Kids in the Kitchen

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Big Soft Pretzels

February 1, 2013

When I was in high school and college, I often made these soft pretzels for munching on during Sunday football. The recipe is based on one from Bon Appétit’s Favorite Restaurant Recipes cookbook (1982), which shared dishes from their (still hot!) R.S.V.P. column of “reader requests and editor favorites”. The recipe came from Sturgis Pretzel […]

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Game Day Chili

January 31, 2013

This time, my seasonally-inspired recipe has more to do with football than garden bounty. The 49ers meet the Ravens for the Superbowl this Sunday in New Orleans. This crowd-pleasing chili is my go-to recipe for just such an occasion. It’s best made a day or so ahead, then reheated on the day of the game. […]

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Springtime Carrot Cupcakes

April 9, 2012

The first day of spring break fell on Good Friday this year. These spring-inspired cupcakes seemed a good way to celebrate. The kids made the cakes themselves, using decorations cut from tinted fondant with the tiny cookie cutters we had on hand. They are equally delicious served plain. The combination of grated carrot and golden […]

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Valentine’s Day Sweets

February 10, 2012

Traditional heart-shaped cream scones and chocolate-dipped or jam-filled butter cookies are wonderful treats for Valentines Day.

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Sweet and Salty Seeds

November 27, 2011

Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and pine nuts are sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon in these addictive nibbles.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

November 22, 2011

When I’m mentally gearing up for a big Thanksgiving feast, I often don’t feel like cooking dinner. (Difficult to comprehend, I’m sure!) The other night, I made this simple tomato soup for the kids with some quick Big Cheese Twists since I happened to have some puff pastry in my freezer. Both are from The Cookbook for […]

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Pumpkin Bread

November 20, 2011

These dense, sweetly spiced pumpkin loaves have reduced amounts of sugar and oil with no sacrifice to flavor.

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

October 31, 2010

Spiced pumpkin muffins baked with a buttery brown sugar and walnut topping.

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Big Cheese Twists

October 20, 2010

Store-bought puff pastry and a combination of Italian cheeses bake to a butttery, golden brown in these in super simple cheese twists. A great recipe for kids to try on their own.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

October 10, 2010

Classic buttermilk pancakes with banana and chocolate chip variations.

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