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Rainbow Jell-O Easter Eggs

Looking for a fun edible craft to make with your kids this weekend? With a little bit of patience (each layer has to set) you can make these Rainbow Jell-O Easter Eggs! The patience thing is always hard for me, I’m a quick results kind of gal…this project is totally worth it though and the bonus […]   Read more...

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Steamed Vegetable Dumplings with Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

We just finished up two weeks of spring break over here & oh was it fun! My kids love to help me in the kitchen, so the extra time together offered us many culinary adventures. My 10 year old son helped me with these delish Steamed Vegetable Dumplings with Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce over the weekend. They are […]   Read more...

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Greek Salad with Tuna

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bumble Bee Seafoods® With spring here, the goal is to spend loads of time outdoors and to eat super healthy foods. As the weather gets warmer, ingredients get fresher and lighter. This Greek Salad with Tuna couldn’t be easier to prepare and it’s protein […]   Read more...

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Cilantro Lime Moscow Mule Cocktail

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was super busy with work and heaps of spring cleaning! I’m feeling ay more organized now & ready for the weekend. The weather has been all over the place in the mountains…sunny summer days yield to snowy winter ones. I tell you what though, no matter what the […]   Read more...

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Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos

Whether you are preparing food for your family or to feed a crowd…these Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos are pretty much the best nachos you will ever eat. No meat needed, as this dish is full of flavor and it promises to fill you up. Load up these nachos with sautéed veggies, homemade guacamole & plenty of cheese. […]   Read more...

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Banana Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookies

What do you do with overripe bananas? Bake cookies! Cookies are the easiest baked treat to make here in Telluride, Colorado ~ where high altitude baking can be more explosive in the oven than anything else. Have you ever tried to bake at 10,000 feet? It’s crazy making! Results are variable and often include gooey centers. […]   Read more...

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Mexican Polenta Casserole

Whoever invented casseroles was a total genius. It’s such a brilliant way to feed a family and the ingredient possibilities are endless! I came up with this Mexican Polenta Casserole recipe out of my true passion for this style of cooking. Layers of polenta, seasoned veggies and meat are accented with plenty of gooey melted cheese […]   Read more...

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Stripes for Spring!

Today is #NationalStripesDay ~ I never knew there was such a thing, but I’m more than happy to celebrate! I’ve always loved stripes, but more now than ever before. Already quite a few styles have been added to my spring clothing collection…but more to come I’m certain. Whether vertical or horizontal, tonal or colorful, stripes […]   Read more...

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Carnival Sunshine Memories

It’s so fun to reflect on vacations, especially when you can share the fun with your friends and loved ones. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I set sail on the Carnival Sunshine. There are so many highlights from this trip. The best way for me to share them are in photos, right here and now! […]   Read more...

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Vegetable Bibimbap Bowls

The first time I ever had the Korean dish Bibimbap was in a small family owned restaurant in NYC. I’ll never forget the flavors and runny egg on top! You can make this recipe with meat too, but we love it loaded with a lot of veg & spicy sauces. Be flexible and creative here. Use ingredients you […]   Read more...

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Japanese Slipper Cocktail

With St. Patricks Day right around the corner it’s time to celebrate all things leprechaun and spring! Forget the green beer this year and go with a more elegant cocktail…you know your worth it. This Japanese Slipper Cocktail is what you should reach for instead. A thirst quenching mix of Midori & Cointreau liqueur and freshly squeezed […]   Read more...

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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Have you ever tried Hakka Noodles? They are pretty much the best Asian noodles I’ve ever eaten. I learned about this dish on our Carnival Cruise Eastern Caribbean adventure aboard Carnival Sunshine. I craved these noodles daily and made frequent visits to the ship’s restaurant, JiJi Asian Kitchen to get them. Hakka is a region in China, the dishes there are […]   Read more...

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Shamrock Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for a fun edible craft to make with your kids on this festive holiday? These Shamrock Chocolate Covered Pretzels are super easy and very tasty too. All you need to have on hand is white chocolate, food coloring, sprinkles, m&m’s and pretzels. The shamrock is the symbol of Ireland & is not to […]   Read more...

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The Home Ranch, Clark Colorado

Peace, tranquility & the wild west. All of these magical things come together in Clark, Colorado at The Home Ranch. Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to visit this beautiful, rustic guest ranch in the heart of the Colorado countryside. I drove out from Telluride and what should have been a 5 hour journey ended […]   Read more...

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Thai Red Curry with Beef

Not only is this recipe completely delicious, but it takes only minutes to throw together. This Thai Red Curry with Beef will rival any dish at your local Thai restaurant. So if you feel like saving some money (Have you seen all the hot new spring fashions?! Spend your money there!) Take a few minutes to chop some veggies […]   Read more...

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Mocha Martini

Cheers friends! Here’s to a fun filled and relaxing weekend. To celebrate everything delicious, I crafted this Mocha Martini that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your chocolate cravings. Skip the morning mocha and save yourself for this happy hour classic! PrintMocha Martini Rating: 51 Total Time: 1 minute Yield: 1 mocha martini Ingredients2 ounces Dark […]   Read more...

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Vegan Split Pea Soup

It’s been super cold here in Telluride, CO & what we crave are hearty & healthy soup recipes. My Vegan Split Pea Soup is a soul warming recipe that can be prepared quickly with not much prep time. As much as I love split pea soup with ham…this vegan version is just as tasty. We love it […]   Read more...

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Falling in Love with Lech, Austria!

I have a new crush I have to tell you all about. It’s name is Lech. Located in the Arlberg region of Austria this gem is gorgeous. Not only do I have a crush on this place, but I’m pretty infatuated with it. Directly after my visit to the ski hamlet Stuben I was once again on tour, which brought […]   Read more...

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Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Last week I went on an awesome baking binge. This is a rare event, but something I love to do when I give into it. My kids were both psyched and surprised to walk into our home smelling like cookies, pies and all sorts of goodies! This Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is […]   Read more...

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Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

Such a lovely surprise came in the mail the other day…Christina Lane’s (Dessert for Two blog) new cookbook Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two. As soon as I opened the book so many recipes jumped out at me. The first I had to try were these Gooey Butter Cake Cookies…who could resist these?! Anything that […]   Read more...

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Dominican Pollo Guisado (Braised Chicken)

One of the things I love most about travel is all the exotic flavors I get to try. It’s so exciting to leave the States and to tempt my palate with new flavors and ingredients. It’s also super fun to be able to bring these explorations back to you guys! As a globetrotter, one of […]   Read more...

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Chopped Greek Salad

Since I was a kid I’ve always been a huge fan of a hearty Chopped Greek Salad. My passion for this salad started at a very young age at a restaurant called Shish Kebab in Port Washington, Long Island. I’ll never forget the excitement as they brought the wooden bowls to the table, filled as high as […]   Read more...

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The Family Cooks

What began as a casual conversation during a hike on a beautiful, sunny day about the need for a cookbook with easy, healthy, delicious recipes for families to cook together has become a beautiful book we are very proud of. For families, eating right has become a huge challenge. We’ve become convinced we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying, and the key to happiness. Not true! Luckily, home cooking is making a comeback, and we hope The Family Cooks will inspire you to take control of what you and your family eat by making it yourself. The Family Cooks contains over 100 fast, tasty recipes with real ingredients for people who think they are too busy to cook. We tested all the recipes with parents and kids to make sure they were family-friendly. We give you ways to play with the recipes, like fun garnishes your kids will love (try the yogurt “spider web” garnish on pea soup) and extra ingredient suggestions to alter dishes (add a few spices and lentil soup becomes curried lentil soup). For those who find cooking intimidating, we made sure the recipes were easy to prepare. We explain...

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Fava Bean Crostini

Removing fava beans from their pods and inner peels is actually easier for smaller hands, which makes it the perfect project for your chef-in-training. A wide variety of breads can be used in these delectable crostini, which show off the fresh flavors of springtime. This recipe comes to us from Stacie and Simran of A Little Yumminess. For the full recipe for Fava Bean Crostini, visit The Kids Cook Monday.

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Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

This simple lasagna recipe is packed with veggies and calcium-rich dairy. Cooking it in a slow cooker is a great way to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal on a weeknight. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Produce for Kids. Cooking Tip of the Week: No-boil lasagna noodles are a great time saver, but you may need to add extra liquid to your recipe since the noodles will absorb it. Check the package for a recommendation on adding water or additional sauce to the recipe. Food for Thought: This recipe calls for sweet onions, which have a pleasant, sweet flavor that kids love! Sweet onions are typically white or yellow and have a flattened (or squished!) look. White onions are the strongest tasting, so they’re best when cooked, while red onions are best for eating raw in salads or guacamole. When in doubt, just go with yellow onions, they’re all-purpose! Family Dinner Conversation Starter: If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would you pick? Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna.

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Fun With Fruit

Here are some ideas for fruity yumminess for the weekends of summer. Watermelon: Slice up that watermelon and watch it sparkle with a light sprinkling of lime juice and fresh mint. Or cut the watermelon into wedges and freeze it for a perfect treat on a hot afternoon. Apples: Try Nanna’s frozen Apple Snow. Cut apples in half and freeze. Quickly, while they are still frozen, roughly grate the apples and toss with cold yogurt. Add vanilla and honey to sweeten and serve right away. Grapes: Freeze grapes and they will turn into little balls of sorbet all by themselves! Fruit salad: Cut fresh seasonal fruit into slices, dices or wedges. Serve in chilled martini glasses topped with toasted nuts, shaved chocolate or sprigs of mint. Fruit salad is also pretty when served kabob-style!

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Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

This fun take on pizza uses hummus in place of tomato sauce for delicious and nutritious spin on the traditional pie. This recipe comes to us from Jamie Geller and JoyofKosher.com. Cooking Tip of the Week: Pizza dough will be easiest to shape into a circle when it’s at room temperature, so if you’re using frozen dough, make sure it’s fully defrosted before you start rolling. Food for Thought: Lots of research shows that the way people traditionally ate in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea is super healthy and helps prevent heart disease and cancer. It’s easy and delicious for your family to eat this way at home. Look for recipes that use lots of vegetables, whole grains, beans and olive oil and only a little bit of meat and cheese. Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Mediterranean Hummus Pizza.

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Grilled Fish for Summer

Summer starts this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with a BBQ? Instead of the traditional steaks and hamburgers, try grilling seafood and vegetables. Here are some tips for grilling fresh fish on the BBQ: 1. Have patience. Wait until the coals have burned down, or use a lower flame on the the gas grill.
 2. Use a good clean grate that has been oiled.
 3. Flip the fish only once, (save the fancy flipping for pancakes).
 4. Cook the fish just about 7 minutes per inch of thickness.
 5. Take its temperature, use your thermometer, the fish is done at 140º (120º if you want to cook a fish like tuna rare), or poke a pointy knife into the thickest part of the fish, then touch the knife, if it is warm the fish is done.
 6. But here is the tricky part, remember the fish continues to be hot/cook a bit after you take it off the grill, so take it off just before it is completely done, and let it sit and relax a few minutes before you serve it.

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The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Don't fret that Father's Day is only a couple of days away and neither you nor the kids have bought anything. The very best gift anyone can give isn't something bought at the mall or gift-wrapped. The very best gift of all is right under your very roof. Make Dad dinner. Figure out the menu, buy the groceries, organic when possible, and cook from scratch. Engage the kids in the kitchen and let them be an integral part of preparing this special meal. Set the table with love by adding a budding branch found outside or pick a family heirloom found in the cabinet, something that can be the centerpiece of the table and the conversation. Or perhaps find a fun and different location for dinner -- a picnic in the backyard or on the living room floor. Hey maybe even dust off that dining room you rarely use! Then sit down, as a family, with phones and TV screens turned off. And talk. Tell stories about your parents, grandparents and far-off uncles. Talk about what you all love best about Dad. Remember, great meals make great memories. Because on top of all the benefits of family dinner, it spreads love too!

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A Delicious French Radish Snack

Sometimes you need to cook, and sometimes you can just leave ingredients alone to shine. Here's a little French radish snack, quick, easy, and delicious...

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