PUMPKIN! Whether you roast your own pumpkin to whiz up into a silky puree or use it from a can (Martha Stewart admits preferring canned to fresh, so it must be ok) you need these 20 Easy Pumpkin Recipes. Super duper easy and kid friendly. Whether you make them for school lunch, with kids for a class project or for a gathering, they’re seasonal favorites!
Pumpkin Pie Parfaits (above): I made these with Kenya’s class last year. Big hit!
One of the ways that our school raises money is to offer what are called “party books”. Basically, families offer to host a party or activity at their house for other parents to attend and you sign up and pay to be part of the fun. I’ve gone to a cocktail making class, hiked and had lunch in the park, and went on a tour of the Los Angeles Zoo with my kids. This year I hosted a party book by offering up myself to teach a cooking class on easy weeknight meals. A group of mamas showed up at my house one night to have a drink as we cooked and ate our hearts out. I demonstrated to them how to easily prepare Red Beet and White Bean Hummus, Baked Potato Chips, Easy Chicken Nuggets, Kale Pesto, Potato Chips and Crock Pot Mexican Lasagna as a few ideas for quick dinners. It was a fun night for a good cause.
When I asked the moms how many of them had a slow cooker, only half of the room raised their hands. I went on and on...
Where did the time go? Recently It dawned on me that I’ve been making cooking videos for Weelicious for over 7 years. I started creating them to help show parents how to make easy recipes and learn time-saving cooking techniques. Since 2007, I’ve continued to put them out every week and am always grateful for the feedback I get from Weelicious readers. However, some of the best comments I have received over the years have come from kids.
Back when I started making videos, I never imagined that kids would enjoy watching them. I was never sure if it was the presence of my own kids cooking in the videos with me that made them more compelling to younger viewers, but to this day parents continue to write to me about how the videos inspire their kids to get in the kitchen and cook. Often parents would write me on behalf of their kids, who had a lot of great suggestions of their own! Knowing that parents and kids are cooking together makes my heart sing, and that’s why I...
I arrived in Santa Rosa last night to start shooting another season of Guy’s Grocery Games for Food Network. The show is a ton of fun to do, but I have to say that from the second I get on the plane, my heart starts aching terribly for my babies. I simply can’t stand being away from them for even a day.
Knowing that I would be leaving town, I spent this past week making a ton of fun treats for my kids (and my hubby) to enjoy while I’m away. Caramel Popcorn was a childhood favorite of mine and it’s quickly become one of Kenya and Chloe’s as well.
The first batch I made went over like gangbusters as neither kid had never tried it before. I brought little bags to school when I picked them up at the end of the day and they both shared it with their friends. There’s nothing like combining a gaggle of starving kids after a long day of school and a big bag of Caramel Popcorn — what a ruckus (note to self: next time bring more than two bags to school)....
This summer when our family was in Italy we visited a crypt in a teeny tiny town in Umbria. Due to a naturally occurring spore in the dirt below the crypt, the crypt houses the almost perfectly mummified remains of bodies which are hundreds of years old. Spooked out yet? I was. When you’re in a dark room with real mummies (some still dressed in the clothes they expired in) and hundreds of bones and skulls that have been piled up over the centuries it’s kinda freaky. The kids were a little weirded out, but also quite intrigued.
I’m sure you can imagine where I’m going with this. Halloween + a good Italian bone story = Pizza Dough Bones. See, you can find inspiration even in the least appetizing of places.
It’s always the simplest recipes which make the biggest impact on my kids. Then, add the word “pizza” in the recipe title and you can be assured they’ll both be all thumbs up. These Pizza Dough Bones came out so well the night I made them that Chloe wanted to have...