Instagram Favorites: Children Exploring the World of Food

At Make & Taste our tagline is "Children Exploring the World of Food" and I always enjoy seeing images of how others are accomplishing this task.  As a photographer I love capturing all the fun and messy parts of baking with my toddler and the families I photograph for guest features.  So it's no surprise that when I see a great image on Instagram from other food bloggers and/or parents, it motivates and inspires my next baking session.  Below is a snapshot of some of the fantastic ... Continue Reading

Virginia Feature: Lulu Makes Crusty Yogurt Baguettes with her Nani

Homemade bread from scratch was a staple in our house when I was growing up. I can remember coming home from school to the comforting scent of Mom’s freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven. With a few unlikely ingredients like yogurt and honey, Mom’s Crusty Yogurt Baguette is mildly sweet. It is soft on the inside with a golden crust on the outside. And, it’s so much fun to make. My daughter and I recently got our hands on Mom’s special bread recipe. We also received a ... Continue Reading

Massachusetts Feature: Baking Allergy Friendly Banana Bread with Natalia

I started using this recipe because I have allergies (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish) and at birthday parties I could never have the cake and ice cream. Cupcakes give me stomach aches but they are still fun to make. Banana bread is healthy and yummy so I would make them as cupcakes instead and bring to parties. One of the reasons I started using this recipe was because at the Simpson Spring Marketplace they were having a Banana Bread Contest. My mom and I looked up this ... Continue Reading

A Morning in the Orchard and Afternoon Baking an Apple and Pear Galette

This post is all about having new experiences and trying out a new recipe.  After a recent trip to Lyman Orchards I had a bunch of apples and a few pears.  Picking pears was a new experience for my toddler and I, so we can now check that one off the list.  I wanted to bake something new and I found a recipe for an Apple and Pear Galette.  The recipe called for only two Granny Smith apples and two Bartlett pears so it was a good fit for the few pieces of fruit we actually did pick.  Granny ... Continue Reading

Nantucket Island Feature: Children’s Culinary Classes at the Nantucket Culinary Center

Nantucket has special meaning for our family. My husband started visiting the island with friends when he was in high school and I visited for the first time when we were dating. We got married there and started bringing our children on vacation when they were toddlers. Its always been a fun place to discover and explore with children. This summer we found Nantucket Culinary Center. The new Nantucket Culinary Center on Nantucket Island is a beehive of culinary activity. It is home to the ... Continue Reading

Virginia Feature: Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate is a treat associated with feelings of affection. Smelling and eating chocolate can create sensations of happiness and love. With it’s slight caffeine content, chocolate even has the power to stimulate the mind, and sharpen one’s focus. Needless to say, after becoming a sleep-deprived parent, I always have a stash. Even though chocolate is a wonderfully sweet indulgence without any added ingredients, something truly magical happens when you pair it with salty peanut butter. ... Continue Reading

Find Make & Taste on Pinterest!

Did you know that you can PIN all your favorite Make & Taste recipes and fun road trips on Pinterest?  That's right, Make &  Taste Pinterest is now available! You will also find a "Kitchen Tips Board for Cooking and Baking" with various pins to help any beginner or occasional cook or baker.  I often cut recipes in half, so the conversation ingredient charts are a great reference for me.  There is also a "Kids Kitchen Toys and DIY Board" as well.    The Make & Taste website ... Continue Reading

Connecticut Road Trip: Westmoor Park- Community Gardens, Animals and Education

I have been visiting Westmoor Park, located in West Hartford, CT, since my son started walking and I always look forward to seeing what is new each time.  On our recent visit I was so excited to show him freshly laid eggs in the chicken coop, the vegetable garden growing broccoli and cabbage and the newly born cow named Bear.  Here is our photo story from the past year of exploring this great local park. The park also features a baby llama, horses, pigs, rabbits, ducks, turkeys and the ... Continue Reading

Small Batch: Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe for You and Your Baby

When I was pregnant with my son I knew I wanted to make food for him when he was ready to conquer solids.  I also tried some of the prepackage fruits and vegetables, but he wasn't a fan and always preferred the freshly made foods.  It was always fun to see him try something new and actually enjoy it. When I heard Lyman Orchard's had early Macintosh apples ready for pick-your-own, I couldn't get there fast enough.  Now that my son is a toddler he can hold and eat an apple on his own, which ... Continue Reading

Mild and Creamy Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Let me put it out there, I love coffee.  So naturally coffee ice cream was destined to be made.  Considering that my toddler would probably be nibbling on this dessert I didn't want to go extreme on the coffee flavor.  I started researching recipes for inspiration and found this great article all about the coffee ice cream spectrum on Serious Eats. ( The Many Tastes of Coffee Ice Cream )  It's a great read if you are interested in learning more.  Bottom line, use good quality coffee to ... Continue Reading