All Posts By Julie Hines

12 Ways to Enjoy Strawberries All Summer Long

by in In Season, Recipes, June 21st, 2017

Strawberry-Lime Stuffed CupcakesSummer means tons of fresh fruits and vegetables showing up at the grocery stores and farmers markets, but if we’re totally honest, strawberries make us giddy for the season and gets our creative cooking juices flowing. While frozen strawberries keep our cravings at bay throughout the year, there are some things that are just better with super-sweet fresh strawberries. Take a look at some tasty ways to get your fill while strawberries are in season.

Strawberry-Stuffed Cupcakes (pictured above)
They look like standard cupcakes from the outside, but take a bite and you’ll be surprised with a mouthful of strawberry baked right in! Read more

Pizza Roses and 8 Other Edible Gifts Dad Will Love

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 14th, 2017

Pizza RosesFather’s Day is quickly approaching; if you’re running out of options and can’t bear the thought of giving dad another tie, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered some of our favorite giftable bites that you can easily make for Father’s Day. Dad will be impressed (and delighted!) with just one of these, but you can go above and beyond and turn a few of these snacks into a homemade gift basket. Show your dad how much you appreciate him with something he’ll actually enjoy — snacks!

Pizza Roses (image above)
Nothing says “I love you, Dad” like an edible bouquet of these easy-to-make pizza roses. Store-bought pizza dough makes this adorable present totally doable. Read more

7 Make-and-Take Snacks for Summer Road Trips

by in Recipes, May 21st, 2017

Nut-Free Ranch-Flavored Crispy Cereal Snack MixYou’re driving along, enjoying the scenery passing you by or, more realistically, sitting in traffic on your way to the beach, when you heard the words most dreaded by seasoned road trippers, “Are we there yet?!”

Extra bathroom and snack breaks make a long trip even longer, so how do you keep everyone in the car happy? Snacks. And lots of them.

Keep a variety of snacks – sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy – in your arsenal to avoid hangry passengers. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to start; carrot sticks, apple slices and zip-top bags full of berries are fantastic mess-free snacks. But if that doesn’t quell the crankiness? We’ve got some make-and-take snacks that will rock your summer road trips.

Ranch-Flavored Crispy Cereal Snack Mix (above)

This is not your average snack mix. Homemade ranch seasoning and fresh herbs boost the flavor levels on this crunchy, addictive snack.
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Take 5: Italian-Inspired Dishes for Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, May 21st, 2017

Antipasto SaladA few days of nice weather in a row have us dreaming about lazy summer dinners. But then we snap back to reality and realize that, between camp, sports and work, summer weeknights are just as hectic as the rest of the year. These quick, Italian-style meals will inspire your dinners all season long.

Antipasto Salad (above)

Giada turns pasta salad into a full meal with the addition of antipasto staples like salami, smoked turkey and provolone cheese.
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All the Ways to Flavor Guac

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2017

Smoky GuacamoleThe only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.

Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)

Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
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Take 5 This Week: Shortcut Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour

by in Recipes, View All Posts, April 30th, 2017

Sunny's Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo SauceUnless your meal prep game is seriously strong and you head into the week with 5 dinners ready to go (kudos, if that’s you), getting something fresh and delicious on the table every night can be a daunting task. Our favorite ingredient shortcuts, like rotisserie chicken or canned beans, cut a ton of time in the kitchen and can save you from another night of greasy takeout. Experimenting in the kitchen is a perfect weekend activity, but during the week there’s something to be said for effortless and tasty.

Sunny’s Easy Mushroom, Peas and Pasta with 1-2-3 Alfredo Sauce (pictured at top)

No need to set up a pot of boiling water for this quick and easy vegetarian meal. Cook fresh fettucine with mushrooms and frozen peas in some chicken stock, which thickens up and becomes the base of this creamy alfredo sauce.
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7 Easy Easter Desserts You Can Make with Pantry Staples

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 7th, 2017

Lemon Macaroon ChicksIf you think that an Easter dessert has to be elaborate and time consuming, think again! We’ve rounded up seven super easy dessert ideas that you can make with what’s already on hand: think store-bought doughnuts-turned bunny butts, jelly beans and chocolate chips that transform macaroons into baby chicks and chocolate coated pretzels turn into sweet candy egg nests.

The best part about these treats? They’re doable at almost any age, so making Easter desserts can be a family project. Skip an extra trip to the grocery store with these festive sweets for Easter.

Lemon Macaroon Chicks (pictured at top)
These sweet little chickadees will brighten up any Easter dessert table. Make the chicks with coconut flakes, store-bought lemon curd and egg whites, then decorate with orange jelly beans for the beaks and mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

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The 7 Best Things We Ate at Anne’s Aperitivo! Event at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 15th, 2016

New York City Wine & Food FestivalAnne Burrell hosted a high-energy happy hour at The Standard Biergarten, kicking off the second night of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Eventgoers sipped on sparkling wine cocktails and sampled tapas-style bites from local restaurants in the outdoor biergarten, the perfect setting for a warm fall evening. Here are some of our favorites from the dozens of options.

Cheese Spread — Murray’s Cheese

Several different types of cheese, a savory boar salami, some olives and baked cheese sticks drew long lines around the cheese empire’s stand throughout the entire event.

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