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Where you’ll find terrific recipes ideas, money-saving tips, picky eater advice, and all kinds of mealtime support from real parents like you. Oh…and laughing. There’s a lot of laughing. Click to Join. Our complete cookout + grilling archives. The best recipes, tips, tricks, and tools to get you out of the kitchen.

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The perfect berry crisp: The easiest, most delicious

Preheat grill until it reaches 400 degrees. 6. Turn down flames and place crisp on grill, cover and cook for 30 – 45 minutes, or until fruit is bubbling and the topping looks golden and slightly crisp. Timing will depend on grill size and heat levels. Note: If …

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Finally! The easy secret for how to make crispy waffles

1. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, melt the butter and set aside to cool. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 3. To the flour mixture, add the cooled butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla and whisk to combine well. 4.

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15 camping recipes so good you'll really want to go camping.

We still love this Bacon Wrapped Trout recipe that we originally spied at Design Mom and shared last year. It can be made with any butterflied fish though trout is always a favorite. And, while the fish is the star of the meal, you can also find recipes for the whole tasty camping menu including how to make campfire baked potatoes and fire-roasted chiles.

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Authentic Philly cheesesteak recipes from Geno's and Pat's

Geno’s Philadelphia Cheesesteak recipe (A.K.A. “Whiz Wit”) appears here, courtesy of Geno Vento himself. A video from his appearance on the Today Show offers up three variations and some helpful hints, but you know you have to start with the original. The difference between the oil in this recipe and the one from Pat’s is worth remembering.

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5 meals to get you through a heat wave. Turn off that oven

It’s officially summer, as in officially too damn hot to cook out west where I live, so I’m thrilled to be sharing my actual menu plan for next week, which includes 5 weeknight meals for a heat wave. These are ideas you can use all summer long, and and hope it inspires you to keep that oven turned off too! So in an effort to help combat climate change in a small way and keep my cool, I am

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12 creative, unexpected ways to use the extra mint from

Freshen your pet’s breath. I was surprised—and I have to say, a little excited—to find this recipe for doggie breath mints at The Nerdy Farm Wife. This is a clever and really useful way to use it up. Keep ants away. Ants hate mint, so if you sprinkle some cut up mint leaves in areas where you see them trying to get into your house or outside plants, it will keep them away.

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3 simple solutions for how to fix gravy. Cool Mom Eats

Pan Gravy from Drippings | Martha Stewart. How to fix gravy solution #2: There is such a thing as too thin. The classic fix for thin gravy is to start by mixing equal parts cornstarch and water, often referred to as a slurry.Then, with the gravy over medium heat, whisk the slurry into the gravy and bring it to a boil, whisking all the while.

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8 creative, easy ways to wrap a bottle of wine to make a

Utilitarian kraft paper gets all dressed up for the holidays when it wraps a bottle of wine, as our friend Christine at Boston Mamas reminds us.I love this idea from online retailer Terrain that I saw on her site. The added pop of color around the bottle neck can come from a tiny garland or wreath as shown above, or just get fancy with some ribbons.

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Box pancake mix hacks for fast and easy pancakes more like

Definitely try it. 2. Use milk for more tender pancakes. If your box says to use water, replace it with reduced-fat or whole milk (but not skim). The richness of the milk will add flavor and it also makes pancakes more tender. 3. Combine butter and oil for big flavor. For every cup of basic pancake mix, add 1 tablespoon of cooled, melted butter

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How to grill pizza, step by step & a few pro tips Cool

How to grill pizza: Step-by-step instructions. 1. Heat the grill with one side set to high and the other side to low. 2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, lightly flouring your rolling pin as needed. Don’t worry if you don’t end up with a perfect circle–mine never are.

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The best boards for charcuterie boards (like, the actual

3. A round lazy suzan charcuterie board for smaller tables. For a more rustic but still elegant look, this slate charcuterie board from West Elm is a classic choice. The 15″ diameter is terrific for appetizers or smaller families and I love the look of a round board. Bonus: it’s a lazy susan, so it rotates.

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10 tasty ways to doctor a boxed brownie mix. You'll never

1. Add more chocolate, because you can never have too much. This may be stating the obvious, but if you haven’t added some gourmet chocolate chunks (or white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips) to your brownies you haven’t really lived. (Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash) 2. Add fruit. While your mix is wet, add in some frozen berries.

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Cicada ice cream sundaes: Easily the official dessert of

According to Toby’s Instagram, Cicada Sundaes are made of one scoop each of chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and cafe au lait ice cream, topped with chocolate sprinkles, 2 red M&M eyes, and waffle cone wings. They also caution that you should “consume it before it consumes you!” so I wanted to be sure to get that important warning in.

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How to improve jarred tomato sauce: 7 easy ideas for

So add a little to your sauce in the form of good, unsalted butter, or milk or cream once you take the saucepan off the heat. It will impart a richness that definitely doesn’t taste like your tomato sauce came from a jar. 7. Splash in a bit of red wine. Just a …

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Brilliant kids' party food idea: Tips + tricks for the

This way, you can store the pasta in Ziploc bags for minimum prep the day of the party, then reheat before serving. To reheat, stick with one pound of pasta at a time in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Pour into the chafing dish, tossing with a little olive oil to keep it from sticking together.

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The easiest new way to recycle old cookware, bakeware

When I found out that Terracycle and Calphalon have partnered on a new, absolutely free program to recycle old cookware, bakeware, and cutlery, I immediately joined.. We’ve been talking about somme of the increasingly eco-friendly changes we’ve all been making in our homes over the past few years, like my family’s recent switch to reusable bamboo paper towels.

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7 easy yeast bread recipes for beginners, and all the

I know I’m not the only new baker who’s been looking up the best yeast bread recipes for beginners these past few weeks. Based on the flour and yeast shortages in my local supermarkets (and the photos in my own Instagram feed), I have now learned first-hand how incredibly satisfying it is to pull beautifully crusty bread from the oven that you’ve made all by yourself.

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Dinner solutions: Make-ahead stir-fry freezer packs

Stir-Fry Freezer Packs in 3 Easy Steps: 1. Prep and freeze the veggies. Exact amounts are really up to you, but for a double batch of four servings, I suggest prepping five to six cups of raw vegetables. A huge part of saving time the night of is getting the chopping done ahead of time. A lot of stir-fry vegetables — sugar snap peas, bell

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How to use up leftover pickle juice: 12+ creative ideas

Create steam for cheeseburgers: When making cheeseburgers on the stove, Kathleen M adds a few tablespoons of pickle juice to the pan when she adds the cheese, covers the pan with a lid, and lets the steam infuse the burgers with a little “eau de pickle.”. And, she swears that it does make the burgers extra yummy.

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11 smart ways to use expired baking soda, other than

11 uses for expired baking soda. 1. Clean your oven, pots, and pans. Mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to create a cleaning paste that you can use to scrub off cooked-on stains. Be careful, though, and consider using this just on stainless steel since the mixture it is surprisingly abrasive.

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7 easy breakfast recipes kids can make themselves—no

One of the great joys of raising older kids is being able to hand over tasks or, uh, sharing responsibilities with them. And I’m not just talking about tweens. Given an age appropriate cooking task, kids as young as 4 and 5 can assist in the kitchen (use our guide to cooking skills by age for help), and by 8- or 9-years-old, they can certainly pack their own lunch or make their own breakfast.

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The only 3 ways to clean and sanitize reusable water bottles.

How to clean reusable water bottles, version 1: Use white vinegar. If you’re fresh out of your eco-friendly, child-safe, antibacterial cleaning supplies, just use white vinegar.

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How to make homemade freezer french fries Cool Mom Eats

How to make homemade freezer french fries: Oven bake and enjoy. To cook the fries: Preheat your oven to 425ºF. Transfer frozen fries from the storage bag to a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15-40 minutes, stirring and flipping the fries once or twice during the cooking period. Yes, I know that 15-40 minutes is a huge

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5 light dinners for warm summer nights 2021 Meal plan

5 ideas for light dinners for summer the family will love. 1. A cajun chicken burger. A light dinner for summer nights can definitely include burgers! I suggest you lighten up your burger night with these spicy Cajun Chicken Burgers at Cooking for Keeps. Using a fruit-based salsa, like the fruity mango salsa here, is a clever way to get intense

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The absolutely best, easy lasagna recipe the whole family

3. Mix ricotta and 2 cups of the shredded mozzarella in a bowl with seasoning salt. 4. Spray a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray and spread about 1 heaping cup of the tomato sauce at the bottom of the dish, or enough to lightly cover it. 5. Cover sauce with one layer of noodles.

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How to use up overripe tomatoes

Genius. 1. Halve the cherry tomatoes and place along with some unpeeled garlic cloves on a baking sheet. 2. Toss with olive oil and salt, making sure the garlic cloves have olive oil on them too. 3. Roast in a 225-degree oven for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours …

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How to safely clean lunch boxes during COVID-19

In the past, we’ve written about how to clean our kids lunch boxes safely, say if a banana gets left in there over the weekend or a container of spaghetti somehow gets tossed back in without a lid. But this year, we have the fun (i.e. not at all fun) added layer of a global pandemic, so we want to be sure our kids’ food storage is actually clean.

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9 healthy breakfast ideas that kids can make themselves.

When I first suggested yogurt parfaits as a breakfast my kids could make themselves, my boys were just… eh. Then never made them.Given that the right yogurt can be an incredibly healthy way to start the day (here are our favorite store-bought yogurts to get you started) and that my kids love the taste, I realized it was more of a process issue than a yogurt issue.

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How long can food be left out in the summer before it

1 day ago · Photo: Dylan Nolte via Unsplash Many fruits and vegetables can go without refrigeration, and as Stacie has pointed out, a few even benefit from being left out.But some, like leafy greens and cut melon, do need to be kept cold, and the USDA recommends the 2-hour rule here.

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Easy DIY Ice Cream Cake recipe using an amazing hack!

DIY Ice Cream Cake recipe using store-bought ice cream sandwiches. Step 1: Line an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with parchment paper. Take 5 + 1/3 ice cream sandwiches out of the freezer, unwrap, and place in the bottom of the dish, making sure they are pressed firmly together (there will be space around the sides).

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Do kids need a permit for a lemonade stand or bake sale

The quick answer is that yes you may need a permit for your kid’s lemonade stand or bake sale. Sigh. Remember when we could just set up our own lemonade stands with a makeshift table, a tub of Country Time mix and some plastic cups, for a lesson in fundraising and intro to microeconomics? Yeah, well, today we’d like our kids to have the same experience — only without …

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8 kid-friendly, super fast shrimp dinner recipes Cool

Frozen shrimp is among the most underused sources of protein in the family kitchen. Not only are shrimp nutritionally dense—according to the World’s Healthiest Foods, shrimp are a great source of vitamins D and B12, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and, of course, protein—but they also cook in …

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5 creative ways to send food care packages to your camper

My oldest is off at camp this week — wahh! — and we’re missing him badly.So, we’re sending snacks. Because food is our love language. While not all camps allow food to be sent to campers in care packages (be sure to check with them before sending!) ours does, so I’ve been looking for some creative ways to send food care packages to my camper, to make his special delivery a little

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6 easy Champagne cocktails that impress. We'll be drinking

Photo: Diane for Diane, A Broad. Lately, we’ve been pinning a ton of recipes to our cocktail recipe Pinterest board that make use of herbs — thyme, lavender, rosemary, even basil. So leave it to a seasoned food and travel blogger to be ahead of the game with a Strawberry Basil Bubbly first shared by Diane, A Broad, back in 2012. It looks refreshing, sweet without being sweet, and fairly easy.

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Making plant-based milk: 6 vegan milk recipes and our best

The right blender or mixer. I’ve found that a basic blender is not powerful enough to yield good results on a nut milk recipe, so apologize if that’s what you have right now The good news is, you can produce excellent plant-based milks with a really good, high-speed mixer like the Vitamix 5200. For me, this is a smart purchase because I can use it for so many other recipes in the kitchen

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The folded TikTok sandwich: 20 variations getting us

1. The Original TikTok Folded Tortilla Wrap Hack. The breaded chicken sandwich hack posted on Crystal’s Cooking Fun’s TikTok channel at the very end of December seems to be one of the few cool things to have come out of 2020. Super easy, quick, and kid-friendly, especially if you use pre-made chicken tenders and then smother it all in ketchup.

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Strawberries for days! Dinner recipes using strawberries

Strawberries, basil and a good balsamic vinegar come together so beautifully in this Strawberry Basil Chicken from Wholesomelicious. This dish comes together in about 20 minutes, and disappears just about as quickly. Strawberries are a magical little gem that can work wonderfully in both sweet and savory dishes, as you can tell.

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5 easy ideas for decorating heart cookies for Valentine's

5 easy ideas for decorating heart cookies for Valentine’s Day. 1. Dip in chocolate and add sprinkles. Sara’s tutorial for Heart Cookies on her site, Dinner At The Zoo, are simple yet so eye-catching and lovely. Her method also happens to be one of my favorite ideas for decorating heart cookies. In fact, the dipping and sprinkling is fun for

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7 clever ways to add more protein to your kid's diet

Probably. Somewhere.) Consider getting more protein into your kids’ diets with clever uses of eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts and nut butters, seeds and seed butters, beans, tofu and edamame, spelt and certain grains like quinoa and even oats. So many options for getting more protein into your kid’s diet! (And who knows, maybe even yours.)

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The best authentic Mexican food blogs to help us celebrate

Pati’s Mexican Table. Pati Jinich is a venerable Mexican food expert. The Mexican born-and-raised host of the Emmy and James Beard award nominated PBS show, Pati’s Mexican Table, traded in a career as a political analyst to focus on her Mexican culinary endeavors.From teaching friends about Mexican cooking to landing a television series and publishing cookbooks, this woman has done …

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The best ever tips for making the best ever ice cream

7. Work in batches. The best DIY ice cream sandwiches are assembled and eaten right away. But if you are making a lot or want to freeze for later (or the ice cream has simply become too soft), wrap sandwiches individually in parchment or wax paper and freeze. Make a …

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An easy make-ahead Mother's Day picnic. No

2. Hearty grain salads for a Mother’s Day picnic. I can’t get enough of a farro salad. One of my favorite recipes is the Citrus Farro and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Cranberries ( above) from Family Food On The Table. Brimming with kid-friendly flavors, this salad is also super adaptable.

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Baking tricks: How to remove brownies from the pan perfectly

On a recent thread in our Recipe Rescue Facebook group, I noticed a particularly long discussion around the topic of the best way to cut brownies.Specifically, how to remove brownies from the pan without them breaking into pieces. The author posted a photo of an all-too-familiar image: a tray of brownies with chocolate smudginess all over the knife, a perfectly envisioned square brownie

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One secret to getting kids to eat seafood: It's all about

DIY sushi is a great way to introduce fatty fish. When it came to getting my kids to try just about anything, Sushi Made Easy was my friend. Kumfu Wong’s book, full of simple recipes and great tips, is part of a sushi-making kit, and the kids and I learned how to make rolls together.

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How to cook bacon more safely, using 3 different methods.

Make it safer: Instead of a cookie tray, use a casserole dish with higher sides to cook your bacon more safely. Also make sure pot holders fit well, whatever size your cook’s hands! 3. If you like cooking bacon in the microwave…. Microwave bacon is the easiest bacon!

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4 pre-packaged greens that last longer than regular lettuce.

Greens that last longer: Baby spinach. Pre-washed baby spinach has become my go-to green, though I admit that while it tends to last longer than regular lettuce, you still have to keep an eye out for the slime factor after a few days. Once you open a package of baby spinach, you can t oss a dry paper towel into the bag to extend freshness for

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Non-toxic spring cleaning with salt: 8 unexpected tips

This Lodge cast iron-skillet is under $40 for a 12′ pan right now! They’re workhorses, and last forever when you know how to take care of them. Clean your cast-iron skillet by pouring about 1 cup of coarse salt into it while it’s still warm, then scour it with a kitchen towel.Alternatively, pour in a little hot water with the salt and scrub it with a soft-bristled, cast-iron cleaning

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5 tofu recipes for kids that they will actually eat -- all

If you’re trying to get started on cooking tofu for kids, or you just want some new kid-approved recipes to help mix things up at dinner time, start with these five, all picked by our own kids — Lisa’s, Christina’s and my own — regularly. And no, the boiled-tofu soup didn’t make the …

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