Homemade Gingerbread House

Homemade Gingerbread House 2.0

Last year I started a tradition of making a homemade gingerbread house with my kitchen helper. We started small and the little house fit perfectly on our mantel.  This year I asked my kitchen helper what theme our gingerbread house should be and without hesitation he said "A Bear's BBQ Gingerbread House!". This was not surprising since Bear's Smokehouse BBQ is his favorite place to enjoy a meal. The recipe and design approach was still simple and you can transform the dough into your own ... Continue Reading

Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Baking With Your Little Kitchen Helper

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I have picked up many tips and tricks during the past three years while working with my little kitchen helper. The thought of baking can be daunting to many people, so sometimes adding in a toddler to the mix just doesn't seem possible. You don't need to be an expert baker to have success when baking with your kitchen helper.  All you need is some confidence, determination and ... Continue Reading
Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins

Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins

The holiday season is here and many of us will be hosting friends and/or family over the next few weeks. What a great way to treat your guest in the morning than with Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins. These two-bite sweet treats are perfect with that morning cup of coffee. Packed with gingerbread flavor which is synonymous with the holidays and coffee cake crumb on top, no one can resist. Your home will smell amazing and will spark that holiday spirit as soon as your guests walk through the ... Continue Reading
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Share Your Story, Be A Make & Taste Contributor

I'm so thankful for all these Make & Taste guest contributors.  Features from California, Chicago, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Connecticut have flooded the pages to provide kid approved recipes and inspiration to others.  Some have started new food traditions, while others have shared classic childhood recipes.  We can't forget all the food adventures taken across the country too from a Candy Shop on Cape Cod, MA to an Apple Orchard in Los Rios Rancho, CA.  So much fun has been had ... Continue Reading
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My Make & Taste Thank You Note

Happy Thanksgiving! So many families have been a part of Make & Taste and I look forward to featuring more in 2018.  I wish all my contributors and readers a big Happy Thanksgiving.  Continue family traditions, create new ones and teach your little kitchen helper a few tricks in the kitchen.  Enjoy making memories. Thank you for all your support, Nicole & My Kitchen Helper Continue Reading
baked powered donuts

These Cute Baked Snowman Powdered Donuts Will Have You Wishing For Snow

With Thanksgiving just days away it's not surprising to see Christmas trees and decorations already out and ready to transform our homes for the holidays. These cute snowman donuts are baked and couldn't be easier to make. I used my new Get It Right (GIR) whisk to quickly mix up the batter and after 5-7 minutes of baking it was time to remove them from the oven and cool. This small batch recipe is for a classic powdered donut, so alone these are amazing, but turning them into little snowman ... Continue Reading
Classic Bacon Jam

A Must Have Item On Your Holiday Table: Bacon Jam

When I travel with my family I am always looking for some special food items that I can recreate at home. On a recent family getaway to Vermont, we experienced a great dinner at The Farm House Tap & Grill. One of the items on the table was an amazing burger. There were many delicious components to the meal, but it was the bacon jam that made the burger one of the best we have had. I knew I wanted to recreate this bacon jam when we settled back home. This jam is great not only on a burger, ... Continue Reading
Classic Cranberry Bread

Not My Mom’s Cranberry Bread, It’s Even Better (+ Video)

Thanksgiving is one week away and before you know it the year will be coming to a close.  So many memories made and more to follow.  During the holidays I try to make new traditions with my kitchen helper so he can look back on his childhood with fun and delicious memories.  There are so many aspects of Thanksgiving dinner that I recall as a child.  I was the youngest of three and always had the job of polishing the silver days in advanced.  I would also help my mom with the baking, apple ... Continue Reading
Homemade Sourdough Bread

Learn How To Make Sourdough Bread Without A Starter

If prehistoric man can make bread, so can I, or so I thought. Bread making is a challenge especially if you are teaching yourself the science and art of making a perfect loaf. Sure their are bread mixes and machines on the market that can reduce amount of time needed, but like most of the food I make, I like to start from the most natural state as possible.  Once I have mastered and understood how the food is made, then I add my own twist. I wanted to start this project with sourdough, so I ... Continue Reading
Homemade Pasta

Dinner Your Children Will Make, Taste And Love

Homemade Pasta, one of my kitchen helper's favorite dinner to make and taste. Making pasta in my house happens at least once a month.  My son loves to pour the flour on the table, make a well and crack the eggs. Once the dough comes together he is all about kneading until his hands get too messy and passes the torch to mom or dad. The 30 minute rest time on the counter is pure torture for the hungry pre-schooler. He anxiously awaits the moment to feed the dough through the pasta machine and ... Continue Reading