Category Archives: Cooking with Kids

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

Slagel Family Farms: Tour and Gourmet Dinner

ShareTweet When Jack was a toddler, he ate nothing. His bizarre diet was limited to cream of tomato soup and apple sauce. The only way he would even entertain consuming anything else, including meat of any kind, even dinosaur shaped, was if the protein was smothered in maple syrup. We went through gallons of mapleContinue Reading

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

ShareTweet Creating videos used to be an activity I hated. Whether I wanted a video for my blog, to enter cooking contests like the Ben’s Beginners’ Cooking Contest, or to help my kids with school projects didn’t make a difference. Making videos was daunting and stressful, until I learned one simple rule: You don’t needContinue Reading

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

Milk Chocolate Lava Cakes and Dreams of Hawaii

ShareTweet We’re headed to Hawaii for our big family vacation in August and I have lava on the brain. My night stand is piled high with Hawaiian travel guides and while my kids are excited to surf, seeing the volcanos in Volcano National Park is at the top of my list. As I plan andContinue Reading

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

ShareTweet Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all greatContinue Reading

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

ShareTweet As soon as the last snow melted, baseball/softball season began, and with two kids on teams, our weeknights are jam packed with games and practices. To eat a homemade dinner as a family, I have to plan way ahead of time and put my crock pot on overdrive. On gorgeous spring days, I don’t wantContinue Reading

Sloppy Joes for 60

Sloppy Joes for 60

ShareTweet Cooking for 60, even when a time tested family recipe for Sloppy Joes, is never easy. Fresh from spring break on Monday, with suitcases still full of dirty clothes, I spent the day cooking dinner for 60. I was nervous. I wasn’t throwing an elaborate party, but I knew the crowd would be fullContinue Reading

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

Relished Foods: Effortless Dinner Inspiration

ShareTweet Even when you write a food blog, it’s easy to fall into a rut in the kitchen. Steve has been traveling so much, and when I’m flying solo, the temptation to feed the kids tried and true recipes they won’t complain about is intense. Who wants to face a crowd of unappreciative, skeptical facesContinue Reading

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

Perfect Meringues Bring Generations Together

ShareTweet When I was a child, my mother reigned in the kitchen. I was her willing sous chef for the main course, but dessert was my gig. Baking didn’t interest her very much and I was (and still am) a chocoholic. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Fast forward to my adulthood and the rolesContinue Reading

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

Steakhouse at Home: Making Bearnaise Sauce with a 2 Year Old

ShareTweet Growing up in my mother’s kitchen, making the sauce was always the final prep step of any meal. A good roast chicken came with a golden pan sauce. And all steaks came a buttery bearnaise. I was a sous chef to my mom for years before I was allowed to assist with La Bearnaise.Continue Reading

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

Bacon Infused Macaroni and Cheese To Please the Pickiest Eaters

ShareTweet Macaroni and cheese. What color comes to mind when I say that phrase? For me, it’s a bowl of creamy colored shell noodles bathed in an equally creamy sauce made from artisan cheeses. For my kids? A day-glo orange sauce coating tiny elbow noodles. A few years ago, I decided to show my kidsContinue Reading

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Marble Cheesecake Brownie Bites

ShareTweet When it comes to dessert, I’m definitely a chocolate kind of girl. Marrying cheesecake with chocolate makes me weak in the knees. Marbled cheesecake brownies are a combo I’m powerless to resist: rich chocolate, creamy cheesecake, and pretty to boot. I hope to host a mother-daughter cookie exchange soon (if such an event isContinue Reading

Coconut Fried Rice

Coconut Fried Rice

ShareTweet Leftover rice is pure gold. Nice and stale after a few days in the fridge, a bowl of leftover rice is the key to throwing together an amazing bowl of fried rice. Having leftover coconut fried rice just takes things up to an even more delicious level. Sweet and salty coconut fried rice isContinue Reading

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

Weelicious Lunches Stonyfield Review and Giveaway

ShareTweet We’re now a couple of months into the school year. Have you run out of school lunch inspiration yet? If so, I have just the giveaway for you, courtesy of Stonyfield yogurt and Weelicious, aka Catherine McCord. Here’s what you need to do to get your hands on a copy of Weelicious Lunches asContinue Reading

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

ShareTweet Summer corn is my children’s favorite food. On the cob and off the cob. On the grill and boiled. They’ll take their corn any way they can. In years past, we’ve spent all winter missing the surprise sweetness of that first kernel bursting on the tooth. But this winter, I’ve got some surprises inContinue Reading

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

ShareTweet Are you craving fall? Judging by my Facebook stream and the many references to Starbucks pumpkin lattes, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one excited for the crinkle of golden leaves underfoot. As the Chicago weather continues to zig zag between breezy and hot, I’m taking matters into my own hands and bringingContinue Reading

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

ShareTweet On Saturday, we drove five hours to pick Jack up from camp near Grand Rapids, MI. Our house had been freakishly quiet for the week that he was gone, and even Baby Sophie seemed to miss her noisy big brother. I was counting the minutes until his return home. I teared up like aContinue Reading