All you need are three store-bought ingredients to make this school lunch that wins it all.
Grab store-bought wonton skins and have the kids flavor their own crackers (or make them for an easy cocktail party treat). The flavor combos are endless—and so delicious!
Mouthwatering Italian Meatballs that taste like they were made by an Italian grandma, but come together in a fraction of the time that real Italian grandmas put into theirs.
Meet your new obsession. These Bacon Wrapped Dates are, hands down, the best, easiest, and most popular party appetizer you'll ever make—or eat.
Fruit season is finally picking up here in the northeast! We no longer have to live on apples alone (for a few months, at least!). Raspberries and blueberries have been amazing. Strawberries are getting better and better. Soon, we'll be gorging on juicy stone fruit. When fruit is in season locally like this, you can feast on it without fuss, straight from the basket. And we do! But there's also an abundance and it's fun to cook, bake, and play with all the goodness, too. That's the beauty of this time of year: produce is good, there's plenty, and you can do what you want with it. One of the things I have been loving is serving fresh fruit with citrus sugar. My kids are pretty keen on eating fruit with citrus sugar, too. In fact, it's been the most successful way of getting them to ask for more. (more after the jump)
It's no secret that I keep a package of all-natural, ready-made crescent roll dough in the back of my fridge as back up. Using it is far from an everyday thing—I call on it a couple of times a year to make these half-homemade Strawberry and Cream Breakfast Rolls and these Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls for school lunch—but when I crave that pop-n-fresh taste and am short on time, it's the perfect solution. Well, at least if it's dough from Immaculate Bakery. The ingredients list is not perfect and far from homemade, but it's natural and that matters. Not to belabor the point, but I'm going to belabor the point... If you can't find Immaculate Bakery, I really do encourage you to find another all-natural brand (and if you find one, share it with us!). Most conventional brands are packed with crazy ingredients that are not worth it. If you can't find all-natural crescent roll dough, make my ham and cheese muffins instead. Okay, now back to business. (more after the jump)
I don't think that there's anything more I can say about meatballs. Over the years, I've covered all the reasons why I believe they are the ultimate family food. They are easy to make! You can make them in big batches and freeze them! Kids love meatballs! Grown-ups do, too! They're versatile! You can make Turkey Meatballs, Thai Chicken Meatballs, Indian Spiced Meatballs, Greek Meatballs and, now, these BBQ Chicken Meatballs. You can throw them in a hearty Meatball and White Bean Escarole Soup! You can pack them for school lunch! They make an awesome early finger food! You get the point. These super easy BBQ Chicken Meatballs are the latest addition to my meatball recipe collection. The mixture, which is nothing more than ground chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, spices, and (yum) cheddar cheese, comes together in a a single bowl. Then roll, pan fry, sauce, and serve. It's so easy that I was able to make them for you in this short 3 minute video. And, honestly, there's very little that isn't captured in real time—just a little cooking. (more after the jump)
You know that great feeling when things come together in unexpected ways that are even better than the ways you expected? Well, I get that feeling times ten when it happens with a recipe like it did with this one for Raspberry Pancake Muffins. It all started with an attempt to come up with more healthy, on-the-go breakfast recipes like these Baked Oatmeal Bites to add to my breakfast meal plan. I often make a double batch of pancakes so that I have leftovers for the freezer, but doing this on the griddle the old fashioned way is something I can only manage on the weekends. But what if I baked the pancake batter in mini-muffin trays instead? I wasn't sure that it would work (it totally did!), but thought that it might turn pancake-making into something that I could do anytime (it totally does!). No standing to attention at the stove or working batch after batch. Instead, just throw the batter in a muffin pan, bake, and be done. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Or so I thought. (more after the jump)
I know. The big game is over and I'm posting a recipe for stuffed potato skins. I know! But who says that potato skins have to be about watching football? I mean, I never really watch football and, yet, I love potato skins. As it turns out, so do my boys. So why should I have to make them only during football season? Sure, the Super Bowl was my inspiration for these, but the recipe is going to feed us all year long because what's the difference between this and a big bowl of chili over rice with the fixings? Nothing. Plus—hold on to your hats—potatoes are nutritious. So, yea, stuffed potato skins are our new jam. For dinner. Any night of the week. (more after the jump)
A seasonal snack recipe that offers the best of fall in a sweet and hearty treat that moves away from typical brownies.
This homemade cheddar cracker recipe works for everything: school lunch, cocktail parties, play dates, baking with kids, snack time, and more.