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Chefs’ Picks: Where to Take the Kids

by in Restaurants, October 24th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to be the son or daughter of a chef? You’d be exposed to the most delicious and exciting foods, right? Well, yes and no. In many cases, kids will be kids, and even the most-celebrated chefs have to deal with picky eaters. We spoke to chefs about their kids’ favorite foods and where they take their kids out to eat.

Brad Farmerie, New York City
Chef Brad Farmerie’s kids (Bruno, 7, and Scarlet, 5), enjoy some of their father’s restaurants — Saxon + Parole for cheeseburgers and fries, and Nutella- and bacon-stuffed French toast; and Genuine Superette for fried chicken sandwiches and their ice cream sandwich, Sam Mason’s OddFellows ice cream stuffed in a toasted brioche. But they won’t touch the food at Public, where Farmerie serves an acclaimed menu of American-Australian fare, dishes like kangaroo carpaccio with eggplant capanatina, fennel and upland cress. “Unfortunately, as soon as they learned the power of the word ‘no,’ they both became finicky eaters,” says Farmerie. “Their ongoing menu consists of ‘earth tones’ — whites and light brown items — with very few exceptions. Breaks my heart, but I figure if I don’t push it now (don’t want to give them a complex) hopefully they will come around when they are a bit older. I know I did!”

Farmerie says the key to taking kids out to dinner is patience and expectations: “I think if you are too set on how the experience is going to go, you are in big trouble. I also tend to gravitate towards spots with plenty of space between the tables so if the kids are fidgety they won’t be disturbing other guests.” Read more

You’re Never Too Old for Cereal Treats

by in Family, Recipes, September 29th, 2015

The magical combination of cereal, marshmallows and butter is nostalgic for many of us, but that doesn’t mean cereal treats should be reserved for the kids. And why stick to just one kind of crispy rice cereal, cut into boring old squares? Get creative in the cereal aisle and try out different shapes, molds and clusters. The possibilities for these timeless crowd-pleasers are limitless, and they’re still one of the easiest no-bake treats around. Read more

Back-to-School Lunchbox Remix

by in Family, Recipes, September 9th, 2015

The new school year is in full swing, and to match that brand-new backpack and those shiny unused school supplies, you want to start your lunch game strong. These lunchbox combos from Food Network Kitchen are so easy to make and pack that you won’t tire of them by October — and neither will the kids. Each includes a fun main recipe, plus all the tasty extras to round out a complete, balanced lunch. Warning: Lunch-packing parents may want to assemble an extra box for themselves, and we fully approve! Read more

Must-Pack Travel Snacks for Kids

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2015

Whether you’re hopping on a plane or have a long road trip ahead, snacks are a key factor in successful travel with kids. Before you head off for that end-of-summer family vacation, make sure to check some of these kid-approved portable snacks off your packing list. Tired, hungry traveling parents should certainly partake of these goodies, too.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers
These crunchy, cheesy bite-size crackers are easy enough for kids to make themselves. Let them measure ingredients, cut out the crackers in fun shapes, and sprinkle on toppings like sesame and poppy seeds. Then pack the crackers up for happy munching in transit.

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FoodNetwork.com Staffers’ Mother’s Day Recipe Picks

by in Family, Holidays, May 6th, 2015

If you’re lucky enough to spend Mother’s Day with your mom, or if you are a mom and get to spend it with your kids, a special meal is in order. Decadent brunches, picnics, teas and cookouts will abound across the country this Sunday. What should you make this year to truly spoil Mom? Get some inspiration from FoodNetwork.com staffers and our varied Mother’s Day traditions.  Read more

Beyond Banana Bread: New Ways to Use This All-Purpose Fruit

by in Family, Recipes, March 7th, 2015

Bananas are one of the most-versatile ingredients out there. Of course ripe bananas make a satisfying snack all on their own (even better with some peanut butter). They’re a key smoothie element and a favorite topping for hot or cold cereal, and once they’re speckled and overripe, banana bread comes calling. But that’s just a slice of what bananas can do. Food Network Kitchen used bananas plus two other simple ingredients in five genius recipes that transform the all-purpose fruit into entirely new dishes. Watch the video to see how to make these ridiculously simple and fun banana treats. Read more

50 Things to Make With Pasta Sauce

by in Family, Food Network Magazine, February 9th, 2013

50 Things to Make With Pasta SauceIt happens at least once a year — your favorite jarred tomato sauce goes on sale and you stock up — enough to feed an army sometimes. While nothing beats homemade sauce, sometimes the jarred varieties are a reliable substitute for quick weeknight dinners.

It’s certainly a must-have in the pantry, along with pasta and one of Melissa d’Arabian’s favorites — dried beans. But sometimes you can fall into a rut, using it the same ol’ way. Not anymore. Food Network Magazine has taken a household staple and provided 50 different ways to incorporate it into recipes like Spanish rice, minestrone soup and Italian meatloaf.

Looking for a way to liven up baked potatoes? Try Pizza Potatoes (No. 21). Make a deep slit in baked potatoes, then stuff with some pasta sauce, chopped pepperoni and shredded mozzarella, and bake at 400 degrees F until the cheese melts.

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Getting Creative With Cookie-Cutters, 5 Fun Uses — The Product Puree

by in Family, November 13th, 2012

New Uses for Cookie CuttersYou know all those cookie-cutters that are a jumble at the bottom of your kitchen drawer? Well, reach way down and grab a handful because we’re going to put them to good use.

Cookie-cutters are great for transforming ordinary rolled-out cookies into fun shapes, but their usefulness goes way beyond the obvious. I use cookie-cutters for a wide variety of kitchen duties and whenever I let my kids cut their food into fun shapes, they’ll eat just about anything.

Here are five ways you can use cookie-cutters to make cooking and eating a whole lot more fun:

1. Hole Foods — Use a heart, star or any shape you prefer to cut the center out of sliced bread and make an egg in the hole (try Ree Drummond’s recipe). Last week my daughter had Egg in the Dog!

2. Pancake Zoo — Place a greased cookie-cutter in a saute pan over low heat and fill it with pancake batter. Use tongs to remove the hot cookie-cutter and gently flip the pancake until it’s cooked through. I like making a pancake zoo, using a variety of animal shapes.

Three more ways you can use cookie-cutters

The Power of School Lunch

by in Family, September 18th, 2012

school lunch box
My daughter played “What food am I?” in preschool the other day. When I came to pick her up, her teacher gave me an odd look. “What happened?” I asked. “All of the kids had to describe what kind of food they were today,” she began. “Most kids said apples, celery, oranges, hamburgers, tomatoes, etc., but your daughter told us she was a mix of quinoa and gooseberries…”

Good or bad? I wondered to myself. Probably some of both.

In my mind, that definitely tells me I’m going to be “that mom,” the one whose kid constantly feels embarrassed about. And “that mom” was originally my mom: the mom who dares to be different when, among other things, it comes to packing a school lunch.

My mother lovingly packed soggy, lopsided and sometimes grease-stained paper bags carrying oddball sandwiches or various leftovers from dinner.

Delicious? Totally. Awkward to eat? Totally. Not like any of the other kids’ lunches at a time when you did not dare to be different? Totally.

What was a classic lunch for me?

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White House Snack Attack

by in Family, Food Network Magazine, August 21st, 2012

chocolate drizzled pretzelsSam Kass, a White House chef and Michelle Obama’s adviser for her Let’s Move! program, says that the White House is always stocked with fruit in case Sasha or Malia needs a bite. But Sam knows that kids don’t always come home from school begging fora healthy snack, so he offered up these smart swaps for some favorite after-school treats.

Instead of a candy bar, drizzle chocolate on pretzels or apples (pictured left).

Chop 1/2 pound dark chocolate. Microwave three quarters of the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring, until mostly melted. Stir in the remaining chocolate until smooth. Drizzle over mini pretzels or apple slices and let harden.

“There is no substitution for chocolate!” Sam says. “The key is moderation.”

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