garlicky green beans

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Whether you’re looking for a simple side to complement everything at the table or maybe you’re in a crunch for a last minute recipe to contribute — this is the recipe for you. Fast, simple and quite delicious this veggie side dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser! The homemade crunchy onions are certainly our favorite part, but if you’re in a serious time crunch we won’t tell if you buy them instead!

Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Onions

Makes: 6 servings
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  •  2 tablespoons panko
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Parmesan

Directions
In a large mixing bowl, toss the onions with flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Shake onions in your hand to discard excess flour.

Heat ½-inch of oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet until very hot. You can drop a splash of water in to test, if it’s hot enough the water will hiss.

Add onions a handful at a time and fry until a light golden brown. Remove with a large slotted spoon, shaking off a bit of oil and spread on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining onions. Set aside until needed.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Melt butter with garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add green beans and broth. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover with lid to steam, cook until al dente, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan and cover again until melted.

Top with onions and serve immediately.

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Time to set the table!

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The food filled day we’ve all been waiting for is almost here and you better believe we’re brainstorming our menu, planning our centerpieces and daydreaming about the mouth-watering dishes to come! This week we’re sharing some classic (and not so classic) recipes, as well as some tips to make hosting (or attending!) Thanksgiving dinner a breeze!

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cake batter cookie bars

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One word: SPRINKLES. Need we say more? Probably not, but these yummy bars, are a great treat that all ages can partake in making! From whisking, to using appliances, putting them in the oven to frosting…these bars have it all! Not to mention, how sweet the end result will be. We have a feeling the kids will be running to the kitchen for these.

Cake Batter Cookie Bars
Makes: 18 bars
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

cookie bars-
• ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
• ½ cup sugar
• ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup yellow cake mix
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup sprinkles

frosting
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
• 3 cups powdered sugar
• pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
• sprinkles for decorating

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Coat with butter and set aside.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer) whisk together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time whisking until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix.

In a small bowl combine flour, cake mix, baking powder and salt. Mix and then slowly add to butter/sugar mixture. Stir in sprinkles.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 22-24 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cookie bars cool completely in the pan.

To make the frosting, cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat for several minutes, then add remaining powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Use heavy cream to thin as needed.

Spread frosting evenly over cooled bars and top with sprinkles.

homemade pizza roll-ups

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This recipe combines a well-known and familiar meal with a homemade aspect — something that is incredibly important especially when it comes to getting your picky eaters in the kitchen. We recommend letting the kids dive into making their own pizza dough, but of course, feel free to pick up some pre-made dough for a quicker turnaround.

Homemade Pizza Roll-Ups
Makes: about 24 roll-ups
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
dough
• 1 ½ cups warm water
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 teaspoons instant yeast
• 1 ½ teaspoons salt
• 3 ½ – 4 cups flour

filling
• 2 ½ – 3 cups pizza sauce
• 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
• 5 ounces pepperoni, chopped
• ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the dough, stir together the water, honey, olive oil, yeast, salt and 1 cup of flour in a large bowl with a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook). Continue adding flour while stirring (or mixing on low), until the dough starts to come together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. It should start to form a soft, smooth ball. At this point, knead for 3-4 minutes with your hands. Cover the bowl, and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

After letting it rest, separate the dough into two pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of the dough into a thin rectangle about 14×10 inches.

Spread ½ – ¾ cup pizza sauce evenly across the top. Sprinkle evenly with half the mozzarella and then half of the chopped pepperoni. Starting on the long side, begin to roll it up, just like making cinnamon rolls. At the end, pinch together the seam to close.

Cut the dough into 1-inch sections with a serrated knife and then place on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Once all the rolls are on the baking sheet, sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping.

kids in the kitchen

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Cooking with kids can be a truly rewarding and fun experience. Not only for them, but for you too! We’re not denying that there will be many messes and maybe some meltdowns along the way, but getting kids in the kitchen builds a foundation that will influence their lives for many years to come. The kitchen provides so many valuable learning opportunities, for kids and adults alike, and we are so excited to share this weeks tips and recipes to help you get started on the journey of cooking with kids!

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Cast Iron Cooking 101

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In our minds, cast iron can do just about anything — it produces some serious heat, it’s naturally nonstick, it can go straight from the stove top to the oven, and it’s the true master of one-pot meals. Occasionally you’ll hear that cast iron can be a little  finicky, or tricky to clean. But we have to disagree! If you show your pan a little love, give it a good cleaning and seasoning, you’ll have a pan to last you a lifetime. This weekend we’ll call out some of our best cast iron tips and summer recipes! Here’s a sneak peek…

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cucumber grapefruit Paloma

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Light, refreshing, and oh so tasty! Sounds like the perfect recipe for mom doesn’t it? We love this cocktail for it’s general drinkability during the warmer months ahead, but also for its ability to easily turn into a mocktail! Just skip the tequila and add a few more splashes of juice and sparkling water.

The Perfect Paloma

Makes: 2 drinks
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
4 ounces Reposado tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3 cucumber slices
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
pinch of salt
1 ounce club soda
3 tablespoons simple syrup or agave

Directions
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices and lime juice. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Add in a small pinch of salt. Shake to combine.

Pour over ice into two glasses rimmed with salt or sugar (optional).

Top with club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with lime, grapefruit slices and/or cucumber slices.

blueberry brown butter waffles

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Can you think of any better way to wake mom up than with homemade breakfast in bed? Because we can’t! These yummy waffles provide the wow factor when it comes to presentation AND taste. The best part? They are SO simple to throw together and great for making with kids! We recommend placing on a tray with additional bowls of toppings, her favorite morning cup and some fresh flowers.

Blueberry Brown Butter Waffles

Makes: 8 servings
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups blueberries
2 ½ cups buttermilk
4 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla

for topping
whipped cream
extra berries
syrup
butter
sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 200°F and have a rimmed baking sheet ready. This is where you’ll place
cooked waffles to keep them warm.

Preheat your waffle iron.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly as the butter begins to bubble and foam. After several minutes, small brown flecks will appear at the bottom of the saucepan. Continue whisking until it turns brown and is giving off a nutty aroma. Transfer immediately to a large bowl to cool.

Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Toss in the blueberries and coat well with the flour mixture.

Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla to the bowl of butter. Whisk until combined. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and fold until just combined and no dry lumps remain.

Generously coat your waffle iron with non-stick spray or butter. Then cook waffles according to the machine instructions. Once cooked, transfer to rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings: syrup, whipped cream, berries, sprinkles – whatever makes you happy!