaurants.

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Pumpkin Smoothies!
September 28, 2011 • Posted by Shaina Olmanson

One of our favorite breakfasts and snacks is a simple smoothie. They're great for mornings when you're on the go, and kids of all ages can agree on a breakfast that feels like a treat. Moms can get behind whole fruits and vegetables even when slurped through a straw.

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