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Food Safety for Baby
October 4, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Food Poisoning is no laughing matter and because babies’ immune systems are still developing, they are particularly vulnerable. The consequences of food borne illness for babies are usually much greater, since they become weak and dehydrated at a much faster rate than adults.

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The Potato
October 1, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Potatoes are the number 1 leading vegetable crop in the United States and are available year round. Due to how easily the crop is grown, potatoes have become a very popular dietary staple. Not only is the potato low in fat and high in fiber, but potatoes also have more potassium than a banana and are packed with high amounts of vitamin C and B vitamins among other nutrients.

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Baby Food Swap Party
September 26, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Swap parties are not only economical, but are also tons of fun. By hosting a baby food swap you can socialize with other like-minded mothers while introducing your baby to a larger variety of culinary delights.

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Not So Sweet Cookie Treats
September 24, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Most of us are used to having our cookies with a glass of milk, not a glass of wine. Today is the day to expand your cookie horizons! Cookies are no longer limited to dessert! They can now be made into appetizers!

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Smash Cake
September 20, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

A fairly recent trend for baby’s first birthday is the Smash Cake. While a larger cake is pieced and served to guests, the Smash Cake is a small single serving cake given to the baby alone.

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Comfort Soup for Autumn
September 18, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

September 22nd marks the first day of autumn! It’s time to take your jackets and sweaters out of the closet. The days are a little chillier and the nights will be longer. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy a nice, warm and hearty soup!

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Sweet Pumpkin Treats
September 13, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Fall is just around the corner which means that colorful autumn leaves, hot apple cider and pumpkin pies are on the return. Pumpkin pie is truly a holiday baking staple, but what other ways can you bring pumpkin to the table this fall?

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Pantry Basics

Baby's First Spinach Meal
September 11, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

As adults we enjoy spinach in a variety of meals from pasta to dip! It’s easy to make, healthy and it tastes great. But why do adults get to reap all of its benefits? Let your baby get in on the fun!

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Cookie Table Wedding Tradition
September 9, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Some of us could never imagine that another dessert can be more important than our wedding cake! That’s because many of us don’t know about the cookie table tradition.

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6 Healthy Energy-Boosters
September 5, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

If you couldn’t quite make time for those 7-8 hours of sleep last night or you just need a little pick-me-up, we’ve made a list of 6 healthy foods and drinks that will not only boost your energy-levels but will also help lift your mood.

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The Perfect Temp
September 3, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Everyone has their favorite beverages, but that doesn’t mean it tastes perfect every time. There could be a number of different reasons for this, but today, we’ll take a look at temperature!

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Entertaining

Great Finger Foods for Your Wedding Cocktail Hour
August 29, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Finger foods are the latest trend for wedding receptions and cocktail hours. Easy-to-eat finger foods make it simple for guests to walk around and socialize. Guests are also sure to love having a variety of satisfying sweet and savory options to choose from.

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Natural Remedies to Soothe a Fussy Baby
August 28, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Natural remedies are the oldest form of medicine and have continued to remain popular for many reasons. Natural ingredients are favored for being inexpensive, clean and easy to find.

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Back-to-School Tips
August 26, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

September is right around the corner, meaning Fall is almost here! For most parents, this can only mean one thing: getting the kids ready to go back to school! The school-year is a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice healthy eating when it comes to your children. Here are some tips to make healthy snacks and lunches easy and enjoyable.

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Foods to Avoid for Baby’s First Year
August 23, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Homemade baby food is not only simple to make, but is a more nutritious and cost effective option for feeding your little one. Straying from the store-bought stuff allows for more variety in your baby’s diet. And more variety means you can expose your child to more tastes and textures (of your choice), which can make for an easier transition to table foods later on. So when you’re getting creative in the kitchen, exactly what foods should you avoid introducing too early?

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5 Tips for Cooking With Wine
August 20, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Wine is a culinary pleasure that many people enjoy drinking and cooking with. However, some people don’t realize it’s not the actual taste of the wine that makes it a great addition to dishes but its ability to enhance the flavor of food.

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Raising Healthy Eaters
August 15, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

With all of the fatty, overly processed, extra-fried and super-sweetened foods out there you may be nervous about whether or not your baby will grow up to be a healthy eater. Eating habits start in the home, so it’s best to start your baby off early! This way, when your baby starts to make his/her own meal decisions, they are used to the good stuff and won’t settle for less!

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Embrace the Unusual: Avocado Pie
August 13, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Did you know that avocados are fruits, not vegetables? Many people make this common mistake and knowing the facts will prepare you for what I’m about to say next. Have you ever had avocado pie?

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Buffet vs. Plated Style Wedding Dinners
August 9, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Wedding traditions change every day. Years ago you wouldn't think there would be so many dinner style options! Some of these options are plated, buffet, home-style and strictly hors d'oeuvres. Although this allows for a lot of creativity, it also brings about a lot of stress. Which style should you choose?

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The Beauty of Food
August 6, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Food’s only job isn’t to fill our stomachs and satiate our hunger. There’s a reason why we should eat more of some foods and totally avoid others. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” Our bodies react in many ways to what we put inside them, and one of the results is healthier skin. Certain foods can fight wrinkles, hydrate or even out skin tone.

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Healthy Baking Substitutes
July 31, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Baking is certainly easy to love but most of us feel the guilt after indulging in one of our homemade treats. Many of us are trying to lose weight, lower cholesterol and make many other healthy life changes. What if I told you there were ways to make your baked goods healthier without sacrificing flavor, texture or anything in between?

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Grub on the Go
July 29, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

What are the best ways to bring baby food on the road? What are the rules for bringing baby food and drinks on the plane? Here are the latest and greatest ways to help you prepare for feedings on the go.

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Key Lime Pie Doughnuts
July 26, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

We all have a favorite dessert that we wish can come in all different forms, from pies to shakes to doughnuts! When you think about dessert making, all it really is is combining ingredients together. Naturally, there are many ways to combine ingredients, so why not experiment?

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Mood Boosting Foods
July 23, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Have you been feeling down in the dumps lately? Sad? Depressed? You may have tried hanging out with friends, trying a new hobby or going on a date to boost your mood. If it seems like nothing is working, why not try food? We don’t mean cakes and doughnuts (although, that may help too!). We mean foods that can naturally make you feel happier.

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4 Foods You Can Cook in the Microwave
July 19, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

People normally use the microwave to reheat their food but you may be missing out on some convenient and faster meals that can be made. Here’s a list of foods that you can cook in the microwave!

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Spice It Up?
July 15, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

The beauty of making your own baby food is that you can introduce your baby to a more exciting variety of ingredients than boring, commercial, jarred food. So take advantage and spice things up a little!

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Edible Wedding Favors
July 12, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

If you want make sure your wedding guests enjoy their favors, make them something edible! There are plenty of ways to add a memorable and unique touch when choosing a food favor with colors, themes and foods that match you and your spouse’s personalities!

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Entertaining

Tofu for Beginners
July 8, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Tofu has gained major popularity over the years. You’ve probably seen tofu and you’ve probably tasted it too, but cooking with it may be another story. Let’s start with the basics!

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Entertaining

Easy Independence Day Dessert
July 4, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

July 4th is here! We’re all excited for the cookouts and barbecues that come with it but what’s for dessert? The red, white and blue theme of the day makes it easy to have fun and get creative with your recipes.

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Mango-A-Go-Go!
July 1, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Summertime brings tropical visions of palm trees and the delicious fruity treats that grow plentifully in their presence. If your pediatrician approves, mangoes are a tasty tropical fruit that can safely be offered to your baby between seven and ten months of age.

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Foods for a Teething Baby
June 28, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

It’s not fun for anyone when there’s a teething baby in the house. Between the crying and many restless nights, all you and your baby want is to make the pain go away.

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Cold Noodles for a Hot Summer
June 24, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

It’s getting warmer each day and now that it’s officially summer we need to think of some easy summer meals to match! Everyone loves pasta! Why not make pasta summer-friendly?

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What Foods Don't Belong in the Refrigerator?
June 21, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While it’s a natural impulse to refrigerate all your food, it’s not necessary for all of them! Learn more about what foods prefer your pantry rather than your refrigerator.

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Entertaining

Secret Life of the Lemon
June 18, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

What do you use your lemons for? We all know about the wonderful ways it can enhance the taste of your food and drinks, but what about some uncommon benefits of having a few extra lemons lying around? Here are some reasons why if life gives you lemons, there’s much more you can do with them than make lemonade!

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A Sweet Slow Cooker Treat
June 14, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Slow cookers make cooking look easy even for the most novice chefs. Stick a few (or a ton of) ingredients in there and then you’re free to leave it alone for six or more hours while it works its magic. However, did you know they can also be used to prepare desserts?

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Happy National Iced Tea Day!
June 10, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Everyone loves a nice, cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. It’s an ideal summer refreshment and has a host of health benefits. There’s a misconception that hot tea is better for you, but in reality, as long as your iced tea was made hot and then chilled, it should have all of the same health benefits.

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Baking

Naturally Sweet Muffins for Baby
June 7, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

When it comes to feeding your baby, there are so many do’s and don’ts, and should’s and shouldn’ts that it becomes stressful around feeding time. In terms of baked goods, the biggest concern there is the sugar level.

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5 Foods That Will Never Go Bad
June 3, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

We are all very used to checking the expiration date on all of our foods. No one wants to get sick, waste money, or forget to use something that’s expiring very soon. There are plenty of foods, probably the majority, which you shouldn't eat after they've been around for a while, but there are a select few that will always be edible even after they've been around for years.

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Family

Cool-Down Summer Salad
May 31, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

This may come to you as a surprise, but watermelon can be a great main ingredient for a dinner dish this summer. Its sweet taste provides a pleasant contrast to the more common dinner ingredients like cheese and onions.

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The Best Steaks for the Grill
May 26, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Memorial Day is tomorrow and many of us are looking forward to having the day off, spending time with friends and family and last but not least, tasting the flavors of the grill. One of our grilling favorites is steak, but how do you choose the best cut for your backyard barbecue? We've got you covered with our top three cuts to put on the grill.

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The Mighty Avocado
May 24, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Avocados have a smooth and creamy texture when mashed, so it's an easy food for babies to gum and swallow. And it's got a great combo of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein to nourish a baby's growing mind and body.

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7 New Ways to Use Your Ice Cube Tray
May 21, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

You've probably never noticed, but ice cube trays are probably one of the most useful items in your kitchen. They can be used to store and reuse food, make fun treats for the family and of course and most notably, make ice. Let’s explore seven new ways to make use of your ice cube tray and with a little creative thinking, I’m sure you can come up with many more!

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Pantry Basics

Drink Your Fill of Veggies
May 17, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While we aren’t saying our juice recipes will turn the most passionate vegetable naysayers into overnight fans, they may just make the veggie-intake a little easier.

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5 Tips for Cooking with Kids
May 14, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

There will come a time when you’re working hard in the kitchen and your sweet little child comes in and says, “Can I help?” Here are 5 tips that will have your child feeling like a sous-chef in no time!

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Picky, Picky... Nature or Nurture
May 9, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Are picky eaters just born picky, or are they unwittingly created by their parents?

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5 Mother's Day Dessert Ideas
May 7, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Mother's Day is a very special day, but figuring out how to celebrate can prove very difficult. Some mother's love fancy gifts and others love to come home to something simple, like flowers. There's one thing all moms are sure to love though, and that's desserts!

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Serving Up A Side of Scallion Pancakes
May 3, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Let’s not get into the technicalities of the differences between green onions, spring onions, and scallions. All we know is scallions are delicious, and now that it’s spring, we’ve entered peak scallion season. 

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Entertaining

Tex Mex Lasagna
April 29, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most lively holidays of the year--the fiesta of all fiestas. We dance, we sing, we hit pinyatas, and most importantly, we eat Mexican food. With this celebration right around the corner, I got to thinking of just the recipe to whip up this year. Here was my thinking: I really love Mexican food, and I really love Lasagne--so why not put these two together?

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Baby Food for the Family
April 26, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Baby food isn’t just restricted to babies, as I’m sure many parents have admittedly eaten and enjoyed a lot of what they purchase or prepare for their little tots. If you’re looking for a recipe that will satisfy both parties, oatmeal is one of our favorites.

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Vegan Avocado Alfredo
April 24, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Usually, when we think avocado, we think guacamole. But avocado can be used for more things than you might think.

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Baking

Baking Bread For the First Time
April 19, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

There’s really nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. It’s truly a treat for all five senses, and if you’ve never experienced it, you don’t know what you’re missing.

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Entertaining

An Italian-Style Picnic
April 17, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

If there’s one thing the Italians do well, it’s lounging and eating. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to follow suit. So grab your blankets, wine bottles, and baguettes and start whipping up this perfect picnic recipe: Tomato Vodka Mascarpone Tapenade.

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Hurray for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!
April 12, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you thought today couldn’t get any better because it’s Friday, then you thought wrong because today’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (yes, it actually exists!), and we’re not letting you get through the day without the food of honor.

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A Better Birthday Cake
April 9, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Most birthday cakes aren’t known to be nutritionally sound. While it’s true that it can be enjoyable to indulge in a rich and decadent piece of cake, it may not necessarily be the best “present” we could give to ourselves. If you’re making a celebratory dessert for a friend, they may appreciate this Fruit Cake more than they would a typical birthday cake--it certainly wins in presentation! And they’ll be able to tell on instant how much love went into it.

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Pantry Basics

Homemade Apple Pancakes for Baby
April 5, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Raw, baked, pureed—we love apples any way we can have them and so does your baby, most likely. Apple sauce is among the most popular baby foods, after all.

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Entertaining

Make Do With Holiday Leftovers: Deviled Eggs
April 2, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Both Passover and Easter use hard boiled eggs for their festive celebrations. Maybe you have leftover hard boiled eggs from your Sedar, or maybe you have a bowl full of pastel painted Easter eggs lying around. Maybe you’re just looking for a fun and delicious appetizer to whip up quickly--in any event, these Deviled Eggs are just for you.

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Carrots for the Easter Bunny
March 29, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Easter Sunday is quickly approaching, and if you’re still trying to figure out what to prepare for dinner, we have a simple yet tasty side dish for you, your family, and the Easter bunny.

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Baking

"Peep"ing Into Spring
March 27, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Easter is on it’s way, and whether you’re celebrating or not, Peeps are a seasonal favorite. I must say, I’ve always been a Peeps fan but I think it’s because they carry a certain sentimental value. That’s what’s so great about these homemade Peeps--the sentiment is there, but so is the taste.

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Lemony Fresh Lemon Cookies
March 22, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Because lemons taste so light and tart, we often forget they’re in peak season during the winter months. However, that doesn’t stop us from considering lemon cookies one of our favorite springtime treats, and it’s officially been spring for three days now.

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Pantry Basics

Sweet Potatoes: Get Every Bang for your Bite
March 19, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Sure, plain old potatoes are vegetables. We tell ourselves this when we want to justify that bag of chips or plate full of french fries. In reality, white potatoes lack significant nutrition and have even been banned from many school cafeterias. Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, have been proven to deliver a number of health benefits. When it comes to picking your potatoes, it’s best to follow the vegetable rule of thumb: the more colorful, the better.

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Fall in Love with Chia Seeds
March 15, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

The health food world can’t stop talking about these little things called chia seeds. But what are chia seeds, you may wonder, and what do they do for us?

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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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Pantry Basics

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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Baking

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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Pantry Basics

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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Baking

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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Pantry Basics

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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Entertaining

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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Pantry Basics

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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Entertaining

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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Entertaining

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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Baking

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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Pantry Basics

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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Family

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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Entertaining

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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Baking

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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Pantry Basics

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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Family

'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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Family

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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Baking

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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Entertaining

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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Entertaining

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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Baking

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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Entertaining

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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Pantry Basics

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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Baking

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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