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7 Gooey Chocolate Treats for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

by in Family, Recipes, February 7th, 2016

Chocolate FondueNothing says happy Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate. Stick with these seven recipes to wow your family with easy, sweet-tooth-satisfying treats.

Chocolate Fondue
This easy, creamy fondue comes together in minutes and works for dunking your pick of fresh fruit.

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7 Ways to Use Your New Favorite Dinner Ingredient: Chicken Thighs

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2016

Rigatoni with Chicken ThighsMove over, chicken breasts; when it comes to saving money and adding flavor, it’s all about the thighs. I love cooking with chicken thighs for their dark-meat qualities — they’re juicy and bursting with flavor, just like these reader-favorite recipes.

Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs (pictured above)
Chicken thighs sizzling in a pan, along with onions and garlic, create a classic base for The Pioneer Woman’s simple homemade pasta sauce, ready in 35 minutes.

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The Busy Parents’ Guide to Cooking with Kids

by in Family, Recipes, January 30th, 2016

Taco PocketsOne of the most-important life skills I’ll ever teach my kids will be about food: how to prepare fresh dishes that nourish their bodies and, with any luck, taste good too! And since cooking with kids (like any task) takes longer than doing it by yourself, we’ve put together these basic recipes complete with starter tasks designated by age. Building confidence in the kitchen can turn into a lifelong habit that will serve everyone well … especially if the kids start making meals themselves! Let’s get started.

Taco Pockets (pictured above)
One part burger, one part taco, Rachael Ray’s 5-star recipe delivers a hearty dinner with all the Mexican flavors kids love.

Kids: Fry turkey patties, cook tortillas
Preschoolers and Toddlers: Measure out spices, assemble lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on “pockets”

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Reinvent Pasta Night with These 9 Quick Recipes

by in Recipes, January 22nd, 2016

Chicken Fettuccine AlfredoOne of the many lessons I learned about food while living in Italy was simple: Pasta night does not have to mean spaghetti with red sauce. Think quick pan sauces with bacon or lemon juice, or cheesy baked pasta casseroles instead. These are nine simple, delicious ways to branch out in the world of pasta.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (pictured above)
25 minutes and a handful of ingredients — that’s all it takes to put together this creamy, dreamy pasta.

Lemon Spaghetti
Want a twist on your basic spaghetti and red sauce? Try a light and airy version from Giada De Laurentiis, dripping in olive oil and fresh lemon juice and dusted with cheese.

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16 Kid-Friendly Recipes That Will End Dinnertime Meltdowns This Year

by in Family, Recipes, January 12th, 2016

Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese CroutonsThis is it: The ultimate, every-kid-likes-it list of crowd-pleasing recipes you’ll want to add to your rotation for 2016. Featuring fresh takes on classic kid favorites like chicken, and mac and cheese, each recipe is kid-tested and full of fresh ingredients, yet still easy enough for busy parents to prepare.

Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Ina Garten has a match made in heaven with this dish featured in Food Network Magazine. Even kids who aren’t into soup will love fishing a crouton out of her zesty tomato soup … if it happens to be a tasty bite of grilled cheese sandwich.

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home with Your Kids

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015

Lamb Sausage in Puff PastryWhen you’re little, celebrating New Year’s Eve is really just a fun reason to have special food, and this menu doesn’t disappoint! Offering a buffet of simple but festive fare is the way we love to ring in the new year with our own brood of four.

The Setup:
Create a kids’ table with party hats and noisemakers at each place. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; just throw a sheet over the craft table and get them set up. Then offer a buffet, lined with all the food. Set it out all at once, or in a couple of shifts. The second way, kids have a better chance of seeing everything.

The Menu:
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10 Christmas Cookies So Easy Kids Can Help Make Them

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 12th, 2015

Cocoa ThumbprintsI have four kids under the age of 7, so you can bet there are some Christmas cookies baking in my house — and the rascals want in on it. These are our favorite cookies for baking as a two-generation team.

Cocoa Thumbprints from Food Network Magazine
Anything that involves rolling dough into a ball, jamming your finger into it and placing candy on top is a hit with kiddie cooks.

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How to Get Your Kids Eating Green Foods … Happily

by in Family, Recipes, December 1st, 2015

Spinach Tortellini SoupDid you know that experts suggest eating five servings of fruit and vegetables a day? If your kids get suspicious the second they see something green hit the plate, try these techniques I use with my own four kids. We eat a lot of vegetables around here, and this is how we do it.

1. Start with low-stakes recipes. There’s nothing worse than slaving over a big dinner only to find that exactly no one likes it. If your crew is new to healthy green food, try quick and simple dishes like these to start.

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Save Your Oven Space: 8 Thanksgiving Dishes to Make on the Stove

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 23rd, 2015

Creamed Kale with Caramelized ShallotsOn Thanksgiving Day it’s all about getting the most done with the least amount of stress. And saving space in the oven, which is at a premium on turkey day, with these stovetop recipes can do just that. (Besides, if your house is like mine, you’ll have your hands full setting up the Thanksgiving Bingo game.)

Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots
It’s the best mix of old-school flavor and updated ideas about nutrition.

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7 Thanksgiving Shortcuts to Be Thankful For

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 13th, 2015

Apple PieWhen you’re hosting a big crowd for the holidays or even cooking for a crew of kids — a pair of daunting tasks if there ever was one — this list is for you. And if you’re doing both like I am this Thanksgiving, this one’s for you. And because many of the dishes can easily be made days in advance (or more), you can knock out most of the cooking well before Thanksgiving Day arrives.

Make and Freeze: Apple Pie 
Prepare an unbaked apple pie, like this one from Food Network Kitchen, then pop it into the freezer until you’re ready to bake. The trick: Wrap the whole thing in three layers of plastic wrap, then place in a gallon-size freezer bag or add another layer of aluminum foil. Tips:

  • Take the pie out of the freezer and put directly into the oven, just add 20 to 30 minutes of baking time.
  • Use a metal or ceramic pie plate; glass may not be sturdy enough to go from the freezer to the oven.
  • Pumpkin (or any other kind of custard) pie won’t work as well, but in that case, you could make the crust and freeze it ahead of time.

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