Homemade New England Clam Chowder

Homemade New England Clam Chowder

Growing up in New England, clam chowder is a right of passage.  Every New Englander has their favorite place to go for their favorite style of chowder.  Thin or thick stock, potato chunks with skin on or off, bacon or no bacon, the list could go on.  I always stop by my go to chowder spots when visiting family on Cape Cod.  It's a must have indulgence when I visit.  Loaded with salty crackers and a cold beverage, I know I'm on vacation.  I'm on the team for thick stock, peeled potato ... Continue Reading
Nut-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bites

No Bake, Nut-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bites

Enjoy this on-the-go snack for kids and adults alike. Easy to make with five simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. They are no-bake and just chill in the refrigerator to provide great texture once you are ready to enjoy. Typically overly ripe bananas are great for recipes, such as banana bread, muffins and these bites. If you only have a perfectly ripe, yellow banana have no fear.  Just preheat your oven to 300°, place the perfect yellow banana on a parchment ... Continue Reading
Summer Lunchbox Ideas For Little Kids

Summer Lunchbox Ideas For Little Kids

Packing a lunch for a child under 5 can be a challenge, especially if your child is a picky eater or is in a phase of only eating one food group. My son was attending his first summer camp I had to pack him a lunch for the first time.  He's a good eater, if he's in the mood, so I worried if he was going to eat all the food I packed for him or wanted something a friend was eating. Yes, we worry and that's ok, because we care.  My approach was to collect some of my son's favorite items and ... Continue Reading
5 Strawberry Recipes From the Make & Taste Archives

5 Strawberry Recipes from the Make & Taste Archives

It was during strawberry season last year when I started documenting and publishing posts for Make & Taste. One of the first activities that I documented was going strawberry picking with my son. I love  picking fresh berries with my little kitchen helper, showing him how and where they grow, and then making a recipe with him using these fresh ingredients. It's a full circle experience that will allow him to appreciate where his food comes from. We have made so many recipes since Make ... Continue Reading

Happy 4th! Vanilla Sprinkle Cake, Vanilla Buttercream and Crumb Topping

Happy Fourth of July! When it's time to celebrate a birthday, special event or holiday, cupcakes are always my first choice.  There is something so convenient and special about having your very own cupcake to enjoy. This could be my new favorite cupcake creation to date. As mentioned in previous posts I love classic flavors so naturally a vanilla based cake, plus vanilla buttercream was the answer. To celebrate "the fourth" I wanted to create a new version of the classic with rainbow sprinkles ... Continue Reading
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps For Two (+ Video)

Pick-your-own strawberry season is here and I have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival. This is the third season for my son and I, and our yearly tradition, of picking strawberries. It all started at Lyman Orchards, an amazing orchard that has been in operation for 275 years. Yes, 35 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.  We pick every crop available including blueberries, raspberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. So many memories created and recipes ... Continue Reading
6 Kid Approved Popsicles

6 Kid Approved Popsicles To Try This Summer

Summer break is officially here and since my little kitchen helper is all about popsicles these days, I wanted to create some kid approved flavor combinations with these adorable popsicles molds. These molds are the perfect size for a little kid since they are 1.6 ounces each. You can mix and match the sticks and create funny animal combinations and your child will always be surprised when you pull one out of the popsicle mold. To start I wanted all the recipes to be no more than 4 ingredi... Continue Reading
S'mores Ice Cream Popsicles

Let’s Celebrate: S’mores Ice Cream Popsicles

Today marks my 1 year blogiversary and I'm so grateful for every guest contributor and reader for keeping me motivated and creating an amazing Make & Taste community.  I wanted to make something over-the-top for such a milestone and these S'more Ice Cream Popsicles were it.  The title doesn't even do these popsicles justice.  We are talking about homemade toasted marshmallow ice cream with graham crackers folded in, formed into popsicles, then dipped into chocolate shell and dusted with ... Continue Reading

Northern California Road Tip: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Traveling across the country with a four year old is both terrifying and exciting. My son and I went on this same journey to visit my sister and her family a year earlier, so I knew he would enjoy the airport, planes, people and flying a bit more.  Or I hoped he would. With zero delays and a timely take off we were off on an adventure.  Now, lets fast forward to waking up the next morning to the unique surroundings of Northern California. (I don't want to relive the flight experience, I know ... Continue Reading
3 Top Bacon Recipes

Top 3 Bacon Recipes Dads Will Love

With Father's Day right around the corner, I wanted to put some recipes together that were Dad approved. To do this, I reviewed recipes in the Make & Taste archives and pulled out some that I know Dads would love. I think the main reason Dads will enjoy these recipes because they all contain bacon. Dad always loves handmade gifts and maybe even a round of golf, but why not bake his favorite sweet treat made with love along with your little kitchen helper. These recipes have been some of the ... Continue Reading