Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Food: Chicago

by in Restaurants, July 16th, 2017

Almond Pancakes
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs may have a reputation for being choosy when it comes to dining out, but it seems the pickiest palates actually belong to their children. Luckily in a city like Chicago, there are plenty of places that cater to those tiniest of food critics. Read on to find out where the pros go to score kid-friendly snacks. Read more

5 Savory Ice Creams to Try on National Ice Cream Day

by in Restaurants, July 15th, 2017

National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 16. Though most will reach for the usual contenders — vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chip — a few scoop shops are going rogue with savory ingredients.

In an age when salt is more than welcome in sweets and is said to even enhance the latter (think salted caramel and potato chip cookies), it only makes sense to push the boundaries of ice cream flavors as well.

But how savory would you go?

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10 Ways to Use Up All That Zucchini

by in In Season, Recipes, July 14th, 2017

Zucchini ParmesanEvery summer I’m faced with buckets of zucchini coming from the patch in my backyard, so you know I’m always on the lookout for excellent zucchini recipes. Here are 10 of my very favorites. Almost all of them have been kid-tested (and tested and tested …), and there are a few that look so delicious they’re already at the top of my list to try next. Want to join?

Zucchini Parmesan (pictured above)
If you love eggplant parmesan, you’ll love this. It’s that simple.

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What to Watch: The Perfect Burger on The Kitchen and Finalists Try to Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network Star

by in Shows, July 14th, 2017

Food Network Star
On Saturday morning, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing their secrets to making the perfect burger, and Geoffrey Zakarian is sharing the recipe for his Iron Chef Burger. Then Tiffani Thiessen is making a Mediterranean feast with Chicken Kebabs, Lemon Rice and Spiced Pita Chips. On Sunday morning, Tia Mowry is making party perfect finger foods, and later, Ina Garten is making roasted vegetables like a pro.

On Sunday evening, a cop, a firefighter, an EMT and an Air Force pilot are battling it out in Flavortown, and on Food Network Star, the finalists are get a chance to beat Bobby Flay.

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Beyond the Cookout: 9 Ways to Grill Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 14th, 2017

Grilled French Toast Foil PacketsThroughout the summer the grill is the center of attention during dinnertime over the summer for cookouts and parties, but there’s no reason to shy away during the earlier parts of the day or a non-occasion. Whether you’re out by the pool, camping or just enjoying the warm weather, using the grill keeps you near the action and minimizes on clean up (see ya, pots and pans!). Spend the day outside and grill up some breakfast, lunch and dessert.

Breakfast:

Grilled French Toast Foil Packets (pictured above)
Who knew breakfast on the grill can be healthy, taste indulgent and no-fuss all at the same time? Individual foil packs (use the non-stick kind for this) are a fun way to serve and best of all, no plates to clean up. Read more

IKEA Takes Its Assemble-It-Yourself Approach Into Food Prep

by in News, July 13th, 2017

IKEA Takes Its Assemble-It-Yourself Approach Into Food PrepIf there’s one thing IKEA has trained its shoppers to do, it’s to obediently follow directions to pull something together. Of course, some of the global furniture chain’s printed directions are easier to follow and than others. And some of them are confusing enough to shake the foundations of even the strongest relationships. (I’m looking at you, Hemnes dresser.)

Now IKEA’s assemble-it-yourself culture has broadened beyond furniture and into the realm of cooking. IKEA Canada recently teamed up with the advertising firm Leo Burnett to introduce a line of “fill-in-the-blank” graphic recipes printed with food-safe ink on poster-sized bakeable parchment paper.

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Someone Has Solved the Problem of Sandy Drinks at the Beach

by in News, July 12th, 2017

Someone Has Solved the Problem of Sandy Drinks at the BeachThat awful feeling when you reach for your drink at the beach anticipating a thirst-quenching quaff only to take a swig and find yourself with a mouthful of sand? You can kiss it goodbye (with your parched, sandy lips).

The Spiker Company’s beach drink holders — known interchangeably as Spiker Lifestyle Holders, Spiker Sand Spikes and Spiker Beach Spikers — aim to address this very problem and make trips to the beach stress free by making sips on the beach sand free.

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9 Absolutely Adorable Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Party Treats

by in Family, Recipes, July 12th, 2017

Pull-Apart Beach CupcakesAs the mom of four small kids, I’ve thrown my share of birthday parties. And as each birthday approaches, you can count on me to be scouring the interwebs, relentlessly looking for ideas that guarantee show-stopping results—while also being realistic and doable. These are some of my favorites.

Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes (pictured above)
We made this beach scene for a pool party and WHAT A HIT! With cupcakes baked right into the cones, there was no waste, not even a paper liner to toss in the end.

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9 Make-and-Take Lunches to Get You Through Summer Weekdays

by in In Season, Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable SaladWe wish we could eat ice cream and lobster rolls on the boardwalk every day throughout the summer, but for the most part, we’re stuck behind a computer doing the same stuff we do for the rest of the year. And when we do go on vacation, we find ourselves over-indulging and over spending . Give your taste buds and your wallet a break from the overload with some weekday lunches you’ll actually be excited to dig into.

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable Salad (pictured above)
No microwave necessary to dig into this cold noodle salad. Protein-packed peanut butter and soba noodles mean this vegetarian lunch will keep you full through the 3 p.m. slump. Read more

Grilled Salads that Prove a Little Char Goes a Long Way

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Grilled Salmon Cobb SaladDinner salads and grilling are summer staples. Put them together and you get a winning dish that brings all the best flavors of the season together. Break out your grill master skills on a warm night and turn your favorite salad into something a bit more special. Read more