by Foodlets in In Season, Recipes, August 14th, 2017
by Foodlets in In Season, Recipes, August 9th, 2017
How much do kids love corn? Let me put it this way: I can add corn to basically ANYTHING and get a cheer from my four rascals when dinner hits the table. And let’s not limit this to corn on the cob, because that’s always a slam dunk. Nope, even when it’s off the cob, this sweet, crunchy veg is a hit with my brood. Here are my go-to picks.
Ina Garten’s Corn Salad (pictured above)
A handful of ingredients transforms a few simple ears of corn into a flavorful, potluck-worthy dish.
by Foodlets in In Season, Recipes, July 25th, 2017
It may be hot, but you still have to eat dinner. Perfectly connecting the dots between cool, refreshing and totally filling, these ideas are sure-bet crowd-pleasers.
Cold Asian Noodles with Pork (pictured above)
There’s just something about ginger in a cold dish that feels so fresh this time of year. Cook the pork chops ahead of time, or get crafty and use any leftovers you happen to have available.
by Foodlets in In Season, Recipes, July 14th, 2017
When the temperature reaches a certain number in the summer, I tend to give up. It’s hot, it’s sticky and everyone is sweaty. This isn’t the time to sit down to an eight-layer lasgagna. Coincidentally, it often happens at the same time as peak tomato season. That’s when I turn to gorgeous, fresh ideas like these to fill up my family of six without breaking a sweat.
Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad (pictured above)
Fresh corn kernels mingle with creamy mozzarella, thick wedges of avocado and a tangy lemon-lime dressing in this bright salad.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, July 12th, 2017
Every 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.
by Foodlets in Family, In Season, Recipes, June 27th, 2017
As 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.
by Foodlets in Drinks, Recipes, June 19th, 2017
These are not the store-bought ice pops you grew up with. Nope, none of that sticky-sweet, impossibly red or improbably blue stuff here. Instead, we’re making homemade ice pops packed with fresh ingredients. And, bonus, they’re easy to put together.
Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Ice Pops (pictured above)
Want to impress your kids first thing in the morning? Give them an ice pop for breakfast. It’s OK, because they’re healthy!
by Foodlets in Family, In Season, Recipes, June 9th, 2017
All at once sweet, tangy and tart, there’s simply nothing so refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade. It’s basically the official drink of summer but that’s just the beginning. Behold, 13 ways to enjoy lemonade, from drinks to dishes, all summer long.
Raspberry Lemonade (pictured above)
With only three ingredients, this is one of the simplest ways to make fresh berry lemonade.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, June 2nd, 2017
One of my kids’ favorite summer dinners has less to do with the meal itself and everything about the location: outside. At least once a week we’ll pack up a big picnic for dinner in the great outdoors — our own backyard most of the time, to be honest. kids load up a wagon full of fixings, and we head out to the nearest shady spot. To make it easier (because a less stressed-out mom always translates into more fun for everyone), I’ve got it down to a science.
What to Bring
The trick to packing a picnic is bringing just enough essentials without hauling your whole kitchen outside. My seven must-haves:
1. A blanket, if you’re sitting on the grass
2. Cups and a pitcher of water (or water bottles, which work better for small kids who will likely/probably/certainly spill their cups)
3. Beer or wine (optional for adults, but don’t forget an opener!)
4. 2 wet rags (picnics are ALWAYS sticky, and regular napkins don’t stand a chance)
5. Forks (try not to serve anything that requires more than one utensil)
6. Serving spoon for the salad
7. Plates (I love those cafeteria-style trays for the kids. They’re harder to flip over plus there’s a spot for a water bottle.)
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, May 30th, 2017
Even when cooking for a family of six, I don’t plan my meals as closely as you might think. But I am pretty serious about stocking my freezer with enough staples to make whatever sounds like the right combination of delicious, quick and easy pieces each night. Here are the items I try to never be without, plus what I make with them.
Every time I see that beautiful sale sticker on chicken thighs, I load up my cart. Compared to breasts, thighs have more flavor, and you can’t be the price even without a hot sale. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is one of our go-to favorites, and I love that I can prep the whole recipe and throw it into a bag uncooked, right into the freezer. Giada De Laurentiis’ Roman-Style Chicken (pictured above) is another make-ahead gem. Packed with tender strips of bell peppers, this one has a veggie built right in. But the most-straightforward dinner in this collection of crowd-pleasers might be these grilled chicken thighs full of Greek flavors. Lemon, garlic and oregano swirl together, coating the chicken perfectly — and doing it all in minutes.
So, you keep hearing about potential health benefits of fish, but your family isn’t exactly keen on it. Now what? Instead of swearing it off your dinner menu forever, look to these eight magical recipes. Yes, they’re full of good-for-you fish, but they’re also full of flavors that my family and yours will enjoy, making them go-to dinner picks. If you’ve ever wanted to start feeding your crew more seafood, this is an excellent place to start.
Baked Fish and Chips (pictured above)
You’ll never guess what secret ingredient the chefs in Food Network Kitchen use to create a hefty crunch without frying. Hint: You may have had it for breakfast.