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Charity Curley Mathews dreams of raising kids who eat (and enjoy) real food. A former VP at MarthaStewart.com, she's a contributor to The Huffington Post and heads up Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. Together with her husband and three small children, she now cooks in North Carolina.

11 Easter Dinner Ideas If You Don’t Like Lamb

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 11th, 2017

Pasta BologneseLamb may be a classic Easter dish, but if your family is like mine and doesn’t hold that dish in your repertoire, there are plenty of delicious choices that are every bit as festive. Read on below for my tried-and-true picks, like ham, pork roast, chicken and seafood.

Pasta Bolognese (pictured above)
The beauty of making this dish for company is that the sauce needs to simmer for a few hours before serving, which means that you can get the bulk of the meal finished before your guests arrive.

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15 Ways to Use Boiled Eggs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 8th, 2017

Boiled Eggs & Avocado ToastEaster is just over a week away, which means that you may be finding yourself with a few dozen boiled eggs on hand — colored or otherwise. Put them to work in these recipes below. You could end up sprinkling, slicing and serving eggs all week long, with delicious results every time.

Breakfast
Boiled Eggs & Avocado Toast (pictured above)
Just smash up an avocado and layer slices of eggs for an instant breakfast any day of the week.

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10 Recipes to Add to Your Spring Eats Bucket List

by in In Season, Recipes, April 5th, 2017

Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied PecansSpring is here! (And, bonus, it’s almost starting to actually feel like it outside.) With tons of fresh produce finally appearing on the scene — asparagus, peas, rhubarb and more fresh picks — there’s a lot of flavorful, colorful eats up for grabs at the market these days. Don’t let the season pass without taking full advantage of what’s available. The tried-and-true recipes below are the best way to enjoy the flavors of the season without getting fussy or overly complicated — just fresh food that will leave you wanting more.

Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied Pecans (pictured above)
Not only do these rainbow carrots deliver a pop of color on the plate, but they’re dressed with a sweet orange glaze and finished with crunchy nuts, which guarantees bold taste and texture.

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10 All-in-One Casseroles to Add to Your Weeknight Dinner Rotation

by in Recipes, March 28th, 2017

Chicken, Sausage, Pepper and Onion Fake-BakeThere’s something so satisfying about serving a warm casserole for dinner, especially when it covers all the bases by combining a protein, grain and vegetable. But there’s more to love about the casseroles we’re talking about today: You can almost always prep them ahead of time or double them up as you go. Make one for now, and save the other in the freezer for later or for a friend.

Chicken, Sausage, Pepper and Onion Pasta Fake-Bake (pictured above)
Not every casserole requires hours of time in the oven. Rachael Ray saves time by cooking the pasta, sausage and veggies separately, then popping the whole casserole under the broiler for a few minutes at the end.

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What to Do with the Season’s First Asparagus

by in In Season, Recipes, March 25th, 2017

Roasted AsparagusSomething new has happened in our house this year. We’ve become a two-bundle family — in terms of asparagus, this is. One dainty parcel of asparagus, wrapped in a single rubber band, won’t cut it anymore. That’s because every time I cook a pound of asparagus, my husband and our four small rascals hoover that stuff up so fast I hardly have time to snag a spear myself.! So we’ve graduated. And it’s for the best. Now if I could just decide on which of these dishes to start with.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Asparagus (pictured above)
If you’ve never cooked asparagus before, and certainly if this is your children’s first taste of it, you must start with this classic recipe. Only the Barefoot Contessa could use so few ingredients to generate a fan-favorite dish with more than 300 user reviews.

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Green Pancakes, Corned Beef Pizza and Rainbow Treats: A Family-Friendly St. Paddy’s Day Feast

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, March 13th, 2017

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef HashFrom a vibrant-green pancake breakfast to hearty dinners with the requisite corned beef, we’ve got kid-friendly fare to keep St. Patrick’s Day festive. Check out all of our ideas below.

Breakfast

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash (pictured above)
Get things off to a delicious and satisfying start with these surprisingly velvety pancakes, plus all the fixings.

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6 Shrimp Dinners That Are Ready in a Hurry

by in Recipes, March 8th, 2017

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp with GritsAny dinner that comes together in 30 minutes or less hits the sweet spot at my house, which makes quick-cooking shrimp a favorite for weeknight meals. Shrimp cooks so quickly, in fact, that the most-important advice I ever learned about preparing shrimp was simple: Don’t overcook it! For the best taste and texture, keep a watchful eye for those little beauties until they just turn pink. That mean’s dinner’s on!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Grits (pictured above)
This Southern favorite cooks up in just 30 minutes, and though it’s packed with the bold flavors of nutty Parmesan cheese, garlic and bright lemon, it’s a surprisingly healthy option.

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11 Shortcut Items This Mom of 4 Can’t Live Without, Plus Recipes for Using Them

by in Family, Recipes, March 1st, 2017

Penne with Sun-Dried TomatoesI love cooking for my family. Mostly fresh. Usually from scratch. Sometimes ethnic. But as a mom of four small kids (seriously, the oldest one is 7), my energy is limited. Plus, it’s a bit of a betting game at this stage. Will the kids appreciate all of my effort when I set their food on the table? Yes, everyone’s clear on the expectations: Try everything and be a good sport about it. But will they actually enjoy it? In order to keep the cooking requirements and expectations in check, I take advantage of a few shortcuts for getting meals on the table quickly, easily and deliciously. Check them all out below.

Jarred Items: Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

Ounce for ounce, sundried tomatoes may have the most flavor of any single ingredient in your pantry. It takes a mere handful of ingredients to pull off Giada De Laurentiis’ Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (pictured above), which boasts a stellar 5-star rating.

Green olives create an almost instant sauce for either pork or chicken, giving either one a signature tang in seconds. Two of my favorites are Pork Tenderloin with So Many Olives and Chicken Mirabella: Chicken with Prunes & Olives.

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10 Cooking Projects to Do with Kids to Combat Cabin Fever

by in Family, Recipes, February 17th, 2017

White Sandwich BreadThere’s nothing like a little cooking to keep kids busy — and happy on a day off. If the winter weather has you indoors with your little ones all day, try introducing a hands-on kitchen project. All you need are simple recipes with reliable results, just like these.

For Young Kids and Beginner Cooks

Ree Drummond’s Homemade White Sandwich Bread (pictured above)
Kids love making bread. Since their experience with bread is usually limited to let’s say aisle six at the grocery store, making bread at home feels a little bit like seeing a teacher outside of the classroom. Though you’ll need plenty of time to prep this recipe, you can do it with only a handful of ingredients.

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How to Have a Special Valentine’s Meal with the Whole Family

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2017

Salmon Baked in FoilIf you’re like me, when your Valentine’s Day plans involve not only your spouse but also your four small kids, you improvise. You adjust. You balance romantic ideas with one simple question: How long will it take? Because kids aren’t keen on long, drawn-out meals, of course. These are my favorite ideas for a doable meal that’s still as special as ever.

Dinners to Delight

Salmon Baked in Foil
Follow the simple steps for Giada De Laurentiis’ salmon and you’ll have an elegant (and healthy) dinner on the table in a hurry.

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